Good-bye, National Geographic

So, it happened.  Rupert Murdoch has laid off the staff of National Geographic. They’re gone.  All gone. The award-winning staff no longer works for National Geographic. Editors, writers, photographers, all of them gone.

Who is it that thought selling National Geographic to Rupert Murdoch was a good idea? He’s destroyed it. They will no longer be pro-science, they’ll be a way for Murdoch to spread his anti-science garbage. Very sad day.

Update: Thanks to that above article, it made it sound much worse than it was. Here’s something more informative.

It’s still a massive cut in staff, including a lot of the fact-checking staff. While it’s not good-bye, I still think what’s going to happen is a reduction in the quality of the magazine. I’m hoping I’m wrong. I really want to be wrong.

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23 thoughts on “Good-bye, National Geographic”

  1. Ridiculous. This is right up there with Harper’s muzzle on Canadian scientists. Probably worse. Did someone want to get rid Nat Geo that bad? Might as well be a tabloid.

    1. Yes. And they cut the staff to cut costs. But no matter, it’s likely that Murdoch’s opinions may surface in the articles they publish. There’ll probably be quite a bit of influence.

    1. Well, thankfully, it was only 180 out of 2000 of the staff. Still, they laid off some good writers and photographers. Apparently, it was to cut costs. I still worry that Murdoch will try to influence the direction of the articles.

    1. 180 out of 2000 staff were laid off. The article I originally read did not mention that. It’s not as bad as I’d thought. However, I still have a suspicion that Murdoch will try to influence the direction of the magazine.

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