Piers Morgan, who should have stayed as a judge on talent shows, replaced Larry King as CNN’s evening interviewer. Mr Morgan’s strong support of gun control earned him the ire of sensible Americans who support our constitutional rights, and after some calls that he be deported back to his mother country, said that he might just deport himself over the gun control issue.
Well, things aren’t going all that well for Mr Morgan across the pond. From the BBC:
Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan has been sacked after the newspaper conceded photos of British soldiers abusing an Iraqi were fake.
In a statement the Mirror said it had fallen victim to a “calculated and malicious hoax” and that it would be “inappropriate” for Morgan to continue.
The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment (QLR) said the Mirror had endangered British troops by running the pictures.
Roger Goodman, of the QLR, said the regiment now felt “vindicated”.
Mr Goodman added: “It is just a great pity it has taken so long… and that so much damage has been done in the meantime.”
More at the link. But, it appears that Mr Morgan’s attitude created the final conditions for his dismissal:
The BBC’s Nicholas Witchell said it appeared Piers Morgan remained unrepentant right to the end
“According to one report Mr Morgan refused the demand to apologise, was sacked and immediately escorted from the building,” he said.
Translation: Even though Mr Morgan knew he and the Daily Mirror were in the wrong, he refused to accept responsibility and acknowledge the error, and that meant he was shown the door.
It is one thing for conservatives to complain about Mr Morgan’s liberal bias; CNN certainly doesn’t care about that! But CNN does have to be concerned about continuing to employ a “journalist” who was fired for a lack of journalistic integrity. The professional media have gotten stories wrong before, and corrections are issued when appropriate. But the Daily Mirror stories were wholly politically biased, and put the lives of British soldiers at greater risk, and Mr Morgan’s standing behind them as he did reminds me very strongly of Dan Rather and his associates following the use of forged documents in an attempt to defeat President Bush for re-election in 2004. Several people lost their jobs following that one, including Mr Rather.
As for your Editor, he doesn’t really care if Mr Morgan is dismissed by CNN: he has never watched his interview show, and he expects a leftward bias from CNN. CNN can cablecast what it wishes, and your Editor is perfectly free to watch, or not watch, CNN. But it’s clear that Mr Morgan does not meet the standards any journalistic endeavor would claim to have.