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article imageMathew Freud Goes Fox Hunting

By R. C. Camphausen     Jan 11, 2010 in Politics
Rupert Murdoch’s son-in-law has fired the first salvo in what appears to be a season for fox hunting: Fox News, that is.
Although Fox News is one of the few broadcast news channels that makes a decent profit, media mogul Rupert Murdoch's son-in-law Mathew Freud has attacked the right-wing US channel and its journalistic standards under Roger Ailes, the channel's founder. Mr. Murdoch's media empire, News Corporation, includes Fox.
One can read about this in The Wire, The Independent and The New York Times, where Mr. Freud is quoted as saying: “I am by no means alone within the family or the company in being ashamed and sickened by Roger Ailes’s horrendous and sustained disregard of the journalistic standards that News Corporation, its founder and every other global media business aspires to.”
Rupert Murdoch’s biographer Martin Wolff has commented that this statement by Mr. Freud was surely not made offhand. Rather, he thinks that what has been set in motion with this verbal attack is the beginning of the end for Roger Ailes' career at Fox News.
Mr. Wolff said: "Not only has he been told that its controlling shareholders don’t want him, but he has been told they think he is despicable."
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