Keli Goff of TheRoot.com disagreed and noted that if viewers examined the show as a “contest of who got to say more words” then Jones won, but if it was a contest of “who came across looking more sane,” then Morgan won. “On that regard,” she said, “I think it was effective.” Morgan himself called Jones “rambling and unhinged” after his appearance.
Robert Costa, Washington editor of The National Review, called the decision by CNN to bring Jones on “entertainment” instead of “serious” journalism. “Why give him the air time?” he asked.
Costa also disagreed with his fellow panelists that Jones was representing the conservative position. “I think a lot of gun advocates don’t have the hysteria that Jones has,” he said. His message “does not represent the conservative way of thought.”