The real excitement from the much anticipated Rupert Murdoch committee testimony came when a rogue who the Internet has coined Al Pieda delivered a shaving cream pie to the face of Murdoch.
Here is some video of the hub bub:
It was first reported that the hearing was stopped when a man in a checkered shirt tried to assault Rupert Murdoch. Nobody knew anything and it seemed like it might be something serious when the committee adjourned for 10 minutes.
The assault turned out to be a shaving cream pie.
Modern technology allowed us to hear instantaneously from the Al Pieda operative, Jonnie Morton.
Morton tweeted from his iPhone:
Although Mr. Marbles has been arrested, and disrupting committee hearings is a very naughty thing to do, I am sure that there are many people around the world who feel that a shaving cream pie to the face is the least of what Rupert Murdoch deserves. Disruptions in high profile committee hearings are commonplace in the US. Usually they involve some protesters, signs and chanting.
The shaving cream pie in the face is usually reserved for baseball post game shows and pranks, but in the UK terrorism has taken on a new moisturizing shape.
It was initially reported that the pie culprit was a UK Uncut activist, but the group took to their Twitter to deny that the foamy assailant was not one of theirs:
The Guardian UK’s Jane Martinson later provided a full account of the incident:
The man lobbed a plate of shaving foam into Murdoch’s face at point blank range. Astonishing reaction from Wendi who, sitting behind her husband, immediately returned fire. James looked stunned, several members of room gasped, but Wendi then sat on desk calmly wiping foam from her husband’s face. Foam all over her blue painted toes as well as two police officers who immediately grabbed him. Shock that he got foam in given tight security. Another man with a long beard also questioned.
If a shaving cream pie is the worst thing to happen to Murdoch today, then he has had a very good day. All in all the Murdochs were well drilled, well prepared, and their basic defense is that they didn’t know what was going on. In short, the buck doesn’t stop with them.
They are taking a page from the book of many Republicans. They seem set to pick some underlings and throw them under the bus in order to save their own hides. The Murdochs are using the Abu Ghraib defense.
Rebekah Brooks is up next, and looks like she is the Murdochs designated fall guy.
Bin Laden may be gone, but a new foamy terror temporarily gripped the hearing. Conservatives are certain to label this an act of attack, assault and terrorism. Make no mistake about it, Al Pieda has put the world on notice. Evil doers like Rupert Mudoch must be vigilant and all times, and it would probably be a good idea to keep a towel and a change of clothes handy too.