Poor Piers Morgan. One of his producers must have convinced him that liberal, race-baiter Touré from rival network MSNBC would be a compelling guest to speak on the Trayvon Martin story. Touré, after all, is feted and lionized by the intellectual left as an important and vibrant voice bringing a fresh and important new perspective to matters of race in America.
Instead, what Morgan got for extending a gracious invitation to an employee of his network’s chief competitor was a petulant and churlish attack from an over-matched and hysterically intellectual lightweight. (See video below.)
It was classic Touré. The moment his position was challenged by Mr. Morgan, he immediately castigated his inquisitor for the accident of his birthplace. You see, Morgan was not born in America, so he not only can’t understand race issues in America, but he is, according to Touré, unqualified to adequately report on the Trayvon Martin case. It must have been tough for Touré to make the pivot from race to nation of origin as a means to answer a challenge from his intellectual superior. The MSNBC analyst’s standard mode of operation is to merely blame a person’s skin color for the way they think about any given subject. But in this case, Morgan’s original sin is even more insidious than his race–it’s the origin of his passport.
For his part, Morgan did a fine job maintaining a cool demeanor as Touré condescendingly patronized him on his own show. He rightly challenged Touré for making sick jokes about the tragic killing on his Twitter feed and then questioned his journalistic integrity for irresponsibly proclaiming Zimmerman guilty of murder while questioning Morgan’s ability to properly report the story.
Touré’s response? You’re British, you don’t get it.
It’s yet another embarrassment for NBC News as they seem to surround themselves with race-baiting demagogues who demonize anyone who dares to not fully accept their myopic racial world view.
Morgan, on the other hand, has been remarkably open to opposing view points on his show, even if the mouthpiece for those ideas comes from rival media outlets. Morgan regularly had the late Andrew Breitbart on as well as Amy Holmes from GBTV and our own Dana Loesch. Let’s hope this flirtation with MSNBC’s line-up ends with this unfortunate display. Morgan deserves better, and so do his viewers.