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    The Left-Wing Takeover of Fox News

    The Left-Wing Takeover of Fox News

    By Pamela Geller -
    on April 28, 2017

    Many of us have seen this coming for a long time. The more powerful Fox became (on the backs of the right), the more Fox moved to the left.

    Roger Ailes should never have been forced to resign, nor Bill O’Reilly (even though I am not a fan). Rupert Murdoch’s two silver-spooned stooges, James Murdoch (Tweedledee) and Lachlan Murdoch (Tweedledum) are systematically dismantling the once-great network. And like all true leftists, they are tone deaf to the cacophony of complaints.

    The cringe-worthy Geraldo Rivera, Juan Williams, Martha McCallum, Bob Beckel (!), why not Tomi Lahren? …. I turned it off after the election. The only place for Conservatives to get our news is online.

    There is a great opportunity for a right-of-center news channel. It seems inevitable. And so we wait the second coming of a conservative network, where the work of my colleagues and I will have a home.

    Serial plagiarists such as Fareed Zakaria are just as powerful as ever on CNN, but a hint of indiscretion, and Fox cuts you loose. We still have Hannity. But for how long? Only Rupert knows. Once Rupert goes, it’s over.

    By Cliff Kincaid, April 28,

    When Bill O’Reilly left Fox News he declared, “I am very confident the truth will come out and when it does I don’t know if you are going to be surprised, but I think you are going to be shaken as I am.” Some observers think he was referring not to the sexual harassment allegations against him, but to behind-the-scenes maneuvers by one of Rupert Murdoch’s sons, James, and his very liberal wife, Kathryn. Her bio says, “Between 2007-2011, Ms. Murdoch served as Director of Strategy & Communications for the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) where she also managed CCI ‘s partnership with Microsoft in the development of a global greenhouse gas emissions tracking software.”

    In short, she is a globalist insider who sees the green hysteria as a viable way to control people and their lifestyles.

    We warned back in 2007 in our column, “Rupert Murdoch Picks Liberal Son as Successor,” that James Murdoch was maneuvering to take control of Fox News. We also noted that James Murdoch “buys into global warming hysteria,” and that his liberal philosophy on environmental and other matters “could become the party line” of the Fox News Channel.

    It turns out that his wife is more of an environmental zealot than he is.

    Accuracy in Media had attended the annual meeting of the Fox News parent company, raising concern about James Murdoch’s increasing influence in the company and his attacks on conservative groups, such as the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). He wrote an article for the Guardian attacking CEI for dispensing “inaccurate propaganda” about the global warming issue.

    Of course, many conservatives regard the theory of man-made global warming as a hoax and a means by which government at many levels hopes to control, regulate and tax the use of natural resources.

    Referring to the alleged effects of global warming, now called climate change, James Murdoch said, “We can have an enormous impact if we encourage our customers to make simple, effective changes in their lifestyles.”

    That’s easy for James and Kathryn Murdoch to say; he is the heir to a multi-billion dollar fortune. “The Murdoch fortune now stands at around $14 billion,” noted the publication Inside Philanthropy in 2015. “Because Rupert seems to have zero interest in harnessing this wealth to philanthropy, that challenge will fall to his kids.”

    One of the “focus areas” of the Murdochs’ Quadrivium Foundation is “natural resources.” But rather than exploit them for the good of humanity, the foundation supports “innovation” in their use. This is code, as James Murdoch suggested in his Guardian article, for restricting the economic lifestyle choices of consumers.

    A link from their foundation directs people to the webpage of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and an advertisement denouncing President Trump for “failing the environment.” Page 25 of the EDF annual report lists “Kathryn Murdoch, President, Quadrivium Foundation,” as a member of the Board of Directors. “At the end of fiscal 2016,” the report states, “EDF’s net assets stood at $217 million, providing a strong financial foundation as we pursue our ambitious environmental goals.”

    With the Murdoch billions behind them, those “goals,” which include what the United Nations calls a new “economic development model” to replace global capitalism, could become a reality.

    That was the goal, at least, until Donald Trump became president and, as AIM’s Roger Aronoff recently noted, indicated his determination to confront the global “climate change agenda.”

    The Gateway Pundit website notes that Kathryn Murdoch regularly trashes Trump on Twitter. Indeed, her Twitter feed goes after many different conservative personalities and policies of all kinds. A collection of her most significant Tweets includes attacks on Trump aide Steve Bannon, and despondency over Trump’s election victory. On the other hand, she praised Fox News personality Shepard Smith for criticizing Trump.

    Her Tweets have included messages such as:

    • A vote for Trump is a vote for climate catastrophe.
    • Can we impeach a candidate? Seriously.
    • Happy to see this on Fox News. The final argument for Hillary Clinton, based on 3 indisputable facts.

    The latter was a reference to a Lanny Davis pro-Hillary article on the Fox News website.

    When her husband and his brother Lachlan move to the left, she is quick to retweet those comments, such as when they sent a letter declaring, “We deeply value diversity and believe immigration an essential part of America’s strength.” The letter was intended as a rebuff to President Trump’s effort to restrict the entry into the U.S. of illegal aliens and Islamic terrorists.

    Despite the Murdochs’ disdain for the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and the likelihood that the group will receive less and less coverage from Fox News, its staffers are demonstrating significant clout with the new Trump administration. In regard to Trump’s promise during the campaign to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, The Washington Times reports that Trump’s top advisers have received a unique proposal from CEI, arguing that the agreement be declared a treaty and sent to the Senate to be killed.

    CEI’s interesting proposal would rectify former President Obama’s unconstitutional decision to make the Paris accord into an executive agreement, without the need for Congressional input or approval. By declaring it to be a treaty and sending it to the Senate, where it is not likely to get the necessary two-thirds vote for ratification, Trump could force lawmakers to take a stand on what CEI calls its demands for “regulations that will force Americans to pay more and more for energy.”

    CEI’s message to Trump is, “Don’t listen to the Swamp. Please keep your campaign promise to withdraw the United States from the U.N. Paris Climate Treaty and send it to the Senate for a vote.”

    The Fox News coverage of this showdown will be another indication of the pull that James and Kathryn Murdoch are starting to exert over the once “conservative” news channel.
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    Murdoch's piece..From 2006

    Business has to do more to tackle climate change
    James Murdoch
    Sunday 24 September 2006 19.10 EDTFirst published on Sunday 24 September 2006 19.10 EDT

    You may have heard about or even seen an advertisement running in the United States which shows a happy family getting in to their car, the bright lights of a big city, and a kid blowing on a dandelion in a field. It ends with the slogan "Carbon dioxide: they call it pollution; we call it life."The slogan and the sugary soccer-mom-style imagery may not convince anyone that the rise of CO2 in the atmosphere is going to be good for them, but the scale and professionalism of the campaign certainly indicates just how much is at stake. The ad was produced by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which receives much of its money from large corporations including, until recently, Exxon. Britain's Royal Society is so alarmed by this type of inaccurate propaganda about CO2 that it has written to Exxon to ask them to desist from funding groups that have "misrepresented the science of climate change".

    Corporations should be involved in the climate-change debate. The issue cannot be simply left to governments or supranational bodies. But those of us who believe that climate change and the growth of CO2 emissions are the biggest intergenerational issue the world faces need to take positive action.

    When corporations take a stand about the need to tackle climate change, there is always a risk of a cynical response. Even Richard Branson's commendable initiative to use Virgin's transport profits to fund alternative-energy research had its world-weary critics. There are companies that have jumped on the eco-bandwagon without really changing. But businesses willing to engage do have the potential to make a real difference.

    Business, in a free marketplace, is a force for good. It creates wealth, jobs and opportunity, and pays for our public services. But business leaders need to do much more to incorporate environmental concerns into their thinking.

    Environmental risks affect us all. Research by the Carbon Neutral Company found that almost 80% of the FTSE 100 companies have identified climate change as a business risk. Tackling risk in one's business strategy is what business leaders are supposed to do.

    The investment community has a big role to play here. Investors should be putting pressure on companies to make sure they are running their businesses in a sustainable way. Investors - from small shareholders to huge pension funds - hold company managements to account for their business strategy, and should do the same for their environmental strategy. Indeed the dividing line between the two is increasingly nonexistent. Companies that are trying to generate long-term returns for their investors cannot do so without taking into account environmental issues.

    Customers can exert pressure and are beginning to vote with their wallets. A report by the Co-operative Bank found that one-third of UK consumers boycotted at least one product last year for ethical reasons. That should concentrate the mind of any chief executive who thinks they need not bother with their company's environmental record.
    At Sky, we don't claim to have all the answers, but we have launched a major programme to manage our impact. Our carbon footprint was 41,000 tonnes last year, small compared with that of major transport firms or energy suppliers. But even small impacts add up. Over the past two years we've halved our footprint. We did this by adding small victory upon small victory, from using motion-sensitive lighting to hybrid taxis to buying only renewable energy. We've got further to go, but while we work on this we have created a fund to purchase carbon credits. In this way we voluntarily offset unavoidable emissions.

    Importantly, we're making our products more efficient: since we launched our set-top boxes we have halved their power consumption. This year we will launch the first auto-standby service, to stop set-top boxes consuming energy when they are not being used. And we are the only television provider in Europe to sign up to the European commission's code of conduct on energy efficiency of digital TV service systems. As a result, we are the first media company in the world to become carbon-neutral.

    But this is only the beginning. Consumer-facing brands - including the media - can play a major role in informing the public. Many people have no real way of knowing which changes to their daily lives would be most environmentally effective. In addition, the sheer scale of the issue can be disempowering.

    Concerted action from government, NGOs and business can solve this. We need to give families the information, tools and incentives to make the small victories all of us can achieve really add up. We can have an enormous impact if we encourage our customers to make simple, effective changes in their lifestyles. If we and other businesses are able to do that we may even persuade cynics that business can play a vital role in this debate.

    Humanity is incredibly innovative. We have the capacity to solve the problem of climate change; the only issue is whether we as individuals, governments and businesses have the courage to act together to do what needs to be done. The stakes could not be higher.

    · James Murdoch is BSkyB's chief executive

    Bios from their Foundation,
    Quadrivium Foundation


    James Murdoch is a media executive currently overseeing the global television business of 21st Century Fox. Mr. Murdoch’s career in media has ranged from emerging markets content businesses to 21st century alternative telecoms in Europe. Throughout his 17 years at News Corp and now as 21st Century Fox's Co-Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Murdoch has consistently championed the idea that customers will respond to companies that act responsibly and make positive contributions to the communities they serve.

    While building a leading entertainment and sports broadcast business in India, Mr. Murdoch has taken an active role in developing a platform that addresses the country’s economic and cultural challenges. STAR India, which reaches 650 million weekly viewers, is consistently recognized for making a real difference in the lives of Indians, especially women and girls by elevating female characters across its programming lineup and shining a light on some of India’s most sensitive social issues and taboos.

    Mr. Murdoch has also been at the forefront of the company’s commitment to forging partnerships to reach underserved audiences in Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan, with a firm belief that access to a free media is a fundamental part of civic society in the modern era.

    Prior to the company split, Mr. Murdoch led News Corp’s energy efficiency initiative across all its global operations, establishing itself as the first global media company with net zero carbon emissions by 2010. Not only did this effort mark a historical achievement for News Corp and 21st Century Fox, but the investments in energy efficiency projects have resulted in hundreds of millions in cost savings so far.

    As Chief Executive Officer and then Chairman of BSkyB, Mr. Murdoch oversaw the company’s environmental management program in 2006 and built a full-service residential media and telecommunications company rooted in a “Believe in Better” philosophy that applies as much to its customer’s expectations as to the company’s own aspiration for excellence, resulting in a business for which investment in the community and financial success go hand in hand.

    Mr. Murdoch also helped to create and provide ongoing support for Team Sky, a professional cycling team whose motto is “Inspiration to Participation.” Team Sky has won the Tour de France for two years running, and has made its name not only through superior performances in races all over the world but through its mission to inspire healthier, more active lifestyles.

    Mr. Murdoch has also been instrumental in 21st Century Fox’s robust social impact initiatives, including its recent commitment to funding the Los Angeles expansion of the acclaimed New York-based Ghetto Film School, which aims to teach storytelling crafts to young people in low-income communities.

    Mr. Murdoch is a non-executive director of Yankee Global Enterprises, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Harvard Lampoon, and also serves as a board member for both 21st Century Fox and News Corp.
    Mr. and Mrs. Murdoch live with their three children in New York City.

    For a full professional bio, please click here.

    KATHRYN MURDOCHCo-Founder and President

    Kathryn Murdoch is an advocate for aligning economic and environmental health. She champions organizations that are solutions- based, economically and scientifically literate, bi-partisan and focused on people. She is currently engaged in fundraising, policy development and project oversight for a range of local and international environmental initiatives. Through the Quadrivium Foundation, which she founded with her husband James Murdoch, she aims to apply these successful approaches to a wider range of societal challenges.

    As an active Trustee of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) since 2009, Ms. Murdoch co-chairs both the Communications and Oceans committees. In that capacity, she has been an exponent of ocean policy reform, writing and speaking about solutions to the degradation of global fisheries and their impact on health and quality of life. She also supported the successful inclusion of key language in the EU Common Fisheries Policy through EDF. She recently joined the advisory board of the Meta-Research Innovation Center (METRICS) at Stanford and the Board of Trustees at Rockefeller University.

    After being elected a Visiting Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at University of Oxford in 2011, Ms. Murdoch was the Director of ReSource 2012, a conference that brought together investors with more than $5 trillion under management with thinkers from business, finance, economics, military and government sectors to discuss the challenge of delivering economic growth and greater global prosperity in a world of increasing resource scarcity. With the theme of “Food, Energy, Water (for all),” ReSource 2012 sought to develop and identify original, workable ideas and untapped investment opportunities to promote the judicious use of natural resources. From 2009 to 2012 Ms. Murdoch was Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Between 2007-2011, Ms. Murdoch served as Director of Strategy & Communications for the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) where she also managed CCI 's partnership with Microsoft in the development of a global greenhouse gas emissions tracking software. Before beginning to work with the Clinton Foundation, Ms. Murdoch held a variety of senior management positions in marketing, communications and business development, primarily in the fashion and online media arenas.

    Mrs. and Mr. Murdoch live with their three children in New York City.


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    Kathryn Murdoch @KathrynAMurdoch ∙ Apr 21
    Well said, Margaret.…
    Apr 21, 2017 03:16:54 UTC

    Kathryn Murdoch @KathrynAMurdoch ∙ Feb 16
    Thank you Shep Smith for calling it as you see it.…
    Feb 16, 2017 23:07:50 UTC

    Kathryn Murdoch @KathrynAMurdoch ∙ Feb 06
    Solid advice. How to Beat Trump - The Atlantic…
    Feb 06, 2017 14:40:11 UTC

    Kathryn Murdoch @KathrynAMurdoch ∙ Jan 31
    The Republican Fausts
    Jan 31, 2017 21:52:14 UTC

    Kathryn Murdoch @KathrynAMurdoch ∙ Jan 24
    So let's do it over.…
    Jan 24, 2017 22:45:50 UTC

    Kathryn Murdoch @KathrynAMurdoch ∙ Jan 23
    Roughly 3M marchers, same number that she won the popular vote by. There is NO mandate for this administration.
    Jan 23, 2017 14:39:56 UTC

    Kathryn Murdoch @KathrynAMurdoch ∙ Jan 10
    Literally the only consistency that Trump has shown is to be against all forms of evidence-based or even rational…
    Jan 10, 2017 22:03:30 UTC

    Kathryn Murdoch @KathrynAMurdoch ∙ Nov 10
    This makes me feel a little better. The Way Forward… # via @HuffPostBlog
    Nov 10, 2016 22:04:09 UTC

    Kathryn Murdoch @KathrynAMurdoch ∙ Nov 09
    @rickygervais @SethMacFarlane I think we need to reclaim the word "Elite" to mean "thinking person" and wear it proudly.
    Nov 09, 2016 18:30:27 UTC

    Kathryn Murdoch @KathrynAMurdoch ∙ Nov 09
    I can't believe this is happening. I am so ashamed.
    Nov 09, 2016 07:56:07 UTC

    Kathryn Murdoch @KathrynAMurdoch ∙ Nov 07
    Happy to see this on Fox News. The final argument for Hillary Clinton, based on 3 indisputable facts - Fox News…
    Nov 07, 2016 14:08:45 UTC

    Kathryn Murdoch @KathrynAMurdoch ∙ Nov 02
    How is this not a thing yet?…
    Nov 02, 2016 18:35:30 UTC

    Kathryn Murdoch @KathrynAMurdoch ∙ Oct 08
    Well said Kasich…
    Oct 08, 2016 17:47:53 UTC

    Kathryn Murdoch @KathrynAMurdoch ∙ Oct 08
    Can we impeach a candidate? Seriously.
    Oct 08, 2016 01:42:28 UTC

    Kathryn Murdoch @KathrynAMurdoch ∙ Sep 20
    A vote for Trump is a vote for climate catastrophe - The Washington Post…
    Sep 20, 2016 05:04:54 UTC

    Kathryn Murdoch @KathrynAMurdoch ∙ Jul 28
    Could not agree with this more.…
    Jul 28, 2016 02:44:57 UTC

    Kathryn Murdoch @KathrynAMurdoch ∙ Jul 27
    This election is not about left or right. It's about right or wrong. Reason or insanity. Backwards or forwards. #ImWithHer
    Jul 27, 2016 18:50:13 UTC

    Kathryn Murdoch @KathrynAMurdoch ∙ Jun 11
    @EricBeinhocker @NickHanauer Deadbeat Don? Don the Con?
    Jun 11, 2016 19:13:16 UTC

    Kathryn Murdoch @KathrynAMurdoch ∙ Mar 18, 2016
    This time it really is the media's fault.…
    Mar 18, 2016 00:49:39 UTC

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