June 14, 2010, - 11:58 am

Meet Larry King’s Troop-Murdering Replacement, Piers Morgan

By Debbie Schlussel

He may have a pretentious name and a fancy English accent, but those are among the many deceptions of Piers Morgan, the man set to replace Larry King on his CNN prime time talk show.  In fact, Morgan–about whom I’ve written on this site before–is a despicable low-life, who deliberately betrayed Western troops and put them in danger.  And the close friend of Simon Cowell engaged in sleazy, illegal self-dealing in stock trades.

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Piers Morgan: Larry King’s Sleazy, Despicable Replacement on CNN

And that makes him perfect for CNN, the second English-speaking Al-Jazeera on U.S. soil.  Morgan, as you may know, rose to fame as the Editor-in-Chief of the UK’s Daily Mirror tabloid newspaper.  But the part that’s, unfortunately, rarely mentioned is what’s important–why he was forced to leave the Mirror.  As I noted back in 2007,

He’s the former editor because he was fired in May 2004, after he stood by hoax photos his paper published of British soldiers allegedly torturing Iraqi detainees.

The photos were faux, as in faux-tography. Yet–once he was caught–instead of apologizing, Morgan stood by their veracity and claimed he’d be vindicated. That remains his position, three years later, despite the fact that it was obvious that the photos had been staged. Morgan’s actions were reprehensible, irresponsible, and endangered British–and American–troops’ lives. And they were used as recruiting tools for Al-Qaeda.

The Muslims took their anger and revenge out not just on British soldiers, but, no doubt, on Americans, too.  They don’t differentiate.

And that’s not to mention Morgan’s “share-tipping” scandal, also as Daily Mirror editor.  He and his reporters and columnists wrote about companies in which they owned and traded stock, pushing up the value of the shares they owned and not disclosing it in their writing.

Mirror editor Piers Morgan breached the newspaper industry’s code of practice in the recent share dealing scandal, the Press Complaints Commission has ruled.

The PCC said Morgan had fallen short of the high professional standards demanded by the code. . . .

He bought shares in Wiggins Group as well as 20,000 Pounds worth of Viglen Technology shares on January 17, the day before the City Slickers [a column in his newspaper] page tipped the company [DS: promoted the company's stock and made the price/value of shares go up].

Shares in Viglen jumped when the report was published, boosting Mr Morgan’s paper fortune.

I’ve also posted parts of this excerpt, below, from BBC, before, but it bears repeating, so you know that this Brit schmuck fits right in at the former network of America-haters Christiane Amanpour and Peter Arnett:

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.”

At a news conference in Preston on Friday afternoon, the regiment demonstrated to reporters aspects of uniform and equipment which it said proved the photographs were fake.

The regiment’s Brigadier Geoff Sheldon said the vehicle featured in the photographs had been located in a Territorial Army base in Lancashire and had never been in Iraq.

He said the QLR’s reputation had been damaged by the Mirror and asked the newspaper to apologise because the evidence they were staged was “overwhelming”.

Deputy leader and foreign affairs spokesman, Michael Ancram, said . . . “The photos that were published in the Daily Mirror have done great damage to the reputation of our troops, who are serving under some of the most difficult conditions in Iraq.”

The photos published in the Mirror on 1 May appeared to show British troops torturing an Iraqi detainee.

In one picture a soldier is seen urinating on a hooded man while in another the hooded man is being hit with a rifle in the groin.

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

Very telling of the lies, fiction, and unethical self-dealing you’ll see nightly on Piers Morgan Live on CNN. No worries, though. No matter how smarmy and snobbish his demeanor and behavior, he won’t be able to lift that show out of the ratings bargain basement where the incompetent Larry King took it.

CNN . . . not just the Crescent News Network, but also the Cretins’ News Network.

Ironically, Morgan currently co-hosts “America’s Got Talent” on NBC. Well, as Morgan showed in spades, Britain’s got talent, too. And not in a good way.

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23 Responses

Simon and Piers are both muzzie lovers and American haters.

As goes Israel - so goes the World on June 14, 2010 at 12:20 pm

As surprising as Israel’s Stupid Jews trying to prove a negative to the world in an investigation I am still opposed to. The innocent should not have to investigate themselves. Then again I must be the last sane person on the planet. Now as for Piers Morgan, it goes to show the truly guilty get away with anything in this life!

NormanF on June 14, 2010 at 12:22 pm

When he was on the “Apprentice” he won by being a creep and said the prize money was going to the wounded warrior project.

I wonder how many soldiers were wounded ( or killed) as a result of those bogus photos he backed??? I HATE THAT GUY in spades!

Piers is a liar and a scoundrel. He is trash and just because he has a Brit accent does not mean he is quality! Even Brit criminals have the same accent in jails all over England.

Sewsalot on June 14, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I guess CNN is not interested in changing their format whatsoever.

patriot4evah on June 14, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Anyone else notice that the show Piers is currently on, “America’s Got Talent” has three judges, two of whom are from the UK, and the third is from Canada – none from the U.S.!

Bob S. on June 14, 2010 at 12:46 pm

CNN is in a real ratings slump..or so I’ve heard. That Amanpour, btw, has moved on to ABC (good riddance — I never watch ABC). I think the problem(s) at CNN is that they’re becoming far too tabloid/sensationalized. I can no longer watch that Rick Sanchez show (I watch about 5 minutes, then I have to turn it off — he’s so “excited” (?) all the time, and then, say, someone he’s interviewing, say a Professor on the Gulf oil spill, the prof will say, “As I’ve told you before..” or “As I’ve explained to you previously, if you recall..” It’s as if he suffers from some short-term memory deficit problem..In five minutes he even forgets the name of someone he’s just interviewed (he sometimes has a female side-kick who can fill him in on what’s gone on in the previous 5 minutes…that’s to keep him on “top of things”, I guess.) And, now adding this fired Brit to the line-up to replace Larry King — this won’t help their ratings. (They’ll continue to nosedive.) They should try to get back to doing “news” or investigative reporting, not do tabloid gossip sessions or try to compete with Internet blogs.

JS: You’ll note I wrote that CNN is the “former network” of Amanpour. DS

J.S. on June 14, 2010 at 12:47 pm

If it weren’t for stranded travelers at airports forced to watch CNN it would have no ratings at all.

Bob on June 14, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I can’t take CNN – or ABC/NBC/CBS seriously. King was a fool, traitor, and asskisser – all wrapped into a single creature. His interview with Imadinnerjacket was one of the low points of Western Civilization. His recent interview with Mick Jagger was hilarious….Jagger should’ve been hocking his ‘new’ Exile on Main St album on a late night infomercial. I always thought King was a creep…As for this new guy? I’m proud to say I’m so far out of the loop on ‘idol- type’ TV shows, I don’t give a flying f***. One less show for a pit stop on my channel surfing expeditions.

Not Ovenready on June 14, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Nice tooth!

#1 Vato on June 14, 2010 at 1:15 pm

I like this guy even more now. Hopefully he gets the job at CNN. Who cares he didn’t back down from the pictures. How do you know these pictures were fake Debbie? As usual, you are talking out of your large butt.

Debbie Slutzel on June 14, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Maybe you should check the facts before questioning others, indeed you may wish to actually look at the photos before commenting.

    Actually it was very easy to prove they were fake, partly as they were such bad ones. The vehicle used had never been to Iraq and also the weapon and uniform were inconsistent for a frontline unit.

    Considering this sort of story was likely to endanger lives I think that it would be fair to expect a newspaper to check the photos before publishing. Not to do so was reckless. Even more so when you realise that Piers own brother is a serving officer.

    HK on October 7, 2010 at 1:13 pm

the whole world knows those pics were faked STUPID…well, except maybe you….

BIG IRISH on June 14, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Morgan would be a perfect fit for that America-hating NY Times

Patrick on June 14, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Another excellent post, Debbie.

JeffE on June 14, 2010 at 11:15 pm

> “He may have a pretentious name and a fancy English accent, but those are among the many deceptions of Piers Morgan”

There’s nothing deceptive about his pretentious name. Just as his name is pretentious, so is he. (Of course, we can blame his parents only for the first one.) — said tongue-in-cheek.

Hector on June 15, 2010 at 2:25 am

IS CNN still around?

P. Aaron on June 15, 2010 at 8:22 am

I doubt his show will last very long. He hates America, but loves the money he gets here and the taxes (which I believe I heard that he paid 58% in taxes in to the UK).

He’s ruthless, conniving and not very likable, we have seen the lengthens he’ll go to to win as we saw on Celebrity Appendices over a decent man like Trace Atkins. I won’t watch “America’s Got Talent” bs show, who’s best friend is the show’s executive producer, Simon Cowell. I stopped watching these shows years ago. They both suck in my opinion, they show so much contempt for Americans but they both show to what lengths they’ll go too to take our money, which is what that’s all about.

Ireland on June 15, 2010 at 10:38 am

I think CNN is also hiring Eliot Spitzer to host one of their evening news shows. Morgan and Spitzer. What a dream team.

Syd B. on June 15, 2010 at 10:46 am

I’d rather watch Stewie Griffin [Family Guy] host a talk show than this Morgan guy.

Kurt Toy on June 16, 2010 at 12:58 pm

i fucking hate this son of a bitch. what a creep

piers on September 14, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Nice to see at least some Americans understand the truth about this really nasty individual.

Actually in the UK he is known as Piers ‘Moron’ Morgan. If you have the time you may wish to check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg9BGfcCI6o. It is a popular UK news quiz which Mr Morgan appeared on back in 1996 and should give you an idea of how disliked Piers is over here.

HK on October 7, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Debbie, Very well written and true, I am so disapointed in CNN, First Spitzer, now Piers Moron. This guy is very very unpopular in the uk.

AJW on January 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm

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