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Steve Jobs to Rupert Murdoch: ‘Fox Has Become an Incredibly Destructive Force in Our Society’

(Via Simon & Schuster)

Not to heap more praise on a man who already is getting way too much love, but there are some great anecdotes about New York media in the Steve Jobs biography. Poynter collected a few of them, and we’ve pulled out our favorites.

According to the author, Walter Issacson, Jobs wanted to help journalism and in particular the New York Times. Before the iPad launched, Jobs met with about 50 of the paper’s leaders and told them that the Times’ app should be offered at a midpoint price ($5 “at most”) in order to reach the most readers. Jobs was determined to help the Times figure out digital subscriptions as well, claiming, “I think it’s important for the country for them to figure it out.”

Another great moment in Steve Jobs involved Rupert Murdoch and Fox News. Despite developing a bond with Murdoch as they collaborated on The Daily, Jobs bluntly told Murdoch over dinner one night that Fox would eventually ruin the owner of News Corporation.

“You’re blowing it with Fox News,” Jobs said. “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.”

Not only was Jobs a techie, it seems he was a prophet as well.

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