I wonder if Bill O’Reilly will summon his own body language expert to The Factor set to review the body language of his fearless leader and son?
From what I could see, squirming would not be too far from an accurate description. Of course, an attempted pie-in-the-face surely helped to remind everyone about the public outrage surrounding the whole sordid mess. It has made the Murdoch name the News of The World…. ironically.
Judi on the other hand is one of the UK’s leading body language and behaviour experts. She has written many books on the subject, including The Body Language Bible and The You Code – What Everything You Do Says About You, and appears regularly on Sky News and the BBC analysing politicians during the election.
It was a stunning double act. From the outset the mirrored body language of Rupert Murdoch and his son James showed they were presenting a united front.
The two sat side-by-side at the table, facing forwards with their hands in a uniform gesture, clasped loosely on the desk in front of them.
The handclasp is a restraining gesture – it prevents the speaker from over-gesticulating and stops them fiddling, which can be seen to be a suspicious, nervous act.
Crucially, with both hands on the table and out in the open, this is a gesture that conveys honesty and openness.
If there had been media coaching before the interview, it was here that it showed, and throughout the interview, the two returned to this ‘pole position’ many times.
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