Steve Jobs to Rupert Murdoch: ‘You’re blowing it with Fox News’

By Alex Weprin Comment

The new biography about former Apple CEO Steve Jobs continues to deliver anecdote after anecdote. In the book author Walter Isaacson –a former chairman of CNN — recounts the unusual friendship between Jobs and News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch.

Despite being close, particularly over the last few years, Isaacson writes that Jobs was not a fan of Fox News Channel, and was sure to let Murdoch know his feelings on the matter:

“You’re blowing it with Fox News,” Jobs told him over dinner. “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.” Jobs said he thought Murdoch did not really like how far Fox had gone. “Rupert’s a builder, not a tearer-downer,” he said. “I’ve had some meetings with James, and I think he agrees with me. I can just tell.”

Murdoch later said he was used to people like Jobs complaining about Fox. “He’s got sort of a left-wing view on this,” he said.