On the heels of an exclusive interview with Rachel Jeantel, this morning Piers Morgan joined CNN's "Newsroom" program to offer his insight and reaction.
After watching a clip alongside anchor Michaela Pereira, the "Piers Morgan Live" host explained his impressions of the young woman who had unwillingly become the early star of the George Zimmerman trial:
"Rachel Jeantel is not uneducated. She's a smart cookie," said Morgan, refuting what he deemed to be the account of some of the jury, and the national media as a whole. "What she didn't like was the environment that Don West created in that courtroom of hostility. That's a different thing."
With his interview from the evening before having offered a side of Jeantel that proved remarkably different than the persona she portrayed during her testimony, Morgan suggested that her exclusive comments have opened a window into the life and world of Trayvon Martin that hadn't previously been accessible:
"I think the way that they built up a picture of Trayvon was unsuccessful," said Morgan, referring to the prosecution. "Rachel Jeantel told us more about Trayvon Martin last night in 25 minutes than I heard in the entire trial. And you got a picture not of an aggressive thug but of a rather sweet, quite quiet young teenager going about his business. Never been in much trouble ... I thought that was really important and critical testimony that unfortunately she gave outside the courtroom."
Watch the rest of the clip for more of Morgan's interview on "Newsroom," and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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