For anyone who has been following the News Corp. phone hacking scandal, Piers Morgan is testifying today and it’s getting quite interesting. Morgan ran the tabloid, News of the World, when he was 28 before moving over to the Daily Mirror. The Huffington Post is live blogging his testimony. A few highlights below:
Morgan On Celebrities and Privacy
Morgan wonders about the amount of privacy celebrities should be “entitled to,” since they “sell their privacy” for money and public gain.
Morgan said he would put the “genre of celebrity last” if he had to list those who were entitled to privacy.
Morgan As Editor
Morgan said the average editor is only aware of about five percent of what his journalists are up to.
Meanwhile, in the UK…
British Prime Minister David Cameron is resisting some calls for the resignation of 10 Downing Street’s official mouse catcher Larry, in the wake of the scandalous recent appearance of an uninvited mouse at a recent official government dinner.
The front page of The Patriot-News on November 8, 2011.
The editorial board condemns the inactions of Graham Spanier and Joe Paterno, asking both to step aside:
There will be other people who argue that Graham Spanier and Joe Paterno should not be punished at all. After all, they obeyed the law.
Eight little boys would have said: That simply isn’t enough.
Heads roll at Penn State: Two top officials at the school charged with perjury in the Penn State Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal — Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz — will step down from their jobs as a result of the scandal, which football coach Joe Paterno answered to on Sunday.
As my grand jury testimony stated, I was informed in 2002 by an assistant coach that he had witnessed an incident in the shower of our locker room facility. It was obvious that the witness was distraught over what he saw, but he at no time related to me the very specific actions contained in the Grand Jury report. Regardless, it was clear that the witness saw something inappropriate involving Mr. Sandusky. As Coach Sandusky was retired from our coaching staff at that time, I referred the matter to university administrators.
Joe Paterno issues a statement to address the unfolding sex scandal involving former coach, Jerry Sandusky. There is growing criticism about the fact that Paterno did not report this incident to the police. Paterno’s statement went on to say:
“I understand that people are upset and angry, but let’s be fair and let the legal process unfold. In the meantime I would ask all Penn Staters to continue to trust in what that name represents, continue to pursue their lives every day with high ideals and not let these events shake their beliefs nor who they are.”
This case, without a doubt, will have a long-lasting impact on the football program as well as the school, especially if rumors that President, Graham Spanier, did in fact know of the reported incident that Paterno addresses. There is even a petition calling for Spanier’s resignation.
These are going to be some dark days for the Nittany Lions.
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