Rupert Murdoch's son and his wife are lashing out against his father's sprawling media empire for how it covers the climate crisis, especially in light of the fires raging in the family's native Australia.
James Murdoch continues to serve as a News Corp board member but plays a less active part in the company than his brother Lachlan, who is co-chairman of News Corp and the chief executive of Fox Corporation.
"They are particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial among the news outlets in Australia given obvious evidence to the contrary", they added.
News Corp Australia, which publishes more than 140 newspapers and employs about 3,000 journalists in print, television, and online, has been repeatedly criticized for downplaying the effects of climate change.
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A widely-shared article by The Australian detailing the number of people charged with arson since the beginning of the fire season was derided for being misleading and including a number of inaccuracies. "They argue that the company and the coalition led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison are responsible - together, as a team - for the failure to protect a country that scientists say is more vulnerable to climate change than any other developed nation".
Rupert Murdoch has described himself as a climate sceptic.
For what it's worth, News Corp Australia has been on the defensive regarding its climate reporting since last week, when an Australian staffer sent a company-wide email calling bullshit on the company's "misinformation campaign that has tried to divert attention away from the real issue which is climate change to rather focus on arson (including misrepresenting facts)".
Celebrities and activists have been speaking out and donating to relief efforts and the widespread nature of the devastating fires has caused debate over how much climate change has to do with the whole thing. "We respect Ms Townsend's right to hold her views but we do not agree with them", he said.