The outrageous rumor, suggesting that the pie toss event during Mr. Murdoch's testimony was staged, is completely false. True, a pie filled with shaving cream was tossed, but it was not planned, or executed to promote sympathy for Murdoch and to cut short the Commons inquiry. The committee continued after a short recess.
While Mr. Murdoch and son James proceeded with their see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil and do no evil testimony, peppered with continuous apologies, for missing to see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil and doing no evil, viewers were prompted to question: Who runs that place?
Son James Murdoch, who looks like Sarah Palin, but articulate, and topped with a crew-cut and heavier eyebrows, insisted he came to News Corp in 2007. Everything that happened before then falls into the, "I'll get back to you on that," category.
Joel Klein, the man wearing the green tie and sitting behind son James, formerly headed New York City's education department. Now working for News Corp, he was appointed to investigate the phone hacking scandal at News Corp. However, using his fingers, he appeared to be more interested in investigating whatever he managed to pull out of his ears, nose and teeth.
The pie tossing episode occurred while Ms. Louise Mensch, a member of the Commons committee, quoted from a book written by reporter Piers Morgen, (who was editor of the Daily Mirror during the phone hacking scandal and is presently on CNN, having replaced venerable Larry King) that it was common practice to hack telephones for information.
Mrs. Murdoch was on her feet and swung into action before the police officer made it across the room. A short recess followed and testimony resumed with Mr. Murdoch missing his jacket.
Now, if it had indeed been intentionally staged, (as fallacious rumors imply) Mr. Murdoch would have had an extra jacket at the ready.
Later that evening, during Anderson Cooper's 360 broadcast on CNN, Piers Morgan demanded that Ms. Mensch, "grow some balls and apologize" for misrepresenting what he (Mr. Morgan) wrote in his book.