Piers Morgan Cleared By Media Watchdog Over His Comments About Meghan Markle
Piers Morgan was vindicated when his remarks about Meghan Markle were cleared by the U.K.'s Ofcom, and he asked "do I get my job back?"
British television personality Piers Morgan was finally vindicated in his feud with Meghan Markle on Wednesday when comments that he made about her and her interview with Oprah Winfrey were cleared by Ofcom. Morgan has since fired back to give his thoughts on this vindication.
Morgan Vindicated As Investigation Concludes
Fox News reported that the U.K.’s office of communications has confirmed that they’ve concluded their investigation into comments Morgan made about Meghan on the March 8 episode of “Good Morning Britain,” which received over 40,000 complaints.
“Today we’ve concluded our investigation into Piers Morgan’s comments on Good Morning Britain in the wake of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey,” Ofcom wrote on Twitter.
Today we’ve concluded our investigation into Piers Morgan’s comments on Good Morning Britain in the wake of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
— Ofcom (@Ofcom) September 1, 2021
Ofcom described the status of the investigation as “not in breach,” and in a summary called it a “finely-balanced decision.”
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“Mr. Morgan’s comments were potentially harmful and offensive to viewers, and we recognise the strong public reaction to them,” read the decision summary of the 97-page report. “But we also took full account of freedom of expression. Under our rules, broadcasters can include controversial opinions as part of legitimate debate in the public interest, and the strong challenge to Mr. Morgan from other contributors provided important context for viewers.”
“Nonetheless, we’ve reminded ITV to take greater care around content discussing mental health and suicide in future. ITV might consider the use of timely warnings or signposting of support services to ensure viewers are properly protected,” it conduced.
Morgan Fires Back
Morgan wasted no time in firing back on Twitter, questioning if this means he will get his job back on “Good Morning Britain.”
“I’m delighted OFCOM has endorsed my right to disbelieve the Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s incendiary claims to Oprah Winfrey, many of which have proven to be untrue,” Morgan tweeted. “This is a resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios. Do I get my job back?”
Morgan was effectively forced to leave “Good Morning Britain” in the wake of this incident after he refused to issue an apology to Meghan on-air.
I’m delighted OFCOM has endorsed my right to disbelieve the Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s incendiary claims to Oprah Winfrey, many of which have proven to be untrue. This is a resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios.
Do I get my job back? pic.twitter.com/czhzeejYpa
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 1, 2021
Morgan Doubles Down In Scathing Oped
Morgan doubled down in an oped for Daily Mail in which he attacked Meghan more while also talking about how important this ruling is for freedom of speech.
“Ironically, I would imagine that word will prompt a very chilly reaction from the self-satisfied Sussexes as they slurp kale smoothies in their California mansion over breakfast this morning,” Morgan wrote. “Make no mistake, this is a watershed moment in the battle for free speech.”
“If OFCOM had found against me, that would have signalled the end of every UK TV journalist’s right to express any honestly held opinion on air lest it upset the likes of Meghan Markle,” he added. “The whole point of journalism is surely to question and challenge statements from public figures, particularly when no actual evidence is produced to support them?”
Morgan Attacks Cancel Culture
Not stopping there, Morgan proceeded to use this situation to attack cancel culture.
“We now live in a woke-ravaged era where it’s become a punishable offence to say what you really think about almost anything for fear that someone, somewhere, will be offended,” he wrote. “This insidious ‘cancel culture’ as it’s been termed represents the most serious threat to democracy in my lifetime. People all over the world are being shamed, vilified, and even fired from their jobs for expressing an opinion that the woke brigade don’t like.”
“That’s why this OFCOM ruling matters so much,” Morgan continued.
Morgan concluded his oped with a brutal message to Meghan and her husband Prince Harry, saying that when they “lick their failed censorship wounds today, I suggest they heed the words of George Orwell: ‘If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.'”
What happened to Piers Morgan after he criticized Meghan Markle was a travesty, and we’re glad that he has finally been vindicated all these months later.
This truly is a victory for freedom of speech, and for journalists everywhere. Meghan may be able to force the woke left to do her bidding, but she’s not going to succeed in silencing everyone who dares to speak out against her.