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Monday 5 February 2018

Hugh Grant Calls Out Piers Morgan

There is a very good reason that former Screws and Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan wastes no opportunity to denigrate anyone and everyone connected to press regulation campaigners Hacked Off - as we saw when he tried to shout down Evan Harris and had, not for the first time, to be rescued by co-host Susanna Reid. It is because he does not want anyone to talk about him, and phone hacking, in the same context.
Hugh Grant - donated his award to Hacked Off

But Hacked Off do talk about Morgan and phone hacking in the same context, as do their supporters, people such as, er, me. While some of the more outlandish claims made against Morgan - the Mirror didn’t get the Sven and Ulrika-ka-ka-ka story through hacking, despite the entreaties of the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines - can’t be made to stick, it is true that the Daily Mirror indulged in hacking while he was in the editor’s chair.
Jacqui Hames at the Leveson Inquiry - she has secured a belated admission from the Murdoch press

And this morning, outside the High Court, after actor and campaigner Hugh Grant had popped inside to collect a reputed six-figure sum in damages from the Mirror’s publishers (as you do), he made a statement which once again will cause significant discomfort to Morgan, as well as his pals in the press establishment. This is what he had to say.
It is clear from the evidence in this litigation so far that Ms [Tina] Weaver. and Messrs [Richard] Wallace, [Mark] Thomas and [James] Scott were all phone hackers themselves, and that either Piers Morgan and Neil Wallis were so incompetent as not to know the real source of scores of exclusives that they published, or were complicit in the conduct themselves”. There was more.
This newspaper group has misled the public and its shareholders for many years. It has let down its readers and its hard-working journalists. Those journalists have paid the price for the wrongdoing of executives who have left with large payoffs, and share options. Here we have a public limited company whose executives concealed years of criminality. The public were not told the truth. The victims were not told the truth. The shareholders were not told the truth. The Leveson Inquiry was not told the truth”. And more.
Piers Morgan appearing at the Leveson Inquiry

That is why the second part of the Leveson Inquiry must now take place without delay. This second part was promised by a previous [mainly] Conservative Government and is now being disgracefully delayed by a weak Prime Minister who takes her orders from the same newspaper groups that admitted culpability today”. Ouch!
We now need Part 2 of this ...

Also today, former Police officer and Crimewatch co-presenter Jacqui Hames secured an admission of surveillance and hacking by the Murdoch press, many years after she and her then husband Dave Cook had their lives seriously disrupted because Cook was leading an investigation into the Daniel Morgan murder in which the late and not at all lamented Screws was implicated. This will also not receive saturation press coverage.
... and these campaigners are determined to get it

Neither of these campaigners will feature on Good Morning Britain any time soon - at least, not when Piers Morgan is in the studio. Which begs the question - if he had nothing to do with phone hacking and the rest of The Dark Arts, why is he on a hair trigger whenever anyone mentions it? And why won’t he debate with the victims, rather than ignore them?

As I said more than six years ago, we need evidence before rushing to judge Morgan. Now we see that evidence stacking up, it’s time he came clean. If he’s capable of doing so.


Anonymous said...

"...hard-working journalists..." my arse.

Nobody with any sense of morality trusts any of them. They are stenographers for the far right establishment that owns, runs and corrupts this country. The Hillsborough families exposed them for the cowards they are. But it took over two decades to do it, eventually through an independent panel.

Gutless untalented scribblers like Morgan, Ian Jack, Edward Pearce and Macfilth are merely the tip of a rotting iceberg. Beneath them is a layer of cringing Uriah Creeps scared of their own shadow and mortgage debt. If Leveson 2 is to mean anything it will turn over the rock and expose all of these creatures to the full light of a democratic day.

Hacking is the least of it, merely one symptom of a far right propaganda system that has helped to almost destroy civilised values in Britain. Get rid of that and the country might stand a chance of avoiding the worst effects.

But I wouldn't make book on it. Moral cowardice has assumed epidemic proportions.

Rangjan said...

Ah yes, remember when Piers Morgan used to brag about knowing how to hack phones:

Unknown said...

Papers Piers edited: News of the world and the Mirror and both papers hacked phones. Coincidence?