U.K. MP Louise Mensch has apologized to CNN anchor Piers Morgan over claims she made in parliament saying that Morgan admitted to getting a scoop by phone hacking. Mensch made the comments during the Parliamentary hearings with James Murdoch and Rupert Murdoch. As she acknowledged in her formal apology, she confused what was written in a news item for what Morgan claimed.
In my questions to Rupert and James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks, I wrongly stated that Piers Morgan, formerly editor of the Daily Mirror, had been open about personally hacking phones in a book he wrote. This was based on my misreading of an article in the Daily Telegraph published on the 13th July, which covered Mr. Morgan’s description in his book of how to hack a phone and how he won the Scoop of the Year on the story of Sven-Goran Eriksson and Ulrika Johnson. The Telegraph report covers the claim of a blogger that this story was acquired by phone hacking, and I misread that as Mr. Morgan himself claiming this to be true.Therefore, I must apologise to Mr. Morgan and the Committee for this error about his book.
When Mensch and Morgan appeared on CNN together, Morgan tried to get her to repeat her claims, only to have her invoke Parliamentary privilege in saying that she could not.
Her full apology is embedded below.
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