Piers Morgan pleads ignorance, innocence in UK phone hacking scandal

Will CNN host's baggage from Brit tabloid career come back to haunt him?

July 15, 2011|By David Zurawik | The Baltimore Sun

Last year when CNN was talking about hiring Eliot Spitzer and Piers Morgan, I expressed my dismay at the way in which both could harm the credibility that the channel had steadfastly built through its journalism.

Spitzer did prove to be an embarrassment when CNN tried to cover political sex scandals tbis year, and he is now gone for a variety of reasons, thank goodness.

And now, just as I was becoming reconciled to accepting Morgan as the price I had to pay for all the sound journalism and analysis otherwise on CNN, comes Rupert Murdoch's News of the World scandal with its revelations of despicable phone hacking -- a scandal that threatens to shine a very bright light on Morgan's career as a UK tabloid editor.

Everyone has noticed how missing in action Morgan, a former editor of News of the World, has mainly been in CNN's coverage. Who at CNN would know more about this huge scandal than Morgan, and yet, he is interviewing the likes of Billy Ray Cyrus this week rather than hitting the story night in and night out as it clearly deserves.

There is an irony here. As a competitor of Murdoch's Fox News, corporately, at least, CNN could see real gains from the scandal if Murdoch's brand is so diminished that some viewers tune out Fox. But the price of that might be seeing its new show host sucked into the muck and mire of this scandal.

Morgan hasn;t said a lot so far except that he is ignorant and innocent of any phone hacking from his days at News of the World or any other UK tabloid.

Check him out in this video interview from "The Talk," and let me know what you think. If the video isn't showing, please click here to see it.

CORRECTION: The post initially misindentified the show on which this interview took place.

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