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Heh: @DaveWeigel Dismantles @PiersMorgan, But Good

Posted on | February 25, 2014 | 26 Comments

 Deft, but also delightfully brutal:

Sunday night, after David Carr broke the news that Piers Morgan would be ending his CNN show, I searched Twitter to find how his fans were taking it. This was a mistake. Really, who was a Piers Morgan fan? Have you ever met one? No, reaction to CNN’s scheduling news ran the gamut from suppressed glee to running-naked-through-the-streets glee, from gun lovers declaring victory over the “Brit” to nonpartisan journalists reminiscing about Morgan’s finest ethical lapses. . . .
The live broadcast of Morgan’s show drew around half the viewers that MSNBC did, and a fifth as many as Fox News. Morgan welcomed Fox’s Megyn Kelly to 9 p.m. by telling her (on Twitter) to “bring it on.” She did.
In fact, Morgan’s humiliation was so total that he’s at risk of becoming a martyr for True Journalism. . . . Were we wrong about the guy?
We were not. Morgan was the beneficiary of a curious American habit. We assign 20 extra IQ points to anyone who speaks with a British accent, redistributing them from the people who speak with Southern accents. . . .

It goes on from there. Having known Weigel since 2006, when he worked at the libertarian magazine Reason, I understand that conservatives hate Weigel for his relentless sarcasm, which is usually aimed at Republicans. His sarcasm is much more enjoyable when aimed at somebody you hate, and everybody hates Piers Morgan.



  • McGehee

    Oh, I dunno. If people hated Ponce Morgan they’d want him devoured by rabid ferrets, not deported to face British justice for his crimes.

    Of course, the bonus to the former would be that everybody also hates rabid ferrets.

  • vermontaigne

    Piers can always console himself by ruminating Kipling’s “The Twee Man’s Burden.”

  • Dana

    The esteemed Mr Morgan was sacked because he was getting his butt kicked by Rachel Maddow, who is, in turn, getting her butt kicked by Megyn Kelly.

    Now, I don’t watch Fox, either, at 9:00 PM, and the only way that I would be watching CNN at that time is if they rep[laced Piers Morgan with Morgan Smith Goodwin.

  • joethefatman

    “and everybody hates Piers Morgan.”

    Hallelujah and an Amen

  • Quartermaster

    So, does even his Mother, wife, dog, and cat hate him?

  • Quartermaster

    That is so heteronormative patriarchal that you deserve a stiff denouncing.

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  • Dana

    I will gladly accept your denouncing today for a date with Morgan Smith Goodwin on Tuesday.

    Oh, wait, today is Tuesday!

  • Dana

    No, wait, I’ve changed my mind! The denouncement is completely unjustified, because I have suggested replacing an old white male with a woman, and our esteemed host noted, in his next article, the lack of women in America’s newsrooms. So, I’m good with all of this.

  • Adjoran

    Everyone’s in favor of more hot chicks in newsrooms – except for the hot chicks.

  • Adjoran

    What, does Weigel pick up a lunch check or bar tab every now and then?

    For my part, Piers can take Dave back to Merry Olde England to report on his trial.

  • Quartermaster

    I don’t want him to face British justice. They discontinued beheading after the executions for Culloden and that’s what he deserves.

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  • ThomasD

    If she had not been born a ginger giving her that name surely would have made her so.

  • ThomasD

    You had to ask about the cat?

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  • ChandlersGhost

    Clarkson is a treasure. I just started watching Top Gear and this makes me an even bigger fan.

  • McGehee

    Considering where he keeps his head, it might happen anyway his first night in prison.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Not at Fox.

  • Bob Belvedere

    You like the crazy ones, eh?

  • flailing

    Seriously, I have a friend who is a big fan of is. He thinks Morgan is a great interviewer. No joke. So there is one fan out there.

  • Adjoran

    When she first got the Wendy’s gig, someone sent me her personal website after I remarked that she definitely made me hungry. None of her promo shots were as a redhead. She had plenty of blonde and brunette shades, not a ginger among them.

    I can’t find that site now, and she’s a redhead in every picture everywhere now.

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