Erik Wemple: "CNN’s Piers Morgan, talking himself into trouble"
Jonathan Wald has a difficult job. He’s executive producer of Piers Morgan’s show on CNN, a set of duties that include taming a volatile and sometimes rude television personality. In an “extract” from his new book “Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God and George Clooney”published in the Guardian, Morgan describes an incident when Wald’s counsel came into play.
On Dec. 18, 2012, just after the Newtown massacre, Morgan hosted Larry Pratt of the Gun Owners of America. They brawled on air about gun restrictions, with Morgan advocating more of them and Pratt on the other side. He told Morgan: “America is not the Wild West you’re depicting. We only have problems in our cities and in our schools where people like you have been able to get laws on the books that keep people from being able to defend themselves.” . . . .
Bold text added to highlight a question: Relevance? Lott wrote today that the eyebrows mocked by Morgan are “deformed because I had a tumor removed from my forehead when I was a child. Piers was literally just a few feet from me during these interviews and could easily see my scars.” Best not to belabor the physical appearances of your guest.