‘I spent Saturday night shouting at Emily Maitlis’ Piers Morgan on row with Newsnight host
Piers Morgan mocked over being 'cold-hearted' by Emily Maitlis
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Piers Morgan, 56, has shared an insight into his relationship with Emily Maitlis, 50, after the former Good Morning Britain presenter lent his support to the Newsnight host. It comes shortly after Emily was reprimanded by her employers at the BBC for sharing one of Piers’ tweets that condemned the Conservative government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite their friendship, Piers revealed in his latest column that the duo tend to “lock horns” frequently over their differences of opinion.
Piers penned: “I spent Saturday night shouting at Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis.
“To be fair, she spent most of it shouting at me too, over a delightfully fun and feisty dinner party at her West London home, in which we gleefully locked horns like rutting stags over everything from transgender athletes to wokeism and Laurence Fox.”
The star went on to share that the pair differ in repeating their opinions on a public platform, which Piers is more than happy to do, particularly in view of his 7.9 million Twitter followers.
However, he pointed out that Emily strives not to repeat her personal opinions and views as she “understands the importance of the BBC remaining politically neutral”.
He added in his Event column for the Daily Mail: “The only difference between us is that while I wouldn’t hesitate to repeat what I said then in public, however job-ruining that may be (!), Emily wouldn’t repeat what she said because she understands the importance of the BBC remaining politically neutral.
“Yet this hasn’t stopped her employers from publicly reprimanding her today for retweeting one of my tweets.”
Addressing the controversy, Piers fumed of the BBC’s response to Emily’s retweet: “This is spineless nonsense.
“The only ‘alternative view’ is that the Government did properly protect us from the pandemic, which not even the Government now pretends it did.
“Yet the BBC, which spent 25 years covering up the appalling Diana/Bashir fakery saga, didn’t hesitate to hang one of its biggest stars out to dry for telling the truth.
“Pathetic,” he fumed.
Emily is said to have breached the impartiality rules by sharing the former Good Morning Britain host’s tweet back in February.
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Piers’ tweet in question asked: “If failing to quarantine properly is punishable by 10yrs in prison, what is the punishment for failing to properly protect the country from a pandemic?”
The Newsnight presenter deleted the retweet within ten minutes of posting it in February, but not before someone complained to the BBC.
The complaint argued that her retweet gave an impression of partiality in a controversial matter and was inconsistent with the position on social media use set out by director-general Tim Davie.
BBC guidelines say staff should “take particular care about maintaining our impartiality on social media” in personal and professional accounts.
It states “expressions of opinion on social media” include “sharing or liking content”.
The BBC’s editorial complaints unit upheld the case made against Ms Maitlis.
A statement said: “The retweeted material was clearly controversial, implying sharp criticism of the Government and there was nothing in the surrounding context to make clear that Ms Maitlis was not endorsing it.”
Piers responded to the situation on Twitter last week, saying: “This is quite incredible.
“The Govt has admitted we failed to properly prepare for this pandemic.
“It’s not a partisan comment, it’s a statement of fact supported by the worst death toll in Europe. Why is the BBC so utterly spineless?“
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