In Depth: Anatomy of a Denial…

CNN’s been pretty busy today trying to shoot down the Piers Morgan story to almost everyone.

But let’s take a close look at what that “denial” says…and more importantly what it doesn’t say…

Not surprisingly, there is no shortage of people who would love to succeed Larry King if and when he moves on, but rumors that we are close to signing a deal for a Larry King replacement are untrue. We are currently looking at replacing our 8pm program and that is our priority. Larry is a beloved member of the team, and he will continue to be part of the CNN family into the future.

The only thing that CNN outright denies is that the network is “close to signing a deal” for a King replacement. That’s it. Here’s what CNN didn’t deny…

1) That it was talking with Piers Morgan.
2) That it is working on a deal with Piers Morgan.
3) That it is considering Piers Morgan to replace Larry King at some point.

If CNN hired Morgan tomorrow for some such duty unrelated to King’s hour and then later on dumped King and put Morgan on in his place, today’s denial would still be accurate. That’s how much wiggle room there is in it. Though if Morgan were hired for anything at this point it immediately would cause such a firestorm to swirl around King, that I believe Morgan won’t be hired for anything because of the carnage that would ensue.

Just remember, not all denials are created equal…

12 Responses to “In Depth: Anatomy of a Denial…”

  1. dvschase Says:

    are the ads new and permanent? I hope you make some money…you do good work.

  2. Um, what ads?

  3. joeremi Says:

    I’ve seen ads here, too. I think only when I’m not signed in.

  4. I’ve never seen an ad whether signed-in or not. Use Firefox and IE… maybe if you reach ICN through some other site?

  5. joeremi Says:

    IE. Just a couple of times in the last few weeks.

  6. Never seen an ad here ever.

    The preceding comment was sponsored by Budweiser – The King of Beers

  7. This thread is continuing proof that no one gives a damn about Piers Morgan (whoever that is). He should fit right in at CNN.

  8. I think Spudweiser… just said it all.

  9. dvschase Says:

    i use google chrome and it was an “ad by google” right under the post. Now its not there.

  10. laura l Says:

    This Spud’s for you!

  11. -“ad by google”-

    Hmm, I think that’s the one I saw, too. I wonder if it’s related to my Gmail account. Not cool.

  12. […] 6pm on CNN… After all the CNN denials (though I showed how those denials have a ton of wiggle room), the idea that Page Six would continue down the “Piers Morgan is replacing Larry King” […]

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