Magazine in Danger: Rupert Murdoch Bought National Geographic

National Geographic is a long-running magazine that I’ve always enjoyed reading. The articles are all about our world, places you should visit, cultures, history, animals, science, and the environment. Well, it’s now a dark, dark time for the magazine. Fox now owns 73% of National Geographic Society. That means that Rupert Murdoch has way too much influence over the magazine.

Why is this a bad thing? Rupert Murdoch is a climate change denier. You can read all about this in the article I linked to, but here’s a quick summary. National Geographic Society gives grants to scientists. This includes climate change researchers. As it is an organisation that is concerned with the environment, Murdoch’s influence may destroy their efforts to raise awareness of environmental issues. This may be a bad thing for the scientists who receive grants from the Society. This is very worrying.

People like Rupert Murdoch should have absolutely nothing to do with anything related to the environment. His views are easily shown through Fox News. They obviously agree with him, because he’s their boss. Will this happen with National Geographic? Are we going to see articles that deny climate change? Maybe I’m overreacting. But I don’t think so. This is a legitimate concern.

What I’d like to know is who thought it was a good idea for the National Geographic Society to be bought by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox? Thank you for potentially destroying a well-respected magazine.

According to the New York Times, James Murdoch has said “he was personally committed to continuing the culture and the mission of National Geographic as it has existed.” I certainly hope that’s true.

What do you think of this situation?

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12 thoughts on “Magazine in Danger: Rupert Murdoch Bought National Geographic”

  1. I think it’s best when magazines and news papers are owned as much as possible by its employees.
    I hope that he won’t be able to get his claws into it too deeply and that the damage can be avoided.

    1. I hope so, too. Newspapers and magazines in the US tend to be owned by very large corporations, unfortunately. This often leads to a strong bias in media, like Rupert Murdoch’s Fox, which has a very conservative and anti-science position. It’s rather disgusting watching Fox News. They don’t report the news, they push their opinions on it.

  2. Here’s to hoping that common sense wins out. Hopefully, those working directly for Nat. Geo. (the editors, the scientists, etc..) won’t let him sway them from their established level of credibility. Fox news has become the butt of many a joke. I don’t expect this to happen to the National Geographic Society.

    1. It looks like long-time members of National Geographic are going to be running it, so it doesn’t look so bad. I just worry that Rupert Murdoch will put pressure on it to censor it.

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