NRA Explore
APPEARS IN News

Piers Morgan Gets the Hook

Friday, February 28, 2014

There's a saying in the entertainment business that "the show must go on." Everything has its limits, however, and this week CNN finally reached its limit with British tabloid journalist turned TV talk show host, Piers Morgan. Profitable TV is all about advertising, which is all about ratings, and after three years of coming in mostly dead last, or near dead last, in the ratings for its time slot, it's "curtains" for "Piers Morgan Live."

Over the last week, the internet has been full of speculation about the reasons for CNN cancelling Morgan's show. David Carr, writing in the New York Times, noted "There have been times when [Morgan] didn't seem to like America very much" and wondered whether Morgan's British accent didn't play well with American viewers.

On Mediaite's website, Noah Rothman suggested that CNN Worldwide president Jeffrey Zucker had contributed to Morgan's failure, and CNN's in general, by abandoning news-oriented shows in favor of those, like Morgan's, premised on the "attitude and take" of its hosts.

Rothman also said that Morgan was wrong to think that his ranting and raving about gun control over the last year would resonate with the American people. Scott Collins, writing in the Los Angeles Times, seemed to agree, saying that Morgan's "unyielding opinions on gun control irritated many viewers." Morgan too, at least pretended to agree, saying "I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns. There is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it."

All of this is undoubtedly true. But we suspect that Morgan's show is going away not just because Morgan thinks British gun control laws are better than America's, or because he supports "universal" background checks, a ban on semi-automatic rifles, and a ban on ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, or because he thinks blind people don't have Second Amendment rights, as he told the Washington Times' Emily Miller at 4:35 in this clip, after Miller defeated his attempt to portray British gun laws and crime trends more favorably than America's.

Morgan's support for gun control may, in fact, weigh favorably with his bosses. After all, Zucker was the Executive Producer of the NBC Today Show in 1993 and 1994, when it repeatedly showed video footage of machine guns being fired during stories about semi-automatic "assault weapons."

We also doubt that Morgan's show is being cancelled because his boorish conduct is beneath CNN's professional standards. Had matters of character been important at CNN, Morgan would never have been hired in the first place, having previously been fired from the British tabloid, Daily Mirror, for authorizing faked photos depicting British soldiers torturing Iraqi prisoners. And Zucker, who has no kind words for the Republican Party or Fox News, would now be sending Morgan packing altogether, instead of looking to plug him into a different role at the network.

Plain and simple, Zucker is cutting "Piers Morgan Live" from CNN's lineup because the show has been costing the network millions of dollars in advertising revenues. This week, in an article for National Review, John Lott pointed out that at last count, Morgan was down to about 270,000 viewers, against over two million for Megyn Kelly's show on Fox News.

The legendary circus impresario, P.T. Barnum, is credited with saying that a good entertainer always leaves the audience wanting more. Americans instead want less of Piers Morgan, because of his support for gun control, yes, but also for reasons explained by "Halo123" on Emily Yahr's Washington Post blog. "The problem with this guy is that he just came across as obnoxious, annoying, always confrontational and overbearing. His constant interruption of people while they were talking made me just click to another channel."

So, as a pig with better manners and a more likeable personality than Morgan might say, "thigida, thigida, that's all, Piers!" 

TRENDING NOW
California: Governor Brown Takes Action on Final Firearm-Related Bills

Monday, September 26, 2016

California: Governor Brown Takes Action on Final Firearm-Related Bills

Today, Governor Brown made his decision on the final firearm-related bills of the 2016 legislative session that made it to his desk.   Governor Brown vetoed two anti-gun bills, AB 450 and SB 1332, and signed ...

Not The Victim Hillary Needs

News  

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Not The Victim Hillary Needs

This feature appears in the October ‘16 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association. “Why can’t everyone just have their DNA on file? Then it would ...

California: Referendum Update

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

California: Referendum Update

On behalf of the National Rifle Association (NRA), we would like to thank all of the volunteers and individuals who participated in the Veto Gunmageddon ballot referendum qualification effort.  Despite the tremendous efforts of all involved, ...

War on Terror or a War on Guns?

News  

Friday, September 23, 2016

War on Terror or a War on Guns?

Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, was in New York City recently on an official visit. Commenting on the bombs that exploded while he was in town, he opined that such attacks are now simply ...

Show Your Support—NEW NRA Yard Signs Available!

News  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Show Your Support—NEW NRA Yard Signs Available!

Show your support for NRA and the Second Amendment this election cycle by purchasing an NRA yard sign.  With everything that is at stake this year, including the Presidency, the balance of the U.S. Senate ...

Virginia Politician and Clinton Backer Brands Trump Supporters as “Mentally Deficient”

News  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Virginia Politician and Clinton Backer Brands Trump Supporters as “Mentally Deficient”

With the presidential race tighter than ever as it heads into its final stretch, panicked Hillary Clinton supporters are desperate to find a way to discredit, not just Donald Trump, but anyone who would dare ...

Montana: Bloomberg Targeting Missoula – Your Action Needed NOW!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Montana: Bloomberg Targeting Missoula – Your Action Needed NOW!

On Monday, September 26, the Missoula City Council is scheduled to consider an ordinance that would only create a burden for law-abiding citizens and may turn them into criminals if they unknowingly violate the ordinance.

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

News  

Friday, July 1, 2016

California Governor Signs Draconian Gun Control Package into Law

Fairfax, Va.— California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Friday a package of gun bills that were rushed through the state legislature with no regard for proper process. The National Rifle Association Institute for ...

Pennsylvania: Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Legislation will go to the House Floor Next Week!

Hunting  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Pennsylvania: Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Legislation will go to the House Floor Next Week!

Next week, and important pro-hunting reform bill, Senate Bill 737, may be considered in the House of Representatives.  Please call your state Representative and urge them to vote in favor of Senate Bill 737!

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.