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James Murdoch, the son of Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch, says he walked away from family media empire because it legitimizes disinformation and obscures facts, Tom Porter reported for Business Insider.

He criticized his father's media empire in his first major interview since departing News Corp's board in July. "A contest of ideas shouldn't be used to legitimize disinformation," commented Murdoch in the interview with The New York Times.

Murdoch's unease with the coverage at some of News Corp's publications had grown while he was working there, but he told the Times his ability to influence coverage had been limited. After leaving News Corp., James Murdoch set up a foundation that supports democratic participation and environmental causes. He said he was setting up a foundation, Quadrivium, that would support democracy, voter participation, and climate change projects. His father controls publications including The Wall Street Journal and New York Post, as well as several publications in Australia. His father's other company, Fox Corp, runs the Fox News network, which is run by his brother, Lachlan Murdoch.

"I reached the conclusion that you can venerate a contest of ideas, if you will, and we all do and that's important," Murdoch said in the interview. "But it shouldn't be in a way that hides agendas. A contest of ideas shouldn't be used to legitimize disinformation. And I think it's often taken advantage of. And I think at great news organizations, the mission really should be to introduce fact to disperse doubt — not to sow doubt, to obscure fact, if you will."

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