NEW YORK (TheWrap) - Is CNN’s Piers Morgan the next to fall in the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal?
CNN, which has given the scandal plenty of play, is starting to face questions about its treatment of allegations implicating its own Larry King replacement.
Seems Morgan was once an editor of the News of the World, the British tabloid that started all of this — though his alleged improprieties were during his tenure as editor of a different tabloid: the Daily Mirror.
On Monday, a British politics blog titled Guido Fawkes claimed Morgan condoned hacking during his editorship.
“James ‘Scottie’ Scott, the Daily Mirror’s showbiz reporter at the time, was listening into (English TV star) Ulrika Jonsson’s voicemails when he was flummoxed by messages in her native Swedish,” Fawkes wrote.
“Morgan decided to let ‘3AM Girl’ Jessica Callan break the illegally obtained story under her byline in order to try and rid the column of its banal reputation.”
The blog never supplied much evidence, but one of his sources might be Morgan’s book, “The Insider,” in which Morgan talks about a “little trick” that sounds a whole lot like hacking.
While different news outlets have begun to pick the story up, CNN has remained silent. Adweek pointed this out to CNN, which defended its silence by saying that Morgan has not been summoned to testify.
But while he has not been formally summoned like the Murdochs, MPs have said Morgan should face questioning.
Morgan himself addressed the speculation on Monday, telling the CBS daytime show “The Talk” that he had not broken any laws. However, neither CNN nor Morgan have responded to the allegations since then.