“James Murdoch resigned Friday from the board of directors of News Corp., the publishing arm of his family’s media empire, in a very public sign of dissent that typically plays out behind closed doors.” James Murdoch Quits Family Media Empire News Corp After ‘Disagreements.’ James has been a blue sheep in the family for a while, caring about the environment and supporting Biden. What’s interesting to me is that this is part of a trend we’re seeing. The final year of the Trump term is forcing Americans, brands, and organizations to pick a side.