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Rupert Murdoch addresses the Wall Street Journal newsroom on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, the day his $5 billion-plus bid for Dow Jones & Co., which owned the Journal, cleared its final hurdle. (AP)

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Rupert Murdoch, master of Fox News, turns 79 a week from today. Fear not for his health. His mother is a spry 101.

But as he approaches 80, says my guest today, Murdoch — the News Corp. chief, owner of The Wall Street Journal, and last of the great, old-fashioned press barons — has one more great goal: to topple The New York Times from the top of the American news business. Topple the Times’ values and perspective and power and replace them with his own.

Murdoch values. Murdoch power. Can he do it?

This hour, On Point: Rupert Murdoch versus The New York Times.

Guests:

Gabriel Sherman, contributing editor at New York Magazine and a special correspondent for The New Republic. His cover story on Rupert Murdoch, “The Raging Septuagenarian,” appears in the current issue of New York.

Alan Mutter, former columnist and editor at the Chicago Daily News, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and  former CEO of three Silicon Valley companies involved in broadband delivery and online media technology.  He writes commentary on technology and media on his blog, Reflections of a Newsosaur.

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Listen back to our show on Murdoch vs. Google, with Michael Wolff, Jeff Jarvis, and Steven Brill.

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