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Mar 2009
The Insider - Piers Morgan - Ebury Press, 2005
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In a recent edition of QI, Stephen Fry asked the participants to name a poisonous snake and Jimmy Carr triggered the show’s infamous boring and obvious alarm by suggesting Piers Morgan. That Carr should make such a joke, and that the QI elves should predict that he would do so, says a lot about the opinion in which Mr Morgan is held by the celebritocracy. Which makes reading this account of his editorships of The News of the World and The Mirror a rather bizarre experience, in that a good proportion of the text consists of self-congratulatory vignettes in which famous people from Kate Winslet to Tony Blair ask and then thank him for his wise advice. The disconnect between his popular image and his own world view strongly suggests that we have an unreliable narrator and makes us inclined to doubt his account of the tabloid editor's world. Not that it is that insightful anyway.
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