Met Romney last week. Tough O Chicago pros will be hard to beat unless he drops old friends from team and hires some real pros. Doubtful.Rupert Murdoch • Tweeting yesterday about meeting Mitt Romney, a tweet that is bad for Mitt in three ways: 1) Romney met with a guy who is facing scrutiny in the UK over his cozy relationships with politicians; 2) A powerful conservative just ripped Romney and his staff; and 3) Romney will be stuck trying to put out this fire for like a week. While Murdoch later claimed he supports Romney (though hasn’t donated to his campaign), the tweets look bad for Romney.
I am so rooting for you tomorrow not just as a personal friend but because professionally we’re definitely in this together. Speech of your life? Yes, he Cam!Former News International exec Rebekah Brooks • In a text message to current British Prime Minister David Cameron, on the brink of a speech Cameron was about to make at a Conservative Party conference. News International had to hand over the text messages between the two as part of the Leveson Inquiry that grew out of the company’s phone-hacking scandal. It’s been a fun one so far, with such luminaries as Tony Blair (who also had a tight relationship with Brooks) and Rupert Murdoch being forced to testify. Today was Cameron’s turn.
I’m walking across the street from my apartment to a hotel. We were mobbed by journalists and paparazzi. I had a microphone stuck on my mouth and they said ‘what’s your main consideration?’ and I said ‘her, here.’News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch • Complaining about getting “mobbed” by the press over the phone-hacking inquiry. Note: He’s in the media industry. He indirectly hires people to do this for a living. One of his lower-levels at Fox News, Griff Jenkins, is so well-known for being the jerk who ambushes people that people ambush Griff sometimes. He doesn’t see the irony in complaining about it?
I was not told sufficient information to go and turn over a whole bunch of stones that I was told had already been turned over. I don’t think that, short of knowing they weren’t giving me the full picture, I would’ve been able to know that at the time.News Corp. exec James Murdoch • Speaking in front of an independent panel investigating the phone-hacking scandal facing his company — a scandal which has hurt his own reputation significantly and cost him a number of roles in News Corp. He’s already testified twice in front of similar panels. Murdoch’s dad, Rupert, will testify in front of the same panel Wednesday.
» But what don’t we know? Rupe’s going to testify: Murdoch, who has seen his considerable British political influence fall since the hacking scandal broke, now plans to return to the UK to testify on his political influence over the years. Last time he did this, Wendy Deng kicked some guy’s pie-throwing butt.