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July 20, 2011

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ejoch

"...without quite inhabiting one". I quite liked him myself, even if the personable thing was a bit of an act. It was fascinating to watch, partly because of those moments when Rupert M would suddenly step in and take charge- like refuting the 'wilful blindless' accusation very forcibly. Never even seen an interview with him before so I just wanted to see what he was like.

Sitll crazy that this is leading the news though, with the imminent default of Greece and the US Congress playing chicken with the debt.

abdevilliers

He didn't seem to give a flying one about the NotW

ogilvy

I'm surprised you took the 'doddering' Rupert at face value - he reminded me instead of the state criminals in the Hague and elsewhere who plead serious ailments or approaching senility in order to provoke sympathy and avoid judgment. One could even imagine the pie-thrower as a hired plant engaged to enhance the victimization of this odious, thoroughly amoral figure who has caused so much damage to the political discourse of Britain and the US. Unfortunately and perhaps not coincidentally, it seems as if the international press with few exceptions has let the bastard off the hook.

Marbury

Hi Ogilvy. As to the first conspiracy theory you allude to: well it's impossible to disprove (as most of them are) but personally I doubt very much Murdoch was putting on a doddery act. It will have done him no good in the eyes of the constituency that matters to him most - his shareholders - to be seen to be so past it and out of touch. And anyway, his demeanour was consistent with what I've heard from people who have seen him up close or talked to him.

As to the second: yes, one could "imagine" that Jonathan May-Bowles ('Jonnie Marbles') was a paid Murdoch pie-man, though, as I'm sure you agree, one would have to be pretty crazy to *believe* it.

Smileoftdecade

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhGF8a1HwP8

A glimpse of the world without Murdoch -
(exaggerated for comic effect of course)

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