Joel Klein was the government lawyer who went after Bill Gates in the Clinton-era Microsoft antitrust battles. Now, conversely, he aims to save embattled CEO Rupert Murdoch and his News Corp. empire.
In the midst of a criminal investigation over the phone hacking by reporters at News of the World--his now-shuttered London newspaper--Murdoch appears either grossly incompetent--he had no idea what his underlings were up to--or quite the old liar.
Klein's mission, as point man for the corporation's internal investigation, is in part to keep the scandal from crossing the Atlantic.
As Fox News, Murdoch's flagship U.S. network, tells it, the American media is beating a dead horse as it tries to show, among other things, Murdoch's corporation violated the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act with its newspaper's payoffs to Scotland Yard, and that Fox itself has a history of at-least-unethical practices including doctored and distorted news coverage.
All of which is to say: If you missed Jon Stewart Tuesday, here it is: