Gabriel Sherman on Today: Wendi the ‘Smackdown Sister’


When Rupert Murdoch’s wife, Wendi Deng, protected him from a shaving-cream-wielding assailant during his News of the World hearings yesterday, she was launched into Internet infamy via animated GIFs and earned a new nickname: Smackdown Sister. Now, it seems, more attention is being paid to Deng’s right hook than phone-hacking allegations. New York’s Gabriel Sherman visited the Today show to discuss the smack heard ‘round the world and why it could be the most brilliant PR move of the scandal so far. “It changed the entire narrative of the hearing,” Sherman said.