Piers Morgan was ‘cleared’ by Ofcom, he has the ‘right’ to say vile things

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For years, Piers Morgan used his platform as co-host of Good Morning Britain – and his platform as contributing editor to the Daily Mail – to bully and smear Meghan Markle/the Duchess of Sussex. Piers always had a very special interest in ripping Meghan to shreds and his statements over the years have been misogynistic and racist, not to mention cruel and bullying. Things came to a head in the days after the Sussexes’ Oprah interview back in March. Piers called Meghan a liar, he mocked her suicidal ideation, and claimed that Meghan would need to show proof that the Windsors were racist. He kept going on and on about it until he was challenged by GMB’s weatherman Alex Beresford. The very moment Beresford challenged Piers’ vile smears of Meghan, Piers threw a tantrum and walked off the GMB set. As it turns out, ITV received thousands of complaints about Piers that week, including one complaint from Meghan herself. Piers was either fired or he quit. And now, months later, Ofcom has “cleared” Piers of… something??

Piers Morgan was today sensationally cleared by Ofcom who backed his right to free speech after he said that he ‘didn’t believe a word’ of what Meghan Markle told Oprah Winfrey and challenged her claims of royal racism and suicidal thoughts live on Good Morning Britain. The UK’s broadcasting watchdog called attempts to silence him a ‘chilling restriction on freedom of expression’ after the Duchess of Sussex was among an avalanche of people who complained that his questioning of her account was ‘harmful’ and ‘offensive’ to viewers.

Meghan, 40, was among the 57,000 people who went to Ofcom after an orchestrated social media campaign spearheaded by his ‘woke’ critics including several Labour MPs, who accused him of racism and sexism. Within 48 hours of the March 7 Oprah interview, Mr Morgan was forced to quit GMB after he refused to apologise for his ‘honestly held opinions’, costing ITV around 790,000 viewers and millions more in advertising revenue with the ratings gap between GMB and rival BBC Breakfast still growing. On the day Piers quit, GMB was in the lead.

And Ofcom today backed Mr Morgan’s right to ‘rigorously challenge’ the Duchess’s account of suffering suicidal thoughts and claims she experienced racism at the hands of the Royal Family. Complaints that his views on the programmes on March 8 and March 9 were unsuitable for children and incited hatred and racism were also thrown out. The decision has led to a flurry of calls from fans demanding he is given his job back.

ITV’s left-leaning former Guardian chief CEO Dame Carolyn McCall is under pressure to explain why she tried to suppress the presenter’s free speech after the Duchess of Sussex complained to her directly and allegedly implored her to censure her critic as they were both ‘women and mothers’.

There was complete vindication for the star, 56, who branded Meghan ‘Princess Pinocchio’, as Ofcom ruled: ‘Mr Morgan was entitled to say he disbelieved the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s allegations and to hold and express strong views that rigorously challenged their account’.

And in a damning indictment of his former bosses and the 57,000 people who complained, the watchdog found: ‘The restriction of such views would, in our view, be an unwarranted and chilling restriction on freedom of expression both of the broadcaster and the audience’.

Other allegations roundly rejected by Ofcom included that Mr Morgan were not ‘duly impartial’, he had ‘misrepresented facts’ and that he ‘mocked the American accent’.

Reacting to today’s ruling Mr Morgan told MailOnline: ‘I’m delighted that Ofcom has so emphatically supported my right to disbelieve the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s incendiary claims to Oprah Winfrey, many of which have since been proved to be untrue. This is a resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios. As OFCOM says, to have stifled my right to express strongly held and robustly argued views would have been an ‘unwarranted and chilling restriction on freedom of expression. In light of this decision – do I get my job back?’

He added: ‘I was reliably informed recently that Meghan Markle wrote directly to my ITV boss Dame Carolyn McCall the night before I was forced out, demanding my head on a plate. Apparently, she stressed that she was writing to Dame Carolyn personally because they were both women and mothers – a nauseating playing of the gender and maternity card if ever there was one. What has the world come to when a whiny fork-tongued actress can dictate who presents a morning television news programme?’

[From The Daily Mail]

I have no idea how Ofcom investigations work or what their “findings” really mean in the grand scheme of things. In America, if a TV host was sh-tcanned for being a racist, misogynistic douche, it wouldn’t really matter if some media-watchdog or oversight group later said “well, he has a right to his opinions.” Like, duh. No one said that Piers Morgan doesn’t have a right to his repulsive opinions. He just doesn’t have a right to say those vile things on public airwaves, while being paid a generous salary, with the full blessing of advertisers. And if Piers was genuinely fired – it was never really clear before now – then how in the world is solely Meghan’s fault? There were thousands of complaints! And Piers was so thin-skinned about being challenged, he walked off the set! Anyway, a total f–king sh-tshow.

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  1. holly says:

    … and I have the right to call him a f*ckwit

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      He is simply delivering the messages his paymasters want him to. He hounded Diana and now he is hounding her son’s wife. Every evil he has spoken or done in public or in secret, will rebound on him a million fold.

    • Over it says:

      And I have the right to second that.

    • Sofia says:

      You’re being too nice. Call him a c*nt instead.

      • Jane says:

        A c*nt? He has neither the warmth nor the depth.

      • Sofia says:

        @Jane: I’m confused. I’m calling him a C U Next Tuesday because he is. Not sure what warmth and depth have to do with it.

      • WithTheAmerican says:

        I believe her point is a c *N t is a warm and deep place, a positive part of woman’s body, and Piers Morgan should be nowhere near it. That last part might be my point. Lol

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      Exactly, and I have a right to state that I believe he received trafficked girls from Ghislaine Maxwell as they were photographed together at a public event, this is more proof than he ever produced to back his claims against Meghan Markle, so thank you Piers for protecting my right to state such an opinion.

      • Barcelona says:

        @Sofia, a c*nt is a derogatory term for a woman’s vagina. That’s why this sh#tnozzle doesn’t deserve to be called a c#nt… because women are better than that

      • Sofia says:

        @Barcelona: I’m aware but I live in the UK and we use it more to describe a piece of shit rather than a vagina.

      • goofpuff says:

        @Zapp Brannigan I totally agree with you. That sounds like solid news reporting to me – as solid as the kind Piers does.

      • Malificent says:

        Yep, it’s the dialect difference in usage for c*nt. In the US, it only has the meaning of female genitalia, not the general use in the UK. And it’s MUCH stronger in meaning. The C word is never casually or jokingly used in public– it’s a fighting word.

    • trace_smiles says:

      And I don’t say this often (I don’t know if I ever have) but, f$&k I hate him

  2. Emily says:

    I’ve really enjoyed not seeing his stupid face on the TV when I’m on the elliptical at the gym. I really hope they’re not setting him up for some sort of comeback.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      They are. Priming him to make a triumphant return as they need to feed the gammony. A boycott of the channel and their advertisers is best. Thankfully I stopped watching that dreadful channel years ago.

      • equality says:

        The viewers who complained to Ofcom or his bosses need to forget that channel and go directly to complaining and boycotting advertisers. That is usually what gets the most attention. What they are all seeming to overlook here is that he walked off and quit. He wasn’t fired.

    • mariahlee says:

      I imagine this is just what they were waiting for to bring him back.

  3. Tom says:

    Time to boycott advertisers, GB.

    • Surly Gale says:

      There is so little product on the shelves in GB due to Brexit they may not be able to boycott the advertisers’ products. If the products are offered internationally, it may be up to us. I pray there are more people in the world who would fight piers instead of fighting mm but I do worry. The ones FOR mm and AGAINST piers seem to be not as loud, not as angry, not as buffoonery as piers’ fans. Like in the states, the uglies are the loudest, reported on the most and thus seem to get all the attention.

      His mother must be so proud. His wife must just enjoy money and not care where it comes from. My skin is crawling; I have to stop thinking of him for my mental health….but wait, the other side gets excited and motivated by hate and ugliness. So I’ve decided to stay in the fight. Because this affects others’ mental health more and worse. If I’m an ally, I have to shed as much light as possible on the ugliness, not try to shy away from it. Stay informed and fight back. Write letters. Post in public forums. Etc. We cannot, we must not let this ugly pattern prevail.

  4. Eurydice says:

    I guess I don’t understand what the investigation was about. ITV have a right to fire Morgan if they want.

    • Eurydice says:

      ETA – I read the Guardian article on this and all OFCOM did was rule on whether Morgan violated broadcast codes. They went on to say that his words were “potentially harmful and offensive” and they warned ITV to be more careful in the future about discussing subjects like mental health and suicide. So, basically, they said Morgan has the right to be a pig, but being a pig isn’t necessarily right.

      • LaraW” says:

        Eurydice— could you clarify? I haven’t read the article or report this morning and am hoping to get the cliffnotes from your knowledge. ☺️

        So the investigation was technically about ITV, and Morgan’s conduct as it specifically relates to ITV’s compliance with broadcasting standards? Not a clear cut investigation on Morgan himself?

        Your comment below indicated that Beresford’s counterargument helped mitigate further damage to the channel and that if he hadn’t engaged, ITV could have potentially landed in more trouble. Am I understanding this correctly?

      • WithTheAmerican says:

        Wow, the Fail really showing their bias. This makes a lot more sense. Thanks!

      • Eurydice says:

        @LaraW – yes, that’s what I’ve understood from what I’ve read. The broadcasting code says offensive and harmful material must be “justified by context.” Ofcom said they were particularly concerned with Morgan’s comments on mental health and suicide, but that they would have been “seriously concerned” if there hadn’t been pushback by the co-hosts. They also said that Morgan’s comments on race were potentially highly offensive, but other comments offered open debate.

        How this exonerates anything Morgan said is part of the DM’s interpretive dance.

      • LaraW” says:

        Thanks Eurydice!

  5. Cessily says:

    He is a disgusting vile man.. i will never support any business or organization that allows him to continue to spew his hate filled bullying harassment. If I never see him or hear another nasty quote from him in the USA/Canadian media I would be happy. I’ve given up on the British media being fair or human.

  6. Over it says:

    On that note of free speech and all that. Piss pussy Morgan is a complete asshole. He can go F himself to the highest power and Judy like him all this proves us that piss, ofcom and all the powers that be in the uk are racist as F. Here’s hoping he gets what’s coming to him because god don’t like ugly

  7. Jan says:

    Piers’ wife wrote an article last Sunday calling Meghan crass and vulgar, the same woman that sign up to Ashley Madison looking for a date, when it was leaked, she claimed she was doing it for a story, still waiting for the story.
    Guess she was trying to get clicks, one income have to be tough on cheaters.

  8. Sofia says:

    Meghan and everyone else who’s expressed suicidal idealisations but were dismissed deserve so much better.

  9. Izzy says:

    Still unclear which of their claims on Oprah were proven false, but by all means, fcuk around and find out when they drop receipts.

    • Sam the Pink says:

      He claims that the “wedding” thing was a proven lie, which is really isn’t. Most Americans understood what Meaghan meant – she meant a “commitment ceremony.” But he jumped all over it as evidence that she was lying because she used the term “wedding” when in reality it was not a legal ceremony.

    • Emma says:

      Yeah that was definitely weird. “Many” of their claims “have since been proved to be untrue”? Wtf is he trying on now? Because nothing they said has been proved to be untrue.

      The issue over them having a private ceremony before the wedding was just the tabloids twisting what they actually said into something they never said and then making a big deal of it.

  10. Stelly says:

    Most people who freak out at a coworker and storm off the job would be fired. And didn’t he end up with a big severance package? It’s so gross how many people like this guy though, and would love to see him back on air.

  11. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    The Tory government is trying to push for Paul Dacre, ex head of the Mail, to head Ofcom – knowing that he will toe the party line come what may. It’s no suprise that Ofcom, as a wing of our proto-fascist Trumpian state, will uphold Piss Morgan’s vile misogynoir.

  12. helonearth says:

    He is such a pathetic excuse for a human being. Anyone who disagrees with him gets shouted down or blocked. A weak man with a big mouth who cannot discuss or debate any subject in a sensible manner. I don’t watch GMB in the morning as they are a tabloid tv show.

  13. Amy Bee says:

    This is not surprising. At least he’s off the air.

  14. Sure says:

    More distraction from Andrew I see!

  15. Lady Digby says:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-58354662

    Please note DM account is biased and there were serious concerns about his approach.

    • Eurydice says:

      Thanks, this is even more clear than the Guardian article.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      Thanks for the share. The DM account would be biased. Isn’t P!ss still an editor at large there?

      • Lady Digby says:

        PM is a weekly columnist for Mail online and thus has announced this as a big win for himself. It wasn’t and GMB had to let him go as they,are promoting mental health. The full judgement the programe provided balance not that his views were right or acceptable so no he won’t be reinstated and he has indeed lost the job he loved!
        His contract means he can’t work for another channel for the rest of the year. He is being paid to stay at home. The little watched GB news would like to sign him to appear on the same roster as Danny Rotten and Nigel Garage but could fatman’s ego take such a demotion. This wasn’t a victory for him despite his own spin. He remains poor in spirit and that is a heavy burden to wake up everyday and face the day as PM.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      It’s clear, that no matter how Morgan the Misogynist tries to spins this, he was only cleared for expressing his opinion, not his racist and sexist views, so he can STFU an go to hell!

  16. Sam the Pink says:

    I mean…as an American, I don’t get why there was an investigation. He said what he said. If his employer saw fit to fire him over it, that is not a governmental or free speech issue. Now they’ve basically just handed him a way to look like a “free speech warrior” without actually addressing any substantive matters. We in America know how to do this far better, it seems.

    • Eurydice says:

      The investigation was whether Morgan’s words on ITV were in breach of OFCOM’s broadcast code. The FCC does the same thing. Evidently, they found that Alex Beresford’s challenge gave a balance to Morgan’s words, otherwise it would have been a problem for ITV. This really isn’t exonerating Morgan of anything.

      • Sam the Pink says:

        Yeah, except in the US, the FFC’s public policing ability when it comes to broadcast standards is largely limited to the realm of obscenity, which is its own realm with its own problems. Nothing Morgan said was obscene, let’s be clear. I saw the bit they investigated, obviously, and I still remain baffled as to how it could trigger an investigation – it doesn’t meet any standard of obscenity, defamation, etc. It was just an ass saying mean things, but that’s not a governmental concern, nor should it be. It should be a private issue for the employer, who seems to have dealt with it correctly.

      • Eurydice says:

        @Sam the Pink – Well, the trigger was the 57,000 complaints. And, in the UK, the code includes harmful and offensive material, also hate speech – evidently, it’s a governmental concern there.

    • goofpuff says:

      I should mention that TV stations like Fox News get away with saying lies on TV because they officially don’t actually recognize themselves a news station legally but “entertainment”. This allows them to skirt the whole having to have real sources and libel issues more. Came out of a lawsuit where Fox News admitted they really don’t report news, they just do entertainment.

      So Fox News is the equivalent of SNL.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ goofpuffm yes and still people quote Faux News as actual news, not entertainment. May Murdoch burn in hell for his actions….

  17. Here4Tea says:

    Here’s another report; from The Guardian:

    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/sep/01/ofcom-clears-piers-morgan-over-meghan-good-morning-britain-comments

    Note the use of the words ” harmful” and “offensive” and length of report.

  18. Chantal says:

    How else could they justify giving him his job back? From what I understand, the show’s ratings improved after he was hired and soared after he launched his abusive hate campaign against Meghan. Since his departure, the ratings plummeted and haven’t recovered. Unfortunately, the only thing the BM understands is that bashing Meghan is very lucrative. They have a vested interest in hating and perpetuating hate against her. I don’t know how his wife (everyone seems to keep forgetting about her) puts up with the humiliation of her husband publicly and repeatedly obsessing over another man’s WIFE! If he was my husband (yuck!) and engaged in this type of behavior about another woman for years, well he wouldn’t be my husband anymore. I’m not clear on UK law but I hope the Duchess sues him and ITV for harassment when he inevitably starts his bs again. Could she get a restraining order against him/them?

  19. Harper says:

    I’m curious how Piers thinks he has proof that Meghan lied. Time for a reveal of his proof in a courtroom, perhaps? Maybe Schillings will be in touch with Morgan real soon. ITV is still on the hook from OfCom to be careful with mental health and suicidal thought content, which is what the complaints focused on.

  20. BnlurNforever says:

    I knew life was unfair since I was old enough to understand anything, but these last years has really shown this truth like at no other time.

  21. aquarius64 says:

    This piece of garbage is going back on the air. SMH. The thing is Piers and his ilk would not repeat their mess on a US non Fox network, especially with a presenter that would challenge them. There are several US hosts that would throw the false pictures in Piss’ face on live TV. They’re cowards.

  22. Maria says:

    I’ve given up on England. Cesspool.
    As much as I want to go back and revisit my old haunts during my study and research like Hever Castle and Hampton Court, I refuse to put money into this economy anymore.
    So disgusting.
    I know some people are saying Ofcom isn’t necessarily exonerating him, but this quote is all I need to know: “We also considered that the comments about race in the programme could have been potentially highly offensive, but that the comments were sufficiently contextualised.” No.

  23. Cessily says:

    Mr Morgan also chooses sick and vile people to surround himself with.. including PA, Harvey Weinstein, Gary Glitter, Rolf Harris, Max Clifford, and Ghislaine Maxwell.. the company he keeps speaks volumes.

  24. Valerie says:

    I truly hate him and those of his ilk. Attention-starved bottom-feeders.

    • lee says:

      He walked off the set and quit. Now he is spinning it that he was fired for his comments about Meghan. A victim of cancel culture. For the record he kept his night time job with the same network doing celebrity specials. He never stopped being a Daily Mail editor. He has the right to say what he wants and even attack the Sussex family but lets be factual he quit and is not a freedom of speech martyr.

  25. aquarius64 says:

    I hope Harry drags Piss and his ilk in his memoir and drop the receipt that the creep was really sexually harassed Meghan and the media stalking is due to her rejection of him. That would scare Piss and shut up his harpy wife,

  26. SusanRagain says:

    The “right” talk crap.
    I have the right to ignore him. And I do.
    Piers Morgan makes a lot of $$ talking trash.

  27. phaedra7 says:

    He’s an honorary MAGAT–from across the pond, IMPO!🤬

  28. Tessa says:

    He even has his wife out there trashing Meghan to the media.

  29. Julia K says:

    Pond scum. Apologies to ponds and scum. ITV did not rehire him, but others will.

  30. NorthAmericanWoman says:

    “In America, if a TV host was sh-tcanned for being a racist, misogynistic douche, it wouldn’t really matter if some media-watchdog or oversight group later said “well, he has a right to his opinions.”

    Well, you are correct on that point. CNN didn’t give a cr*p about live-streaming self-massage. They kept him employed anyway:
    https://www.foxnews.com/media/cnns-jeffrey-toobin-addresses-zoom-masturbation-scandal-awkward-return

  31. blunt talker says:

    The Sussexes have no regrets about leaving the royal family-Piers, mr. double chin, should let Harry and Meghan go on with their lives in America and he should go on with his life in the UK-Any old fart like him going around complaining about a couple who has left salty isle- seems a bit off in the head-Mr. double chin needs to be careful about what he says with no facts-a lawsuit will be hugh when receipts are dropped-He is sad sack of shit with a low iq. Getting a Nobel peace prize sir should be a desirable deed for him to do in the twilight years of his life. I personally thinks he has a screw loose in his brain-he wants to cause pain and hurt to others with his vile and disgusting rants-when others use these same type of rants against him its the worst thing in the world for free speech.