Tabloid past back to haunt Morgan

By Ian Burrell

Once again it is time for Piers Morgan, CNN's great inquisitor, to come up with some answers.

Today he will be talking about one of his favourite subjects, the cut-throat tactics of the British popular press, and he will do so via his chosen medium of live television.

The seemingly irrepressible journalist turned media celebrity is being called to account for his tabloid past.

The charge today is that Morgan is more closely linked to the phone hacking scandal than he claims. His problems stem from material which he has chosen to place in the public domain.

He has made a succession of admissions intended to minimise the hacking felonies of former colleagues by suggesting that such behaviour was widespread and accepted. He has protested his innocence and invited those who denounce him to produce proof.

Admissions in Morgan's published diaries and in a succession of interviews and written articles have shown how thoroughly familiar this particular tabloid journalist was with the practice of phone hacking.

Though he has denied that he personally did such a thing, or commissioned others to do it, he has some explaining to do.

- Independent

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