Murdoch Slams 'Aloof' Obama, Loves iPad
News Corp chief hates Obama policies
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2010 5:00 AM CDT
Rupert Murdoch and his wife Wendi Deng attend the 2010 White House Correspondents' Dinner at the Washington Hilton.   (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

(Newser) – Rupert Murdoch kicked off the New York Forum economic conference last night with swipes at President Obama, environmentalists, and America's immigration system. The media mogul, on a panel discussing corporate reinvention with other business leaders, said, "it's irresponsible of President Obama—I shouldn't say corrupt—to seemingly stand aloof on various important issues while focusing only on a select few," Forbes reports.

Murdoch described health care reform as "a fiction" and declared himself a climate change skeptic. Immigration policy is "an absolute scandal," he said, lamenting a lack of visa for entrepreneurs. One of the few things he did have a good word for was the iPad, BusinessWeek notes. "This is a fantastic invention,” he said. “It combines the ability to present all forms of media to all people, from 3-year-old children to 100-year-old men."