Scotland's First Minister is certainly under fire this week over his relationships with two of the western world's business tycoons.
The faux fury of opposition leaders was rather pathetic - a generous description - at FMQs yesterday when they questioned Alex Salmond about his tea drinking and dining habits in the company of Rupert Murdoch and Donald Trump. (To call Donald Trump 'The Donald' is a misuse of what is normally regarded as an affectionate style of nickname by the media).
Rupert Murdoch is displayed as a tyrant these days although it's not so long ago he was wined and dined by the great and good - and not so great or good - of British politics. Today these same politicians are depicting Murdoch as singlehandedly ruining British politics. Of course it's true that Murdoch is influential, as would be expected of a person who owns The Times and the best selling Sun, but surely his influence is overestimated. Murdoch didn't destroy British politics - the leaders of British politics, by default, made Murdoch influential. Murdoch is only as powerful as politicians have allowed him to be.
He's not the first - and won't be the last - newspaper proprietor to gain influence in Britain.
Now British politics wants Murdoch banished from Britain's shores, but will his removal improve British political life? Of course not, because so many politicians have been cosying up to media owners/editors for years and have alienated themselves from the public. It's so much easier to meet with a media boss than to face a room full of voters who have no hesitation in voicing their everyday concerns.
Today's leaders David Cameron and Nick Clegg consider themselves 'people friendly' when their advisors organise the media's presence at one of their public Q & A sessions. But the voters recognise just how staged managed these events are. Remember when Mandelson was caught on film 'directing' one of Tony Blair's 'public' meetings? No politician today has the skill to communicate directly with the public without the use of umpteen press officers who distribute press releases daily to Britain's media.
Certainly Alex Salmond's association with the media mogul has created world news and gaining international attention can do little harm to the First Minister when he insists his actions were all concentrated on keeping jobs in Scotland. Can the opposition parties prove otherwise? No.
One of Murdoch's staff acted immorally and Murdoch is aware his empire will never fully recover from the justifiable fall out. If he decides to sell the Sun and The Times there's little doubt the new owners will also meet with political leaders. It's the skill of the leaders which will establish the level of these relationships but I would suggest that offering a cup of tea during any meeting is not recommended.
As for Donald Trump's petulant, contradictory performance at Holyrood this week, it's hardly worth mentioning. His response, when challenged to provide evidence that building thousands more wind farms would destroy Scottish tourism, must have made his PR office shudder with embarrassment: "I am the evidence. I am considered a world-class expert in tourism."
Will Trump's brash outpourings affect overseas investment in Scotland? I think not, but he can be given a little credit for bringing the serious issue of windfarms back to the top of the Scottish political agenda.