-By Warner Todd Huston
After Wednesday night’s CNN special, Guns in America, it has become clear that Piers Morgan is one thrown chair away from being the newest Jerry Springer.
After he indulged his latest shoutfest and bout of name calling, Morgan has shown that he is no more serious as a commentator and interviewer than the syndicated tabloid talker.
Jerry Springer made himself famous for screamfests, fist fights, and name calling on his daytime TV show but who cannot see that Piers Morgan is only a few steps removed from Springerism?
Take Guns in America as only the latest example. Morgan sold the show as a “townhall,” a meaningful discussion about the “crisis” of guns. Instead of a meaningful discussion, however, Morgan screamed at guests, called them liars, cut them off from speaking, and generally acted the bore.
All it would have taken for a full Springer experience is for a chair to be thrown by a baby momma or two.
Sadly, this is what Piers Morgan has devolved to. And last night wasn’t the first time Morgan indulged this sort of ignorant behavior. Only hours before his “special” he called a guest a “unbelievably stupid,” and on Tweet after Tweet he’s name called and acted the child.
Of course, Jerry Springer was himself the new kid on the block once. Springer took over for Morton Downy Junior, who became famous as “Mort the Mouth,” and pioneered the sort of raucous, confrontational TV that Springer inherited.
Well, now Piers Morgan is vying to replace Springer as Springer replaced “Mort the Mouth.”
Morgan’s one thrown chair away from completing the transformation.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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