Washington Post media writer, Erik Wemple, pretty much saw what all of us saw last night:
Piers Morgan dismissed gun-rights advocate John Lott by scoffing at him.
Piers Morgan dismissed gun-rights advocate Larry Pratt by insulting him.
Piers Morgan dismissed gun-rights advocate Alex Jones by saying nothing.
And Piers Morgan struggled to find the appropriate strategy for dismissing Ben Shapiro, editor-at-large of Breitbart.com and a foe of extraordinary polemical agility. He started in on Morgan by contending that the CNN star had exploited the dead children of Newtown:
What you tend to do is you tend to demonize people who differ from you politically by standing on the graves of the children of Sandy Hook, saying they don’t seem to care enough about the dead kids. If they cared more about the dead kids they would agree with you on policy.
Patented outrage spilled from Morgan: “How dare you.” And then the conversation took a turn for the better, as Shapiro cornered the CNN host on a central disconnect of the ongoing gun-violence debate[.]
Wemple’s likely closer to Morgan on the issue of gun control. But Morgan’s demagoguery of the Sandy Hook massacre to call attention to himself and to train-wreck his way to better ratings, has been publicly criticized by many on the Left, including the man Morgan replaced, Larry King.
Morgan might be pushing the correct issue to curry favor with his media colleagues, but his tactics have brought right and left together in collective revulsion.
Piers is a uniter, not a divider.
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