Far be it for Zelo Street to pre-empt the next issue of Private Eye magazine, and the potential for another Sylvie Krin special, but one media event this weekend cannot be allowed to pass by without comment. Yes, love is in the air for thrice-married Rupert Murdoch, an allegedly sprightly 84, as he steps out with his new partner, Texan-born model Jerry Hall, 59, as they visit the Rugby World Cup final, so they can see his side lose.
Behold the allegedly happy couple
Why have the happy couple been splashed across the pages of so many papers? Could it be not unrelated to the thought that someone was taking the piss when they broke the news of the romance? I mean, what would a now-single high maintenance model like Ms Hall see in now-single octogenarian cash-rich multi-billionaire Rupert Murdoch? But serious it is, serious enough for the two to appear in public.
And yet … and yet. There are Rupe and Jerry at Twickenham, and the PDAs look, well, just that little bit … put it this way: as Murdoch moves a little closer to his date, look at the facial expression of the bloke at the top right of the photo. Then when, as the Mail carefully puts it, “Mr Murdoch moves in for a cheeky kiss, much to the amusing of his new girlfriend Jerry Hall”, look at his expression once more.
How much of that press is having to try very hard to be nice about Rupe’s new relationship? Well, the Guardian has run the story. So has the Mirror. So has the Independent. The HuffPo has also done a feature. ITV has covered the story, as has freesheet Metro. The news has even reached Australia, but … oh hang on a minute, the Sydney Morning Herald is run by Fairfax Media.
[UPDATE 1735 hours: Robin Henry of the Sunday Times has informed me that his paper did cover the Rupe and Jerry story this weekend.
Well, up to a point.
Under the heading "All Blacks win World Cup for third time", there is the photo of the couple arriving at Twickenham. And the caption, "Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of News Corp, ultimate owner of The Sunday Times, arrives with his girlfriend Jerry Hall to support Australia", pitches the story rather differently to all the sources cited above.
So credit to the ST for saying something, but there is a world of difference between their effort, and how the non-Murdoch media has covered it]