WELL, if we learned one thing about Rupert Murdoch in the last 10 days, it's that a lot of people have been waiting a long time to get him.
We learned the same thing about Rebekah Brooks. Apart from her obvious crimes in presiding over a newspaper that illegally traded in personal information about people (something of which other groups like the Mail and even the sacred holy Observer itself have also been guilty), it turns out that Brooks is guilty of many other things too.
She is apparently very charming. In the world of the Guardian, charm is often carried in close proximity to the word 'offensive'. Increasingly we hear -- from Guardian types usually -- that charm is the hallmark of the psychopath. We have also seen the dreaded A-word used in conjunction with Brooks. She was apparently ambitious.
Among her crimes is that she started out as a secretary. The cheek of it all -- that a mere secretary should rise up an organisation, as Brooks did, is too much for some.
She is also, we have learned incessantly over the last week, a great networker. In the morality tale of News International, Brooks's networking skills are just another sign that she was in fact an apprentice Satan.
Even her red hair has been constantly invoked as if it too was the mark of evil. And it doesn't help that Brooks is a woman.
Of course, Rebekah was only the apprentice to the head Satan himself. Rupert Murdoch has always been characterised by rival media organisations as the head of an evil empire. It's hard to say what's so evil about much of the empire. Many people would be lost without our Sky Sports and our Simpsons.
Equally, whatever his motivations for bearing the 100-million-a-year losses of The Times and The Sunday Times, it's hard to say who else would have the sentiment to keep barrelling money into old-fashioned, loss-making newspapers.
And now that Murdoch has started to engage with his trial by media, he's not doing badly. The lawyer for the Dowler family presented the grovelling Murdoch as being "very humbled, very shaken and very sincere", when he met the Dowlers to apologise on Friday.
Mark Lewis went on to say: "This was something that had hit [Murdoch] on a very personal level and was something that shouldn't have happened. He apologised many times. I don't think somebody could have held their head in their hands so many times and said they were sorry."
And then we saw this old man, jostled and harangued by the very media we are told he had an unhealthy grip over and maybe, just maybe, we realised that he is a human being.
Aengus Fanning predicted on Friday that Rupert could yet become the flawed father of the world and that ordinary people will cop on to this much faster than the media do. So maybe I'm not telling you anything you don't know already.
But anyway, watch this space. It may not be over yet for the Dirty Digger.