New York Times Critic Doesn’t Care What Foreigners Have to Say

Piers Morgan (cc photo: GL Johnson)

New York Times media columnist David Carr (2/24/14) seems to think the relationship between CNN and Piers Morgan was doomed from the start: It’s been an unhappy collision between a British television personality who refuses to assimilate–the only football he cares about is round and his lectures on guns were rife with contempt–and a CNN audience that is intrinsically provincial. After all, the people who tune into a cable news network are, by their nature, deeply interested in America. That’s a peculiar way to define “provincial”; surely one can be deeply interested in the United States and deeply interested in […]


Who Started Gaza Conflict? Well, the U.S. Says…


Who started the latest round of violence in the Middle East? This pretty remarkable exchange between the host and a reporter on CNN‘s Piers Morgan Tonight show (11/15/12) tells us that no one can really say for sure, but the U.S government will tell you what they think: MORGAN: Like with all these things in that region, apportioning blame from afar is a very precarious business because each side blames the other for the reasons leading up to these incidents. What is your sense of how this is playing out in the international stage? FRED PLEITGEN: It’s very difficult to […]


Just the Facts: The New Guy at CNN

From a Broadcasting & Cable interview with new CNN hostPiers Morgan: What kind of feedback have you gotten from CNN? They’re thrilled. They just tell me not to forget it’s an intelligent audience. And to remain independent. And being independent right now is a really good thing. Being too far right or left right now is a bit dangerous, given whatâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s going on in the Middle East. What Americans need is facts. Iwatched some of his showlastnight. The guests were Hugh Hefner and his soon-to-be-wife. I guess that would be neither right nor left–justthe “facts.”