This is CNN: “A nasty combination of supreme self-righteousness and reflexive demonization”
posted at 10:53 am on December 20, 2012 by Ed Morrissey
Peter Wehner sums up the gun-control Left and media well in his column today at Commentary — and notes that there isn’t any difference between the two, either:
On Morgan v. Pratt, I have three observations to make. The first is that you would think that if Mr. Pratt was as stupid as Morgan said, Morgan could easily best him in a debate. But he didn’t. And I say that as someone who has disagreements with Pratt on gun control.
Second, Morgan embodies an attitude that we’re seeing more and more on the left. It’s a nasty combination of supreme self-righteousness and reflexive demonization. Piers Morgan can’t accept that people of good will and decency might hold views that are very different than he does on gun control. And so it’s not enough to say Pratt is wrong; he has to be portrayed by Morgan as moronic and a moral monster. This act is lovely coming from those who from time to time, and when it’s convenient, lecture the rest of us on the importance of civility in public discourse.
Point three is that Morgan and his CNN colleagues Don Lemon and Soledad O’Brien have become vocal and emotional (but not particularly well-informed) advocates for gun control since the Newtown massacre. There is not the slightest pretense of objectivity. They and their network have a story to tell, a cause to advance, an ideology to champion. And they will use their posts as journalists, including (in the case of Lemon and O’Brien) as anchors, to make their case.
Morgan, Lemon, and O’Brien aren’t interested in “having a conversation” about guns. They are only interested in demagoguing on the issue for their own long-held positions on gun control, and rank demonization of anyone who crosses them. In watching these stupendously unprofessional but all-too-common spectacles, I’m reminded of the line from Thank You For Smoking: “Let it be known that the public beating has not gone out of style.” Certainly not on CNN.