Blair Says Murdoch Put Political Pressure On Him

Ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair, testifying for an investigation into media bribery of police, said that media mogul Rupert Murdoch lobbied him directly when he was in power. “Pressure from him was more political than commercial” Blair said. Blair claims he is not “too cozy” with Murdoch, even though he is the godfather of one of Murdoch’s children.

Wendi Deng, Kung-Fu Spouse

Wendi Deng-Murdoch’s valiant slap-down of a shaving-cream-pie-wielding assailant wasn’t the first time she used her David Carradinesque kung-fu moves to protect her billionaire-media-magnate husband Rupert Murdoch. (Hang-on, I’m hyphen-ventilating….okay, to continue….) Below is a photo taken of the couple sometime prior to the pie incident:

Note that while Murdoch seems to be unaware of the katana-wielding assassin behind him, Ms. Deng has her left ear strategically unobstructed by her hair.

Hearing the faint swishing of the razor-sharp blade as it cut a deadly arc through the air, she turned in a lightning-fast reflex to the threat, grasped the attacker’s wrist, and deftly flung him over her shoulder and to the floor where bodyguards proceeded to kick him to death. It’s unfortunate that her incredibly swift actions were too fast for the camera to capture.

Man Gives Rupert Murdoch The Pie

A man assaulted media kingpin Rupert Murdoch with a shaving-cream pie as Murdoch testified at a Parliamentary inquiry in London. Below is a frame-by-frame analysis of the attack:

Immediately post-pie-impact: an aide to Rupert Murdoch attempts to shield her boss.

Pie-impact +0.01 seconds: Mrs. Murdoch senses the aide isn't doing enough violent harm to the assailant and rises from her seat behind the now em-pied media baron. An unidentified Murdoch toady rises and moves left to wrap his arms around Murdoch in what is known as "the embrace of security".

Pie-impact +0.02 seconds: Mrs. Murdoch delivers a right hay-maker somewhat over the shoulder to the side of the assailant's head. At the same time the unidentified toady elbows her out of the way, causing her to fall on top of the aide, who then unknowingly tackles the assailant. At pie impact +0.08 seconds police arrive to disentangle the assailant, the aide, and Mrs. Murdoch.