The much despised media mogul, Rupert Murdoch, now owns the majority of National Geographic, which came with a price tag of $725 million dollars.
Xeni Jardin via BoingBoing has the details:
The National Geographic magazine has been a nonprofit publication since inception in 1888, but that ends today. The long-running American publication becomes very much for-profit under a $725 million dollar deal announced today with 21st Century Fox, the entertainment company controlled by the family of Rupert Murdoch.
Murdoch is a notorious climate change denier, and his family’s Fox media empire is the world’s primary source of global warming misinformation. Which would be no big deal here, I guess, were it not for the fact that the National Geographic Society’s mission includes giving grants to scientists.
Or had you forgotten? Here’s a refresh for you, a fun little interview with Murdoch on his climate change views.