Well, some of them are: the Mail has told readers “Jerry Hall, 59, and Rupert Murdoch, 84, announce their ENGAGEMENT in The Times after a whirlwind four month romance … Model Jerry Hall and media baron Rupert Murdoch began dating in October … Mr Murdoch proposed over the weekend while in LA for Golden Globes”. The BBC went with “Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and actress-model Jerry Hall are to get married”.
The happy couple’s good news is also noted by the Guardian, as well as the Independent and the Telegraph. But there seems to be some reticence at Rupe’s own papers, but no doubt they’ll get round to it. David Jack of the Times has already made his own guarded comment: “@rupertmurdoch announces his engagement to Jerry Hall in today's @thetimes”. Yes, in the classified ads. One wonders who paid.
But no comment to go with the announcement. Could anyone do better? (Thankfully) former Tory MP Louise Mensch certainly could: “How nice, congrats @RupertMurdoch and @JerryHall_”. But she’ll have to grovel harder and write better to get another regular column. Couldn’t anyone give it the full gush?
They certainly could: Piers Morgan told his followers “Congrats to @JerryHall_ & @RupertMurdoch on their engagement. An inspiration to all romantics … I wish them well”. Zelo Street understands that the extended Murdoch family has been most helpful to the former Screws and Daily Mirror editor recently.
Another pitching for Don Rupioni’s attention was appalling former Screws man Neil “Wolfman” Wallis, telling “Wow! Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall announce engagement – in classifieds”, but he won’t get any credit for quoting the Guardian in his Tweet. Nor will the Rasping F***wit (for it is he) be getting another gig with Rupe any time soon.
Also giving a cagey welcome to the engagement news were the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog, now heavily dependent on the Murdoch empire, and, so I’m told, ever ready to accommodate the decisions handed down by the chief Mafiosi’s selected executive officers.
It was left to Joan Collins to give the happy couple the full showbiz schmaltz: “Congratulations to @JerryHall_ & Rupert Murdoch, I knew when we had dinner last month that a big event would be happening, you had a glow”. At the age of 84? That’s less plausible than the worst Dynasty storyline.
[UPDATE 1810 hours: the phoney veneer of celebration over Creepy Uncle Rupe and Jerry Hall getting engaged was broken on ITV This Morning when co-host Philip Schofield was captured on camera looking less than totally convinced by the idea.