by Michael Smerconish, Hardball guest host
Allow me to share a lingering thought about what happened in the U.K. with the Tuesday testimony of Rupert and James Murdoch.
I’m a bit of a cynic, but no a conspiracy guy. I think Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone. I abhor those who float the notion that 9/11 was an inside job and I lamented the closing of a chapter today in our space program because I know man has walked on the moon.
Having said this, I’m having doubts about the heroic efforts of Rupert Murdoch’s wife to thwart the pie thrower. Think about it. The whole hearing concerned media manipulation. Parliamentarians were gathered to learn what the Murdochs’ knew about hacking and when they knew it. And the testimony did not go well.
Both Rupert and James Murdoch apologized repeatedly but steadfastly refused to take the blame. But the story making the most news – the pie and the woman who stopped its delivery. Instead of questions about the veracity of Murdoch’s testimony, there is endless chatter about how a man with a checkered shirt approached Murdoch with a foam pie to slam in his face, only to have Murdoch’s spry wife lunge toward the attacker, and thwart his attempt to harm her husband.
I keep seeing headline likes, “Crouching Tiger, Flying Murdoch” and what is the accompanying narrative? Don’t mess with Wendi Deng, Murdoch’s 43-year-old Chinese-born wife.
So what should have been a post mortem analyst of the testimony of two media moguls has been obscured by the laudatory coverage of Mrs. Murdoch. And what do we know of the pie thrower? Well, his name is Johnnie Marbles.
Johnnie Marbles. I may have lost mine, but come on. This activist and comedian – real name Jonathan May-Bowles – was somehow able to evade the security of Parliament with his pie? And then get within inches of Murdoch?
Let me remind you that News of the World once set up Formula One President Max Mosley with prostitutes on their payroll leading to the unforgettable headline – “F1 Boss Has Sick Nazi orgy with 5 Hookers.”
What’s a foam pie compared to five prostitutes with cameras in their bras? So now the attention is all on the pie and especially on Murdoch’s wife Wendi Deng. Call it Pie-Gate. I’m wondering what did Wendi Deng know and when did she know it.