Hugh Pickens writes: "The Register reports that News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, reiterated his disgust at how search engines handle news and called on old media to rethink how their stories are distributed on the web. “It’s produced a river of gold, but those words are being taken mostly from the newspapers,” said Rupert. “I think they ought to stop it, that the newspapers ought to stand up and let them do their own reporting.” Murdoch added that the iPad was a "wonderful tool" for listening to music, watching videos and reading newspapers. "It may well be the saving of the newspaper industry", by making it cheaper to distribute content to a broader audience, Murdoch said. "I'm old, I like the tactile experience of the newspaper," Murdoch said. "(But) if you have less newspapers and more of these, that's OK. It doesn't destroy the traditional newspaper, it just comes in a different form." Later speaking at a forum for the public affairs TV series, The Kalb Report, Murdoch valiantly declared that his rival networks — MSNBC and CNN — "tend to be Democrats" while those at his own Fox News "are not Republicans" but asked later during the question and answer session to name a single Democrat who worked for Fox News, Murdoch struggled. "They are certainly there... Greta Van Susteren is certainly close to the Democratic Party," Murdoch said, after blanking on names first and insisting that Fox News Channel President Roger Ailes would have a long list."
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