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[ISN] Rupert Murdoch gets Burma-Shave pie in the face
By Mary McNamara
Los Angeles Times
July 19, 2011
Testimony by Rupert and James Murdoch before a Parliament committee was
interrupted Tuesday morning when a man in a checked shirt attempted to
shove a plate full of shaving cream into Murdochâs face. The man, later
identified as a UK Uncut activist, was quickly hustled out of the room,
though not before Rupert Murdoch's wife, Wendi, rose in protective fury
and clocked the guy.
It was a startling and bizarre moment in the long and often-repetitive
testimony that is part of the investigation into the journalistic
practices of News Corp. and forced committee members to pause in their
generally scalding interrogation of the father and son to commend the
media mogul for agreeing to continue.
Louise Mensch, the Parliament members whose turn it was when the pie
incident occurred, expressed her admiration for Rupert Murdoch's "huge
guts" but warned that her questions would still be tough. And, indeed,
she quickly asked whether, in light of the scandal at the News of the
World, Murdoch was investigating his other papers for similar offenses.
No, Murdoch answered, but he was prepared to do so. Mensch was not
satisfied, pushing James and Rupert to face the ineffectual past
investigations so hard that he was reduced to a few moments of actual
babble and demanding to know why Rupert Murdoch has not considered
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