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In a public statement, the BBC said that “the introduction we broadcast did not meet our standards of due impartiality” after it conducted a review, adding that staff had “been reminded of the guidelines”.
Retweeting the statement, an enraged Piers wrote: “You’ve got to be kidding me??? BBC chucking one of its best journalists @maitlis under the bus for TELLING THE TRUTH? Utterly disgraceful.”
The Good Morning Britain presenter also criticised “high profile BBC stars” for failing to speak out in support of Emily, tweeting: “Cat got your cowardly tongues?
“If you don’t stand firm with her speaking the truth about a lying hypocrite whose reckless disregard of his own rules will cost lives, it will be you next. Speak up!”
Piers – who has been critical of Cummings’ rule breaches and the government ministers who have defended him – then shared a video of Emily’s Newsnight opener, telling his followers to retweet it and “shame the BBC”.
Seeing very little support for @maitlis from high profile BBC stars. Cat got your cowardly tongues? If you don’t stand firm with her speaking the truth about a lying hypocrite whose reckless disregard of his own rules will cost lives, it will be you next. Speak up! pic.twitter.com/9gQa8SE25V— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 27, 2020