Rupert’s Post Game: His Royal Pie-ness Story on Page SShhh

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 12: Rupert Murdoch, the chief executive officer of News Corp., is driven from his apartment on July 12, 2011 in London, England. Allegations emerged yesterday that private investigators working for The Sun and The Sunday Times newspapers, owned by Mr Murdoch's company, targeted former Prime Minister Gordon Brown to obtain bank details and his son's medical records. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

No one in News Corp.’s New York headquarters knew quite what to do when the pie landed on Rupert Murdoch.

“The newsroom stopped,” said one person inside the Wall Street Journal offices at the time, where the hearing was being broadcast on the televisions in the bullpen.

Outside, two NYPD cars were parked directly opposite of the building’s main entrance on Avenue of the Americas, while a CNN reporter filmed a report with Mr. Murdoch’s flagship building in the background. Inside, Mr. Murdoch’s operations tried to carry on: Fox News ran the London hearing live, and the Journal reporters—upon recovering—prepared a front-page story for the next morning.

But the pie-stained moment—which included Mr. Murdoch’s wife, Wendi Deng, slapping the assailant, and his son, James, complaining to the police—was, in many ways, tailor-made for Mr. Murdoch’s favorite local outlet, the tabloid he had twice bought and most closely resembles the embodiment of his life’s work: Turning dry dispassionate reports of government bodies into dramatic, personal narratives of powerful men and business elites behaving badly. And yet, if any Murdoch news outlet had something resembling an emotional desire to protect the 80-year-old Australian on what he called the “most humble” day of his life, it was the New York Post, the money-losing property that has long felt like a physical extension of its doting owner. The Post ran the story on page 35. Continue reading “Rupert’s Post Game: His Royal Pie-ness Story on Page SShhh”

King: 'No Reason to Think' Murdoch Knew About Hacking

Last week, Congressman Peter King called for an investigation into possible News Corp. hacking in New York City. But King isn’t assuming his friend Rupert Murdoch knew anything about it.

“I have no reason to think Rupert Murdoch knew about it, or that anyone from the New York Post, Fox News, knew about it, so I’m not going to get into that,” King said at a breakfast event hosted by the Observer yesterday. “I think this is corruption that could be in any organization. I just thought this had to be tracked down and investigated.” Continue reading “King: 'No Reason to Think' Murdoch Knew About Hacking”

Roundup: Cuomo Moves Into Phase 2, Dominic Carter Makes a Debut

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 19: U.S. President Obama arrives in the Brady Press Briefing Room for a brief statement on ongoing debt ceiling negotiations with congressional leaders July 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama said a proposal offered by the bipartisan group, the 'Gang of Six', was 'a very significant step' on resolving the stalemate over the debt ceiling issue. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Tonight: Rangel does live online town hall at 5:30. [We Harlem]

Tonight: Gianaris on NY1 with Errol Louis. [Twitter]

Tonight: Dominic Carter makes TV debut as guest on RNN Richard Frech’s show, tonight and tomorrow. [ Jerry Barmash/ FishbowlNY]

2013: “Fall internship positions with NYC citywide campaign.” [Twitter]

2014: DiNapoli has just $53,000 on-hand. [Liz Benjamin / Capital Tonight]

Debt Ceiling: Obama embraces bi-partisan plan, hoping the House will too. [James Calmes and Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times]

Silicon Alley: Bloomberg’s plans for new college is “a shot across the bow of Silicon Valley.” [Samantha Gross / AP]

Silicon Alley: New school could create 30,000 temp and permanent jobs [Patrick McGeehan / New York Times]

Phone Hacking: Murdoch maintains his innocence. [Alan Cowell and Graham Bowley / New York Times]

Phone Hacking: “The hearing ended with another MP saying, ‘Mr. Murdoch, your wife has a very good left hook.’” [Keach Hagey / Politico]

Phone Hacking: Why Joel Klein was sitting behind the Murdochs today. [Jacob Soboroff / Twitter]

Cuomo: Phase II, creating jobs. [Cara Matthews / LoHud]

DiNapoli: Top aide, Dennis Tompkins departs for job with state Education Dept. [Ken Lovett / Daily News]

Same-Sex Marriage: Paul Singer, GOP who advocated for same-sex marriage, donated to Conservative Party. [Liz Benjamin / Capital Tonight]

Same-Sex Marriage: Lottery system to handle the influx this Sunday. [NY1]

Same-Sex Marriage: “We want to make sure that Sunday is not like a trip to Motor Vehicles,” said Quinn, about city preparations. [Julie Bolcer / Advocate]

Headline: “Christian Clerks Face NYC Same-Sex Marriage License Dilemma.” [Jennifer LeClaire / Charisma Magazine]

Rudy Defends Rupert, Doesn't Recall Marriage Vow [Video]

Rudy Giuliani still believes in Rupert Murdoch, and he cautioned against rushing to judgment in the phone hacking scandal roiling Murdoch’s media empire.

“He’s a very honorable, honest man,” Giuliani told Candy Crowley on CNN’s State of the Union this morning. “This can’t be something that he would anything to do with.” Continue reading “Rudy Defends Rupert, Doesn't Recall Marriage Vow [Video]”