How many rules of journalism does Piers Morgan break in this debate (for lack of other word)?
Or how much hypocrisy does he reveal?
Or how much common sense does he ignore? The end says it all.
See video at link by nycresistance
[Morgan gets angered over gun control debate with two women. Plays the “tank” card.]
“Hi, I’m Piers Morgan, and I’m sick of it….
And I also detest that 22nd Amendment of your Constitution that limits a president to 2 terms.” (little paraphrasing)
Not enough this Brit has issues with the 2nd Amendment, he also has an utter disdain for the 22nd on top of it. Well, maybe he has a personal phobia of the number two.
Rarely do two of my most unfavored people come together to air their views, but when they do this is what can happen:
Back in September 2012, he was all over the 22nd Amendment in an interview with Bill Clinton. It was like Piers trying to interview his alter ego. Sure, Larry King had major faults but this guy is totally shameless.
Morgan interviews Bill Clinton (excerpt – transcript)
MORGAN: That was that. You electrified the place. And they all say, why do we have this goddamned 22nd Amendment? Why couldn’t Bill Clinton just run again and be president for the next 30 years?
CLINTON: Well, we had it for a good reason. There — it’s a hard job being president. And you also have a vast array of people working for you. It worked, I think, well. We — I think we did the right thing to keep President Roosevelt for a third term.
But when he died shortly after being elected to a fourth term, and people didn’t really know a full measure of his health challenges, the 22nd Amendment passed. It’s ironic that the 22nd Amendment passed at a time when people thought the Democrats had a lock on the White House and then it was — then after the last 50 years, the Republicans had it more than the Democrats.
But I think there’s still an argument for saying that eight years, certainly eight years in a row, is enough. You don’t want this — you don’t want to run the risk of sclerosis in a democratic society. You want to keep the blood running. You don’t want to get the idea that any country, particularly not one this big and diverse and important as ours, is dependent on any one person.
You look at a lot of these dictators that have been deposed in the last few years, and the few that are hanging on. Almost all of them at one time were young and idealistic and incredibly capable. And they really meant to do something good. And they just kind of outstayed their welcome. So I love the life I have now.
I like helping the president. I like helping my country. I’m interested in politics, but I like what I’m doing. I think that, on balance, the system we have is better than the no limits.
Maybe someday the rules will be changed so if you can serve two years and lay out and — serve two terms and lay out a term or two, you could run again because for a simple reason, we’re all living so much longer and we’re maintaining the capacity to work and think clearly for a longer period. So some future people might be affected that — by that. It shouldn’t affect me or anybody who’s been president —
MORGAN: We’re trying to change the rules in Britain, actually, because if you can’t be president again here, we’d quite like you to be prime minister in our country. Are you available if it comes to — I get this through?
CLINTON: They — there are only two countries I’m eligible to run for the leadership position is if I move to Ireland and buy a house, I can — I can run for president of Ireland, because of my Irish heritage.
And because I was born in Arkansas, which is part of the Louisiana Purchase, any person anywhere in the world that was born in a place that ever was part of the French empire, if you move to — if you live in France for six months and speak French, you can run for president.
CLINTON: However, I once polled very well in a French presidential race. And I said, you know, this is great, but that’s the best I’d ever do because once they heard my broken French with a Southern accent, I would drop into single digits within a week and I’d be toast. I just don’t think — that’s what I think. I think the system we have may have some opportunity costs.
You know, I was young, perhaps I could have done another term, but I thought Al Gore was going to win and I wanted him to win. I thought he would have been a good president. I still think so. And the thing that’s kept America going is that we’ve trusted the people over the leaders. And I love my life now.
And if I can help my country, I will. But I — we’re organized around institutions, values, restraints on power and people. And it’s worked out pretty well for us for 200 years. We ought not to fool with it too much.
And on another show he verbalized his disdain for the 22nd Amendment — as the worst thing they did — whatever his adjectives were.