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.]

128 Comments

    1. What part of Washington’s statement
          the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it
      didn’t you understand? Fox is far off on one side, MSNBC on the other. Restrain both!

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  2. It’s lots of fun to point out Rupert’s greed and sliminess. The Neo-Con-Job perpetrators <3 <3 <3 nasty old Rupert.

    But let's also give credit to the ignorant as well as blithering idiot humans who eat up this HATE MEDIA propaganda every day. It is a person's choice what to do with their lives. If they want to damage themselves devouring the LIES and DECEIT of Fux News, that is their choice.

    The fact that there are so many ignorant and blithering idiot people in the USA choosing to be brain raped by Fux News only serves to point out the overall decay of American society. These brain-compromised humans then vote for the Corporate Oligarchy suckups they're told to, in term receiving the government they deserve.

    My complaint is that I DON’T get the government I deserve when Corporate Oligarchy suckups get into office. I deserve better. But those with functional, insightful, kind and caring oriented brains are in the minority, a well known failing of democracy. What to do?

    The answer of course is DIVERSITY and COMMUNICATION TRAINING whereby everyone knows how to discern fact from fiction, proof from propaganda, AKA quality EDUCATION. — It could happen!

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