Saturday October 10, 2020

Rupert Murdoch's Son Politely Slams Fox News

“A contest of ideas shouldn't be used to legitimize disinformation. ... At great news organizations, the mission really should be to introduce fact to disperse doubt—not to sow doubt, to obscure fact.”

-- James Murdoch, son of Rupert, on why he left Fox News, in Maureen Dowd's article “James Murdoch, Rebellious Scion” in The New York Times.

Dowd buries her lede. This is the eighth graf but hugely important. Attorneys do this, by the way. If they have a losing case, if the facts are against them, they do what they can to sow doubt. I think for 30 years or longer, the facts have been against the right-wing in this country but they're very good at sowing doubt. That should be the discussion. Or a discussion.

I wish we'd gotten specifics, examples, of Fox sowing doubt. Don't know if Dowd tried or if she was too busy writing about the lunch in her garden or talking about “Succession.”

Posted at 11:51 AM on Saturday October 10, 2020 in category Media  
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