I often make reference to irresponsible media, which cannot be trusted. Often the network stations like CNN are not after the truth, they are after ratings and excitement. People watch reality shows because they like to see people argue, and apparently that is also why they watch the news. Anchors are not after truth, and often conduct interviews in a way that stops real debate, misdirects, and focuses on one position as correct, which was decided before the interview, and no amount of data, facts, or coherent arguments can change that. A recent exchange between Piers Morgan and the Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt is a perfect example of how not to act like a professional, legitimate news station. First, check out the interview, if you can last the four minutes without punching the screen of your computer where Piers Morgan’s face is.
Throughout the interview, the only semblance of an argument which Piers Morgan makes is that the murder rate is lower in England and Australia than in the U.S., to which Pratt politely and correctly responds (if you can hear him over Piers yelling) that although the murder rate is lower in those countries, the violent crime rate is higher than in the United states. Otherwise let’s take a look at the arguments employed by Piers Morgan.
23 seconds: Piers Morgan, while interrupting his guest’s point that England and other European countries have massacres just like the United States: “You are talking- You are talking complete and utter nonsense”.
1 minute 24 seconds: Piers Morgan: “You’re an unbelievably stupid man, aren’t you?” This intellectual tid-bit came after the following argument from his guest… or rather punching bag.
Larry Pratt: “Your violent crime rate is higher than ours as is the violent crime rate in Australia. America is not the Wild West that you are depicting. We only have the problem in our cities, and unhappily, in our schools where people like you have been able to get laws put on the books that keep people from being able to defend themselves.
I honestly don’t understand why you would rather have people be victims of a crime than be able to defend themselves. It’s incomprehensible.” I guess Piers Morgan is so smart that he doesn’t have to respond to well thought out, legitimate arguments, even when he invited the person onto his show, presumably to showcase their opinion. He reveals that the guest was not brought on to give insight into the views of pro-gun people, but instead brought on as an attempt to berate and belittle anyone with an opinion that does not match exactly Piers Morgan, and the liberal establishment media.
1 minute 39 seconds: Piers Morgan: “What a ridiculous argument, you have absolutely no coherent argument what-so-ever, you don’t actually give a damn, do you, about the gun murder rate in America”. Did Piers forget that this would be put on youtube, and all people have to do is rewind 15 seconds to see Pratt’s quite clear, extremely coherent argument? It is quite obviously the opposite in fact, that Morgan has absolutely no argument, otherwise he might have used it. What Piers does have, however, is emotion, which he tries to illicit from viewers by quickly moving on from any debate about the actual issue, and claiming his guest lacks empathy, and just doesn’t care about the murder rate. He needs to get his viewers back to hating Pratt, before they can process the logic and reason behind Pratt’s words. Piers thinks, maybe if I say that he has no coherent argument, people will believe me. Unfortunately, he is right. People tend to believe those in the media, even when they are as blatantly biased and dishonest as Piers Morgan.
2 minutes 18 seconds: Piers Morgan, after interrupting his guest frequently to the point where no conversation is possible, and then criticizing him for supposedly not answering the question [Pratt: “You don’t want to hear it, that’s why you keep interrupting me”], Morgan: “I think it’s complete nonsense but I don’t mind hearing it”.
2 minutes 21 seconds: Piers Morgan: “Oh stop being so facetious” to his guest after insulting him and belittling him for 2 minutes.
3 minutes 25 seconds: Piers Morgan: “Yea I know why sales of these things have been soaring over the last few days, it’s down to idiots like you”.
Larry Pratt: “Thank you for you’re high level argument”.
Piers Morgan: “You wouldn’t understand the meaning of high level argument, you are a dangerous man, espousing dangerous nonsense, and you shame your country”.
Larry Pratt: “Disarmament is dangerous, just ask Neville Chamberlain, your role model”.
Unlike Piers, I actually do know why guns sales have been soaring, because people are extremely aware of the need to protect themselves! Duh. What an intelligent station, that CNN news. Oh there I go being sarcastic, just like Morgan’s guest. If this exchange does not convince you all to turn off your television and seek out truthful media, I don’t know what will. It sickens me that this passes for news. It disgusts me that people like Piers Morgan sit there and bully people with legitimate views to contribute, and that someone watching might mistake that circus for information.
As I’ve point out Piers Morgan had no coherent argument throughout the exchange, exactly what he accused Pratt of. I also cannot help but conclude that everything Morgan said about Pratt was really a reflection of what Piers Morgan is. Piers Morgan is simply an unbelievably stupid man, with no coherent argument what-so-ever, who spouts complete nonsense, which people believe, because of idiots like him, and he thinks the highest level argument is “I know you are but what am I”. He is dangerous in the sense that people can turn on the TV and listen to his insanely uninformed views as if they were a legitimate intelligent piece of news. Piers Morgan, and many of his mainstream media colleagues are the ones who should be ashamed.