Media Titan Murdoch Announces He Is Stepping Down

( – As time passes, people age and come to a point where it makes more sense to give up the day-to-day grind of work and retire. The time has come for conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch, 92, to apparently make such a move in a career that has spanned seven decades (1954-2023).

Chairman Emeritus

The announcement came in the form of a press release on September 21, saying that he would step down as chair for both the Fox Corporation and News Corporation effective at the upcoming mid-November shareholders meeting. It went on to say that after that time, his son Lachlan Murdoch “will become the sole Chair of News Corp and continue as Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Corporation.”

However, some media outlets point to wording in an email sent to employees of both companies as an indicator that the father, to some extent or another, will be looking over the son’s shoulder. First, he took a broadside shot at the Liberals saying they are elitists “self-serving bureaucracies” and the “rarefied class” that is contemptuous of those not of their ilk.

He then claimed that the majority of other media outlets were “in cahoots with those elites, peddling political narratives, rather than pursuing the truth.” He then pledged to those employees that he would “be involved every day” in the battle between ideologies and that he would be “an active member of our community [that the companies represent].”

Rupert Murdoch was born in the land down under (Melbourne, Australia) on March 11, 1931, where his father headed up the Herald and Weekly Times (a newspaper publishing company) as well as News Limited [changed to Corp in 1979]. Growing up in that household led to his interest in media and publishing and to his taking the reins in 1954. He expanded his worldview to include the relatively new television market, establishing the Southern [Australia] Television Corporation.

The soon-to-be chairman emeritus is credited with launching the first nationwide newspaper in Australia and from there he built a world-spanning empire, including the Fox television network, which took on the American Big Three TV networks and won. As seen in the 2020 election, his political point of view is certainly Conservative with some Liberal outlets branding him an alt-Right hack for former President Donald Trump.

But Lachlan Murdoch, who has been the CEO of the Fox Corporation since 2019, seems to scare some of the Left-leaning media, according to a story in Newsweek. They quote Lachlan Cartwright, editor at large of Leftist The Daily Beast, claiming that “he is staunchly more conservative than his dad.” They go on to say that he has a very close relationship with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson and has been criticized for defending the ex-anchor’s comments that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) considers white supremacy.

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