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Lachlan Murdoch called Fox News a ‘train wreck,’ new book says

Lachlan Murdoch, the son of Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch, previously called the news channel a “train wreck,” according to a new book.

Thursday morning, News week got a preview of an upcoming book by journalist Michael Wolff titled, The fall: the end of Fox News and the Murdoch dynasty which included a segment in which Lachlan Murdoch spoke about the current state of the media company.

“‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’ Lachlan Murdoch said, describing to a friend his guiding vision for running Fox,” the book says. The friend expressed surprise, recalling that Lachlan had said Fox was a train wreck heading towards an accident. ‘Isn’t that all?’ the descendant responded,” the book says.

Rupert Murdoch and his son Lachlan Murdoch (left) attend the quarterfinal match on day ten of the 2018 US Open Tennis on September 5, 2018, in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York. On September 21, 2023, Rupert Murdoch announced that he was stepping down as chairman of Fox News and Fox News Corp. In a new book by Michael Wolff, he writes that Lachlan Murdoch previously called Fox News a train wreck.
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Rupert Murdoch, 92, announced Thursday that he is stepping down as chairman of Fox and Fox News Corporation.

“I am writing to let you know that I have decided to transition to the role of Chairman Emeritus of Fox and News. Throughout my professional life, I have been exposed to news and ideas every day, and that will not change.” , Rupert said. Murdoch said in a letter to employees, obtained by News week.

The letter goes on to say that Lachlan Murdoch “will become the sole chairman of both companies.”

“Our businesses are healthy, as am I. Our opportunities far outweigh our business challenges. We have every reason to be optimistic about the years ahead – I certainly am and I intend to be here to participate. But the battle for free speech and, ultimately, free thought has never been more intense,” the letter added.

In the book, Wolff also wrote about Rupert and Lachlan’s views on former US President Donald Trump.

“Trump’s death became a Murdoch theme: ‘We would all be better off…’ “This would all be solved if…” “How could he still be alive, how could he?” have you seen? Have you seen what he looks like? What does he eat?” Wolff wrote of Rupert Murdoch’s views on the former president.

Similarly, Woff also wrote that Lachlan Murdoch told people “that his wife and children cried when Trump was elected.”

Trump recently criticized Fox News by deciding to skip the network’s first Republican primary debate last month.

News week contacted Fox News by email for comment.

In a statement sent to the Daily Beast, a Fox News spokesperson said, “The fact that this author’s latest book was spoofed in a Saturday Night Live sketch is really all we need to know.”


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