James Murdoch and his wife Kathryn Hufschmid, seen in a 2016 photo at the wedding of his father Rupert Murdoch, had harsh words for the family's media empire for what he called climate "denial" Photo: AFP/File
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James Murdoch blasts dad Rupert's media empire over climate 'denial': report

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By JUSTIN TALLIS

Rupert Murdoch's younger son James has called out his father's media empire for "denial" of climate change, calling it a disappointment in light of wildfires in Australia, a report said Tuesday.

The Daily Beast reported that James Murdoch and his activist wife Kathryn had harsh words for his family's company, which operates U.S.-based Fox News as well as newspapers in the U.S., Britain and Rupert Murdoch's native Australia through its News Corp.

"Kathryn and James' views on climate are well established and their frustration with some of the News Corp and Fox coverage of the topic is also well known," the report quoted a spokesperson for the couple as saying. "They are particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial among the news outlets in Australia given obvious evidence to the contrary."

James Murdoch has largely disengaged from the media empire built by his father, which began with a newspaper group in Australia.

He has launched his own private holding company called Lupa Systems, which among other things has taken a stake in Vice Media.

The family rebuke comes amid raging bushfires in Australia that have killed at least 27 people, destroyed more than 2,000 homes and burned 10 million hectares (100,000 square kilometers) of land -- an area larger than South Korea or Portugal.

The Murdoch family's News Corp Australia publishes eight of the top 10 newspapers in the country and operates the 24-hour multi-platform Sky News Australia.

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Well done Jim. As soon as Dad passes, throw out all the corrupt, far-right Russian bots that infect Fox News...

Can't wait to see Hannity whine when he is sent packing...

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Naw, not if he wants to cut his own meal ticket. As dumb as he is, he’s not stupid.

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The Murdoch empire is a boil on the arse of ‘journalism’.

The Sun and Fox News to take two are appalling.

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Fox News is not performing a "public service" in the USA. If it was a broadcast station, it would have lost the license to broadcast. Because it is only on CATV, there isn't a license to be pulled.

general requirement that broadcast licensees

operate in the "public interest, convenience and necessity."

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theFuToday 11:50 am JSTFox News is not performing a "public service" in the USA. If it was a broadcast station, it would have lost the license to broadcast.

When it started in 1984 it mostly showed concerts from bands like night Ranger and Huey Lewis + the News. Around 1986 the greedy Rupert Murdoch bought it - he already had a rotten rep in his native Down Under.

JimizoToday 10:55 am JSTThe Murdoch empire is a boil on the arse of ‘journalism’.

The Sun and Fox News to take two are appalling.

It is a social disease of lies and propaganda. It's a scourge and a media cancer.

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