Looks like Rupert Murdoch...
Was un-willfully blinded.
News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch was attacked by a protestor during a parliamentary hearing into the phone-hacking allegations at his sister company News International this afternoon. The committee's public inquiry has been suspended. SkyNews was there Reports claim that a UK Uncut activist, whose Twitter handle is @ …
That's exactly right, as far as I am concerned. Here we have what is a rare instance of a very powerful individual having his illegal dealings exposed to public scrutiny, and some brain-damaged half-wit has "a better idea".
Idiots like this, and like those idiots who attacked Sony (and Sony's users) repeatedly, do nothing but make Sony and Murdoch look like victims. If anyone thinks that some people will not now begin to equate "parliamentary hearing" with "shaving cream pie" then they really do not understand how the world works.
Your arguments are completely valid -- if and only if you believe that the general public, on average, are stupid enough that they can't comprehend the difference in moral scope between getting a little shaving cream on someone's face and violating someone's privacy.
On the other hand, if after millennia of years of social evolution and eons of physical evolution, our species is still that moronic on average, then we are most likely doomed anyway. So you may as well hang up your high horse and have a little fun.
The point is that it's this stupid incident that will get the attention, not Murdoch's weaselling. Naturally it's now on the front of The Times, The Sun and The Mirror's sites (all Murdoch controlled of course) and probably will be their front page story tomorrow allowing them to portray *him* as the "poor victim of an unprovoked attack" and side-line everything else.
One need not "get off one's high horse" to deplore ill-timed, out-of-place, and stupid actions that accomplish *nothing useful* except obtain some publicity for the idiot that commits the action, while, at the same time, distracting attention from more important matters - the actual parliamentary hearing. One need merely detest out-and-out stupidity.
I totally deplore this action, very badly timed and resorting to asault, even comical assault, particularly of an 80 year old is just not right. However one of the BBC guys there asked the perp, while he was handcuffed, why he did it. His reply: "I can't comment until the police investigation is over."
Well I just looked that the UK Uncut website, hopefully to join a forum there and tell them what I think about it, but they have a notice on their site that says "Murdoch pie was not a UK Uncut action" ( http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/blog/murdoch-pie-was-not-a-uk-uncut-action ),
Frankly I would not be terribly surprised if they were lying. . .
Didn't see the earlier sessions, but a couple of times during Rebekah Brooks' session I spotted Mensch effectively crawling, however to her credit she also managed to use Brooks' own "it's not just us, everyone's at it" statements to point out the ludicrousness of some of her previous answers. Not sure what to think about Mensch really. She does have an agenda, I just can't figure out what it is exactly.
Anyone recall Ex Guiness bigwig "Deadly" Ernest Saunders (the *only* man ever to recover from Altzheimers or rather Altzheimer *like* symptoms).
The Congressional testimony of the CEO of ITT in the wake of Nixon's leaving. A notoriously autocratic CEO with a reputation for micro management he could not remember this , was not sure about that, did not know etc.
Not of course that Rupert and Junior have been accused yet.
This involves three groups with long histories of institutional corruption - The House of Commons, The Metropolitan Police, and News International.
Does anyone here really imagine the outcome of all this is going to be anymore meaningful than those pointless New Labour inquiries which merely demonstrated that if you can choose the judge and jury, and define the evidence that can be considered, you could have Hitler declared innocent of any wrong doing. These three groups have a mutuality of interest, the files will have been weeded by now, the stories "synchronised", the patsies anointed, and plausible deniability established.
Don't expect anything from the ConDems - I had never imagined I would see the tyranny of the plebiscite raise its ugly head in the UK during my lifetime, but in the recent referendum they asked the electorate to effectively choose, with all due solemnity, between dog shit and cat shit. Napoleon himself would have been impressed.
These enquiries were set up on behalf of the public by politicians in order to clear the air for everyone, get to the truth of the matter and ensure that these mistakes are never repeated agai-
Ah, who am I kidding. They're all self serving motherfuckers with all the social conscience of a BOFH going after a paid vacation.
So you lose! Mwahahahahahahahahahaah!!!!1!!!11
murdock and minimurdock must now end up in the scrubs, and brooks to star in revival episode of cell block 'H'.....
... whaddya mean it's morning and time for me to get up and go to work... bugger
we can but dream.
1 thing dose seem certain is that 'plausible deniability' is a busted flush for news corpse - seemed to me the commitee was saying "either you are crooks, or incompetent - you choose" and whatever bullshit they use to dodge that bullet will be used against rupert and mini rupe in the soon to be announced re-shuffle at the top of the company.
plus the pie thing was a hoot :-)
And as for the comments saying well done for giving the sun it's headline.... do you really think that in the absence of a good pie in the face gag that the sun would have lead with " It's a fair cop guv, it woz us wot dun the blag" ffs
if push had come to shove they wouild have posted a full page apology for whatever story it was that they fucked up yesterday, and put that on page 1 - with a sarky note to the PCC about priniting apologies in prominent positions.
a pox on them all
Jonnie Marbles (or whatever his real name will be revealed to be tomorrow after The Sun bribe a cop for the arrest details)... the man who is to the Phantom Flan Flinger as Netbooks and tablets are to real computing.
I predict they'll charge him with being a nob and sentence him to getting a haircut and finding a job. No surprise he used shaving foam rather than real custard, as his tubby frame probably likes custard more than he hates Murdoch.
Still, James Murdoch's facial expression was enough to make you think he was about to be mounted by a bombastically inebriated, nekkid and Ecstasy-fueled Brian Blessed, lunging wildly over the benches like a rampaging animal on heat, hollering "I'm having you. I'm f**king having you!". Priceless. Now that would be a headline.
Are you kidding? Some old bastard get a pie in the kisser and people will feel sorry for him? Maybe a saber to the head might get him a bit but, let's face it, Rupe is not a charmer. But I really came to say another wasted effort, seriously, there were no bricks outside?
security moved very slowly,... maybe one of his cronies arranged this harmless and ineffective pie attack to make 'ol bastard' look like a victim - c'mon, really, a foam pie, the guy gets that close to him and he's only armed with a foam pie?? Wow, Murdoch must be an absolute cad !! I mean, not as much as that Sean Hoare, i mean he must've been really evil as he killed himself - it'll probably turn out that he shot and knifed himself several times in the back,... either that or they'll cover it up saying it was a self inflicted drug OD
Sometimes these headlines just write themselves ...
"Activist ladyslapped by Wendi Murdoch, now in custardy"
Now if the guy would have followed up with an atomic wedgie I might have some sympathy for Rupert. I'll be staying away from Wendi in any case. She's obviously no stranger to violent reactions to personal space violations.
Sorry, but how the fuck do you get into a Parliamentary Committee with a can of shaving foam? Don't they have security gates you have to go through - in Australia we have them in pretty much every important government building from local courts up. Surely a Parliamentary committee would have some form of security?
And if they did have some security, one would assume they didn't frisk down a certain 80-year old walnut-faced ocker? Or didn't frisk down someone in his entourage?
Because you would never engineer a stunt like this to garner public sympathy at a critical moment, would you?
That would be like, oh, I don't know, bribing police, or hacking crime victims phones, or interfering with democratic process by using your influence over a wide range of media. It would certainly display a high level of cynicism and disdain for any authority other than your own. Which you buy; because you are every, very wealthy.
Well it looks like somebody will get a criminal record, and possibly a fine for their actions during the phone hacking case.
Excuse the pun but I'm sure that the met will throw the book at the pie thrower, even if it is only to distract attention from their own failings.
I don't think the bard himself could have written such a story of such devious, seft centred, nepotistic hedonism, that combines tradgedy and farce in equal measure leaving the audience feeling both sick and bemused.
According to the Guardian they are saying
"This was a lone-wolf, solitary action," said a key organiser in UK Uncut, a tax-avoidance campaigner group. "None of us knew anything about this. This has got nothing to do with UK Uncut."
.... just a single person doing something wrong all on their own and none of the rest of us had any idea it was going on .... remind me, where have I heard that before!
The start of the program saw Murdoch Senior playing the "I'm too important to know this shit" game and his son spouting bullshit like an agricultural machine, trying like anything to deny that the whole spying and illegal wiretapping was nothing to do with them, honest, guv. It was about two three hundred lone rogue reporters, and being ripped to shreds for it.
And yet, we are now discussing whether Mrs. Murdoch used her right or her left hand to bitch-slap the git who tried to cream-pie Murdoch Sr.
Does anyone actually remember any of the bullshit coming from Murdoch Jr? Does anyone *mention* it in any discussion of yesterday's proceedings?
Well done, that man. If Rupert isn't paying him, he should be.
If the flinger had used something useful like a piece of 4x2 with six inch nails hammered through it, it might have been appreciated. But the useless git gave that loathsome, Septic Aussie reptile the excuse he needed to 'forget most of the salient points.
The parliamentary committee had about as much teeth as cuddly toy. The limp-wristed flan-flinger should be hauled over the coals, just to make sure they're hot enough so the Murdochs, Brooks, Coulson, Scameron, et al, get badly burnt.
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