Murdoch doesn't get it

What is it with these titans of industry who don't use email or a cell phone or a computer? Michael Wolff, who keeps flacking his new book on Rupert Murdoch, says that the News Corp. CEO really hasn't a clue about how the Web works. John McCain took a little heat along these lines during the campaign, but for Murdoch not to know about this stuff? Hes the guy who bought MySpace. From I Want Media:

Q. With the rise of the Huffington Post and the 24/7 blog news cycle, does Murdoch really believe that his New York Post can compete with, say, Drudge Report? Drew Grant, New York, N.Y.

Wolff: Honestly, I'm not sure Murdoch could find the HuffPo or Drudge.

Q. Why isn't Murdoch buying more Internet sites like MySpace instead of old media like the Wall Street Journal? Renee Malpeli, Long Island, N.Y.

Wolff: Newspapers are his medium. He's the last newspaper man.

Q. Why hasn't Murdoch launched or acquired a news aggregation site like Huffington Post, Drudge Report or Newser? Don Robinson, New York, N.Y.

Wolff: He doesn't believe in Web news, doesn't understand Web news, couldn't care less about Web news.


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