Piers Morgan has called a Wales-based former journalist a “conspiracy-theory-spewing imbecile” for her videos about Covid-19.
The Good Morning Britain broadcaster blasted the former BBC and ITV presenter and self-styled “citizen journalist” Anna Brees, who lives in Penarth, after she got involved in an exchange he was having over the relaxation of covid rules over the Christmas period.
Ms Brees, who has attended protests against Covid-19 regulations, claims to have received a 14 day ban from YouTube for her videos on the subject. She also says that she has been forced to delete a number videos or risk losing her channel.
In response to a tweet, she told Mr Morgan “I am in a WhatsApp group with many celebrities and politicians.”
In the exchange, Mr Morgan told one member of the public: “What’s your plan then – tell everyone to have a big old family jolly over Christmas, and hope the virus doesn’t notice?”
He told another: “What a selfish, reckless attitude. The WW2 generation sacrificed many normal Christmases as their loved ones fought in trenches. Get a grip man.”
Ms Brees responded by saying: “Piers I am in a WhatsApp group with many celebrities and politicians and they can’t stand you. It is time to find core beliefs, and values or go away.”
Piers Morgan said: “What are you doing in a WhatsApp group of celebrities? Your only claim to fame is that you’re a mad conspiracy-theory-spewing imbecile whose dangerous deluded nonsense about covid will cost lives.”
In response Ms Brees claimed to be “providing the real voice and stories behind the mess we are in.”
Ms Brees made headlines in June when she shared a bizarre interview with the singer Robbie Williams, where he incorrectly suggests that the debunked Pizzagate conspiracy theory, had not in fact been debunked.
It involves claims that high-ranking Democratic Party officials and US restaurants were involved in an alleged human trafficking and child sex ring. The conspiracy theory was widely debunked during the 2016 US presidential election, following an investigation by the New York Times.
Former Take That star Williams said: “Look, there might be a personally reasonable explanation for that language, who knows.
“The fact that we don’t know means that nothing has been debunked. Yes, there was no basement in the particular pizza place. That’s not the debunking that I want, as a civilian, a human that’s going “hey, this bit, this bit’s really f***ing weird, what is that bit”.
“Nobody’s been asked, nobody’s said and there’s been no answers. But the overarching reporting on this story is debunked fake news. It’s not. The right questions haven’t been asked to the right people in the right places.”
In a series of tweets Ms Brees has complained of her treatment by YouTube and has accused it of “grotesque censorship”.
She said: “A very scary and sad day for me deleting all of the last five months worth of videos from my very successful YouTube channel.”