Sarah Palin, Rupert Murdoch Meet In New York

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sarah Palin schmoozed with controversial media tycoon Rupert Murdoch at a swanky charity gala here Wednesday night.

Murdoch, whose New York tabloid this month editorialized about Palin being "charming, but rock-solid," seemed quite chummy with the Republican vice presidential candidate after the two emerged together from a swanky charity gala, according to a pool report sent to the press covering Palin.

"He gave her a pat on the back ... and said to her, 'Thank you very much'" as she slid into the back of a waiting SUV wearing "a radiant smile," the report said.

The dinner, held at a midtown Asian restaurant where guests are greeted by a reflecting pool stocked with Japanese carp and an enormous floating Buddha statue, was hosted by Murdoch's wife Wendi Murdoch, as well as Jordan's Queen Rania and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's wife Sarah Brown. It was to benefit a United Nations-linked initiative seeking to reduce maternal mortality worldwide.

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