James Murdoch steps down from News Corp board over ‘disagreements’

A major shake-up at Fox News only serves to confirm longstanding rumors about the family in charge of it all.

The Guardian reported Friday that James Murdoch has resigned from his position on the Board of Directors for News Corporation, the parent company of Fox Corp., which owns Fox News, citing “disagreements” over “editorial content.”

The 47-year-old announced his resignation in a letter Friday.

“My resignation is due to disagreements over certain editorial content published by the company’s news outlets and certain other strategic decisions,” Murdoch wrote in part, according to The Guardian. 

“It’s meaningless”

Murdoch is the youngest son of Fox News’ founder, Australian-born conservative media tycoon Rupert Murdoch. According to anonymous sources cited by The Guardian, the junior Murdoch’s departure may have come at the behest of his father.

“It’s always been controlled by Rupert and only Rupert,” one source said of the company, according to The Guardian. The source added that James Murdoch has done little with the organization since its 2013 split from 21st Century Fox.

“The resignation note is just to show the world and his friends he doesn’t believe in it. It’s meaningless in a sense,” the source said. “It’s to show I’m a good guy.”

NPR noted in a report Friday that James Murdoch “holds more liberal views on politics and climate change than either his father or his elder brother, Lachlan.” In fact, the former board member and his wife “have given generously to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and other Democrats,” NPR reported.

Following the news of James’ departure, Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch released a joint statement. “We’re grateful to James for his many years of service to the company,” they said Friday, according to NPR. “We wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

“So hard to watch”

As The Guardian noted, the news of James Murdoch’s resignation comes after months of controversy over Fox News and other organizations under the News Corp. umbrella, like the Wall Street Journal. The news outlets have often been accused by the left of expressing undue (and allegedly unfounded) support for right-leaning viewpoints — and accused by the right of not being conservative enough.

President Trump himself commented on the direction Fox News is headed in a tweet last month.

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