Murdoch Kid's Godfather: Tony Blair

Which could be problematic, given phone-hacking scandal
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2011 8:41 AM CDT
Former British prime minister Tony Blair gives an address to business and political leaders in Sydney on July 29, 2011.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Wendi Deng Murdoch may be no one to trifle with when there's a foam pie involved, but octogenarian hubby Rupert is probably wishing she had shut her piehole on this one: Seems that during an interview with Vogue, Mrs. Murdoch let slide that former British PM Tony Blair is the godfather of one of their young daughters—pretty cool if you're 9-year-old Grace Murdoch, but highly embarrassing if you're her News Corp CEO dad, whose recent phone-hacking scandal revealed just how cozy British media are with politicians.

The Murdochs' two young daughters were baptized last year on the banks of the Jordan; at that time, Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman were listed as godparents, and no mention was made of Blair. A News Corp rep, however, confirms that he is the godfather; the Vogue article refers to him as one of Wendi Murdoch's "closest friends." Blair is declining to comment, but the Telegraph notes that the Blair-Murdoch bond could explain the former PM's relative silence during the phone-hacking scandal.

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