Rebekah Brooks Arrested: The Rise and Fall of Murdoch’s Protegee – The Daily Beast
Sensing his weakness, Brooks appears to have played psychological games with Blair, offering him the support of her pages while also using them to pursue campaigns he found distasteful. One of those was “Sarah’s Law,” a campaign against pedophiles that involved naming and shaming them on the pages of the paper, inciting mobs to take vigilante action. A Murdoch reporter recalls that Brooks sent a gift of baby furniture to the Blairs after their son Leo was born, and wrapped it in Sarah’s Law newspaper covers—even though Blair hated the campaign. “She always had the edge,” this reporter recalls.
Blair now acknowledges that politicians are constantly worried about maintaining friendly relations with powerful media types. “Yeah, well, why wouldn’t you be? That’s the honest truth about it. I was at the top of the British politics for 15 years. And the fact is your relationship with the media mattered. Did it make you feel uncomfortable about it from time to time? Yes, absolutely.”