Well, here it is anyway.
Apparently this is several years old, but I only just found out about it because it’s Piers Morgan. Charles C. W. Cooke has a very enjoyable hatchet piece about Morgan at NRO, and he lists some of the lowlights of Morgan’s career before he came to America and took CNN’s ratings from the basement to the sub-basement:
Back in the old country, Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan is best known for publishing in the Daily Mirror a set of photographs that ostensibly showed British soldiers abusing prisoners in Iraq but turned out to be actually “calculated and malicious” fakes; for his bellicose and often objectionable appearances on various British television shows (the most notable being a spat with satirist and Private Eye editor Ian Hislop on the political comedy show Have I Got News for You); for making himself hostage to fortune (he was widely mocked when, having suggesting that President Bush was “an idiot to fall off” his Segway, he then did exactly the same thing on television, breaking three ribs); and, overall, for a brazen self-confidence that enjoys a complicated and unequal relationship with his actual abilities.
I hadn’t heard about the Segway thing before. Here’s what Morgan said, according to the Daily Mail:
His paper, the Daily Mirror, ran the headline in 2003: “You’d have to be an idiot to fall off, wouldn’t you Mr President.” It added: “If anyone can make a pig’s ear of riding a sophisticated, self-balancing machine like this, Dubya can.”
And so can Piers Morgan:
Ouch. Guess self-balancing sophistication has its limits. Sorry to hear about Morgan’s broken ribs, but he seems to be okay now, if we’re to judge by the volume of his voice.
Again, I’m sure this isn’t news, but then, neither is CNN.