Bill Clinton laid it on the line in a forum marking the 25th anniversary of the first .com registration.

The forum was organised by VeriSign to mark the anniversary of the March 15, 1985 registration of Symbolics.com. The former American President shared his favorite blogs, gadgets and his hopes for better Internet access.

The most interesting snippet of the discussion with VeriSign CEO Mark McLaughlin was Clinton’s assessment of the future of newspapers.

Picture 39 600x341 Its almost impossible given the economics of the modern world for newspapers to continue... Bill Clinton

Clinton said that many of the political sites (The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast) “don’t have to do what a newspaper does every day,” which is why he is “really worried about our ability to maintain any newspapers” or anything that “serves as a standard of objectivity”.

“It’s almost impossible given the economics of the modern world for newspapers to continue…,” said Clinton.

Not surprisingly, his favorite gadget is his iPhone but he hasn’t ventured into the e-reader market just yet, still preferring books. Lets see if that changes once the iPad is released, surely e-readers are good for books.

via Computer World