Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Wartime Consigliere

Some of you might have heard the name Joel Klein. For nine years, he was the NYC Schools Chancellor and one of Mayor Bloomberg's most stalwart defenders.

Then, last year, he resigned and took a position with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

As you probably know, News Corp. is in a bit of a sticky situation, what with its newspaper reporters hacking the phones of celebrities, soldiers, and dead girls. So who's now responsible for saving News Corp. and old Rupert's hiny from this mess? 

Our city's former Schools Chancellor himself, Joel Klein!

Call him a wartime Consigliere, just like out of the Godfather movies. His job to "contain" the damage and strategize how News Corp. can survive. If someone the company does survive, then Joel Klein may very well become Rupe's successor. If not ...

Well, I can only think of that great line from The Godfather: "Goddammit, if I had a wartime consigliere, a Sicilian, I wouldn't be in this mess!" We shall see if that is true.   

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