CNN 'Thoroughly' Quizzed Piers Morgan About His Journalist Ethics Before Hiring Him

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The Piers Morgan phone-hacking story refuses to die.A week after the NYT picked up on the story and nearly three weeks after rumours started flying that phone-hacking might (there has been zero proof as of yet) taken place during Morgan’s tenure as editor of the Daily Mirror the News Corp-owned Wall St. Journal has picked the thread.

The only new information they have to offer is that a) CNN is standing by Morgan (with the briefest statement possible: “Piers Morgan has been firm and specific in his denial, and we continue to be supportive of his program.”).  And b) CNN was concerned enough about Piers’s professional history that they quizzed him on his “journalistic habits and ethics.”

CNN hired Mr. Morgan to succeed Larry King and he has since become a key part of the network’s prime-time lineup. Before signing him, CNN executives carefully read his books and thoroughly questioned him about his journalistic habits and ethics, a person close to the network said. A lot of the questioning, this person said, surrounded not telephone-hacking practices but Mr. Morgan’s firing from the Mirror in 2004, after he authorised the newspaper’s publication of photographs showing Iraqis being abused by British soldiers that the British army alleged were fakes.

It would seem he passed with flying colours as the network has since built its primetime line-up around Morgan.

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