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December 23rd, 2010
10:58 AM ET

Piers Morgan Crashes "Parker Spitzer" Staff Meeting, Talks Wikileaks And Warm-Up Acts

Yesterday we showed you Piers Morgan wandering into Joy Behar's office – today, we bring you what happens when he crashes a "Parker Spitzer" staff meeting.

Things got off to a rocky start when Piers, who will be on CNN at 9pmET, told Kathleen Parker and Eliot Spitzer (the 8pmET hosts) that they would be his "warm-up act." Then the conversation turned to Wikileaks.

Piers asked Parker if Julian Assange is a "cyber-terrorist or cyber-freedom fighter." Says Parker: "I think what he did was irresponsible and horrible, but again, we're in the business of producing news that is available to us."

Then Piers asked if the hosts would be happy if he published their emails. "Mine have been, so it's easy for me," said Spitzer.

When Piers brought up tea, the "Parker Spitzer" team got their revenge for the "warm-up act" line. "There's a shocking lack of respect going on here," said Piers.

Coming next week: Piers interviews Anderson Cooper for a web exclusive video.

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  1. LibelFreeZone

    Piers Morgan said in a recent interview that he’s been reading tabloids since he was seven years old and has “always wanted to be a journalist.” The problem is, when one sucks news at an early age from the teat of shock headlines, one has no idea what real journalism is. Thus, Morgan has a repugnant history as first a reporter for and then the editor of three notorious British tabloids. Morgan calls himself a serious journalist, yet he spent over a decade lying, exaggerating and printing salacious rumors about the rich and famous at The Sun (1989–94), News of the World (1994–95), and the Daily Mirror (1995–04). Without a public acknowledgment—indeed, an apology for deceiving the public—I don't think he'll ever be able to wash the stink off himself from being mentored by Rupert Murdoch and Kelvin Mackenzie, both repulsive yellow journalists. Now he's trotting himself out as a quality but "dangerous" mainstream interviewer when he should be hunkering down to actually learn the ethics and skills of responsible journalists. Shame on CNN for hiring this disreputable and lame excuse for a journalist. It’s a sad day for journalism when Piers Morgan is considered mainstream.

    June 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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