The 2014 '30 Under 30'

Congrats to this year's 30 -- check out the full list here!

Piers Morgan berates another pro-gun advocate on his show, calls John Lott a liar

Fresh off on an intense argument with the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America Larry Pratt Tuesday night that resulted in CNN host Piers Morgan calling him “ an unbelievably stupid man,” Morgan held a special edition of his show “Piers Morgan Tonight” on Wednesday called “Guns in America” that focused solely on gun violence in the U.S.

In a rarely used technique, Morgan shot the special, which included a panel of high-profile personalities including CNN’s chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour and alternative medicine guru Depak Chopra, in front of a live audience. Seated in the front row of the audience was economist, current FOX News contributor and author of “More Guns, Less Crime” John Lott, who Morgan eventually called on to join in the debate. However, in predictiable Piers Morgan fashion, before Lott could mutter two sentences, Morgan jumped in and began berating Lott, calling him a liar.

“Every place, that guns have been banned, murder rates have gone up. You cannot point to one place – whether it’s Chicago, or whether it’s D.C., or whether it’s been England, or whether it’s been Jamaica…,” Lott eeked out before Morgan bit his head off.

“I’m sorry, but that’s just a complete lie. It’s a complete lie. In Britain … The gun murder rate in Britain is 35 a year, average. You need to stop repeating a blatant lie, about what happens in other countries,” Morgan said, as Lott respectfully tried to continue making his point. But Morgan would not allow it and lashed out at the guest, “No, you’re not going to get away with this. You lied about it the other day. Thirty five gun murders a year in Britain, eleven to twelve thousand in America. Stop lying, because what you say drives Americans to defend themselves.”

“You don’t even understand simple math,” Lott finally says.

The heated exchange between Morgan and Lott continued until Amanpour jumped in and began to debate Lott using facts instead of name calling, though she never really allows Lott to make his point, either. The segment ends when Morgan cuts off Lott again, telling him, “With respect you’ve had your say.” As Morgan solicits Chopra for this thoughts Lott attempts to buy more time by pointing out that he deserves a response to Morgan’s claim that he is a liar, but Morgan moves on to Chopra anyway.

The negative attention Morgan received from his petty interview dressing-down of Pratt the evening before clearly did not make Morgan think twice about his tendency to throw childish temper tantrums on air. Rather, it seems Morgan was encouraged by the fiasco, as the clip of him shutting down Lott was proudly displayed on the homepage of the show’s website today. It is one of only two clips from last night’s show on the homepage, and the portion in which Morgan calls Lott a liar is transcribed, proving that Morgan cares less about having a reasoned debate about “Guns in America” than he does about making himself the most watched ‘Evening Newscaster in America.’

Morgan’s plan appears to be working. The bombastic newspaper editor and reality TV star turned broadcaster has managed to drag his ratings up from the depths of viewership hell to ratings that are beating out every other evening broadcaster - not only at his network, but also at FOX and MSNBC. Unfortunately, while Morgan’s show has managed to climb it’s way to the top, his journalistic integrity was not.

 

 

Comments

Comments

  1. Barbara says:

    Morgan is a total ass. Will never watch his skanky show ever again.

  2. Lynn says:

    CNN insiders have even less respect for him than the viewing audience. He’s in a desperate situation of having to fuel ratings under the guise of “moral responsibility”. Morgan has great difficulty holding a job, so he will hang onto this gig for as long as possible. Don’t hold your breath waiting to hear an opponent’s opinion.

  3. @DiscardedVirtue says:

    Has Piers Morgan recently shared a toothbrush with Chris Matthews? That might be contagious.

  4. Ginny says:

    I was so annoyed with Piers childish, bullying behavior I have no desire to see his false debates on gun control. City Hall meeting my arse, he was the only speaker, oh unless you agree with him. Some debate not. I wanted to hear from the people, not his big mouth — wel known opinion.
    At this point I am more in favour of gun rights than before, just because he will not hear the other side. They have some valid points. The man he was attacking actually came out looking smarter than Piers he said most rifles are semi-automatic equal kill to the military look of the big sellers. Has to make you think why are people buy these military looking weapon opposed to the old style western rifle. Big mouth Piers totally missed that fact.
    Twit could have then had to have admit it is the media (oh my god his employer) that has exploited the attractiveness of these weapons.

    Still think he should be replace for bias opinions.

  5. John Savard says:

    Piers Morgan is a narcissistic bully, constantly comparing America to his homeland regarding the current gun law issue. He has zero self control. and is very UNAMERICAN to homeland AMERICANS. He has never compared apples to apples in regards to current gun issues in other countries against America. Get rid of this guy. He is NOT a true ligament journalist. Go bully your Brit mates Piers. Go away!!!!!

  6. Jimbo says:

    Piers Morgan is a huge jackass and liar. I’ve been watching the last hour of his show, and it’s been one steady stream of lies and misinformation. He berates anyone who tries to speak the truth about guns, refusing to let them finish their statements. At least 6 times he has stated that that AR-15′s are full automatic military guns. They are NOT. At least 5 times he has said there are NO legitimate civilian uses for AR-15′s when in fact, they are some of the most popular hunting rifles. He keeps saying they are large caliber weapons, when in fact, they are very small caliber weapons. He shows videos of AR-15′s modified to fire like machine guns (illegal unless you have federal authorization), and then says they all fire like this.

  7. Jimbo says:

    Piers Morgan finished by saying that we have to do something to stop the slaughter of innocent children. If he believes that, he should start by working to stop the slaughter of over a million INNOCENT UNBORN CHILDREN every year. Don’t you feel anything for them Piers?

  8. Trish Daniels says:

    These blowhards need to be removed from air time along with Chris Matthews of CNN if CNN wishes to survive. We’re the viewership & if we come together & ban CNN, Piers Morgan, & Chris Matthews they’re only option to our response is to resort to firing these assholes. The question is will the American ppl stand together, shut down Piers & Matthews, & make a lasting statement. We hold the power. What will we do with it? I know what I’ll be doing. How about you?

  9. Bill says:

    I liked Morgan. He just lost me, forever.

  10. Ramesh K Sujanani says:

    Well I agree that Piers is sometimes aggressive. But, in a short space of time he has taken over from Larry King, and his show is as good as Larry’s, if not sometimes better. I had indeed doubted that an Englishman would be appreciated in America, but I will watch his show anytime, and I think many Americans do. Now the gun issue, I agree with Piers Morgan. What are we doing with so many guns? Then the leaders of the Gun Lobby try to push guns as a way to fight careless use of firearms,
    insinuating that guns are what are necessary against gun violence. Let us begin at the beginning.
    Nobody was born with a gun permit; small children at home have mismanaged guns. So let Piers continue his dialogue. Did not the Master say: “Put away thy weapon Peter, for them that live by the sword, will perish by it.”

Polititainment

Joan Rivers rips media over Israel

In which Joan Rivers takes a sledgehammer to the media.

Fla. pol proposes mandated D'Souza show

Florida State Senator Alan Hayes, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, is planning on introducing legislation to mandate that all Florida high schools show Dinesh D’Souza’s new film "America." That is, unless parents don’t want their kids to see it.

Kimmel: Obama a kid home for laundry

When President Obama was forced to cancel his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live for Wednesday night, the comedian was a good sport about it. He got back at the president in a particularly pointed monologue, however.

The royal photobomb and selfie

The selfie epidemic has officially gone royal.

Miller wants Obama to go on long vacay

President Barack Obama hopes to "be on a beach somewhere drinking out of a coconut" in 2017. Comedian Dennis Miller wants him there now.

White House

Polls: Obama White House incompetent at managing, worse than Darth Vader

The job of the administrative branch is to, well, administer the laws. According to a new Fox News poll released on Wednesday, most Americans think that the Obama administration is failing dismally at the task.

Obama wants ‘idealism and optimism’ for millennials in face of Congressional ‘crisis,’ refuses to recognize he is part of the problem
Now that “hope and change” seems to be played out, President Barack Obama has come up with a new catchphrase for millennials – “idealism and optimism.” In a speech at a Democratic National Convention fundraiser in Seattle, Wash. Tuesday night, Obama asked young people not to give up their natural idealism and optimism because of […]
President Obama admits he does not watch the news

During a speech during a Democratic National Committee event in Seattle, Washington Tuesday night, President Obama confessed that he doesn't watch the news. Throughout the speech, Obama predictably complained about the incompetence of our "broken" Congress and urged his liberal audience to get enthusiastic about voting for Democrats in the midterm elections this fall.

Congress and the President actually take action, Obama says ‘it’s so much fun’
“Girls just want to have fun,” Cyndi Lauper belts in her famous song. Apparently President Barack Obama wants to join her. “Let’s do this more often. It’s so much fun,” Obama said at a bill signing on Tuesday. Obama gathered in White House with members of Congress to sign the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This […]
Josh Earnest criticizes negative story for quoting anonymous sources, forgets the White House is always quoted anonymously

When White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest took a potshot at anonymous sources during a Monday briefing, he probably should have picked a meeker reporter.

Congress

Politicians struggle to 'live the wage'

Goodbye three-course power lunches at swanky D.C.  steakhouses. Hello Ramen noodles and PB&J.

Paul Ryan unveils new anti-poverty agenda

In another example of the Republican Party expanding its policy tent, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) unveiled a new poverty-fighting agenda Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute.

Cruz to Reid: Leave Ritz-Carlton, go to Border
After President Obama turned him down, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) invited Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) to join him at the border.  In response to Reid’s recent claim that the border is secure, Cruz said on Fox News Sunday that Reid’s perspective is skewed because he “lives in the Ritz-Carlton in Washington D.C.” “I would invite […]
Graham: Immigration reform crucial for 2016
Immigration reform will be crucial to the 2016 presidential election, at least one Republican senator believes. Sen. Lindsey Graham appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press’” with David Gregory Sunday morning to discuss foreign policy and the border crisis. “Senator, the crisis on the border, immigration reform. This is an international problem. But it’s also a big […]
Cruz: Obama loves to blame problems on Bush
Why won’t President Barack Obama and Congress work to end Obama’s push for amnesty at the border? Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) believes the reason stems back to the Bush era. Cruz’s argument is that Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is the reason for the surge of child immigrants from Central America seeking illegal entry into […]