Climate-Change denying Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox now owns a 73% stake in the formerly non-profit National Geographic magazine and a large interest in the grants it awards to scientists.
From The New York Times:
In a deal announced on Wednesday and valued at $725 million, the National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox are creating a for-profit joint venture that encompasses the National Geographic Channels cable television group along with National Geographic’s other properties. That includes its magazine and other print publications, studios, digital media, maps, children’s media, travel, licensing and e-commerce.
Fox will own 73 percent of the new venture, called National Geographic Partners, and the National Geographic Society will own 27 percent. The two owners will have equal representation on the board and share governance.
It’s bad enough to think of such an esteemed publication getting Fox-ified. But Boing Boing caught this in the NatGeo press release:
"The value generated by this transaction, including the consistent and attractive revenue stream that National Geographic Partners will deliver, ensures that we will have greater resources for this work, which includes our grant making programs that support scientists and explorers around the world,” (Gary Knell, president-CEO of the Society) said."
“Rupert Murdoch will be to some large extent controlling a $1 billion organization whose stated mission includes giving grants to scientists,” Boing Boing's Xeni Jardin pointed out. “A climate change denier with now even more power and influence over science grants in the United States."
NatGeo fans are not pleased. Raw Story caught some of the outrage and vows to boycott:
“Rupert Murdoch owning National Geographic is like putting Dr. Kevorkian in charge of a hospice,” photographer James Cooper wrote on Twitter.
...“Cancel your subscriptions people!” a Twitter user named Jennifer demanded. “Boycott National Geographic. Shame on them for selling out.”
In July, 2014, Murdoch was frank about his climate change views in a discussion with Sky News.
MURDOCH: We should approach climate change with great skepticism. Climate change has been going on for as long as the planet is here and there will always be a little bit of it.
…If the sea level rises six inches, it’s a big deal. The Maldives might disappear or something but we’ve got to learn we can’t mitigate that, we can’t stop it. We’ve just got to stop building vast houses on seashores and go back a little bit. The world has been changing for thousands and thousands of years. It’s just a lot more complicated today because we’re so much more advanced.
Watch the man who just purchased a heftier piece of control over scientific research below.
The WSJ is owned by them and it has gone downhill ever since. Take a look here at their current opinion page. http://www.wsj.com/news/opinion Lots of the usual Obama is bad stuff here that Fox thrives on. The photo of Palin and that Duck dynasty moron here says a lot about the current state of the WSJ. And you think that Nat Geo will be exempt from this kind of crap?
Hey Nat Geo, here is an idea to boost your readership among the low information types that watch Fox. Hire Sarah Palin as the new environmental editor and Mike Huckabee would be a great science editor.
I wonder if the reason that Fox wanted you is because so many don’t trust Fox and that any association with them would fatally taint Nat Geo? Now that they own the magazine not a lot of people will trust anything that you print. Perhaps that is what they really want and don’t give a crap abut the magazine and they could care less if it dies a slow death. Darth Murdoch, a well known climate change denier can afford the cost and why would he really care as long as he gets his way.
Should read: on the doorstep AT THE HOUSE of Oswald’s buddy…
I need some coffee…
Then they denied media credentials for BOR’s most recent movie opening to a CNN reporter (Tom Kludt) who published the audiotape that contradicts BOR’s claim that he was on the doorstep of Oswald’s buddy who shot himself. Kludt reported that the Nat Geo publicist originally said that, after reviewing his news coverage of BOR, his credentials were denied out of respect for BOR. But when word got out of their denial, Nat Geo claimed he was denied due to the red carpet “overflowing”.
And now Murdoch’s FOX buys controlling interest in Nat Geo. That’s it for us – when our Nat Geo magazine re-subscription comes due this Dec., we will not resubscribe and they will get their subscription notice back with a note explaining exactly why they have lost our patronage.
Fortunately, it’s not near being over. The world that people like ‘Paul’ hate will, once again, be saved by those with education, intelligence and empathy.
‘Paul’ will continue to believe as ‘he’ does and inevitably go on hating those that have influenced his entire life for the better.
Whoopee. Some people just can’t be helped.
Whats another term for climate change denier?
Through the last 34 years of climate action failure not one IPCC warning has ever said “will be” or “proven” or “certain” for their own CO2 Armageddon.
Is this how you “believers” want your children remembering you?
It’s over, no matter how much you hate conservatives; *Occupywallstreet now does not even mention CO2 in its list of demands because of the bank-funded and corporate run carbon trading stock markets ruled by politicians.
Sorry, gang, but I’ve just got to try to find humor in this monstrosity of an event. What Rupert did to ‘hard’ news with Fox News and The New York Post. What he did to business news with Fox Business and the Wall Street Journal (ever watch the awful “WSJ Editorial Report” on GOP TV?). Murdoch is about to do it with science. And we all know how much respect the GOP has for science!
Exaggerating vague science was sustainable or “progressive.”
Is this how you “believers” want your children to remember you?
*Occupywallstreet now does not even mention CO2 in its list of demands because of the bank-funded and corporate run carbon trading stock markets ruled by politicians.
I grew up on heyday NatGeo magazine. Hardly watch NatGeo cable. Hasn’t it swung some reality channel? Now with propagandist Murdoch being its sugar daddy it’ll become an unreality channel. I can foresee a “Gutfeld” show broadcast live from Mt. Everest. 😜