In a column March 22, 2020, New York Times media columnist Ben Smith notes how Fox Corp. founder Rupert Murdoch’s decision to put his son, Lachlan, in charge of the company’s conservative cable network was a dangerous mistake.
While Lachlan was focused on a $440 million acquisition of a streaming company called Tubi (which was heralded as driving “long term growth” in a March 17, 2020 press release), the channel’s hosts have been spewing a mix of commentary about the “real” story behind coronavirus.
That storyline? Namely that the outbreak is a left wing and media lead plot against Donald Trump and, despite evidence that older people — who are key part of Fox’s viewership — are at higher risk of dying from COVID-19, downplaying the risks of the outbreak.
The bigger story is revealed by Smith’s sources — including people inside Fox Corp. who work closely with Lachlan.
These people express doubt over his overall leadership abilities both during and outside of a crisis.
Read more of The New York Times’ reporting here.