Rupert Murdoch’s Prime Antagonists Had a Shared Hobby

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06:  Actor Hugh Grant (L) talks with privacy campaigner and former Formula 1 boss Max Mosley at the launch of the Hacked off campaign group near Parliament on July 6, 2011 in London, England. The Prime Minister has promised that there will be a public inquiry into phone hacking carried out by journalists at The News of the World newspaper.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Actor Hugh Grant (L) talks with privacy campaigner and former Formula 1 boss Max Mosley at the launch of the Hacked off campaign group near Parliament on July 6, 2011 in London, England. The Prime Minister has promised that there will be a public inquiry into phone hacking carried out by journalists at The News of the World newspaper. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/2011 Getty Images

The Journal this week profiled Max Mosley, a former Formula One racing boss who made it his mission to take down Rupert Murdoch ever since the News Corp. chairman's News of the World tabloid published pictures of him involved in an orgy that the paper said had "Nazi themes." (There was no evidence of such, and the paper was forced to pay Mosley nearly $100,000 over it.) Mosley has pledged millions of pounds and has made exposing the reporting tactics of Murdoch's News International papers his "full-time job." He found a kindred spirit in actor Hugh Grant, who himself played a notable role in the broadening scandal at News of the World. From the Journal:

Mr. Mosley says he sent Mr. Grant a note of congratulations on his New Statesman article, and that soon after, the actor invited Mr. Mosley go-karting. At a track near London a month ago, they shared their frustrations at the slow pace of the investigation. "I thought it would be a long slow grind of gradually dragging all the info out and that we'd get there in the end," Mr. Mosley remembers.

Also, Hugh Grant can really scorch rubber with just a five-horsepower engine.

For Murdoch Foes, Sweet Schadenfreude [WSJ]