Hey hey, what’s shakin’ Tony? We heard you had to speak in front of the Levenson Inquiry today regarding your cozy relationship with the media, particularly between yourself and Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch’s already spilled the beans about a few things in his conversation with Lord Justice Leveson, but hearing from a former prime minister certainly makes for a fun time, right guys? Here are a few of our favorite highlights from the four-hour questioning session:
- one According to the former British PM, he was only a business acquaintance with Rupert Murdoch — until he left office, that is. After that, the relationship became more personal, to the point where Blair became the godfather of Rupe’s daughter. Really.
- two Even when it was strictly a business relationship, Blair saw “nothing odd” about calling up Murdoch in the hours before the Iraq War began and giving him personal briefings on the mission. Because, you know, whatever! Just business.
- three Blair’s family has had its own struggles with the media. His wife, Cherie, reportedly has filed (or considered filing) over 30 lawsuits against media outlets in a five year period, in what Blair claims was a “personal vendetta.” source
» Blair also called Rebekah Brooks … with condolences: When Brooks, who is facing criminal charges in the phone-hacking scandal that led to the current inquiry, resigned from News Corp., Blair was one of the first to call. ”I’m somebody who doesn’t believe in being a fair-weather friend and certainly I said I was very sorry for what happened to her,” he explained. Because, hey, they were pals, too! (photo via the World Economic Forum)
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