On Thursday, CNN’s Abby Phillip memorialized Rupert Murdoch’s media legacy in the most appropriate way: a nearly six-minute supercut detailing the damage wrought by Fox News, “the beast of his creation.”
Earlier Thursday, Murdoch announced he was stepping down as chairman of Fox News Corp. will resign and be replaced by his son Lachlan. It marks a sea change in media, but since Murdoch is also 92 years old, analysis of his decision reads more like obituaries, with the focus on his legacy as a right-wing activist and media tycoon.
Phillip was blunt in her assessment. “His legacy is outrage porn. Partisan red meat. It fuels relentless culture wars,” she said.
She further argued that the idea of a “center-right” news channel was not inherently bad. “Instead, Murdoch’s mission appeared to be to inflame division. This also applies to power and money,” she said. “Fox became the mouthpiece of Republican governments. Actually a mouthpiece for Donald Trump. And ultimately a vehicle for his baseless conspiracies.”
So she introduced the supercut, a devastating 5 minutes and 55 seconds of history from Fox News. This includes openly expressed racism, sexism and other forms of bigotry. A shocking number of unfounded conspiracy theories. And by the end of the clip, which at this point focuses on Fox News clips from 2020 and later, lie after lie and outright attacks on American democracy pile up.
Watch it all here now:
25 years of Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News. At what cost to American democracy? pic.twitter.com/qE2LK0QxHG
— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) September 22, 2023