Yesterday, the conservative New York Post reported,
Former President Donald Trump blasted Piers Morgan as “very dishonest” while walking out of an interview with the TV presenter and Post columnist after being pressed on his claims that he lost the 2020 presidential election due to voter fraud.
The walk-out story was picked up and reported in many other publications and forums. It wasn’t true. Morgan and whoever handles his promotion had sent out edited segments of a much longer interview on his new TV show, “Piers Morgan Uncensored” on Talk TV, which debuts next week.
An audio recording indicated that the interview did not end with Trump storming off the set, as the promotional video indicated and the Post and others reported. According to the recording, the two men thanked each other and laughed as the interview came to an end.
“Piers Morgan, like the rest of the Fake News Media, attempted to unlawfully and deceptively edit his long and tedious interview with me,” Trump said later. “The good news is that the interview was taped by us as a means of keeping him honest.”
1 And they wonder why Trump distrusts the news media and thinks the election was rigged against him. Let’s see how many reporters, pundits and Democrats condemn this orchestrated smear. Politico wouldn’t even directly admit it happened: “Did Donald Trump walk out or did Piers Morgan fake out?” its story is headlined. There’s no question: he didn’t walk out, and Morgan lied. So why not report it that way? Instead, the Politico piece goes out of its way to denigrate Trump, noting that he didn’t explain “what was unlawful about the editing.” Oh! It’s another Trump lie! In fact, if the news media was not virtually immune from accountability when it deliberately edits an interview to make a politician look bad, this would be clear defamation, and it is still wildly unethical.
2. Can anyone recall an instance when a Democrat’s interview was treated like this? What typically happens with the media’s darlings is that moments and comments that would reflect poorly on the interviewee are cut out.
3. The reaction of the typical Trump-Derangement victim to this episode is “Who cares? He deserves it.” That is the degree to which much of America has had its ethical standards corrupted. Fairness and honesty are only important to bestow on the popular and politically palatable.
4. Piers Morgan is scum. After Trump’s son mentioned the deception on Twitter, Morgan responded, “I learned all my promo skills from you guys on Celebrity Apprentice!” Signature significance for an ethics villain. Morgan thinks that what others have done lowers his ethical obligations when dealing with them. His answer is the “whataboutism” bottom of the barrel. More importantly, he’s a journalist, or poses as one. He can’t evoke a reality show’s promotion tactics to justify lying.
5. The New York Post should fire Morgan as a columnist; in fact, given his track record, it was unethical to hire him. Fox News, which is scheduled to run the interview (Talk TV is a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, which also owns Fox) should cancel it.
Ethics Verdict: the furious efforts by Democrats, the January 6 Star Chamber in the House, social media platforms, Democratic prosecutors, judges and the news media to stop Donald Trump from running for President is unprecedented in U.S. history. The strategy is unethical, designed to deceive the public, and constitutes an assault on democracy, like the constant effort to undermine Trump’s Presidency from the moment he was elected.
It corrupts society and the culture, and if there is anything positive about the effort, the conduct reveals just how dangerous and untrustworthy Trump’s foes are.