James Murdoch: ‘Spreading disinformation… has real world consequences’

Trump Addresses the Nation on the Election Results

Axios has started a multi-part deep dive into Donald Trump’s Big Lie. I’ll be more specific, since Trump lies so much about everything. The Big Lie in question is the lie about the election being somehow “stolen” from Trump. In Part 1 of Axios’ reporting, they discuss how it was widely known – and widely reported – that on Election Night, there would be a “red mirage” as Republican voters had voted on Election Day, and Democrats had voted en masse by absentee ballot, which would take longer to count. Trump had time to plan for his Big Lie on Election Night. As the Red Mirage appeared in states like Michigan and Pennsylvania, Trump would get on camera and declare victory. Then, if he didn’t end up winning those states, he would say that the Democrats “stole” the election, calling into question the absentee ballots. The entire Part 1 of the Axios series is worth a read – go here.

Basically, Axios says that it was all completely premeditated and it all played out exactly as Trump wanted it to, with a few big exceptions. One exception: the media and many voters understood what the Red Mirage was and they understood how deeply weird it was that Trump waddled out after midnight that night to declare victory and to claim that states needed to “stop the count.” The second exception: Fox News calling Arizona for Biden. That threw a massive wrench into Trump’s Big Lie, and he spent hours screaming down the phone at Fox News anchors, producers, executives and people in the Mudoch family. Rupert Murdoch still owns Fox News, although the day-to-day operations are left to other people, including his son Lachlan.

Speaking of, James Murdoch is Rupert’s younger son, and he is allegedly more interested in the entertainment side of the empire, rather than the muckraking/propaganda side. He’s held positions at Murdoch newspapers, of course, but he’s barely been involved on a daily level in that side of things since 2012, when he was ousted from those positions following the British phone-hacking scandal (the Murdoch-owned broadsheets were deeply involved in phone-hacking). Then, in July of last year, he resigned from his Board of Directors seat on News Corp, citing the sh-tty editorial decisions made in favor of Donald Trump, among other issues. It’s always been believed that the Murdoch sons are less “conservative” than their father, and they’ve shown that they don’t want the Murdoch empire to run on misogyny and fascism in the long run. Well, James has some thoughts about his family’s role in all of Trump’s Big Lie, and how it led to a g-ddamn terrorist insurrection.

“The damage is profound,” James 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 that he had not “seen any evidence of that yet.”

Following the interview, he released a joint statement to the Financial Times with his wife, Kathryn Murdoch.

“Spreading disinformation — whether about the election, public health or climate change — has real world consequences,” the two said. “Many media property owners have as much responsibility for this as the elected officials who know the truth but choose instead to propagate lies. We hope the awful scenes we have all been seeing will finally convince those enablers to repudiate the toxic politics they have promoted once and forever.”

[From CNN]

Not that this makes up for ANYTHING, but I’ve never believed that the Murdochs were true believers in Trump. For the Murdochs, Trump was just another useful idiot to spread their propaganda and lies. Which, in the long run, might be worse than what Trump did. Trump was an unhinged white supremacist who cultivated a death cult terrorist army. The Murdochs were the biggest propagandists in Trump’s arsenal, actively helping Trump recruit. So, yeah, whatever. James Murdoch’s crocodile tears are too little, too late, but I guess I don’t completely hate the fact that someone in the Murdoch family understands that there will be consequences for what happened on January 6th.

Lachlan Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch and Jame..........

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  1. Digital Unicorn says:

    No shit sherlock!!!! You would know ALL about that wouldn’t you. Tell that to Daddy or are u scared he will cut u out of the will?

  2. hindulovegod says:

    You still cashed the checks, buddy. Fascism paid well and you don’t get to pretend you were always against it. We can choose to spend our energy helping the victims of the Murdoch propaganda empire not its proprietors.

    • Mac says:

      Exactly. I am floored by the number of progressives applauding this mealy mouthed statement in which he didn’t even have the guts to call out his family or Fox News by name. He needs to put his vast fortune where his mouth is.

    • Meredith says:

      Ugh, right. I saw his comments on twitter yesterday (FWIW, Jake Tapper was not impressed) and my first thought was, “So, you gonna return all that money?”

    • Anne Call says:

      Speaking of cashing checks…I feel the same way about Jerry Hall as I do about Melania. Marry a rich disgusting immoral man and that tells me all I need to know about your own lack of moral compass.

      • atorontogal says:

        Her compass has never worked. She stayed with Mick all those years having his babies, while he was out cheating and having babies with other women.

  3. Soupie says:

    Well at least he wants to take The Fail in a different direction but he is not The Decider so this is nice rhetoric but it’s still just rhetoric.

    I watched The Social Dilemma last night. (For some reason it escaped me all last year.) My mind was blown. No way is The Fail giving up the negative.

  4. Dee says:

    Trump even messed up the US postal service! He slowed it down attempting to slow the delivery of ballots! I bet all of you in the US have received pieces of mail weeks late! I just got my December magazine yesterday. My Dad in PA still hasn’t gotten his Christmas card!

    • Moxylady says:

      This is absolutely not a joke. We ordered a toy on eBay for Christmas. We knew the slow downs would effect everything. We ordered it in early NOVEMBER. It arrived three days ago.

    • Leah says:

      The mail system is just a mess due to that Trump flunkie DeJoy. Family member in Canada mailed a card to my mom the week before Christmas, it has yet to show up. We are in Calif and she is in BC, same time zone. The stimulus checks haven’t turned up, supposedly mailed on 1/6, and nothing so far. I talked to our mail person a few days ago and she said that she hasn’t delivered any mail recently to anyone in my building or on her route that was from the US treasury. A friend just got a Christmas card from relatives in Arizona, almost a month later and from two states over. This is getting totally ridiculous.

      However I am still getting my bills and offers for credit cards which I don’t need at the moment, thanks. Thank goodness my paycheck is instant deposit because I probably wouldn’t get that either.

  5. Missjo says:

    Rupert Murdoch and his media empire are why America got Trump, The UK got Boris Johnson and we got Scott Scummo Morrison.
    3 of the biggest Buffoons ever to lead 3 major countries in the English speaking world, New Zealand banned him from media ownership and they got the marvelous Jacinda Ahern, says something, doesn’t it.
    Rupert Murdoch and his cronies are a huge part of what is wrong with the world!

    • AnnaKist says:

      Hello there, Missjo! I call our PM Snott Morriscum. The liar from the shire. Arrogant, patronising, condescending twat that he is. Put him together with McCormack, Freidenberg and Dutton, and we have the full kit of conservatives posing as moderate and benevolent. Jack Jacinda Ardern has shown us how true leadership is done.

    • Keekey says:

      Such a good point. As long as Fox is allowed to peddle its BS, we’ll get more terrible people in leadership like Trump.

    • JanetDR says:

      We absolutely should follow New Zealand’s lead on this!

  6. Sierra says:

    James is actually very progressive alongside his older sister.

    Lachlan is the one who is a true Murdoch and is the reason Fox hasn’t fired those seditious presenters.

    • SKF says:

      Thank you! Yes! James is more progressive, he is married to a woman who is very openly progressive and he is quite different to his father and brother. He has broader interests, a better understanding of those and that different to himself, and is quite intelligent, supposedly elevating a business disagreement and arguing his points with intelligence as opposed to just dominating people like his father. He was always more interested in the entertainment side of the family businesses, although he took the fall for his father in the phone hacking scandal. He has come out against the anti climate change stance if the family media empire before, he and his wife donated heavily to Biden, and apparently when he resigned from the board it was because of an epic family fight behind the scenes.

      Lachlan is none of the above. He has been described by several who know him well as extremely right wing, more right wing that extremely right wing Australian politicians like Tony Abbott. He is also a climate change denier, and he doesn’t believe in social services. Lachlan seems to believe that he worked for everything he has, and anyone who works hard and ‘pulls themselves up by the bootstraps’ will do well and have no need of social services. He is completely blind to the fact that he is a trust fund baby with a silver spoon filled with nepotism shoved down his throat. I’ve read a few deep dives on his past and his beliefs and he reminds me a lot of Ivanka Trump.

      Lachlan is quieter and more reserved than his father, less of a character; but don’t be mistaken, he will take that news empire even further to the right. There will be no respite when Rupert dies.

      Consider that in New Zealand and Canada there is no Murdoch media and in Australia, the UK and USA there is powerful Murdoch media and look at the resulting effects on the kinds of leaders we vote for. The Murdochs are a stain on the fabric of society.

  7. Godwina says:

    Steamroll the lot of them.

  8. Leah says:

    The Murdoch’s enabled Trump and let his lies fester out there. These guys made a lot of money off Trump and it’s only now that the gravy train is over that they speak up? Forget it. Fox News is still on the air causing problems with no accountability.

  9. Jaded says:

    They all have blood on their hands no matter what James says. They happen to live a very luxe lifestyle thanks to their father’s gutter press publications so TLTL.

  10. Eulalia says:

    Not to defend a rich white guy who doesn’t need it, but James is a known progressive who broke away from his brother and father years ago and resigned from the boards of Fox News and News Corp (here in Australia) because he had a problem with the right-wing propaganda they spew. But agreed, generally speaking the Murdochs are gutter trash.

  11. Flffgrrrlr says:

    There’s a brilliant free podcast on audible called Sun King about Rupert Murdoch – explores his personality and drivers. He is pretty right wing, but the really scary thing about him is that he actually doesn’t really care much provided it’s successful. He’s completely amoral. He saw a gap in the market with Fox and so he successfully exploited it- it doesn’t matter to him that the content is untrue or harmful provided it gets an audience. If you haven’t heard it already I really recommend it.

  12. The Recluse says:

    The Murdochs are just another version of the Drumpfs, but with more financial savvy. They all should be ostracized and their empire whittled away.

  13. Lizzythe2 says:

    These people are vile. I cannot stand them. I know that in Australia a suit has been filed against Rupert because of him spreading lies. I hope that he finishes his days rotting in jail. I see that in many places media is being taken over by people who have an agenda of spreading lies for the purposes of their profit and not caring at all about the well being of their fellow man.

    The next medium that is being affected now is radio. People need to be careful when they sell their business. Too many have nefarious objectives.