Wendi Deng and Rupert Murdoch Rupert Murdoch. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Aging, longevity, productivity, demographics and the modern workforce — they’re a pretty complicated, and sometimes sensitive, set of issues. Meaning that they require, perhaps, a more deft touch than the one displayed yesterday by Chris Matthews on his eponymous syndicated TV show, in conversation with the Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman.

MATTHEWS: When the Pope leaves this week, the cardinals will get ready to choose his successor, but only cardinals under age 80 can actually vote in the College of Cardinals, which brings us to this week’s big question. In today’s world of working longer in life, should we have an age cutoff in all sorts of areas, Howard? Like the Supreme Court?

FINEMAN: I think it’s something we should consider, but I think the technology of aging is changing, and I think it has to still be on a case-by-case basis. Somebody like Rupert Murdoch running one of the largest news organizations in the world is in his 80’s and going strong by all accounts.

MATTHEWS: Really. Is that good? Just kidding.

(h/t NewsBusters)