Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on February 24, 2014 by Allahpundit

Morgan had his pet causes. What he didn’t have — and “Shooting Straight” makes the point clear — was a sweeping worldview that could animate “Piers Morgan Live.” His MSNBC competitor in the 9 p.m. slot, Rachel Maddow, has just such a worldview, one that delivers predictable and edgy harangues against right-wing America in just about each episode. And the former 9 p.m. tenant at Fox News, Sean Hannity, has a worldview and absolutely nothing else. (Hannity moved to 10 p.m. last fall). On nights when there wasn’t big news happening, those ideological folks will always have a core, faithful set of viewers that any CNN competitor will have to win over one by one…

As for general unpleasantness, there’s an anecdote from “Shooting Straight” when Morgan encounters Cameron Diaz at a party. After Diaz tells Morgan she’ll come on his show once she has “something serious and intelligent to talk about,” Morgan replies “The ‘Something About Mary’ sequel? At which point I felt a sharply pointed shoe connect with my ankle.” And there’s the time he called Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt “an unbelievably stupid man” on air. Essential Morgan biographical moments.

There are a couple of problems with being a jerk. Given the absence of a coherent worldview on Morgan’s show, the allure defaults to the host and his personality. If that personality isn’t compelling, people probably won’t tune in. And bookings get harder to pull off, too. How many displays of rudeness could Morgan propagate till celebrities and politicians start saying no, thanks?

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Limbaugh told his listeners on Monday that the network is chalking up the show’s demise to two things: “A, imported Brit. B, he wouldn’t let go of the Second Amendment and Americans love their guns and they don’t like Piers, and Piers is gone.”

But that’s “bogus,” said Limbaugh, who also knocked Morgan as a “a not particularly nice-sounding Brit.”

“The New York Times has a story today and they’re blaming his accent as the reason he failed to connect with Americans, his British accent. That’s bogus,” Limbaugh said, according to a transcript. “The American people are suckers for British accents. The American people think a British accent sounds brilliant and intelligent and worldly and sophisticated. He couldn’t even pull that off.”

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Sunday night, after David Carr broke the news that Piers Morgan would be ending his CNN show, I searched Twitter to find how his fans were taking it. This was a mistake. Really, who was a Piers Morgan fan? Have you ever met one?…

Morgan was the beneficiary of a curious American habit. We assign 20 extra IQ points to anyone who speaks with a British accent, redistributing them from the people who speak with Southern accents. This was what led people, like Alec Baldwin, to assume that Martin Bashir “might help get MSNBC to a higher place,” and why every B-movie producer has assumed he could elevate the material by casting Malcolm McDowell or Ben Kingsley. That way lies madness—that way lies Thunderbirds and Piers Morgan Live…

The Clinton interview was instructive, because the host’s approach varies (present tense, as CNN plans to keep him on in some capacity) depending on how much power his subject wields. If Morgan likes the subject, or is honored to have him on, he asks friendly questions and maybe gets a fresh on-air response to the controversy of the day. This was generally Morgan’s approach with Sen. John McCain, who made it on the show, on average, every few months. “We’ve got footage of you when you went to the Ukraine,” said Morgan in his latest McCain sit-down. “What kind of country is it?” This was a follow-up question about breaking news.

When Morgan grabs another sort of guest—a weaker, freakier guest—he’s a wholly different interviewer. He pounces. He interrupts. He calls the subject “gutless” or “an idiot” if they can’t take his grilling. One of the (many!) problems here, as Zack Beauchamp wrote, is that Morgan’s righteous anger rises not when he’s failing to get a good answer, but when he’s being disrespected.

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Americans like a lively debate, but Morgan failed one basic rule: to debate the issue itself rather than make everything personal…

He has referred to me as everything from a “liar” and a “clown” and attacked the shape of my “weird pointy bushy eyebrows” that are deformed because of surgery that I had as a kid to remove a tumor. He has encouraged guests such as Alan Dershowitz to make such bizarrely false claims as the idea that my “conclusions are paid for and financed by the National Rifle Association” or that my work “is junk science at its worst. Paid for and financed by the National Rifle Association.”…

So why keep appearing on his show? I kept at it in part because of emails such as the one above. Morgan’s yelling was doing far more damage to himself than he did to his guests. And while Piers might have been doing 80 to 90 percent of the talking, such a diehard gun-control audience would possibly hear a couple of facts during my appearance that they had never heard before.

Support for gun control has been plummeting, reaching its lowest level since such poll questions began. Part of it is that Americans are realizing gun control doesn’t work and may actually make things worse. But Piers Morgan did his part too: Americans know that the better argument doesn’t require his behavior.

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Indeed, insofar as Morgan has made an impression on the country at all, his brief foray into American television appears to have served primarily to extend the territory in which he has thus far rendered himself unpopular. Back in the old country, Morgan’s name is synonymous with arrogance and with overreach, and he is known less for his interviewing skills and show-business acumen than for allegedly hacking the telephones of celebrities; for retaliating against even minor criticism by siccing paparazzi on the speaker; for having published “calculated and malicious” fake photographs of British soldiers abusing prisoners; and for considering nothing whatsoever to be more sacred than his insatiable ambition. The definition of “countryside,” Stephen Fry once quipped on the BBC, is “to kill Piers Morgan.” The audience roared. Americans are merely coming late to a story at which the Brits have been rolling their eyes for years.

Being a left-of-center television host is both extraordinarily difficult and extraordinarily easy. It is difficult in that the sheer number of people lining up to fill the void makes sharp elbows, a grasp of media politics, and a reasonably large ego necessary for one to secure the job in the first instance; it is easy in that, in order to succeed, one really just has to be moderately winsome, to sense which questions to ask, and to intuit when to shut up. Given that Morgan is an obviously repugnant personality, that he willfully fails to grapple with the topics at hand, and that he is physically incapable of allowing a guest to upstage him, he was always going to have his work cut out.

In some sense, he always did. Confused as to why people weren’t laughing at his ill-timed joke on the television series, Have I Got News for You, Morgan complained in 1996 that “last week Eddie Izzard said it and everyone roared with laughter as if it was hilarious.” “Yes,” the satirist Ian Hislop retorted, but “people like him.”

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Via the Washington Free Beacon.

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Last episodes of Breaking bad on netflix.

Murphy9 on February 25, 2014 at 3:30 AM

Tingles next? Please oh please

cmsinaz on February 25, 2014 at 5:17 AM

Just found out Murphy9 ….we saw episode 9 last night :)

cmsinaz on February 25, 2014 at 5:18 AM

BIDEN AT CENTER OF US DIPLOMACY WITH UKRAINE

That would explain a lot.

kcewa on February 25, 2014 at 5:31 AM

I’m surprised that the Az bill didnt make the qotd its the only thing the lsm wants to talk about

I think it will be vetoed…..

cmsinaz on February 25, 2014 at 5:37 AM

I love how polituco demonizes the koch brothers but is propping up the steyer brothers

Hypocrisy much?

cmsinaz on February 25, 2014 at 5:44 AM

Who is Piers Morgan? Isn’t he a talent judge on America’s Got Talent?

Brock Robamney on February 25, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Ever notice how Piers and Cruz are never photographed together??
As Arsenio Hall used to say “Things that make you go hmmmmm”

Bradky on February 25, 2014 at 6:09 AM

so jindal shouldn’t have bashed the white house on their front lawn…but it was ok for harry reid to do it while W was in office….
-mika’s double standard showing…

cmsinaz on February 25, 2014 at 6:15 AM

I thought Piers Morgan’s show was incredibly boring. He also didn’t seem to listen to his guests very well when he was interviewing them. Megyn Kelly, on the other hand, is great at listening and asking good questions.

I remember being excited to see Piers Morgan’s debut. I watch British TV on YouTube occasionally, and was familiar with his interview program there. I expected him to spice things up over the boring Larry King and give us a fun show on CNN. But he was a total four on CNN. And I never imagined he would be so preachy about political issues. His condescending, arrogant tone all the time became unbearable. He was often an arrogant arse, but he was a bland arrogant arse, and really never made for good TV.

It’s surprising that he lasted as long as he did on CNN.

Another one I can’t stand on CNN is Anderson Cooper. Also hate Chris Cuomo on CNN and the overweight black woman who cohosts with him in the morning. But I don’t despise them as much as I despised Soledad O’Brien, whom I was glad to see get the boot. That woman was pure evil and fake as all hell.

The only one I really liked on CNN was Lou Dobbs, but now he has become a traitor on the amnesty issue.

Also can’t stand Ashleigh Banfield. And did they finally fire that unofficial Obama spokesman/CNN political analyst Roland Martin? It must seem like I hate a lot of people, but really I just think that CNN has a tendency to hire irritating people.

bluegill on February 25, 2014 at 6:19 AM

cmsinaz on February 25, 2014 at 6:15 AM

mika and sam stein went absolutely nuts!!!!!!! You know they wish it was a white guy who said it so they could pull out the race card.

renalin on February 25, 2014 at 6:26 AM

AMERICANS

DONT

LIKE

PEOPLE

WITH

BRITT ACCENTS

TELLING US

WHAT-TO-DO !

…we fought a damn WAR to keep idiots with weird accents from dictating our lives. We can do it again!

TX-96 on February 25, 2014 at 6:29 AM

John Lott could have learned some bitch slapping techniques from Ben Shapiro who delivered the initial headshot.

Maybe they could pair him with Kieth Oberman for a sissyslap?

Lonetown on February 25, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Ever notice how Piers and Cruz are never photographed together??
As Arsenio Hall used to say “Things that make you go hmmmmm”
Bradky on February 25, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Another FAIL from Bradky. Your latest material has been bombing. Maybe you should go back to creating song lyrics for popular tunes.

Ted Cruz is fascinating to watch in debate action and draws you in, never needing to resort to lazy ad hominems. He commands your respect and is unflappable.

Piers Morgan, on the other hand, is a boring wanker who can’t engage in a proper debate to save his life. The smarmy yet self-obsessed way he conducts himself doesn’t lend itself to attracting respect.

bluegill on February 25, 2014 at 6:30 AM

…we fought a damn WAR to keep idiots with weird accents from dictating our lives. We can do it again!
TX-96 on February 25, 2014 at 6:29 AM

What about Simon Cowell?

True, he wasn’t exactly telling us what to do or getting into politics, but no one ever had a problem with his accent.

bluegill on February 25, 2014 at 6:34 AM

bluegill on February 25, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Well said, bluegill.

Cleombrotus on February 25, 2014 at 6:40 AM

renalin on February 25, 2014 at 6:26 AM

yup, they do like to bring up the ‘tone’ card against an R nevermind the uncivil tone we hear from the left on a daily basis, the Rs have to worry about their tone, don’cha know…

cmsinaz on February 25, 2014 at 6:43 AM

TX-96-but I sure do love downton abbey :)

cmsinaz on February 25, 2014 at 6:44 AM

Morgan’s political advocacy sliced at the heart of CNN’s brand, which helps explain why the network has decided to cancel his show. That, and anemic ratings, of course. (Last Wednesday, for instance, Morgan drew 345,000 viewers, compared with 860,000 for MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and 2.06 million for Fox’s Megyn Kelly.) SOURCE

Flora Duh on February 25, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

We have departed from the maxim of “peace through strength” to a belief in “appeasement through weakness.” Obama somehow believes kumbaya is a strategic objective.

- Former U.S. Rep., Lt. Col. Allen B. West

My take: “Obama to Cut US Military to Pre-World War II Levels. [Neville Chamberlain Lives!]“

kingsjester on February 25, 2014 at 6:46 AM

kingsjester on February 25, 2014 at 6:46 AM

Great take KJ

read it folks

cmsinaz on February 25, 2014 at 6:51 AM

cmsinaz on February 25, 2014 at 6:51 AM

Thank you, ma’am!

kingsjester on February 25, 2014 at 6:55 AM

cmsinaz on February 25, 2014 at 6:43 AM

now they have a black guy from south carolina who’s touting the beneficial effects of obamacare?

WTF!!!!!! a state without exchanges.

renalin on February 25, 2014 at 6:56 AM

so mika thinks jindal and the gop need to stop fighting on minimum wage and move onto something else….

wow…she can’t listen to reason….

cmsinaz on February 25, 2014 at 6:56 AM

renalin on February 25, 2014 at 6:56 AM

you notice he would say obamacare and then affordable care act….

cmsinaz on February 25, 2014 at 6:57 AM

kingsjester on February 25, 2014 at 6:46 AM

good take of the situation.

workingclass artist on February 25, 2014 at 7:03 AM

…we fought a damn WAR to keep idiots with weird accents from dictating our lives. We can do it again!
TX-96 on February 25, 2014 at 6:29 AM

What about Simon Cowell?

True, he wasn’t exactly telling us what to do or getting into politics, but no one ever had a problem with his accent.

bluegill on February 25, 2014 at 6:34 AM

Americans have a particular revulsion to hearing a Brit tell us to get over our silly affection for guns and become civilized.

Since 1776

workingclass artist on February 25, 2014 at 7:08 AM

workingclass artist on February 25, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Thank you.

kingsjester on February 25, 2014 at 7:10 AM

War on Children:

US schools are teaching 8-year-olds how to masturbate, and parents are outraged. The controversy surrounds the textbook titled “It’s Perfectly Normal,” which contains graphic illustrations of naked people of all ages. Some drawings depict children and adults masturbating and having intercourse. Do-it-yourself instructions are included.

US Common Core standards now require sexuality education from kindergarten through grade 12. To qualify for federal grants from the US Department of Education, public schools must adopt Common Core standards. According to the independent Heartland Institute, the Affordable Care Act has budgeted $75 million for sexuality education. Much of that has been granted to Planned Parenthood. With these funds, Planned Parenthood has hired sexuality teachers for public schools.

Read more at http://clashdaily.com/2014/02/leave-kids-alone-us-schools-teach-creepy-stuff-8yr-olds/

davidk on February 25, 2014 at 7:24 AM

I must admit that I love listening to Stuart Varney speak. Difference is, he’s actually intelligent. We moved to ND almost five years ago and one of my daughter’s teachers told her Southern people sound ignorant. This coming from some goobers who say uff dah.

TXMomof3 on February 25, 2014 at 7:25 AM

TXMom – I get that too. I am from Texas and do not have an accent, but I have been in situations where southerners are labeled as ignorant and the products of poor schools. In one situation, the person doing the labeling was from a small town (less than 500 people) in central Indiana.

esr1951 on February 25, 2014 at 7:37 AM

I must admit that I love listening to Stuart Varney speak. Difference is, he’s actually intelligent. We moved to ND almost five years ago and one of my daughter’s teachers told her Southern people sound ignorant. This coming from some goobers who say uff dah.

TXMomof3 on February 25, 2014 at 7:25 AM

I’m a transplant from the North. Grew up in PA but fell in love with The South and North Carolina in particular when I was stationed here. Retired here. Probably nothing gets my blood going like someone making fun of the Southern accent. Quite a few of the most intelligent and wisest things I’ve been told in my life has come through a Southern drawl.

hawkdriver on February 25, 2014 at 7:46 AM

It must seem like I hate a lot of people…………….

bluegill on February 25, 2014 at 6:19 AM

…and it’s not even daybreak!

KOOLAID2 on February 25, 2014 at 7:47 AM

Probably nothing gets my blood going like someone making fun of the Southern accent. Quite a few of the most intelligent and wisest things I’ve been told in my life has come through a Southern drawl.

hawkdriver on February 25, 2014 at 7:46 AM

Conversely, I used to work with somebody who was raised in Mississippi. Somebody asked why he didn’t have an accent. Turns out he got rid of it when he realized that people deducted 50 IQ points because of that Southern accent.

Happy Nomad on February 25, 2014 at 7:52 AM

I must admit that I love listening to Stuart Varney speak. Difference is, he’s actually intelligent. We moved to ND almost five years ago and one of my daughter’s teachers told her Southern people sound ignorant. This coming from some goobers who say uff dah.

TXMomof3 on February 25, 2014 at 7:25 AM

TXMom – I get that too. I am from Texas and do not have an accent, but I have been in situations where southerners are labeled as ignorant and the products of poor schools. In one situation, the person doing the labeling was from a small town (less than 500 people) in central Indiana.

esr1951 on February 25, 2014 at 7:37 AM

I wish I was as “ignorant” as the Robertson family, those southern illiterates of Duck Dynasty fame.

I get a kick out of those who lump Florida in with their “ignorant southerners” claim – forgetting that the largest part of the population from central Florida on to the south, consists of transplanted yankees from the North East.

Flora Duh on February 25, 2014 at 7:56 AM

- Former U.S. Rep., Lt. Col. Allen B. West

My take: “Obama to Cut US Military to Pre-World War II Levels. [Neville Chamberlain Lives!]“

kingsjester on February 25, 2014 at 6:46 AM

Instead of “investing” in the most important task of our federal government — providing for the common defense — we shall now focus on “investing” in the expansion of the welfare nanny-state. There is no doubt where President Obama’s priorities lie

…how many of the MSM quoted West…in their story on the cutbacks?

KOOLAID2 on February 25, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Happy Nomad on February 25, 2014 at 7:52 AM

Sad but true. We all get a kick out of regional accents and imitate them. I’m not sure any other accent is as generalized with “lack of intelligence” as a Southern one though.

hawkdriver on February 25, 2014 at 8:13 AM

OT: One of my most favorite things in interpersonal and group dynamics is watching the two people you like the least in your group, go at each other tooth and nail.

Probably the only thing I actually microwave popcorn for.

hawkdriver on February 25, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Well, in my experience, the men up here like my accent. The women, not so much. Main thing up here is the prejudice against those of us who moved up for the oil boom. It’s not our fault that Southern folks will work their butt off to provide a good life for their family.

TXMomof3 on February 25, 2014 at 8:24 AM

We assign 20 extra IQ points to anyone who speaks with a British accent, redistributing them from the people who speak with Southern accents.

Excellent!

PersonFromPorlock on February 25, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Morgan’s goal was to try to tear down America so that in his old age he could snidely gloat about a single Brit doing what the British empire could never do over 300 years ago…

albill on February 25, 2014 at 8:34 AM

davidk on February 25, 2014 at 7:24 AM

They won’t be satisfied until we’re all atheists and sexual deviants.

Cleombrotus on February 25, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Jane Fonda has the time and hate for America, she could do his job easy, hire her CNN.
Some re-runs of “guning for the NVA” should pull in more hate American viewers.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 25, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Plus she says she has been crying a lot lately, so add a little self serving drama and you got another commie CNN news wipe.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 25, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Piers needs to come to terms with the fact that Brits are just annoying. I mean they can’t even stand each other for long! Look at the beatles. They even have to change the star of “Dr Who” every couple years and that’s a hit show!

Redglen on February 25, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Has Bluegill made up with that fellow he was accusing of stalking his son?

Bradky on February 25, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Bill Clinton has a marvelous southern accent and so does Al Gore….

Bradky on February 25, 2014 at 9:14 AM

CNN searching for a lower base.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 25, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Lindsey Graham, Jimmah Carter, the Dixie Chicks, etc.

Bradky on February 25, 2014 at 9:18 AM

He needs to go on the Don Imus moring show and let that crew give him a interview.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 25, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Happy Nomad on February 25, 2014 at 7:52 AM

hawkdriver on February 25, 2014 at 8:13 AM

I’m born and bred Southern. True story. My Mother sent me to speech therapy with Dr. Hopper in Gonzales LA as a child. Her reason. “You’re not going to grow up speaking redneck like your Father.”

Bmore on February 25, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Oh, when I bless the cup, the lessons wear off pretty good mind you. ; )

Bmore on February 25, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Visually, his mouth is too small.

OCULUS on February 25, 2014 at 11:09 AM

OCULUS on February 25, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Indeed. I believe the old style description for that is, Dick Lippett. May want to double check that though.

Bmore on February 25, 2014 at 11:22 AM

“Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.” RR

spot on “my take” kj….!!! cheers

going2mars on February 25, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Has Bluegill made up with that fellow he was accusing of stalking his son?

Bradky on February 25, 2014 at 9:08 AM

You’re thinking of CSDeven.

hawkdriver on February 25, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Has Bluegill made up with that fellow he was accusing of stalking his son?

Bradky on February 25, 2014 at 9:08 AM

On another note, have any charges ever been filed by the Hot Air women who accused you of stalking them on Facebook?

hawkdriver on February 25, 2014 at 12:57 PM

On a last note, I’m wondering what would possess you to open an ancient can of worms which was asinine to begin with. As I recall, the last exchange I had with you was on pretty good terms pulling together to support Mitt Romney. May I ask, what the hell is your problem? Did you start posting again just to screw with people you had differences with at one time or the other?

hawkdriver on February 25, 2014 at 1:16 PM

hawkdriver on February 25, 2014

another lil STL file…
check your mailbox..enjoy

going2mars on February 25, 2014 at 4:47 PM

I know you return to old threads Dude. What the hell is your problem? You start this cycle of harassment again, I’ll take it off of Hot Air and straight to a legal authority.

hawkdriver on February 26, 2014 at 6:50 AM

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