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Media titan Rupert Murdoch testified before a parliamentary committee in London this week in regard to the phone hacking and bribery scandal that has rocked Murdoch’s News Corp, as well as the British government and Scotland Yard. Murdoch famously decried the event as “the most humble day of my life,” apologized profusely for the immorality of the incident, then proceeded to deftly maneuver his way out of the bind. In what is being called the “Junior Soprano” defense, Murdoch claimed ignorance of the actions of his henchmen in the massive News Corp organization, of which News of the World only represents 1%. It was Rupert Murdoch who was the victim of his unscrupulous employees. And indeed Murdoch was the victim midway through the proceedings when British comedian Johnnie Marbles landed a plate of shaving foam squarely in Murdoch’s face. Murdoch’s wife gained instant Internet celebrity when she sprung to Murdoch’s defense and landed a slap on the attacker forceful enough to send her to the ground. Prior to the attack, Marbles tweeted, “It is a far better thing that I do now than I have ever done before,” a mis-quotation of Dickens’ “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.”

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