Wendi Murdoch--who threw herself into the international spotlight in July when she smacked down a prankster seeking to push a shaving-cream pie into the face of her 80-year-old husband, Rupert--gave an exclusive interview to London's Guardian. It's a curious choice for the highly touted interview, since the Guardian had published the explosive reports on the phone-hacking at British News Corp. properties. which sparked the investigation.
The 42-year-old Mrs. Murdoch co-produced a film, "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan," which was the occasion for the interview--her first since the pie incident.
"All the Chinese ministers were very proud of me and wanted me to be a Chinese heroine," Murdoch told the Guardian's Patricia Danaher. "I keep getting job offers as a bodyguard."
She was reluctant to address the phone-hacking charges in detail, but said the scandal has brought the family closer:
It's tough, but you know, you get through it. It makes the family closer together. Rupert is a very strong man. He takes it, he takes the blame. He moves on. He's doing good. We have a hundred, 200 newspapers, 50,000 people, and a few people made a mistake. We have to learn from the mistake and move on. The majority of people [at News International] are amazing.
She also talked about the unified approach to parenting that prevails in the Murdoch household:
With our children, Rupert and I practice tough love. We love them, but we're tough and we discipline them--you have to finish your homework, do your chores, be polite to people, but also we show them a good example ourselves.
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