“I am by no means alone within the family or the company in being ashamed and sickened by Roger Ailes’ horrendous and sustained disregard of the journalistic standards that News Corporation, its founder and every other global media business aspires to.”

That is what Rupert Murdoch’s son-in-law, Matthew Freud, thinks of the journalistic standards of the 78-year-old mogul’s Fox News TV network. We know that because Freud’s views were quoted, on the record, in The New York Times on the weekend in a profile of Roger Ailes, Fox’s founder and boss.

“Matthew Freud’s opinions are his own and in no way reflect the views of Rupert Murdoch, who is proud of Roger Ailes and Fox News.”

That is what Rupert Murdoch thinks of his son-in-law’s assessment of Fox News.

“I am thrilled to be joining the great talent and management team at Fox News. It’s wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news.”

That is what the darling of the US Right, Sarah Palin, said yesterday after announcing she had joined Matthew Freud’s father-in-law’s news network as a political commentator and part-time host.

The riveting story of the ageing mogul, the liberal kids, the recalcitrant son-in-law, and the Teabaggers pin up girl … now there’s some content worth paying for.

Peter Fray

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