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Piers Morgan Calls Herman Cain's Lawyer 'Shockingly Naive'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 2nd 2011 9:00AM
It's been a week of ups and downs for Piers Morgan. First, he mistook late comedian Patrice O'Neal for a woman (for which he has now apologized.)

Then he's observed with obvious glee as his former nemesis, 'Top Gear' host Jeremy Clarkson, has been vilified in the UK for saying on live television that striking workers should be executed.

Now Morgan has called Herman Cain's lawyer, Lin Wood, "shockingly naive." On last night's 'Piers Morgan Tonight' he quizzed Wood about whether, given the number of accusations against him recently, Cain is fit to be President of the United States.

Wood countered by saying that Cain's private life should be off-limits to the media, and that no accusations have yet been proven true. "Five lies do not make one truth. ... Don't judge someone's character based on accusations made in the media that have not been proven with facts."

Morgan challenged Wood's claim that Cain's alleged affair with Ginger White was irrelevant, pointing to the danger of a US President being blackmailed, and that Cain has been talking about it publicly. But Woods stuck by his idea that Cain's private life is his own business: "I'm not here to talk about the private matters of Mr. Cain."

Watch some of the irascible exchange here:

Yesterday Morgan took to Twitter to apologize for referring to Patrice O'Neal as a woman: "OK, this was embarrassing. And disrespectful. And I'm sorry. I'd never heard of him before, but that's no excuse."

He also used Twitter to gloat at the misfortunes of his old enemy, Jeremy Clarkson. The 'Top Gear' host sparked off a firestorm of complaints Wednesday night when he said striking workers should be executed.

Appearing on the BBC's live 'One Show,' Clarkson was asked for his opinion about public sector workers who were staging a one-day strike in the UK to protest planned pension cuts. "I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families," he said. "I mean, how dare they go on strike when they've got these gilt-edged pensions that are going to be guaranteed while the rest of us have to work for a living?"

The BBC received over 21,000 complaints about Clarkson's remarks and Morgan pondered his fate on Twitter: "And talking of storms, has Jeremy 'execute the nurses and dinner ladies' Clarkson been fired yet?" He later added, "No, I don't think Clarkson's comments were 'funny'. And yes, I support the strikers. Give them the greedy bailed-out bankers' bonuses."

He went on: "Freedom of speech? Yeah, right. If any nurse or dinner lady tried to abuse #Clarkson back, he'd take out a super-injunction to stop them."

Morgan and Clarkson have had a long-running public feud dating back to the days when Morgan was editor of British tabloid 'The Daily Mirror,' and published photos of Clarkson kissing a woman who was not his wife. In retaliation, Clarkson poured water into Morgan's lap during the final Concord flight, and the two later came to blows at an awards ceremony, with Clarkson trying to headbutt Morgan.

'Piers Morgan Tonight' airs weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN.

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Why is a journalist calling an attorney names? This just adds a childish twist to news coverage of the GOP primary. Herman Cain's candidacy is toast. But that is not an excuse for a journalist to act childish.

December 03 2011 at 1:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

don't blame the lawyer' he is not naive. he is just acting as an advocate for his client..i assure you this man is very smart.

December 02 2011 at 3:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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