This email was sent to James Murdoch on the same day that his father, Rupert Murdoch, offered a large compensatory donation to the Dowler family, whose murdered daughter Millie had her phoned hacked by reporters from ‘News of the World’, a paper owned by ‘News International’, a subsidiary of ‘New Corps’. As of 16 October 2011, no reply has been recieved. The email was also to Alan Rusbridger of the Guardian, who either ignored it or decided not to use it.
e-mail from RRJ to James Murdoch 20 September, 2011
Dear Mr Murdoch
I was planning to send the enclosed article to the Guardian for publication, but it makes some pretty trenchant comments about Fox News and in particular its coverage of global warming, and I would therefore value your comments first. I get the impression, and you must correct me if I am wrong, but I get the impression that your father has taken his eye off the ball with Fox News in the same way as he took his eye off the ball with the News of the World. I believe however that he comes across as a thoroughly decent man and his payment to the Dowler family today was a master-stroke.
I suspect that you are a decent man also but it is hard to discern because you cover yourself in management speak. However, I happen to know that you have taken a personal interest in energy policy at Sky News and have demanded an analysis of your carbon footprint. It is all the more difficult therefore to reconcile your enlightened approach with the scientific nonsense that is propagated on Fox News by the likes of Glenn Beck and others. Two thirds of the US population believe that climate change is a conspiracy dreamt up by scientists to further their own research budgets and that can only be described as a mass delusion fostered and perpetuated by Fox News. Obviously, in this country, Fox News would not be allowed to operate as it would infringe all the broadcasting requirements for a balanced presentation.
I don’t know how much longer you will survive at BSkyB as I fear that the Select Committee for Culture Media and Sport will be subjecting you to some fearsome interrogation that you will be unable to answer. However, it might do your public image a power of good if you decided to fund a campaign/conference on climate change as outlined in the enclosed article.
Dr Robin Russell-Jones MA FRCP FRCPath