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Eric Schmidt fights back: Google not to blame for newspaper decline

Newspaper publishers have been blaming Google for their revenue decline long before the recession plunged them into chaos. Google scours the web and delivers their hard won news in an instant — for free. But it’s not a one sided relationship, and today Google’s CEO is fighting back — in Rupert Murdoch’s pages.

Murdoch has been loudest amid the din of publishers who are demanding payment for their services. And today in his Wall Street Journal, Eric Schmidt made his pitch for how Google can help newspapers survive the digital shift.