I don’t particularly care for Piers Morgan. This isn’t really a personal complaint, though. I just think talk shows in general are just pointless entertainment dressed up as news.
But there was one time I was with him. It was back during the Trayvon Martin stuff. He had interviewed Zimmerman’s brother, who insisted his brother’s innocence. And then he interviewed… Oh I forgot his name.
He was some apparently famous African-American. All I can remember to describe him physically is that he had big hair like-but-not-an-afro, and was slim.
Anyway, he was upset that Piers hadn’t grilled Zimmerman’s brother enough. Piers felt that it was his obligation as a journalist to let him present his point of view and give it serious time.
Again, talk shows are terrible news sources. They shouldn’t be taken too seriously. I think both were overplaying Piers’ potential media influence and importance in the events as they were. It just basically doesn’t matter either way because Piers’ show isn’t real news.
But I lost all sympathy for the interviewee, when he called Piers “British” and therefore completely unsuited to comment on “American” issues. That he can’t possibly understand.
This sort of crap is typical of people who are closely personally tied to an issue and don’t think clearly. I understand people being upset. But unfortunately that also means they don’t approach things rationally.
There is always, always, the benefit of an external point of view. Why not look at an issue from the outside? Why not look at America from a British perspective? Maybe you would learn something that you couldn’t from being blinded by a narrow point of view.