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Steve Jobs to Rupert Murdoch: Fox News Is ‘Destructive Force’

Oct 26, 2011

Late Apple founder loathed Fox News, yet still worked with Rupert Murdoch.

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Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs reveals some intriguing secrets and inside information about the late Apple founder.

In addition to speculation about a new Apple TV, Jobs told Barack Obama his economic policies would doom his presidency and accused Google of “grand theft” for developing an iPhone competitor, Isaacson’s tome includes Jobs’ fascinating recollection of a meeting with fellow businessman Rupert Murdoch.

After appearing at a News Corp. event, Jobs reportedly had a few harsh words for the company’s CEO, telling Murdoch that his Fox News network is a “destructive force,” according to Poynter.

“You’re blowing it with Fox News,” Jobs said, according to the book. “The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is constructive-destructive, and you’ve cast your lot with the destructive people. 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.”

But the late mogul clearly wasn’t too put off by Murdoch, because the men worked closely together to launch Murdoch’s iPad paper, The Daily.

In other media-related Jobs news, Jobs had a complicated relationship with the ‘New York Times,’ especially reporter Joe Nocera, who wrote a 2008 report critical of Apple keeping Jobs’ health problems under wraps. Jobs reportedly called Nocera, and said, “You think I’m an arrogant asshole who thinks he’s above the law, and I think you’re a slime bucket who gets most of his facts wrong.”

Still, Jobs clearly respected ‘The Times,’ because he wanted to personally help them expand their digital business. “It’s important for the country for them to figure it out,” said Jobs about the paper’s decision to charge for online content.

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