July 19th, 2011
I would have probably dismissed as not realistic enough for even The Daily Show this kind of story, had someone suggested it a few months ago:
Rupert Murdoch’s corporation (owner of FOX News, Wall Street Journal, News of the World, etc) would have been found to have illegally accessed other people’s voicemails.
These included voicemails from a cellphone belonging to a recently-murdered girl, which interfered with the police.
And they had also bribed Scotland Yard officers for information, and actively covered it up.
The story would close one of Britain’s biggest newspapers, and force the resignation of various government and Scotland Yard officials.
That it would lead to the first high-profile investigation under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of an American corporation bribing British officials.
That one of the central figures in the scandal would suddenly die at a young age.
That there was a question of how the former editor of Murdoch’s newspaper — whom he steadfastly defended until one day he didn’t — would be taken from jail to testify before Parliament.
That CNN would live stream a hearing of a British Parliamentary subcommittee instead of the news conference given by the President of the United States.
And that during this committee hearing, some guy would attack Rupert Murdoch — who, until then, looked like he had a few drinks too many the night before — with a shaving cream pie.
And that Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers and TV channels would portray News Corp. as a victim of the liberal press in all this, and that they should just be left alone.
So maybe the last one was believable, but my goodness. Just when it couldn’t get any stranger, a SHAVING CREAM PIE?!