Ex-Murdoch Executive Says He Quit Because of Fox News ‘Tone’ and ‘Relationship with Facts’

Former Newscorp senior vice president Joseph Azam says he resigned from the company in 2017 because of a “significant change in tone,” and a “significant shift in the relationship with facts, particularly on the Fox side.”

On Sunday morning’s edition of CNN’s Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter asked Azam “What prompted you to resign in late 2017?”

Azam noted that he hadn’t worked for Fox News directly, and so “I hadn’t been exposed, for a long time to a lot of what was going on on the opinion side, but beyond that I noticed a significant change in tone.”

“I’m a big believer in the marketplace of ideas, and I was fine working with and for people who had very different values and opinions than I did,” he continued, “but I noticed a significant shift in the ferociousness, and frankly, in the relationship with facts, particularly on the Fox side.”

“When was that shift in tone?” Stelter asked, noting that Azam started at Newscorp in 2015.

“I think in the run up to the election, right, it became very profitable to kind of fall in line with some of the anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, anti-semitic, anti-muslim rhetoric, and I was affected by that,” Azam said.

Azam went on to say that he was exposed to it every day,” including on elevator rides with Fox News television personalities.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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