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Fox Head Lachlan Murdoch: Fox Isn’t Divisive, it Just Takes Criticism Because of High Ratings

Fox Head Lachlan Murdoch: Fox Isn’t Divisive, it Just Takes Criticism Because of High Ratings

Rupert Murdoch is getting on in age and the running of the Fox News network has largely fallen to his sons Lachlan and James. While there was some hope that the younger sons would tone down some of the network’s rhetoric, it is quickly becoming clear that is unlikely to happen.

Lachlan Murdoch, co-chairman and chief executive officer of Fox Corp., arrives during the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., on Thursday, July 11, 2019. The 36th annual event gathers many of America’s wealthiest and most powerful people in media, technology, and sports. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Lachlan Murdoch, certainly the more Conservative of the two brothers, recently talked with Axios about the future of the network. He had a flippant response when asked about Fox’s practice of divisiveness.

“I think when you’re in the news business, and you’re number one … you get a lot of heat and it just comes with the territory,” Murdoch said of the criticism.

Murdoch also said in an interview last week, “I think the world is more divided and on edge than it has been, you know, for a very long time. I think on the noise around it, so much of it is politicized … And so, you’ve got to be tough about it.”

The CEO of Fox also responded to a letter recently sent by Chuck Schumer asking the network to stop pushing the Great Replacement Theory. “Unfortunately, it comes with the territory,” Murdoch said. “You’ve got to kind of realize what it is and how some of it is very organized kind of attacks — very coordinated — but it is what it is.”

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