News, but not the serious kind
Throw it! What are you waiting for?
Mr. Blog Guy, let me say we appreciate you cooperating with this Senate investigation into journalistic practices. I know you’re a busy blogger.
Anything I can do to help Senator. I’m happy to testify.
Now, during your years as a wire service reporter, can you give us an idea what your daily expenses were like? Remember, you are under oath.
Sure. On average, I’d spend maybe $2,000 a day on private detectives, $1,400 to buy info from the cops, $800 on rumors from sleazy street criminals and $4.60 for Utz Potato Chips and Hostess Twinkies from the vending machine in our snack room.
So if my math is correct, that’s more than $4,000 a day, is that your testimony Mr. Blog Guy?
Nah, I’m just jerking your chain. I didn’t pay for anything like that, except the junk food.
I see. So, if we DO find that reporters or editors were engaged in hacking of voice messages and other criminal invasions of privacy, should they be punished?
Okay, thank you very much, Mr. Blog Guy. You may step down now and we’ll call the next witness.
Wait just a minute! I was led to believe I’d get a pie in the face if I testified! I specified key lime!
I’m sorry for the misunderstanding Mr. Blog Guy. It’s Wednesday and the Senate Pastry Chef is off today.
So I just wasted my morning here? Can you throw some chocolate chip cookies at me? A doughnut? A few Reese’s Pieces? I was promised free snacks!
Sergeant at Arms, please escort this man from the room.
You just wait’ll I crack your phone messages, Senator! Maybe THEN you’ll manage to find me a pie!
Top: Wendi Deng lunges towards a man trying to attack her husband, News Corp Chief Executive and Chairman Rupert Murdoch, during a parliamentary committee hearing on phone hacking at Portcullis House in London July 19, 2011. REUTERS/Parbul TV via Reuters Tv
Left: SkyB Chairman James Murdoch, News Corp Chief Executive and Chairman Rupert Murdoch (R) appear before a parliamentary committee on phone hacking at Portcullis House in London July 19, 2011. REUTERS/Parbul TV via Reuters Tv
Right: For sustenance, chocolate chip cookies are provided for Commander of the U.S. Central Command, Army General David Petraeus, during his hearing on the situation in Afghanistan held by the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington June 16, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque