Did Piers Morgan Admit to Phone Hacking?

Tape from 2009 interview raises questions
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2011 2:22 PM CDT
Did Piers Morgan Admit to Phone Hacking?
Piers Morgan arrives at the inaugural BAFTA Brits to Watch 2011 event at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, Saturday, July 9, 2011.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

(Newser) – Did Piers Morgan sanction a bit of phone hacking while in charge of the Daily Mirror? The CNN host has been denying it all week, after a British lawmaker accused him of it. But now, audio has surfaced online of a 2009 radio interview in which Morgan seems to admit to doing just that, the Telegraph reports. In the clip, first reported by the “Guido Fawkes” blog and the Daily Beast, Morgan is asked how he felt about “down-in-the-gutter” journalism tactics like phone hacking.

“To be honest … not a lot of that went on,” Morgan replied. “A lot of it was done by third parties rather than the staff themselves. That’s not to defend it, because obviously you were running the results of their work.” Today Morgan told Mediaite that the comments were just “a general observation about tabloid newspaper reporters,” and not an admission of phone hacking specifically. (Read more Piers Morgan stories.)

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