Piers Morgan Emerges as a Staunch Defender of Murdoch

An unlikely position for a CNN host

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Rupert Murdoch has an increasingly outspoken defender on TV: Piers Morgan. After a week of relative silence on the subject of the ballooning phone hacking scandal, the CNN prime-time host and onetime Murdoch tabloid editor has taken to the airwaves as a staunch champion of the Murdochs and their associates.

In an appearance on Wolf Blitzer’s afternoon program, The Situation Room, Morgan lambasted a conservative member of the British Parliament for alleging that, in his memoirs, Morgan had indicated he had firsthand knowledge of phone hacking by Mirror reporters during his tenure as editor of that tabloid.

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