Skip to comments.Piers Morgan sets his sights on Sarah Palin and The Queen
Posted on 02/13/2011 5:37:42 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
One month into his CNN show replacing Larry King, Piers Morgan has "clearly found his groove, especially during the current uprisings in Egypt" says the website Popeater. Even more flattering , "The British ex-tabloid newspaper editor has an acerbic wit and keen intelligence that shines through," says the interviewer.
Piers replied to a series of questions, saying Oprah was his favourite guest, he would love to interview Sarah Palin and he thought he had a better chance of getting the Queen than most American interviewers.
He said he was "fitting in pretty well actually for a Brit in New York. We're a month in, and it's been a pretty eventful, varied month". But he did not give himself an A+ rating:
"I feel like B+. Let's not get too ahead of ourselves here. It's been a very solid start with lots of variety. Some of them weren't so great. The thing is about this show is that it evolves all the time. My main objective is to show people the range I've got.
"It's pretty well known that the show with the Kardashian sisters didn't rate very well, but I enjoyed doing it."
Oprah was his dream guest."Not only did I have a great interview with her but then I went on her show which was even more exciting. My love affair with Oprah knows no bounds." He thought Obama would be great to interview.
My personal celebrity would be Jack Nicholson, and then there are the important guests like Queen Elizabeth." Perhaps with his tongue in his cheek, Piers added "Imagine that interview before the royal wedding."
Popeater pointed out that the Queen didn't do interviews - but Piers made it clear he wasn't going to give up. "I've actually met the Queen five times," he said. "The last time I met her we talked about David Beckham's broken foot, so she and I have quite a rapport going. I think I've got a five times better chance of getting her than most American interviewers. I always think you should reach for the stars, and if you have to come down, come down."
On Charles and Diana, Piers said he wasn't on either team, more "in the middle"
"I've always liked Charles. He just doesn't tolerate things the way other people do. He has a very low tolerance of what he thinks is wrong. I certainly like Camilla very much. The few times I've met her, we've always gotten along very well. I'm good friends with her son Tom who is a decent guy. I see him a lot. I had a good relationship with Diana. I went for lunch to Kensington Palace with her and William. She used to ring me when I worked at the Daily Mirror from time to time. Obviously her death was a terrible tragedy for the country. I think it's great we've got the royal wedding to have something positive to come from all that.
He admitted he would love to get Sarah Palin on the show.
"When she first exploded and gave her fairly catastrophic interviews to CBS, everyone assumed she was an idiot. What you have certainly got to accept now is that she's a massively polarising politician, but she's certainly not an idiot. She's very smartly improved her position with her base. She's probably the most famous politician after Obama in the country. She has a huge following. She's very active on social media and very successful at it, and she's a force to be reckoned with. I think she's probably learned some lessons from early on, doesn't give many interviews now, but one thing she's not is an idiot.
"I think her personality is mesmeric. I think she's not unattractive, but it's that forceful personality that people like. "
Asked if today's was a tabloid culture, harking back to his time as editor of the Mirror, Piers said," I think it's more an Internet-driven culture actually. I think the fact is everyone who's online right now can just sate their lust for information about anything at the speed of a button. That's just led to an explosion of interest on everything. There are more celebrities now because there's reality TV, and there's certainly a lot more people being famous for just being famous, and that's pretty depressing."
he would love to interview Sarah Palin ................ Yeah, it would push up his ratings.
If Ozero had been treated like Palin, Hillary would be President.
I watched a bit of him and didn’t detect wit or a keen intellect. Just another liberal with a foreign accent to give CNN their apparently coveted veneer of European sophistication. Personally the whole thing is becoming comedic to me; it’s like watching a Hollywood period drama where every actor has a British accent no matter the historical setting.
The same media that was able to produce a full dossier on previously unknown Joe the plumber Wurzelbacher in 24 hours spent 24 months studiously ignoring the background of Baraq Hussein Obama.
I think Sarah Palin’s standards are a little too high for you, Mr. Morgan.
But thanks for trying.
Sarah Palin and Queen Elizabeth are about the only names on that long list of name droppings that I admire. I can’t imagine why either of them would want to be interviewed by this twit.
Let him stick to Oprah. Or how about Lady Gaga?
In 2000, he was the subject of an investigation after Suzy Jagger wrote a story in The Daily Telegraph revealing that he had bought £20,000 worth of shares in the computer company Viglen soon before the Mirror ‘s ‘City Slickers’ column tipped Viglen as a good buy. Morgan was found by the Press Complaints Commission to have breached the Code of Conduct on financial journalism, but kept his job. The ‘City Slickers’ columnists, Anil Bhoyrul and James Hipwell, were both found to have committed further breaches of the Code, and were sacked before the inquiry. In 2004, further enquiry by the Department of Trade and Industry cleared Morgan from any charges. On 7 December 2005 Bhoyrul and Hipwell were convicted of conspiracy to breach the Financial Services Act. During the trial it emerged that Morgan had bought £67,000 worth of Viglen shares, emptying his bank account and investing under his wife’s name too.
In 2002, the Mirror attempted to move mid-market, claiming to eschew the more trivial stories of show-business and gossip. Morgan rehired John Pilger, who had been sacked during Robert Maxwell’s ownership of the Mirror titles. Despite such changes, Morgan was unable to halt the paper’s decline in circulation, a decline shared by its direct tabloid rivals The Sun and the Daily Star.
Morgan was fired from the Mirror on 14 May 2004 after authorising the newspaper’s publication of photographs allegedly showing Iraqi prisoners being abused by British Army soldiers from the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment. Within days the photographs were shown to be crude fakes. Under the headline “SORRY.. WE WERE HOAXED”, the Mirror responded that it had fallen victim to a “calculated and malicious hoax” and apologised for the publication of the photographs.Wikijunk
Just CNN’s type.
This guy is a real winner. He has no ratings and he expects big name people to go on his show. Good luck with that.
Piers Moron is a fool. Even the Brits can’t stand him.
I did not even notice that King had gone. Guess he was not important. Who is the person who took his place, not that I will watch?
Wonder if he is like Piers Gaveston?
If it was not for Susan Boyle he would still be a second fiddle reality show judge.
Pierced Nipples Morgan wants to interview Sarah? Don’t hold your breath, Piers. On second thought...
Interesting that the headline lists Palin before The Queen. Maybe Palin should say she’ll go on Piers’ show if the Queen also appears and the do a joint interview.
It’s a shame HRH doesn’t do interviews. I bet she’d have plenty of interesting things to say. She’s been on the scene for so long. Met so many people. She’s the only world leader still around who had personal dealings with Churchill. Just watching Morgan ask her about him for an hour would be better than just about anything on TV nowadays.
She’s pretty much had dealings with every major world leader since the 50s.
It’s unfortunate she’ll keep it all to herself.
Gov Palin should tell Mr Morgan that he can have her first cable interview after she’s sworn in on Jan 20, 2013 on one condition. That he brings the bust of Churchill the Brits gave W that Obama unceremoniously got rid of with him to the Oval Office and hands it over to her.
This dufus will need Palin to avoid boring his way off to never-never land.
Isn’t she also Her Royal Highness?
She’s been around forever. She was still around when The Beatles were singing about Her Majesty.
I just think hearing some of her stories about her father, WW2, Churchill, Eisenhower, De Gaulle, Kennedy, etc... would be fascinating beyond belief.
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