With one mighty slap, Wendi Deng Murdoch may have saved her husband’s company.
No longer was the story about hacking or impropriety or ethics, it was about a wife coming to her 80-year-old husband’s defense when he was attacked.
Rupert Murdoch is a hated man, obviously. He runs a company without ethics or moral compass with a history of crushing anyone who got in his way.
At the Phone Hacking Scandal Hearing, as question after question came from the Members of Parliament, he denied denied denied.
Rupert sat there stone-faced, acted like he couldn’t hear questions (maybe he actually has bad hearing) and then calmly placed blame on junior executives.
James Murdoch sat there red-faced, embarrassed – a completely worthless deer-in-headlights.
All of their answers were the answers of cowards.
Social networks were salivating at the possibility that Rupert’s empire would fall. The press were poised to rake them over the coals without mercy…
… and then he was attacked by an idiot comedian with a pie tin full of shaving cream (or whipped cream) – and Wendi Deng Murdoch went into action without thought or fear. She smacked that guy with a mighty right hand and he went down.
With one slap, the narrative of the story had changed, the old man got a little boost of sympathy and the entire hearing became a circus.
Any public judgments against News Corp. or Rupert or James had been pushed to the back – almost forcing news outlets to refocus the story on “Who is Wendi Murdoch and Where Did She Learn To Punch?”
Splitting the media attention was what was needed to get Rupert off the hot seat and this dumb ass activist being punched to the ground by Wendi Deng Murdoch accomplished that to perfection.
It makes you wonder if it was planned that way by News Corp.
Jill Kennedy – OnMedea