Will Piers Morgan’s U.K. Testimony Affect his Standing in the U.S.?

By Chris Ariens 

The AP’s Dave Bauder talks with media watchers who think Piers Morgan’s testimony before the Leveson Inquiry looking into the culture and ethics of the British press, “won’t have much effect on his standing in the United States.”

“I don’t think it’s going to have any effect on his career,” said Paul Levinson, professor of communications and media studies at Fordham University in New York, “but you shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking that it’s a good thing.”

CNN has largely kept quiet about this week’s events. “Piers’ testimony speaks for itself and does not impact his CNN program,” spokeswoman Meghan McPartland said.

There’s a certain irony that, in the United States, CNN seems more directly tied to the British phone hacking scandal than competitor Fox News Channel — even though Fox’s parent company also owned the News of the World tabloid that has been at the center of the story. That’s because Morgan is a familiar face and none of the Fox News personalities that viewers know have been tied to the scandal.