Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Don't let Murdoch meddle with National Geographic

Dear MoveOn member,

Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox recently bought a majority stake in National Geographic's media assets, including its iconic science magazine. That's bad news for anyone who cares about an independent and informative media.

Can you join me in calling for National Geographic to safeguard itself against Fox News's harmful influence? Click here to sign the petition, which says:

Institute an editorial independence policy—including the appointment of a Public Editor—to prevent ideological influence over National Geographic's scientific coverage by Rupert Murdoch or others.

A study by the Union of Concerned Scientists found 72% of Fox News's climate science coverage to be "misleading."1

Voters need accurate information about the world around us that's based on science, not ideology. For more than a century, National Geographic's nonprofit journalism has given us that, and Fox says this sale won't change anything—but we need a guarantee.

National Geographic must immediately adopt policies—including appointing a Public Editor—to ensure the magazine's editorial independence.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


–Jack Mumby, Common Cause


1. "New Study: 72% of Fox News Climate Segments Are Misleading," Mother Jones, April 7, 2014

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