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19 July 2017

Piers Morgan calls female journalist “petal” – while boasting about his fake scoop

The presenter broke an embargo on the BBC salary story and thinks he’s king.

By Media Mole

Piers Morgan, the pomposity-of-man-made-flesh, broke a press embargo on today’s story about the salaries of top BBC staff. Journalists were given the information on the condition that they would not release it to the public until after a certain time. Morgan, in line with his usual journalistic ethics, tweeted the information early.

This riled fellow journalists, who tweeted complaints about his behaviour. One such journalist was the Guardian’s Ian Prior, who compared Morgan to “that repulsive brat who sneakily unwraps his presents on December 23”. Another was Sky News’ Beth Rigby, who described Morgan’s actions as “utterly disgraceful”.

And guess which one was patronisingly referred to as a delicate flower?

Yep, you gottit, the lady reporter!

“Oh settle down, petal,” Morgan replied to Rigby – and then when accused of sexism and talking down to her, insisted that “flowers are gender-fluid”.

Do you know what else is fluid? Morgan’s definition of a “scoop”. All journalists were in possession of the salary figures, given to them under government guidance by the BBC. To then write up this information is not a scoop. But we all know Morgan’s understanding of what makes a story has always been a little murky

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