updated 02:55 pm EDT, Wed October 26, 2011
More info emerges from Jobs biography
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was extremely critical of Fox News, and Rupert Murdoch, the CEO of the network's parent company News Corp., Reuters notes. The information comes from the Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, which shipped on Monday. In June 2010 Jobs agreed to speak at News Corp.'s annual management retreat, breaking a personal policy against such speaking engagements. Why he agreed is unclear, although Apple and News Corp. would later launch The Daily for the iPad.
Murdoch explains that at the retreat, Jobs was "very blunt and critical of what newspapers were doing in technology." At a later dinner, the biography claims that Jobs told Murdoch that he was "blowing it" with Fox News. "The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is constructive-destructive, and you've cast your lot with the destructive people," Jobs is quoted as saying. "Fox has become an incredibly destructive force in our society. You can be better, and this is going to be your legacy if you're not careful."
Jobs even suggested to Isaacson that Murdoch himself was not happy with Fox News' direction. The network has been criticized for adopting an openly conservative bias, and sometimes outright manipulating facts. "Rupert's a builder, not a tearer-downer," Jobs told Isaacson. "I've had some meetings with James [Rupert's son], and I think he agrees with me. I can just tell."
Murdoch dismissed Jobs' position in his own interview for the biography. "He's got sort of a left-wing view on this," he said. The book also mentions that Jobs had planned to ask comedy news outlet The Daily Show to assemble clips of Fox News for Murdoch to watch, but the News Corp. CEO never received anything, at least while Jobs was alive. The Daily Show is well-known for pointing out discrepancies in Fox News coverage.