Lifestyle & Belief

Piers Morgan, I beg to differ with you


CNN's Piers Morgan on the red carpet at an event in LA earlier this month. He's been called onto a different carpet the last two days - Britain's Leveson Inquiry into phone-hacking at newspapers Morgan once edited.


Frederick M. Brown

Yesterday, I reported on the testimony of CNN host Piers Morgan at Britain's Leveson Inquiry. The quasi-judicial hearing was set up to investigate press ethics in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World.

Morgan was asked to testify as he had edited the now defunct Sunday tabloid before moving on to the Daily Mirror. Morgan denied any knowledge of phone-hacking while at the Mirror.

Today at the Leveson hearing, James Hipwell, a reporter at the paper during Morgan's tenure as editor, flatly contradicted his former boss. Describing him as "the beating heart" of the paper and "very hands-on" he implied it was impossible for the massive amount of phone-hacking that went on at the Mirror to take place with Morgan's knowledge.

The Morgan testimony has breathed life into the Leveson Inquiry and excited new comment on the seamier side of British journalism.

The Guardian's Michael White noted that more people watched Morgan's testimony than watch his show on CNN.