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Are Wendi Deng and Rebekah Brooks Getting Unfair Media Treatment?

While Rupert Murdoch has been criticized for his reaction to the years-long phone-hacking scandal, Wendi Deng Murdoch has continued to get a lot of positive media scrutiny after thwarting a pie-slinging protester. In China, they’re calling her a “national role model,” with some writing on Chinese social networks that she has improved the image of the Chinese wife. The British papers praised her. CNN has profiled her.

Rebekah Brooks, known for her mane of red hair, among other things, could only hope for such positive coverage.

But whether positive or negative, the coverage has prompted The Globe and Mail to ask whether the women involved in this mess are being treated unfairly by the media.

The paper points directly at Robin Givhan at The Daily Beast, who wrote a ridiculous article about Brooks’ decision to wear her hair loose when she sat in front of the Parliamentary committee. (Which isn’t to say that there isn’t a certain amount of politics surrounding hair. Dreadlocks, mohawks, and the recent silver trend all speak volumes because of what they “say.”) We have to admit, we were disappointed with Jon Stewart over his recent take on the day’s News Corp. news that went on and on poking fun at Brooks’ hair. Low blow no?

With News Corp. news a little quiet today, we can take a moment to reflect on these things, and perhaps give News Corp.’s hoard of PR firms a chance to devise a plan. Today’s only big news was allegations against James Murdoch of lying, which, in the grand scheme of this situation, is pretty tame.

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