Left: Lachlan Murdoch by Eva Rinaldi – excerpt from https://www.flickr.com/photos/evarinaldiphotography/8778375791/, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link. Middle Rupert Murdoch by Eva Rinaldi – Rupert Murdoch, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link. Right James Murdoch from NRKbeta (CC BY-SA)
Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Rupert Murdoch has responded to allegations by his son James and others that his news organization is promoting climate denial.
"We do not deny climate change": Rupert Murdoch speaks about the son's departure from the board
By Zoe Samios
November 19, 2020 – 12:08 p.m.
Rupert Murdoch has made his first public comments on his son James Murdoch's sudden resignation from the News Corp board of directors, dismissing claims that the company is denying climate change or that it is neglecting his son's point of view.
At the company's annual general meeting on Thursday morning (AEDT), Mr. Murdoch was asked why he was not considering some of James Murdoch's views on climate change and on US President Donald Trump. James Murdoch has long had more progressive political views than his family and criticized Trump in an October interview with the New York Times.
“Our board of directors has had a lot of discussion, but James… claims that our papers covered the bushfires in Australia without discussing climate change. We don't deny climate change, we don't deny it, ”Murdoch said.
The columns of Melbourne writer Andrew Bolt and Sky commentator (and columnist The Australian Financial Review) Rowan Dean in the tabloids and former ASX chairman Maurice Newman in The Australian have labeled climate change a "cult" and "socialist conspiracy" described. In a broadcast on News Corp's Sky News, Bolt criticized ABC's "constant stream of propaganda" about the climate crisis.
Read more: https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/we-are-not-climate-change-deniers-rupert-murdoch-addresses-son-s-exit-from-board-20201119- p56fy3 .html
Tolerating diversity of opinion in the form of providing a hugely popular Murdoch media personality like Andrew Bolt as a platform does not mean that Murdoch is okay with everything those personalities say.
But I think old-fashioned ideas like news managers giving their best journalists editorial freedom are no longer encouraged, at least when it comes to climate change.
Greens can forgive minor deviations from their dogma, even by people who helped found their movement.
Retired NASA scientist James Hansen, whose 1988 statement pretty much got the climate movement going, was accused of being a "denier" in 2015 for not believing that renewable energies alone will be enough to reduce global carbon emissions contain.
It's hard to imagine anyone more alarming than James Hansen. Hansen believes the oceans will literally start to boil if we don't curb carbon emissions quickly. However, Hansen continued to be accused of being a "denier" because he believes nuclear power should be an important part of solving climate change.
Update (EW): The text tidied up a bit