News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch has had a lot of issues with search engines – most notably, Google. He has repeatedly threatened to block News Corp. content from search engines, but content from the Wall Street Journal, for example, still populates a significant amount of Google search results to this day.
Interestingly, while Google has been the apparent focal point of Murdoch’s woes, News Corp. has blocked other news aggregators in the past, but not Google.
This week, News Corp.’s New York Post got a story wrong and pulled it down, but it’s still available in Google’s cache. It sounds like he’s pretty angry about the whole fiasco, and one can only imagine that Google still providing access to the story (with people able to link to it) probably doesn’t sit too well with him.
Foster Kamer at the Village Voice reports on the "hot water" the Post’s newsroom found itself in:
We received a tip earlier this afternoon: "heads might roll" by the end of the day at the New York Post’s Metro desk, as they’re in crisis mode after a humiliating correction was published this morning in the paper. Even more, that The Rage of (Post-owner) Rupert Murdoch is fueling it. What’s going on over there?
On Monday, the New York Post published a story about "Bronx wife-killer" Johnny Concepcion, who reportedly confessed to the crime of killing his wife via text message, and then took rat poison in an attempted suicide. The crux of the Post’s story was that Concepcion was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital and given a liver transplant. The story has since been scrubbed from the Post’s site, though it’s still available to read thanks to Google Cache.
According to Politico, Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal has jacked up the rate it will charge the White House’s news clipping service by $600,000. The publication quotes an unnamed administration official as saying they might have to drop the Journal.