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This is CNN: “A nasty combination of supreme self-righteousness and reflexive demonization”

posted at 10:53 am on December 20, 2012 by

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.

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The borking on guns if you will

cmsinaz on December 20, 2012 at 10:56 AM

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.”

That’s exactly what I was thinking when I first saw the Morgan/Pratt “debate.”

Meric1837 on December 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM

I hate to be so crass. Forgive me, that piers Morgan clip just brings it out in me.

If you want the left to shut up, just tell them that it was a series of very late term abortions.

They’ve got the gall to try to take the moral high ground when children get shot. But they’ve got no problem with ripping a perfectly viable child from the womb and killing it.

I’m not seeing a lot of difference here.

Oxymoron on December 20, 2012 at 11:37 AM

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.

The beatings will continue until morale improves.

single stack on December 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

If I go to a Chinese restaurant I do not expect to find a hamburger on the menu and CNN is no different.

Anyone who might appear with these talk show hosts has to understand they are walking into an ambush especially on an issue such as gun control.
The left has realized that being partisan, nasty,one sided and even dishonest at times gets them their way more often than not.
Those are the new rules in the arena of these lefty journo-mercials and if somebody walks into that they had better be prepared.

NeoKong on December 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM

This is CNN: “A nasty combination of supreme self-righteousness and reflexive demonization”

Not to suggest that you can or have been dense at times Ed, but is the phrase “Fifth Column Treasonous Media” finally starting to ring any bells for you?

SWalker on December 20, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Ok, I am destined to always be Charlie Brown with my hopes dashed over and over and over again, but I can’t help but hope that this continues to make the public skeptical of the people that bring us our news.

earlgrey133 on December 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Not to suggest that you can or have been dense at times Ed, but is the phrase “Fifth Column Treasonous Media” finally starting to ring any bells for you?

SWalker on December 20, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Oh, and for those who do not understand what “Fifth Column Treasonous Media” means, while I coins the phrase, it was Andrew Brietbart who both inspired it and defined it best.

From Andrew Breitbarts Righteous Indignation:

Make no mistake: America is in a media war. It is an extension of the Cold War that never ended but shifted to an electronic front. The war between freedom and statism ended geographically when the Berlin Wall fell. But the existential battle never ceased.

When the Soviet Union disintegrated, the battle simply took a different form. Instead of missiles the new weapon was language and education, and the international left had successfully constructed a global infrastructure to get its message out.

SWalker on December 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM

When do we start buying up the media outlets and making forced changes to the editorial boards?

Right on December 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Buying up the media is a good thought.

Boycott then buyout?

Fight the media, organize, take over and replace.

And school choice.

GardenGnome on December 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Certainly not on CNN.

There is not even the slightest pretense of objectivity any more. They proudly proclaim their partisanship.

John the Libertarian on December 20, 2012 at 12:26 PM

It’s always curious how the “there is no absolute right and wrong” crowd can get so (self-) righteously indignant. They are intolerant of opposing views while at the same time preaching moral relativism (albeit mostly only when it’s convenient).

Generally, it can be hard not to conclude that they don’t actually believe any of the twaddle they peddle; they see it as sugar to make the medicine (socialistic tyranny) go down.

Fortunately, the “new media” is exposing them for the intellectually dishonest hypocrites that they are, although as a bit of a soft-hearted kind of guy, I generally have to avert my eyes from their astonishing self-abasement, to which they are obviously mercifully oblivious.

mr.blacksheep on December 20, 2012 at 12:40 PM

I think we need to take that interview and replay it everywhere. Make Piers Morgan the poster child for gun laws. He is so shrill in that clip it would easily turn off people to his cause.

2lbsTest on December 20, 2012 at 1:10 PM

“I am on TV, therefore I have the right to tell you how to live your life. If you don’t agree with me then you are stupid, immoral, and less than human.”

I believe that is what these people subconsciously think. Fortunately, I have the ability not to watch them.

kam582 on December 20, 2012 at 1:12 PM

There’s a certain smugness that only the supremely arrogant leftist can exude.

LizardLips on December 20, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Just wait until Jeff Zucker gets over to CNN…he will straighten this all out…LOL.

d1carter on December 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM

CNN learned how to market from Faux newx

zbunde on December 20, 2012 at 1:37 PM

And school choice.

GardenGnome on December 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Amen!

Right on December 20, 2012 at 1:56 PM

A nasty combination of “no, really?!?” and “duuuuhhh!”

The Schaef on December 20, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Gosh, and you wonder why no one watches this POS network.

Marxism is for dummies on December 20, 2012 at 2:25 PM

The problem with Morgan is that he was born with that insufferable Brit attitude that there is no such thing as a free citizen but only subjects of government. The problem we have is that Britain is so chock full of those kind of people who are smarter than he is that he couldn’t hold a job there so he sought his fame and fortune being insufferable here.

No one should go on his show unless prepared to remind Morgan just how pedestrian his abilities are, from the start of “Hello, good to be with you” and not stopping until, “Thanks for having me, good bye”, until he goes back to Britain where he belongs.

Dusty on December 20, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Candy Crowley throwing the debate for Obama, now Morgan, O’Brien and Lemon alienating half the country.

Who’s protecting the CNN “brand”?

I think whoever that would be are either asleep at the switch, or enjoying flushing Ted Turner’s fortune down the toilet.

Tom C on December 20, 2012 at 3:07 PM

They are only interested in demagoguing on the issue for their own long-held positions on gun control

Totally unfair, Ed. I disagree.

You have zero evidence to prove that these self-promoting nitwit liberals gave a rat’s ass about gun control before it became a cause célèbre for media liberals. This is all about getting viewers away from PMSNBC. None of these twits could figure out a revolver.

Jaibones on December 20, 2012 at 4:05 PM