Piers Morgan, Alleged Phone-Hacking Plagiarist, Is the Face of CNN


The London Daily Mirror

CNN’s hiring and continued employment of Piers Morgan is almost inexplicable unless they think having a nasty, untrustworthy anchor will eventually garner the ratings they are hoping for.

I hate to give someone like Piers Morgan any attention, a man who couldn’t even keep himself from falling off a Segway. In 2003, the  Daily Mail reported that after former President George W. Bush fell off a Segway, Piers said, “You’d have to be an idiot to fall off, wouldn’t you, Mr. President? As justice would have it, Piers fell off a Segway after saying this and he even cracked a few ribs.

Piers became editor for Murdoch’s News of the World  in 1994 when he was 28. His style was invasive and completely without regard for the privacy of celebrities. To paraphrase Morgan, he said celebrities manipulated the media for their own purposes without accepting the consequences of a two-way deal. Morgan used this as justification for invading their rights to privacy. Wiki

Morgan was one of the original paparazzi.

Being overly self-assured, he felt the need to write an autobiography called The Insider in which he said he left News of the World of his own volition. I wonder if they had the farewell party before or after he left.

By 1996 he was Editor of the Mirror. One of his newspaper’s idiotic headlines read “Achtung! Surrender” as the UK was preparing for the semi-finals of the Euro football championships. Wiki

In 2000, he was the subject of an investigation when it was discovered that he bought £20,000 worth of shares in the computer company, Viglen, just before the Mirror ran a column telling people Viglen was a good buy. The Press Complaints Commission determined that Piers breached the Code of Conduct on financial journalism. Oddly, he wasn’t fired. Later it was discovered he actually bought £67,000 of shares and did so under his wife’s name. Wiki

He purchased the Press Gazette with a partner and the help of the British Press Awards. Most newspapers boycotted the 2006 awards and the Gazette went into receivership later that year.

When Piers appeared on a satirical show Have I Got News for You, a guest, Ian Hislop, an author, comedian, journalist, said that Morgan had him followed and even had his house watched. Another guest panelist, Clive Anderson, a radio and TV presenter, told Morgan, “the last time I was rude to you, you sent photographers to my doorstep the next day.” Piers shot back, “You won’t see them this time.”

Hislop later said that Morgan harassed him, sending reporters and photographers out on numerous occasions to get gossip on him. Piers failed in these efforts.

TV personality, Jeremy Clarkson, dumped a glass of water on Morgan as they flew on the Concorde together. In March 2004, at the British Press Awards, Clarkson punched Morgan three times because of the Mirror’s coverage of his personal life and an accusation Morgan made about Clarkson not writing for his own column.

In 2004, The London Daily Mirror, Morgan’s newspaper, ran pictures allegedly showing British soldiers abusing prisoners in Iraq.

One photo appeared to show a soldier urinating on a hooded man while in another, the hooded man is being hit with a rifle in the groin.

The Regiment’s Brigadier Geoff Sheldon said the London Daily Mirror severely damaged the reputation of the QLR.

Colonel Black, a former regiment commander of the QLR, said the pictures were fraudulent and put lives in danger. They acted as a “recruiting poster” for al-Qaeda.

faked pic via bbc.co.uk
faked pic via bbc.co.uk

Other British newspapers, believing the photos to be accurate, ran with the story.

The Ministry of Defense investigated charges by the military that the stories were untrue and confirmed their charges. The newspaper’s editor, Piers Morgan, resigned in disgrace. [Global Journalist]

Piers’ newspaper, under his poisonous leadership, endangered the lives of British soldiers.

In 2006, Morgan described in an article he “wrote for the Daily Mail how he had heard tapes of messages that Paul McCartney had left for his wife, Heather Mills, on her mobile phone.

Morgan wrote that “Stories soon emerged that the marriage was in trouble – at one stage I was played a tape of a message Paul had left for Heather on her mobile phone. It was heartbreaking. The couple had clearly had a tiff, Heather had fled to India, and Paul was pleading with her to come back. He sounded lonely, miserable and desperate, and even sang “We Can Work It Out” into the answerphone.”

[What right does Morgan have to know this personal information and repeat it, all the while pretending he cares about the pain the couple were experiencing?]

Some of Piers unbelievable and unethical testimony during the Leveson Inquiry:

In July 2011, Lord Justice Leveson was appointed to chair a public inquiry into the culture, practices, and ethics of the British press following the News International phone hacking scandal. Piers Morgan worked for numerous British tabloids and testified before the inquiry.

In November, 2012, the official findings in the Lord Leveson inquiry exposed Piers’ self-incriminating testimony. Lord Leveson said that Piers’ own testimony about phone hacking clearly proved “that he was aware that it was taking place in the press as a whole and that he was sufficiently unembarrassed by what was criminal behaviour that he was prepared to joke about it.”  Wiki

One witness at the Leveson Inquiry said that Piers described the process of mobile phone hacking over lunch in September 2002.

On November 28, 2012, phone-hacking victim, Hugh Grant showed footage from a 2003 interview with Piers and phone-hacking victim Charlotte Church on a Channel 4 documentary. Piers told her she could avoid answerphone messages being listened to by journalists. He said, “You can access voicemails by typing in a number. Now are you really telling me that journalists aren’t going to do that?”

The next day, November 29, 2012, the official findings in the Lord Leveson inquiry exposed Piers’ self-incriminating testimony. Lord Leveson said that Piers’ own testimony about phone hacking clearly proved “that he was aware that it was taking place in the press as a whole and that he was sufficiently unembarrassed by what was criminal behaviour that he was prepared to joke about it.”  Wiki

There were numerous other incidents where Piers appeared to admit to hacking, once in a 2009 appearance on Desert island Discs when he talked about printed stories that came from “people who tap people’s phones.”

CNN either didn’t check Piers Morgan’s credentials – highly unlikely – or they don’t care about his credentials if it means that his nasty personality can get them ratings. To date, those ratings have not come to fruition though his extremist rants are aimed at increasing ratings and might very well succeed.

Recently Piers Morgan told the evangelical Pastor Rick Warren that even though the Bible was “well intentioned,” it is “basically, inherently flawed. Hence, the need to amend it.” This followed his bashing of our Second Amendment which should prove ongoing.

Given his obvious character flaws, should Morgan be the one telling the kindly pastor to rewrite the bible or should he be telling American citizens they need rewrite their Constitution?

A petition to have him deported, a symbolic gesture, has more than 100,000 signatures as of 1/2/12.

Piers’ response to the petition was that if Americans don’t change their “crazy laws” he “may deport himself.” [We can only hope]

Piers, the know-it-all, believes that “It’s no exaggeration to say that America’s unique fondness for guns pretty much got cemented by hatred of us Brits and the War of Independence. But the main reason the more fervent gun-rights activists give is a fear of their own US federal government using its army to impinge on their freedom…”

Repeating his nonsensical version of history is hardly worth repeating. He needs to go back home but why would Britain want him back? He left in disgrace and seems hellbent on leaving the US in disgrace as well.

In this video Piers sanctimoniously attacks his guest with his usual condescension and arrogance. He is telling an American citizen what our gun rights should be, calling him “incredibly stupid” and an “idiot” for his differing beliefs. This is what qualifies as journalism at CNN these days.

Piers Morgan wants to take his enemies out with a machine gun:

Another CNN star, Fareed Zakaria, was suspended recently after admitting he lifted parts of a story almost verbatim from a story in the New Yorker.

CNN can’t be considered a legitimate network with people like this as their prime time hosts.