When a man makes a living insulting your way of life and scapegoating you for real and imagined evils in society, it can be discouraging. It makes you wonder why this person gets a public stage from which to attack you.
From the New York Times:
There have been times when the CNN host Piers Morgan didn’t seem to like America very much — and American audiences have been more than willing to return the favor. Three years after taking over for Larry King, Mr. Morgan has seen the ratings for “Piers Morgan Live” hit some new lows, drawing a fraction of viewers compared with competitors at Fox News and MSNBC.
It’s been an unhappy collision between a British television personality who refuses to assimilate — the only football he cares about is round and his lectures on guns were rife with contempt — and a CNN audience that is intrinsically provincial. After all, the people who tune into a cable news network are, by their nature, deeply interested in America.
CNN’s president, Jeffrey Zucker, has other problems, but none bigger than Mr. Morgan and his plum 9 p.m. time slot. Mr. Morgan said last week that he and Mr. Zucker had been talking about the show’s failure to connect and had decided to pull the plug, probably in March.
So all that time it seemed like Piers Morgan could say anything he wanted to. Conservatives felt there was nothing they could do about CNN.
But they were wrong.
No matter how powerful Piers Morgan seemed to be, CNN could not keep losing viewers. The public called Morgan’s bluff.
Mr. Morgan’s approach to gun regulation was more akin to King George III, peering down his nose at the unruly colonies and wondering how to bring the savages to heel. He might have wanted to recall that part of the reason the right to bear arms is codified in the Constitution is that Britain was trying to disarm the citizenry at the time.
He regrets none of it, but clearly understands his scolding of “stupid” opponents of gun laws was not everyone’s cup of tea.
No indeed! Not only do we have the pleasure of watching Morgan lose his position, but we also get to see the New York Times virtually side with conservatives. We conservatives have more power than we realize.