Steve Jobs to Rupert Murdoch: Fox News ‘an incredibly destructive force in our society’

“In his new biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson describes some of the behind-the-scenes dealings between the Apple CEO and publishers after the iPad was launched in 2010,” Steve Myers reports for Poynter. “According to Isaacson, Jobs was particularly interested in helping The New York Times because it hadn’t yet figured out how to charge for digital content: ‘One of my personal projects this year, I’ve decided, is to try to help — whether they want it or not — the Times,’ he told me early in 2010. ‘I think it’s important for the country for them to figure it out.'”

“Isaacson describes publishers’ frustration over being unable to access subscribers’ data and credit card information. A New York Times circulation executive pushed back against Jobs, as did Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes. But Rupert Murdoch relented, recalling later that he knew Jobs wouldn’t bend, and he wouldn’t have either if he were in Jobs’ position,” Myers reports. “Jobs and Murdoch’s work on The Daily created a bond between the two, with Jobs having Murdoch over to his house twice for dinner. ‘Jobs joked that he had to hide the dinner knives on such occasions,’ Isaacson writes, ‘because he was afraid that his liberal wife was going to eviscerate Murdoch when he walked in.'”

Myers reports, “Jobs pressed Murdoch on Fox News, arguing that the network was destructive to the nation and harmful to Murdoch’s reputation: ”You’re blowing it with Fox News,’ Jobs told him over dinner. ‘The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is constructive-destructive, and you’ve cast your lot with the destructive people. Fox has become an incredibly destructive force in our society. You can be better, and this is going to be your legacy if you’re not careful.’ Jobs said he thought Murdoch did not really like how far Fox had gone. ‘Rupert’s a builder, not a tearer-downer,’ he said. ‘I’ve had some meetings with James, and I think he agrees with me. I can just tell.’ Murdoch later said he was used to people like Jobs complaining about Fox. ‘He’s got sort of a left-wing view on this,’ he said.”

“Murdoch agreed to have his staff create a highlight reel of a week of Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck’s shows, and Jobs later told Isaacson that he was going to ask Jon Stewart’s staff to put together a similar highlight reel,” Myers reports. “He apparently never sent it to Murdoch, who says in the book he would have been happy to have seen it.”

Much more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]


  1. “Fox has become an incredibly destructive force in our society.”

    Considering Jobs’ constructive-destructive axis, is anyone willing to go on the record and state that they consider Fox News a constructive force?

  2. Glad Jobs is dead. He is the destructive one. Good riddance.

    He is a first class lying ass dog. Lied about responsibility for a kid born out of wedlock. Lied about being sterile (check Wikipedia). Lied about options backdating. Used one of the most destructive drugs of the 70s, LSD, bragged about it (he helped finance pushers who killed thousands).

    Like a asswipe crybaby, said the reason for doing the book was to explain things to his kids cause daddy was never around. Coward, yellow belly lib.

    Then, instead of getting life saving treatment, if nothing else to live for his family, to live for his company, to live for his friends, he was the baby, self centered coward that couldn’t handle surgery until he could, then he got it in spades.

    Now, he says Fox is destructive. My ass, he was destructive. The worst father you could ever want, and a pathological liar to the core.

    What a pathetic baby. Good fun**** riddance.

  3. I’ve read every post thus far (and commented on a few). What stands out most to me is that there’s tremendous polarity between the left and right.

    However, there is no longer mass defense of Mr. Obama. No longer do we hold him up as our savior. Finally, the Bush bashing and Obama love-fest has ceased. It took almost three years, but finally even liberals are finding it increasingly difficult to defend the man who currently (attempts) to lead our country.

    (The irony of course is that had the liberal media actually vetted Obama out prior to the election, most of this would not come as a surprise.)

    Regardless of the news channel you watch, it seems both liberals and conservatives can finally agree that this president has brought more despair and destruction to our country, our workforce, our businesses, and our health than we thought possible. He did go after Bin Laden, and let’s give him props for that. But, otherwise, his ability to lead our country has been abysmal.

      1. Did you even read the article? It clearly states that the protesters in Oakland were throwing bottles and rocks at the police. What do you mean that there was no mention of a disturbance? They used words repeatedly like “skirmish” and “scuffle”. I don’t see anyone being portrayed as “angels”.

        MSNBC is far from an unbiased source, but what you’re saying about the posted article isn’t even true. It’s hard to try to prove a point when you won’t even bother to read the article.

  4. It’s about time you saw that your President is hamstrung and always has been. The position is purely symbolic – good for starting wars and that’s about it.

    America is going to he’ll in a handbasket.

  5. Steve spent too much time on the Left Coast.

    How the only conservative voice amongst countless liberal news outfits is distructive?

    Obama also thought that the Internry was a threat to democracy.

  6. Ask any good communist – or Obama if he’s around – the truth is always destructive so if you tell the same lie over and over it becomes the new truth.

    Liberty is dead – give up already.

  7. All of this reminds me of Washington’s warning in his Farewell Address:
    The common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.
    Washington was truly prescient. And Jobs succinctly reiterated the thought with his pithy statement. Too bad Murdoch didn’t listen. A pity so many on here are the product Washington warned us against.

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