Did Shepard Smith Leave Crimea to Come Out?

J.K. Trotter · 03/18/14 12:35PM

Last week, gay blogger Joe Jervis noticed that Fox News anchor Shepard Smith was listed as a “Special Guest” for Headlines & Headliners, an annual gala held by the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association in New York City. The title of Jervis’s post read: “Is Fox Anchor Shep Smith Coming Out?”

Rupert Murdoch’s Ex-Wife Gets to Keep Their $44 Million Apartment

J.K. Trotter · 11/20/13 01:55PM

It pays to marry—and divorce—Rupert Murdoch. In June the 82-year-old billionaire and News Corporation owner announced that he and his wife of fourteen years, Wendi Deng, were divorcing. According to Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal, the ex-couple settled the terms of their separation in a Manhattan court today, one of which gives 44-year-old Deng the couple’s $44 million Upper East Side penthouse, which overlooks the lower half of Central Park.

Who is Rupert Murdoch’s Mystery Massage Therapist Girlfriend?

J.K. Trotter · 11/11/13 06:07PM

82-year-old billionaire and News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch has been thinking about death lately. Over the weekend he wondered, on Twitter: “Can we all live to 120 or more? Probably not, but our children for sure.” It looks like Murdoch’s taking his chances. Buried within a USA Today column about the media titan’s fresh outlook on life (hampered only by his recent separation from his wife, Wendi Deng, and the phone-hacking trial in England), former Murdoch biographer Michael Wolff notes a new love interest:

Britain’s Phone-Hacking Trial: Everything You Need to Know

J.K. Trotter · 10/30/13 10:43AM

This morning marked the official start of the long-anticipated U.K. trial of two former News of the World editors (and a few other peripheral individuals) for several criminal charges of conspiring to obstruct justice, hacking a murdered child’s cell phone, and interfering with a police investigation. Predicted to last around six months, the trial will place the News Corporation and its Australian owner, Rupert Murdoch, under even more glaring scrutiny. Here’s what you need to know.

'It Was Like a War Zone': A Former Nanny for Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng Speaks Out

John Cook · 07/18/12 12:40PM

A former household staffer and tutor for Rupert Mudoch and Wendi Deng's children is speaking out for the first time about the relentless nightmare that is working for the Murdochs: Screaming tantrums, nannies discarded by the side of the road on a whim, no benefits, unpaid overtime, young girls body-shamed by their mother—and near abandonment for workers injured on the job.

Rupert Murdoch Asexually Reproduces, Squirts Out Newspaper Company

John Cook · 06/28/12 10:30AM

Ink may run in Rupert Murdoch's icy veins, but he's dumping his first love—newspapers—for the bitch-whore of film. News Corp. announced today that all of its newspapers and publishing assets (the dying, scandal-ridden ones) will be spun off into a new stand-alone company called Papers'n'Shit, leaving its film and television assets to make fistfuls of money unmolested by dinosaur media.

Stephen Colbert to Fox News: Nobody Cares About Obama's Paper Clip!

Matt Cherette · 09/15/11 12:46AM

After announcing it to Congress last week, President Obama unveiled the $450 billion American Jobs Act at the White House on Monday. The next morning, Fox & Friends ripped the President for fastening the 200-page bill with a "chintzy clip," a move Stephen Colbert described as "Clip-gate" on tonight's Report.

Wendi Deng Murdoch Cozies Up to Her Husband's Enemy

Ryan Tate · 07/21/11 03:17PM

Wendi Deng deserves credit for containing husband Rupert Murdoch's worst impulses. Not only did her fearsome bodyguarding distract the world from hubby's hacking scandal, it's now clear that she preserved a friendship with Google that Murdoch tried to explode.

Rupert Murdoch Has Left the Building

John Cook · 07/19/11 04:01PM

What the fuck does Rupert Murdoch do all day? To judge by his baffling performance before a British parliamentary committee investigating him for phone hacking, little more than gossip on the phone with whatever old-timer is willing to indulge him while his son James and wife Wendi battle for control of News Corporation.

Rupert Murdoch Found Dead, According to Hacked Murdoch Paper

Adrian Chen · 07/18/11 05:19PM

The hacking group LulzSec appears to be back, with a very timely hack of Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid The Sun—the sister publication of the dead News of the World. And they warn, ominously, that they've got emails, too.

Former News of the World Editor Arrested

Jeff Neumann · 07/08/11 05:42AM

Andy Coulson, the former editor of Rupert Murdoch's News of the World and British PM David Cameron's former director of communications, turned himself in to police in London today over the growing phone-hacking scandal. A statement from the Metropolitan Police reads, in part: