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Rupert Murdoch's Poolside Visit Puts Minister Jeremy Hunt In Hot Water

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Britain's Culture Secretary is in some hot water over a poolside visit with media tycoon Rupert Murdoch.

Jeremy Hunt, the most senior minister responsible for the Olympics, was seen chatting with Murdoch at the Olympic Aquatics Center on Friday night. Both were guests of London mayor Boris Johnson, just a few months after Hunt faced tough questions at the country's media ethics inquiry over his links to the mogul.

In May, Hunt had told Britain's judge-led inquiry into press standards — which is scrutinizing links between the press and politicians — that he regretted developing friendly ties to Murdoch's son James.

Opposition Labour Party lawmaker John Mann says the two of them watching together while American Michael Phelps won the gold in the 100-meter butterfly was inappropriate. Hunt, Mann says, should be avoiding Murdoch "like the plague."

Hunt's office insists, though: The minister didn't arrange in advance to meet with Murdoch.

— David Stringer and Raphael Satter — Twitter http://twitter.com/david_stringer and http://twitter.com/razhael

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