James Murdoch, the son of media mogul and Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch, has criticized “media property owners” and outlets that pushed false narratives and conspiracy theories about the legitimacy of the 2020 election, according to CNN.
Murdoch did not explicitly mention Fox News, which is controlled by his father and his brother Lachlan Murdoch. But it was clear that, even if he had other outlets in mind as well, his focus was on the right-wing cable network when he made those comments in an interview with the Financial Times published Friday. Since the election was called for Joe Biden, some Fox News personalities have amplified President Trump’s false election fraud claims and sowed distrust in the voting system.
“The damage is profound,” Murdoch said, referring to the election disinformation that has circulated in the US. “The sacking of the Capitol is proof positive that what we thought was dangerous is indeed very, very much so. Those outlets that propagate lies to their audience have unleashed insidious and uncontrollable forces that will be with us for years.”
“I hope that those people who didn’t think it was that dangerous now understand, and that they stop,” Murdoch added.
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