Politicians must curb grip of media moguls

The Guardian, 9 April 2015:

How refreshing to read an unexpurgated account of Rupert Murdoch’s political machinations, but let us not forget the pernicious influence he has exerted on the climate change debate (Murdoch’s grip is loosening. All that protects him is fear April 7). In the US, one voter in four believes that climate change is a conspiracy dreamed up by scientists to further their own research budgets, a delusion that can be laid squarely at the door of Fox News, owned of course by Rupert Murdoch. An academic study showed that Fox viewers actually know less about world affairs than people who don’t watch any news at all!

Murdoch’s support of fracking is reinforced by commentators such as Matt Ridley whose sceptical views on climate change are given prominence out of all proportion to his scientific credentials in publications such as the Times and even the Wall Street Journal. Leaders in the Times such as the one entitled “Frack, Baby, Frack” illustrate the atrocious lack of balance that now afflicts this once great newspaper.

Dr Robin Russell-Jones
Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire

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