The phone-hacking scandal that has wounded Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and shuttered the News of the World tabloid newspaper is also now threatening CNN’s Piers Morgan. Larry King’s replacement was the top editor at News of the World in the mid-1990s and later ran the Mirror, and Louise Mensch, a British politician, erroneously inferred that Morgan had admitted illegal hacking in his 2005 autobiography when she questioned Murdoch and former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks last week. Morgan confronted her on Wolf Blitzer’s show and declared, “For the record, in my time at the Mirror and the News of the World, I have never hacked a phone, told anybody to hack a phone or published any story based on the hacking of a phone.”
Now, a 2009 interview has resurfaced that has Morgan on the defensive again. Appearing on a radio show, Desert Island Discs with host Kirsty Young, Morgan responded to “all that nasty down-in-the-gutter stuff” that tabloid newspapers were notorious for:
The Daily Beast has the clip:
To some, that sounds like an admission of some guilt. But in a new statement originally posted on Mediaite.com, Morgan insists:
Is this the end of the story, PopWatchers? Or just the beginning?