To his critics it may seem as the longest three years in media history, but it looks as if Piers Morgan’s prime-time gig at CNN has finally ended, as reported by both The New York Times and Great Britain’s internet news portal ITV.com on Feb. 23, 2014. Citing low ratings and his numerous anti-gun rants as mitigating factors, the Cable News Network has opted to cancel the show, “Piers Morgan Tonight,” possibly as soon as March.
As Morgan was quoted:
Look, I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing, and there is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it.
The former editor of London’s Daily Mirror, Morgan came to the U.S. to replace CNN’s highly rated “Larry King Live” three years ago, but he managed to alienate many with his habit of inserting his personal opinions into reporting the news of the day. Cited by more than a few of his critics, one of the better example was when Morgan invited Larry Pratt, the executive director of the Gun Owners of America to argue the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.
Perhaps Morgan was unaware of legal ownership of firearms in the United States or that the right to keep and bear arms is deeply woven into the American fabric. In any case he launched an an ad hominem attack on his guest, accusing the man of lying, of not caring if children were killed, and calling him “dangerous” and “stupid.”