To his critics it may seem as the longest three years in media history, but it looks as if Piers Morgan’s prime time gig at CNN has finally ended, as reported by both The New York Times and Great Britain’s internet news portal ITV.com on Feb. 23, 2014.
Citing low ratings and his numerous anti-gun rants as mitigating factors, the Cable News Network has opted to cancel the prime time show “Piers Morgan Tonight” possibly as soon as this March.
Look, I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing, and there is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it.
The former editor of London’s The Daily Mirror came to The States to replace CNN’s highly rated “Larry King Live” three years ago, but Morgan managed to alienate many with his habit of inserting his personal opinions into reporting the news of the day.
Cited by more than a few of his critics, one of the better example was when Morgan invited Larry Pratt, the executive director of The Gun Owners of America to argue the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.
Perhaps Morgan was unaware of legal ownership of firearms in the United States, and regardless of his personal opinion, the right to keep and bear arms is deeply woven into the American fabric.
Morgan committed what even first year journalism students understand – never launch an ad hominem attack or insult one’s invited guest.
Nonetheless, Morgan managed in one interview to insinuate his guest was a liar, didn’t care if children were killed, as well as referring to him as “dangerous,” “a stupid man” and also as an “idiot” on live television.