Steve Jobs Called Fox News 'An Incredibly Destructive Force'

Posted October 26, 2011 at 7:54pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 10831 views

Steve Jobs reportedly told Rupert Murdoch that Fox News was 'an incredibly destructive force in our society', according to the Walter Isaacson biography about him.

Reuters recounts a passage from the book in which Isaacson writes that Jobs violated a personal rule to speak at a News Corp management retreat after collaborating on the Daily app for iPad.

Murdoch said Jobs was "very blunt and critical of what newspapers were doing in technology" at the retreat. Later, at dinner, Jobs told Murdoch, "You're blowing it with Fox News."

"The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is conservative-destructive, and you've cast your lot with the destructive people," the book quotes Jobs as saying. "Fox has become an incredibly destructive force force in our society. You can be better, and this is going to be your legacy if you're not careful."

Interestingly, Jobs believed Murdoch disliked the network's direction. "Rupert's a builder, not a tearer-downer," he told Isaacson. "I've had some meetings with James [Murdoch], and I think he agrees with me. I can just tell."

Murdoch shrugged off Job's remarks saying, "He's got sort of a left-wing view on this".

Apparently, Jobs even planned to ask 'The Daily Show' to compile a few clips of Fox News to show Murdoch; however, it's unclear if he ever did.

"I'd be happy to see it," Murdoch said. "But he hasn't sent it to me."

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liberal - October 29, 2011 at 7:17pm
I love how if fox news lies, everyone gets all up in arms but the moment u have liberal media news pushing a liberal agenda nobody says anything. I guess fox news is more destructive than Snooki drinking her fucking ass off and smooshing while we also film 16 and pregnant.
Wtfover - October 28, 2011 at 1:26pm
@crankyboy you are wrong! I'll quote her for you douche " we haven't had an another attack since sept 11 under Bushes watch". Typical misinformed moron leaving out key words. I guess since you think fox lies. You must work for them since you just did.
crankyboy - October 30, 2011 at 11:09pm
Wtfover I'm not sure why you are calling me a shower in french. I do shower every day. At times twice a day if it's been especially hot. Like over the weekend. It was very humid too until the storm. Much better today. I didn't leave out any words from her quote you bath (since we seem to be on a personal hygiene theme, though I'm still not sure why). In fact I didn't any of it. I copied it. It does seem to ber the popular version. Perhaps you are quoting her "clarification"? I don't watch fox news so I could be wrong (I prefer me information to be "fair" and "balanced"). It was simply one of the many, many, many, many, many snippets I came across the 30 seconds of looking. I think you might be confused as to the meaning of the word "lies". It means an intentionally false statement. If I was wrong it was not intentional, simply an error. If I picked the one quote that was wrong I apologise. I'll grab another if you like. There is plenty to choose from.
crankyboy - October 30, 2011 at 11:23pm
On further consideration I believe you were not talking about methods of cleaning yourself when you called me a douche. It seems you were attempting an ad hominem attack. Which is odd as we have never met, you know nothing about me and it's a reasonably uncommon term outside North America until recently (thank you Jersey Shore). Moron was a marginally better choice but once again you are a little off the mark. Questioning my intelligence when I think you ment to bring my knowledge of the situation, not my interpretation, into question. But an ad hominem attack does mark you as a Fox News supporter. It is one of their favourite techniques. Right on the money there.
crankyboy - October 30, 2011 at 11:44pm
I really must apologise for my poor typing. It's Monday morning and I hadn't had my coffee yet. Much better now though still a little tired. Why it Monday mornings always make me more tired than say a Saturday morning? Do you get that too?
Bill - October 27, 2011 at 9:21pm
Two points: 1) This article is about Steve Jobs, not Fox. Nobody gives a flying fuck what the individuals posting think about Fox, either pro or con. 2) Who gives a shit what Steve Jobs thought about Fox? He's dead.
madcow - October 27, 2011 at 4:28pm
Typical rebuttal for anyone who likes Fox News is "Liberal". That's it. Fox News is a cancer of the news world. Not for it's views but for it's execution in passing those views to the public. I don't care if it pushes right that's fine as other stations obviously push left but the way it does it with misinformation and contradiction. It seems these days with the 24 hour news cycle and the internet publications there is very little fact checking and even less accountability. Push the story out. Just as bad are the headline readers and armchair critics who defend a side to death but have no clue as to its meaning. Also those who yell liberal or conservative are just useless people. Look at the issues and judge from there don't just side with the party because they are conservative or liberal.
Dt - October 27, 2011 at 2:48pm
Liberals are iPods, iPhones, and iPads; Fox News fans are Zune.
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