Rebekah and Rupert and Lachlan and Andy

Gawker reports that emails involved in the upcoming British phone hacking trials will show that Rebekah Brooks slept with Rupert Murdoch, his son Lachlan, and Andy Coulson, her fellow News of the World editor who became David Cameron’s chief spokesman, but resigned in 2011 as the hacking scandal grew.

You’ll recall that the British press reported earlier this year that Cameron had been shocked by reports of an affair.  Supposedly, the Brooks-Coulson part of the story was that sex scandal.

For those of you keeping score at home, Rupert is 82, while Rebekah is 45, slightly older than his soon-to-be-ex Wendi Deng, who is 44.

Unsurprising News Story of the Day

From the New York Daily News:

“The missing Fox executive who disappeared last May after a reported affair with a cocaine dealers wife was most likely the victim of a homicide, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said Thursday.”

People, if you’re going to have an affair, not with a cocaine dealer’s wife, okay?

More on Palin and Fox News’ Pissing Contest

I  posted yesterday about Sarah Palin’s complaining on Facebook that Fox News cancelled her appearances last night to weigh in on the GOP convention.  From “Behind the Latest Palin-Fox Fight,” Gabriel Sherman, New York Magazine:

“Palin’s contract is up in January, and according to sources, Fox News executives are now weighing what kind of deal they would sign, if they sign one at all.

“Essentially, Palin and Fox are in the early stages of an elaborate contract negotiation. Palin earns roughly $1 million per year from Fox, making her the highest paid contributor at the network. Fox executives have been disappointed with her ratings; Palin has been disappointed by Fox’s decision to not give her top billing on bookings. According to sources, the relationship at times has gotten so bad that much communication has been conducted via Palin’s husband Todd. One thing is clear: It’s risky for her to push the envelope too far. Fox has been a central pillar of Palin’s national reach since quitting the governorship….

“Palin’s Facebook outburst surely didn’t endear her to Roger Ailes, who prizes message discipline and loyalty among his troops.

“For now, both sides are making peace. Fox offered a fig leaf this afternoon and returned Palin to the conversation via a phone interview with Megyn Kelly. Later tonight, she’ll be on with Sean Hannity and Neil Cavuto.”  Emphasis added.
Can anybody think of a sadder and more egregious waste of $1 million?

Rick Perry Fesses Up To Back Problems

I’ve long suspected that Rick Perry’s “Oops” campaign style was the result of pain and side effects of medication from his recent back surgery.  Perry told Sean Hannity that he should have postponed the surgery and said it caused him to be “fatigued.”

While I believe it’s more than fatigue, given the reports of his wearing a back brace and orthopedic shoes by a man who loves his cowboy boots, he’s finally admitted that the back surgery had an impact.

He did better in the last debate, and tonight’s Fox debate is his last chance before the Iowa caucuses to convince voters he can remember the names of three cabinet departments.