How utterly disappointing, yet I think everyone knew something like this was coming. National Geographic is now, in all but the name, dead. 126 years of mind-blowing photography and stories down the toilet — although I doubt anyone will miss the shitty programming they had on their network. I’m guessing the magazine will now begin shilling oil-sponsored stories about the “scam” of climate change, and NRA-sponsored stories about arming children with machine guns to prevent school shootings. You know, the usual right-wing line.
What all these talented people should do is band together to create their own magazine!
Today is the day in which Rupert Murdoch took charge at National Geographic – Memo reveals that massive layoffs began instantly.
The name now belongs to Rupert Murdoch, and he has plans for it. The CEO of National Geographic Society, Greg Knell, tried to claim back in September that there “there won’t be an [editorial] turn in a direction that is different form the National Geographic heritage.” Murdoch’s move today only served to prove Knell’s words hollow, with hundreds of talented people now served their pink slips. And with the recognition that Murdoch’s other enterprises do not reflect the standards held by National Geographic, and with Murdoch’s history of changing the editorial direction of purchased properties, today’s move indicates that we can expect a similar shift for National Geographic.