Steve Jobs Biography Reveals He Told Rupert Murdoch He Was ‘Blowing It With Fox News’

Jobs Biography Reveals He Told Rupert Murdoch He Was 'Blowing It With Fox News'

The new biography on late Apple co-founder and chairman Steve Jobs offers, among intriguing lil’ tidbits about the man, an interesting look at one of Jobs’ more high-profile and possibly unexpected friendships — that with News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch.

Jobs worked with Murdoch on the design of The Daily, the mogul’s iPad-only newspaper, and the two men hit it off. In fact, Jobs even invited Murdoch to dinner at his home, joking that he’d have to hide the knives lest his liberal wife “eviscerate” their guest.

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But Jobs was not especially fond of Murdoch’s Fox News Channel, and told him as such one evening while at a 2010 News Corp. management retreat. The biography’s author, former CNN chairman Walter Isaacson, offers readers a glimpse into that conversation:

You’re blowing it with Fox News. 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.

Moreover, Jobs felt that “Rupert’s a builder, not a tearer-downer. I’ve had some meetings with James, and I think he agrees with me. I can just tell.”

Murdoch’s reported reaction? Jobs simply had “sort of a left-wing view on this.”

h/t Poynter

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