Steve Jobs Called Fox News a 'Destructive Force'
Jobs complained to Murdoch about channel, supported New York Times
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2011 4:30 AM CDT
"The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is constructive-destructive, and you’ve cast your lot with the destructive people," Jobs told Murdoch.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

(Newser) – Steve Jobs told Rupert Murdoch to his face last year that Fox News is "destructive" and that he was "blowing it" with the conservative news channel, reports Gawker, in the latest round of excerpts from Walter Isaacson's biography of the Apple founder. Jobs was invited to speak at the annual News Corp management retreat in 2010, and in exchange for talking he got to speak directly with Murdoch. "Fox has become a destructive force in our society," Jobs told Murdoch over dinner. "You can be better, and this is going to be your legacy if you're not careful." Murdoch, for his part, seemed unconcerned by the criticism from Jobs' "left-wing view."

Not only was Jobs facing down Fox News, he was also trying to push traditional journalism, especially the New York Times, says Mediabistro. Before the launch of the iPad, Jobs met with the leadership of the Times, offering them advice about the newspaper's app and digital subscription service, suggesting they charge $5 at most. “I think it’s important for the country for them to figure it out," Jobs said. At the dinner with Murdoch, Jobs said papers like the Wall Street Journal were terrible with technology, largely because "you're in New York and anyone who's any good at tech works in Silicon Valley."

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Oct 27, 2011 8:42 PM CDT
Steve Jobs was insignificant. Jesus accomplished more during his time on earth. Question: Did Steve Jobs ever donate any part of his massive fortune to help the poor? He was one of the richest people on the planet. Poverty is rampant all over the world.
Oct 27, 2011 4:36 AM CDT
Murdoch is in love with two things only-MONEY and POWER. I don't think he really cares that much about ideology, he wants to win the monopoly game, and he will if he keeps making $10 billion per year and pays no taxes, plus gets a $4 billion refund on top of that. Who can beat that record, other than GE? No wonder Murdoch became an American citizen. The Australian government would never let him get away with shoving his tax burden onto the middle class and poor, but in the United States, it's perfectly legal, not moral or ethical, but legal, thanks to the power of lobbyists and bribes paid to congressmen in the guise of "campaign contributions". Public financing of campaigns is our last hope of regaining representative democracy for the people, the 98 percent of us in both parties who are being sold down the river by congressmen whose ever increasing need for campaign contribtions causes them to betray the country. Both parties are guilty. Take every stinking dime in contributions away, enact public financing, pay bonuses to congress based on their ability to create high paying jobs, enact fair tax policy, rebuild our manufacturing, fix the infrastructure, pass an energy bill, and work toward balancing the deficit. Pay all of them $1 million per year if they can accomplish those goals and we would for the first time in 20 years see some progress made with both parties working for the good of the country. Our nation's problems could be solved in a few short years, including funding social security, medicare, and universal health care forever. These last 3 could be done all at once without hurting anyone. Just enforce the flat 6.2 percent Social Security contribution, instead of giving the welfare program away which caps Social Security contributions at $106,800 income level. When the Wal Mart Greeter is paying in 6.2 percent on his $12,000 annual income, and a fortune 500 accountant pays 6.2 percent on his $106,800 income, or $6,120 total, but his boss, the CEO pays in about 1/10,000 of 1 percent on his $20 million per year income, or the same $6,120 which he earns by "working" for about 3 minutes out of the year, then something is very wrong. It would not hurt anyone to keep paying into Social Security above $106,800 income, but the poor and middle class don't have lobbyists who bribe congressmen with "campaign contrubutions", so we don't get the tax loopholes which make the rich even richer..
Oct 27, 2011 1:50 AM CDT
The only reason Fox's ratings are so high is because the rest of the media, generally speaking categorially subverts any iota of conservative thought. They refuse to air dissenting viewpoints--the other 50 percent understand that and they are enraged. Rupert Murdoch is businessman first and foremost; he saw an opportunity with Fox and became a multi-billionaire due to cowardly leftists who refuse to acknowledge dissenting viewpoints. Ditto Rush Limbaugh. Blame yourselves. Here's a great example, you saw lots of articles in the msm on the few racist tea-party signs and you have seen none on the ant-Semitc Occupy Wall Street protestors. Multiply that times 1,000 and you will begin to understand why Fox News is such a lucrative business. You created Fox News by not being fair. Now you despise it. Well, enjoy your rage the rest of your life, it's not going anywhere, it's the most lucrative cable channel on earth.