#Hashtag: Fox buys National Geographic


Yesterday, our nation mourned the loss of opinion-giant Andrew Kohut. And today again, we lament the loss of a wonderful institution that added to our public discourse and understanding.

The New York Times, in their article, “National Geographic and Fox Form a Commercial Media Company,” detailed that “Since 1888, the National Geographic Society has stood for science, discovery and storytelling. Its yellow-bordered magazine has served as the ultimate stage for award-winning photography, depicting the wonders of the world, and the group has supported pursuits as diverse as the underwater explorations of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Jane Goodall’s study of chimpanzees in Tanzania.”

The article continues, “Now, the nonprofit organization plans to continue that mission, backed by the Murdoch media empire.”

Should fans of the long-running non-profit be worried about changes in content?

Fox and National Geographic have worked together in the past, and together put together a very well-respected “Cosmos” series with Neil deGrasse Tyson, so we should probably wait and see how this turns out, and hope for the best.

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