Rebekah Brooks 'doesn't even know' when 'Vanity Fair' piece about her and the Murdochs ran
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Rebekah Brooks is the latest wounded News Corp. veteran to take the hot seat in the ongoing Leveson Inquiry into British press standards.
In one tense moment during her testimony this afternoon, she took issue with a Feb. 2012 Vanity Fair report that characterized her as the "go-between" in Rupert and James Murdoch's "increasingly fraught father-son relationship."
The magazine's VF Daily blog transcribed the full exchange in this post, but here's a snippet:
If Vanity Fair want to characterize that as a go-between, then fine, but I don't accept the premise of what they are insinuating. And secondly, the Vanity Fair piece, whenever it came out, is saying that James tried to start to pass the blame onto subordinates. And I'm not sure if that Vanity Fair piece is referring to James Murdoch's testimony at the select committee or his testimony here. I just don't even know when the Vanity Fair piece ran. So it's difficult for me to answer the question without some context.
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Jared Kusher on his new Mandarin mag. [W.W.D.]
The latest on the Variety sale. [paidContent]