Schmidt Plays Google’s Social Whipping Boy

Maybe Eric Schmidt’s new role with Google, in his post CEO days, is to take the pressure off the rest of the Google team by taking the heat for its failures. Sure looks that way based on his comments at the D9 conference yesterday.

As All Things Digital reports

Asked later in the session about his biggest regrets as Google CEO, Facebook was again top of mind. Tellingly, Schmidt said the social problem Google is grappling with today is largely his fault. He said he recently looked up memos he wrote four years ago about Google needing to address online identity. “I clearly knew that I had to do something, and I failed to do it,” he said. “A CEO should take responsibility. I screwed up.”