Video: Murdoch hit with pie attack, wife hits back

posted at 12:55 pm on July 19, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

You mess with Murdoch … you mess with the whole family. ABC News puts a spotlight on the reaction of Wendy Deng Murdoch to an attack on her husband, News Corp mogul Rupert Murdoch, as he and his son James testified before a Parliamentary committee earlier today:

A Parliament hearing into hacking by News Corp. journalists erupted into chaos Tuesday as CEO Rupert Murdoch was attacked by a man with what appeared to be a pie.

Wendi Deng Murdoch, his wife, rose from her seat behind her husband to protect him and took a swing at the intruder. The man was taken away from the scene and the committee temporarily suspended the hearing.

Hopefully Mrs. Murdoch landed that slap. Regardless of what one thinks of Murdoch’s politics or business practices, it hardly constitutes an act of courage to sneak up on an old man and assault him, with a pie or anything else. In fact, it’s basically an expression of utter impotence, just as much as the glitter attacks seen of late.

At the hearing itself, Murdoch declined to take responsibility for the actions of his employees in the phone-hacking scandal:

“Mr. Murdoch do you accept you are ultimately responsible for this whole fiasco?” asked Jim Sheridan, a member of Parliament.

“No,” replied Murdoch, explaining that those he hired and trusted and the people who they hired and trusted were responsible. He mentioned Les Hinton, the publisher of the Wall Street Journal, who resigned on Friday. Hinton and Murdoch have worked together for 52 years, including while Hinton was chief executive of News International, Murdoch’s British newspaper publisher. …

In answering a query about his hands on-off approach when it comes to his newspapers, Rupert Murdoch said that he “lost sight of maybe” the News of the World because it was so small in the general frame of the company. He explained that the editor he is in most touch with is the editor of the Wall Street Journal because they work in the same building. The News Corp. headquarters is in Manhattan.

Rupert Murdoch said he works a 10 to 12 hour workday, but he was not aware of all the details of News of the World, which comprises less than 1 percent of his entire company.

No one is “responsible” for criminal actions except the criminals themselves.  That would include anyone who aided and abetted criminal activity, and especially those who conspired to commit it or have it committed on their behalf.  If evidence arises that Murdoch falls into those categories, then he’d be responsible for his own actions as part of that conspiracy.  Otherwise, Murdoch is only guilty of making bad hiring decisions and not exercising enough control over the staff at one of his properties, which is bad enough as it is.

The Boss Emeritus warns that News Corp had better start cleaning up its act:

Heads are rolling in the News of the World hacking scandal aftermath. As they should be.

Several editors and London police officials have resigned. More are undoubtedly on the way. A former NoTW reporter-turned-whisteblower who suffered from drug and alcohol addictions has now tragically turned up dead — compounding a global media tragedy that has shaken countless murder victims’ families, terror victims’ families, celebrities, and politicians whose cell phones were allegedly illegally rifled through in pursuit of salacious gossip and tabloid fodder. …

As a proud Fox News contributor for the past 10 years, I have come to News Corp.’s defense countless times and will continue to do so when critics distort the facts and wage unfair attacks.

This is not one of those times. There is no defense for this godawful fiasco. …

Hacking is a serious crime and grave privacy invasion. PERIOD.

Yes, it is painful to see a great media champion/entrepreneur and a great media empire — of which NoTW was just a tiny sliver — under fire. The glee and double standards of News Corp. haters on both sides of the pond are hard to stomach.

But there is no one to blame for this other than those in News Corp. who let the scandal fester, and whose inaction handed critics all the ammunition they are firing now. These are the lumps and now every single rank-and-file employee and contributor at News Corp. is being forced to suffer them.

Exactly.

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Wendy Murdoch is a great wife, that is what we found out today

georgealbert on July 19, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Why would the UK give a crap about anything going on in the US?

fastestslug on July 19, 2011 at 1:45 PM
Why would the US Left and their Democrat Media give a crap about anything going in in the UK?

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Thanks, DD…that’s exactly what I was implying.

4Freedom on July 19, 2011 at 2:55 PM

I can’t remember who died in this scandal.

faraway on July 19, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Milly Dowler.

Barnestormer on July 19, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Why would the US Left and their Democrat Media give a crap about anything going in in the UK?

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Fox News is covering it as well so it isn’t just the left. It’s a huge story worthy of worldwide coverage.

fastestslug on July 19, 2011 at 3:05 PM

You know, I do not remember this kind of attack being made on the “venerable” CBS news network when its anchor and its producer pronounced George Bush a liar from a cooked National Guard document.

Yes, this scandal should have shut down the newspaper. But to claim that this is “indemic” in Newscorp, as a UK MP said, is merely wishful thinking at best; conspiratorial theorism at worst.

Tennman on July 19, 2011 at 3:07 PM

From reading these comments, you’d think someone tried to shoot him. It’s a pie !! Moe, Larry and Curly must be laughing their dead asses off !!!!

LODGE4 on July 19, 2011 at 3:13 PM

From reading these comments, you’d think someone tried to shoot him. It’s a pie !! Moe, Larry and Curly must be laughing their dead asses off !!!!

LODGE4 on July 19, 2011 at 3:13 PM

So, if someone smacked a pie in your great grandma’s face, you would laugh your ass off? Okay, then, give me her name, address, and recent photo and we’ll test it.

Blake on July 19, 2011 at 3:19 PM

So, if someone smacked a pie in your great grandma’s face, you would laugh your ass off? Okay, then, give me her name, address, and recent photo and we’ll test it.

Blake on July 19, 2011 at 3:19 PM

OK – Pinelawn Cemetary Long Island NY – I don’t think you want to see a “recent” photo of her, though.

LODGE4 on July 19, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Now we know why he married her. She’s a keeper!

faol on July 19, 2011 at 3:29 PM

LODGE4 on July 19, 2011 at 3:28 PM

A pie is a rather oddly sized item to fit under clothing and into a meeting place of elected officials. This “gentleman” was allowed to walk right up to the witness, in this case Mr. Murdoch, I think everyone should count themselves lucky that a pie was all that it was.

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2011 at 3:33 PM

It’s always the lefties that turn to violence isn’t it?

slickwillie2001 on July 19, 2011 at 3:41 PM

You have to wonder if Murdoch arranged for the antics.
It definitely put the politicians off their game.

J_Crater on July 19, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Wait a minute. Let’s be precise, “personal responsibility” ONLY applies to right wingers, conservatives in particular.
For left wingers NO responsibility applies, ever. Just ask Jamie Gorelick, Franklin Raines, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd…. and on and on. None of those lefties have even testified in front of a bunch of elected political hacks, much less faced criminal prosecution. Meanwhile, the perps I named keep their ill gotten multi-multi-millions.

JimP on July 19, 2011 at 3:50 PM

60 Minutes anyone? Anyone see any government hearings? How about Dateline (the exploding GM trucks) – while it was exposed, I don’t remember government filets.

I think News Corp should be censored by Congress like Rangel was. Or maybe they could just slap hands like William Cold Cash Jefferson.

katablog.com on July 19, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Why would the US Left and their Democrat Media give a crap about anything going in in the UK?

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Fox News is covering it as well so it isn’t just the left. It’s a huge story worthy of worldwide coverage.

fastestslug on July 19, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Why is it “huge” and “worldwide”? So far the scandal is confined to 1 country.

Meanwhile Fast and Furious is a multi-national story that has resulted in people being killed, and the US Democrat Media is totally uninterested in it, because the trail leads to Holder and by extension O’bama.

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2011 at 4:48 PM

I think News Corp should be censored by Congress like Rangel was. Or maybe they could just slap hands like William Cold Cash Jefferson.

katablog.com on July 19, 2011 at 4:11 PM

But News Corp isn’t a member of congress as are Rangel and as was Jefferson.

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2011 at 4:52 PM

From reading these comments, you’d think someone tried to shoot him. It’s a pie !! Moe, Larry and Curly must be laughing their dead asses off !!!!

LODGE4 on July 19, 2011 at 3:13 PM

So, if someone smacked a pie in your great grandma’s face, you would laugh your ass off? Okay, then, give me her name, address, and recent photo and we’ll test it.

Blake on July 19, 2011 at 3:19 PM

I heard Barney Frank makes a good banana cream

malkinmania on July 19, 2011 at 5:12 PM

I gotta admit..Marbles is a great name for a comedian!

malkinmania on July 19, 2011 at 5:13 PM

LODGE4 on July 19, 2011 at 3:28 PM

You’re a joke. Pie or fist it is an assault dimwit.

CW on July 19, 2011 at 6:17 PM

So then Obama is guilty after all for trafficking guns into Mexico?

JellyToast on July 19, 2011 at 6:39 PM

As a proud Fox News contributor for the past 10 years, I have come to News Corp.’s defense countless times and will continue to do so when critics distort the facts and wage unfair attacks.

This is not one of those times.

Actually it is one of those times. They have taken an incident involving a few people at one relatively small newspaper and used it as an excuse to indict an entire multinational corporation of thousands of people, including the guy at the very top, who had nothing to do with the issue at hand. It’s a situation that has been blown way out of proportion, and apparently Michelle is ok with that.

xblade on July 19, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Otherwise, Murdoch is only guilty of making bad hiring decisions and not exercising enough control over the staff at one of his properties, which is bad enough as it is.

Grrrrrr. Even that is a huge stretch and makes unfair assumptions which presume that the top level staff he deals with are guilty of journalistic malpractice. What sort of control was he supposed to exercise exactly? One could say that you’re blaming the victim for having been stabbed in the back.

Buy Danish on July 19, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Fox News is covering it as well so it isn’t just the left. It’s a huge story worthy of worldwide coverage.

fastestslug on July 19, 2011 at 3:05 PM

But the money funneled to GE through the Obama Administration and the political slant of MSNBC isn’t? Or the Arms to Mexican outlaws isn’t?

Please, just a little more of your faux outrage and propaganda.

hawkdriver on July 19, 2011 at 7:02 PM

I heard Barney Frank makes a good banana cream

malkinmania on July 19, 2011 at 5:12 PM

LOL

Ugly on July 19, 2011 at 7:25 PM

They we have it folks, our next secretary of defense, Wendy Murdoch. :) Yea Wendy!!!!!

dec5 on July 19, 2011 at 9:37 PM

DEFCON Wendi!

Better security than the British police, obviously.

How does one “sneak” a “pie” into a secure meeting?

And who’s to say the pie didn’t have razor blades or anthrax in it?

profitsbeard on July 19, 2011 at 10:05 PM

And who’s to say the pie didn’t have razor blades or anthrax in it?

profitsbeard on July 19, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Remember the good old days, where the victim at least got to enjoy the chocolate in a Boston cream pie?

Shy Guy on July 20, 2011 at 12:51 AM

You’re a joke. Pie or fist it is an assault dimwit.

CW on July 19, 2011 at 6:17 PM

If you think a fist is the same as a pie, YOU’RE a joke dimwit.

LODGE4 on July 20, 2011 at 6:14 AM

If you think a fist is the same as a pie, YOU’RE a joke dimwit.

LODGE4 on July 20, 2011 at 6:14 AM

If it were nothing more than a pie, there is a difference. But still, either should be treated as assault. I for one would rather not have to clean any sort of debris from my eyes. And God help the person that tried.

hawkdriver on July 20, 2011 at 8:34 AM

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