Mark Dolan heralded Piers Morgan as a man who was saving free speech in the UK during a gushing monologue discussing the former GMB presenter’s latest Ofcom ruling. Mr Dolan called the complaint rejection as a “victory for journalists and broadcasters” after the regulator did not uphold the record 58,000 complaints sent to them following Mr Morgan’s attack on Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. Mr Dolan delivered a fiery speech praising Mr Morgan despite their past differences and blasted the Sussexes for interfering in British debate from their “Hollywood mansion”.
Back in March, Mr Morgan departed from Good Morning Britain following the huge backlash he received after questioning the legitimacy of Meghan Markle’s claims during the Oprah Winfrey interview.
The day after the interview aired, Mr Morgan rejected Meghan’s mental health worries stating he did not “believe a word she said” and said her attacks on the Royal Family were “contemptible”.
A record 58,000 complaints were then sent to Ofcom with one reportedly from the Duchess of Sussex herself.
However, the media regulator rejected all of the complaints this week stating they did not want to stifle national debate but made it clear they did not necessarily agree with the points made.
Speaking on his late-evening GB News show, Mr Dolan welcomed the Ofcom decision and said on Twitter Mr Morgan has “single-handedly saved free speech in the UK”.
Mr Dolan said: “Today is a good day for free speech, the decision by the broadcast regulator Ofcom not to punish Piers Morgan and GMB for his remarks about Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview is good news.
“Not just for Morgan, but for anyone seeking to speak truth to power.
“Now Ofcom were not saying that he was right about Meghan but that he was entitled to his view and the other opposing views were expressed in the show.
“The verdict matters because if broadcasters and journalists like me have to self-censor for fear of punishments or if they get thrown under the bus by their employers simply doing their job and having an opinion then major questions would have to be raised about whether we have free speech at all.”
Mr Dolan recalled the Ofcom ruling which said it would be “chilling” to stifle free speech and debate in the UK before stating the decision was an “important judgement”.
The GB News host continued: “Today is a victory for all journalists and broadcasters, we have a free press in this country and in my view, it’s the best in the world – in print, in broadcast and online.
“This verdict for broadcasters, in particular, protects that legacy for many years to come.
“Now, in my view, Piers Morgan was right to exercise journalistic judgement and question the royal interview.
“The cracks in Meghan Markle’s story emerged more quickly than the roses on Oprah Winfrey’s coffee table wilted.
“This is a bad day for the likes of the Sussexes, who have discovered that you can’t cancel British broadcasters and journalists from the luxury of your 16 bathroom Hollywood mansion.”
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Mr Dolan recalled clashes he has had with Mr Morgan in the past and while the two disagree on some things Mr Dolan said he would never prevent the former GMB presenter from saying them.
He concluded: “Today is a major setback for the woke messiah, the swivel-eyed keyboard thumping cranks who want to shut down debate and shrink the national conversation to the ever-changing, ever more narrow ideological narrative.
“With this positive decision, freedom has been restored and cancelled culture is well on its way to being cancelled.”
Mr Morgan said he was “delighted” over the ruling stating it was “a resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios”.
In his Daily Mail column, Mr Morgan wrote: “It was preposterous that I had to leave a job I loved because I didn’t believe a demonstrable liar.
“But it happened because the corporate world has been cowed into surrendering to the woke mob whenever it bays for blood.”