Jon Stewart Summarizes a Big Day in the Phone Hacking Scandal

An American take on the key players leading up to yesterday's Parliament

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You wouldn't think Jon Stewart would have had much amusing to add about Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch, and Rebekah Brooks appearances before British Parliament yesterday, since the hearing supplied its own comic relief (but only because nobody got hurt) in the form of a shaving cream pie thrown by an "activist comedian," Murdoch wife Wendi Deng's subsequent takedown of said activist comedian, and repeated shots of Rupert Murdoch banging on a table with his fists absent any apparent context.

But as Stewart explains, this "seemingly simple story of a Man & Pa newspaper hacking into a murdered little girl's phone and paying the police to cover it up has unfortunately turned ugly." It started when Scotland Yard's chief investigators--identified by Stewart as "Officer Bludgeon" and "Chief Constable Inspector Suddsberry," names and titles that aren't right, but should be--resigned. Then former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks--or possibly Mrs. Weasley from the Harry Potter books, Stewart wasn't sure on that one either--was taken to jail. And then the guy who blew the whistle on the News of the World phone-hacking scandal turned up dead in his house.

After having some fun with Parliament's "vowel-shaped furniture" and Murdoch interrupting his own son's opening statement, the pieing happened, and Stewart was forced to reconsider his views on the "four-decade wedding age gap." Then they went out on some footage of Murdoch looking sleepy and confused.

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