After one miserable ratings period after another, CNN is pulling the plug on Piers Morgan. And, speaking with the New York Times, Morgan is surprisingly candid about why the show is ending.
It’s bad ratings that have a lot to do with his berating, obnoxious position on gun rights:
I received a return call from Mr. Morgan and was prepared for an endless argument over my assumptions. Not so. His show, he conceded, was not performing as he had hoped and was nearing its end.
“It’s been a painful period and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings,” he said, adding that although there had been times when the show connected in terms of audience, slow news days were problematic.
“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,” he said. “That’s run its course and Jeff and I have been talking for some time about different ways of using me.”
The anti-gun folks may not want to admit it, but the 2nd amendment isn’t just some relic from a by-gone age enshrined in our nation’s founding document. It’s something most Americans continue to believe in to this day.
Those attacking gun rights are, in the view of many Americans, extremists despite many in the media believing the opposite. And it’s not just that Morgan is anti-gun – many in the media are – but that he was so fantastically unfair to those who are pro-gun rights.
Morgan is free to express whatever opinions he wants about gun rights. But the rest of us don’t have to tune in.