CNN host Piers Morgan has accomplished quite a feat as he has managed to unite the British and American public in mutual loathing.
Neither country wants the TV host to reside in their beloved nation, and they have started White House petitions to make sure of that. In response to the American petition for his deportation with its more than 80,000 signatures, the British have one pleading for him to remain in the U.S.
Even Jezza, aka Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear (the original program from the BBC), hasd this to say:
“Americans. Was the second amendment not introduced to protect you from the tyranny of the British? Piers Morgan in other words.”
So why the angst against one interviewer on CNN, a network that in the U.S. at least is not exactly piling on the good ratings? What did he do in each country to drive normally passive people to want to make him a nation-less?
Lets start with the U.S. first. Not wanting to miss a good tragedy to put his oar in, he has made outrageous comments about the Second Aamendment and gun owners in general. The Bible came in for his patronizing criticism as well just in case believers felt left out. Morgan even admitted on Twitter he was gladly taking advantage of the Connecticut shooting to rant against guns.
Morgan’s patronizing of Americans and gun-ownership got him this retort from a gentleman with the last name of Pratt (British slang for idiot) on his show. Larry got off what has to be the zinger of the year.
"Disarmament is dangerous, just ask your role model, Neville Chamberlain."
Remember this is the guy who was proud of posting fake Iraq War photos back when he was editor of the Daily Mirror in UK. The threat to British and American soldiers to do fanning the flames of hatred was fine by him.
His fellow former tabloid editors, especially the ones facing jail for mobile phone hacking, might be taking some pleasure in his plight. After no one actually believes his claim his newspaper didn’t take part as Piers testified at the Leveson Inquiry (which I wrote about here):
“'Overall, Mr Morgan's attempt to push back from his own bullish statement to the Press Gazette was utterly unpersuasive,' said Leveson in his report on the culture, practices and ethics of the press, published on Thursday. 'This was not, in any sense at all, a convincing answer.'”
That might because previously he was less than clear about the practice in various interviews on the subject not in front of a judge.
No doubt that Morgan is enjoying the attention and angst he is getting from people like Ted Nugent and Larry Pratt. No doubt he thinks that all his critics are backwards fools not as sophisticated and clever as he. Whether CNN continues to value him as much as he values himself is another matter.