Piers Morgan debates deportation petition creator on CNN
Viewers who tuned in to CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" for a spirited debate on gun control Monday night were treated to a fiery faceoff.
Morgan invited one of the men behind the petition to deport the British host, Alex Jones, onto his show to discuss the gun control issue. The CNN host had spoken out in favor of stricter gun control laws in the wake of the Newtown school shooting, prompting backlash from Jones and others.
However, the debate didn't go very far. Jones, a fringe radio host and conspiracy theorist, flew off the handle almost immediately while the beleaguered host tried to get a word in edgewise. “I’m here to tell you — 1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms! It doesn’t matter how many lemmings you have out there on the street begging for them to have their guns taken. We will not relinquish them. Do you understand?” Jones yelled at Morgan.
Jones is a noted conspiracy theorist and fringe radio host. When the gun control debate amounted to nil, Morgan allowed his guest to discuss his various controversial beliefs, ranging from "suicide mass murder pills" to the New World Order. "He perfectly exemplifies the problem," Morgan said later on the show.
The petition itself has currently garnered 104,000 signatures to date. The White House Press Secretary Jay Carney addressed the petition Monday. "The White House responds to all petitions that cross the threshold and we will respond to this one," he said. "In the meantime, it is worth remembering that the freedom of expression is a bedrock principle in our democracy."
Freedom of expression is one thing, but unleashing the lunatic fringe on the airwaves is a bit much. If Morgan was looking for a genuine debate on the issue at hand, he clearly picked the wrong guest.
Check out the fireworks below before the video is pulled:
"Freedom of expression is one thing, but unleashing the lunatic fringe on the airwaves is a bit much"
I think you're looking at what the Press Secretary said from the wrong point of view. I believe what he meant was that the White House would look at the petition, but deporting someone because of something they said was unlikely to happen, freedom of expression being such a primary consideration.
OTOH, I agree fully with your assertation that, freedom of expression notwithstanding, allowing some idiots access to the airwaves is, well, idiotic.
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Message Posted On Jan 8th, 2013, 6:18 am
I vote we deport Jones.
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Message Posted On Jan 7th, 2013, 9:27 pm
Is that who was behind that? Not that the petition was something to be taken seriously, but if Alex Jones is involved, then it's time to laugh without restraint. It's a sad world we live in when someone who has fabricated an entirely fictional world in opposition to reality is given even a shred of attention or dignity.