Editor That Mocked Bush’s Segway Accident Crashes One Himself

It might not have been instant, but the bad karma a former British tabloid editor got calling President Bush "an idiot" for falling off a Segway in 2003 got him four years later as he broke three ribs when he accidentally hit a curb driving a - wait for it - Segway (h/t Say Anything via Glenn Reynolds).

As reported by Access Hollywood on August 21 (emphasis added):

Piers Morgan may be a great judge of "talent," but clearly, riding a segway is not one of his own.

The "America's Got Talent" judge broke several ribs this weekend as a result of a Segway accident, and may not be able to appear on tonight's season finale.

Hysterically, on June 14, 2003, the tabloid Morgan was then editor for, the Daily Mirror, ran a headline "You'd have to be an idiot to fall off, wouldn't you Mr President," along with a rather disparaging article with these pictures of Bush's accident (emphasis added):

THE makers promise it will never fall over...

So even George Bush should be able to use the Segway personal two-wheel transporter without tumbling off.

After all, it's kept upright by some of the most sophisticated gyroscopes known to man, linked to a series of computers to detect the slightest movement.

But if anyone can make a pig's ear of riding a sophisticated, self-balancing machine like this, Dubya can.

The President climbed on, stumbled a bit, then crashed off the other side - before it had actually gone anywhere.

And this is the man who used to fly fighter planes.

Cue John Lennon: Instant karma's gonna get you. Gonna knock you off your feet.

Adding insult literally to injury, when Bush had a mountain biking accident in 2004, Morgan's tabloid called him the Presidunce.

Who's the dunce now, Mr. Morgan?

I'm verklempt. Talk amongst yourselves.

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.