Piers Morgan, On News Of The World: ‘No Story We Published Was Ever Gained In An Unlawful Manner’

For the first time since the phone hacking scandal brought down News Corp’s News of the World–and threatened the media empire of Rupert Murdoch–CNN’s Piers Morgan has taken time on his nightly show to address the scandal, and his own role as editor of News of the World. “I worked as editor of News of the World sixteen years ago, from 1994 to 1995…for the record, I do not believe that any story we published…was ever gained in an unlawful manner.”

Murdoch made Morgan the youngest editor in the News of the World’s 168-year history, when Morgan was just 28. He left that paper to become editor of the rival Daily Mirror, and said his experience working for–and against–Murdoch gives him great insight into the scandal, but no personal experience of any illegal efforts to dig up scoops.

Morgan had been under pressure from at least one high profile blogger in the UK–and others here in the U.S.–to talk about his time at the now-defunct newspaper, and to address a reference he made in his memoir about cell phone hacking. Tonight, he made reference to his book, but insisted during extensive coverage of the scandal–and tomorrow’s testimony by Murdoch before the British Parliament–that he found it difficult to believe Murdoch knew of any wrongdoing–and never knew of any himself.

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