Every Friday, CNN staffers gather in conference rooms across the bureaus, and use teleconferencing to conduct a brainstorming session. In mid-November, Piers Morgan (and Executive Producer Jonathan Wald) took part in the Q&A – and for the first time ever, we're releasing clips of the meeting.
In the video above, Piers explains why he won't be partisan, his take on Jon Stewart – and the rally – and more.
"I don't want to be too nicey-nicey," said Piers. But: "I'm not going to be partisan. Although I have lots of opinions which I will share with you in the bowels of the Mandarin bar at midnight about all sorts of stuff, I don't see the need to be partisan."
The "Rally To Restore Sanity" was still fresh in the minds of those in attendance, and Piers gave his take on Stewart (who he "loves") and the big moment. "Everyone knows Jon Stewart is a liberal, and he turns up at that big rally and he turns into a politician," said Piers. "I don't want to watch him doing that."
Piers recalled Anderson Cooper's Katrina reporting as a defining moment for CNN – and a type of journalism he and the network can strive for. "I think it's very important we stay exactly where CNN is, but just do it in a louder, more aggressive way," he said.
Coming soon – more clips from the internal brainstorming session, including the importance of ratings and "the intersection of interest and importance."