CNN host Piers Morgan a phone hacking whiz? Witness implies so
LATimes - almost 5 years
Piers Morgan has long insisted that, in his days as the editor of a London tabloid, he didn’t order or condone his reporters hacking into cellphones to get scoops about celebrities.
But a British TV personality told a special inquiry Wednesday that Morgan seemed to have some very specific knowledge about how to access other people’s phone messages. Morgan, now the host of a nightly talk show on CNN in the U.S., also joked about overhearing a phone conversation between a pair of celebrities, Jeremy Paxman testified before the British government panel investigating journalism ethics.
The BBC's Paxman recalled telling Morgan during a 2002 lunch that he was wholly unfamiliar with phone hacking. "He then explained the way to get access to people's messages was to go to the factory default setting and press either 0000 or 1234,” Paxman told the so-called Levenson inquiry, “and that if you didn't put on your own code, his words, 'You're a fool.' "
The testimony by the British news ancho