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Rupert Murdoch, Wendi Deng and the PhoneGate Pie (Video)

You can read detailed coverage of Rupert and James Murdoch’s testimony in the PhoneGate hearings from Kara Swisher. But here’s the 30 seconds of footage you’ll see over and over today: News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch attacked by a foam-pie-throwing protestor, who is then subdued by a crowd that includes Murdoch’s wife Wendi.

Worth noting that NWSA shares appeared to tick up a bit after the pie attack, and that the hearings restarted a few minutes later. And of course, we need to point out that this site is owned by News Corp.

Here’s a couple versions of the clip, in case one goes down:


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald