Piers Morgan leapt in to defend Laura Kuenssberg. It didn’t end well.

Piers Morgan and Laura Kuenssberg
Emily Apple

On 18 September, #SackLauraKuenssberg started trending on Twitter. Social media users expressed outrage after she tweeted that the man who confronted Boris Johnson at a children’s ward was a Labour activist and then identified who he was. People claimed that by identifying the man, Kuessenberg was ‘inciting’ a Twitter pile on.

But Piers Morgan came to Kuenssberg’s defence by claiming her critics are “ignorant bug-eyed bullies”:

Unsurprisngly, it didn’t end well.

Who’s the bully

Some people argued that Morgan himself is a bully:

And as others pointed out, having Morgan come to your defence isn’t exactly a glowing endorsement:

You know you’re in trouble when…

But it wasn’t just Morgan who leapt to Kuenssberg’s defence. And some of the other people rushing to defend the BBC‘s chief political editor didn’t do her any favours.

Her fans included Julia Hartley-Brewer:

And editor of Brexit Central Jonathan Isaby:

And if that wasn’t enough, the right-wing Spectator stepped in to defend Kuenssberg:

This speak volumes

The BBC is supposed to be an impartial broadcaster. Time and again, Kuenssberg and her colleagues have shown this often doesn’t happen. But it’s because of this supposed neutrality that people feel the need to call her out – especially when they believe her tweet could open up someone to abuse.

The people rushing in to defend Kuenssberg speaks volumes. And when your loudest defenders are people like Morgan, it has to be obvious you’re going to be on the wrong side of history.

Featured image via Wikimedia/Pete Riches and screengrab

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