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NYT Blames Piers Morgan’s Accent For His Failure

From the Daily Caller:

New York Times blames accent for Piers Morgan’s failure to connect with Americans

By Jamie Weinstein | February 23, 2014

CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” will be soon be dead and the New York Times says the show’s failure can be at least partially be pinned to the British host’s accent.

“Old hands in the television news business suggest that there are two things a presenter cannot have: an accent or a beard,” the New York Times’ David Carr wrote, reporting the news that Piers Morgan’s 9:00 p.m. show was ending. “Mr. Morgan is clean shaven and handsome enough, but there are tells in his speech — the way he says the president’s name for one thing (Ob-AA-ma) — that suggest that he is not from around here.” …

Huh. And yet many of CNN’s news people have accents. Christiane Amanpour, for instance. (Though she is relatively clean-shaven.)

Moreover, back in the day, Walter Cronkite probably seemed to have a northern accent for most of the Americans who lived south of the Mason-Dixon line. And he also had a moustache.

But maybe it’s Mr. Morgan’s radical leftist accent.

Whatever the reason, Morgan himself attributed his show’s failure to attract viewers to his inability to connect with an American audience.

“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,” Morgan told the Times.

Well, he got that part right. It is a little tiresome to be lectured to about the danger of gun rights, night after night.

The admission is smile-inducing, considering Morgan’s fondness for lecturing guests on how they held un-American points of view.

“The idea that you want to stop people like Elton [John] and David [Furnish] or Suze [Orman] and KT from getting married, from getting married in America in the modern era, I just find a bit offensive these days,” he bellowed at a guest who opposed gay marriage, for example. “It’s not fair; it’s not tolerant; it’s not American.” …

To be fair, there probably isn’t anything more ‘American’ than being anti-American these days. In fact, America has become the most un-American country on earth.

And it’s no accident.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, February 24th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “NYT Blames Piers Morgan’s Accent For His Failure”

  1. Petronius

    And I was so looking forward to Piers moderating the 2016 presidential debates … along with Don “the sneer” Lemon and Candy “let-me-fix-that-for-you-Mr-President” Crowley.

    But maybe it’s not too late. I mean these old Bolsheviks never die; they just get shuffled around.

    Piers used to be editor of the Daily Mirror, a British tabloid widely regarded in Britain as a communist rag. Today the Mirror is essentially the propaganda arm for the Labour Party –– the Labour Party having completely subsumed the Communist Party of Great Britain in 1991.

    • captstubby

      “He who now talks about the “freedom of the press” goes backward, and halts our headlong course towards Socialism. ”
      “The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.”
      — Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
      and as always, Morgan ,Amanpour and the likes of them will always hang themselves in the Capitalist market of Consumer Choice.

  2. (sad trombone)

    When I was Senior Operating Officer of a boutique investment bank of which I was part owner (don’t faint .. it’s true) one of my first Personnel decisions (not human resources like the aliens practice) was to hunt for and find a mid-50s woman of British ancestry who could use that wonderful British inflection over the telephone with devastating effect. When you’d telephone our office you knew you’d reached the Home Office where all good things were asked and answered. I paid her a boat-load of money and she never let me down. By my reckoning she alone added 7% – 8% to our bottom line just because of the confidence her icy -or- genteel British manner floated down the wires.

    It was a thing of beauty.

    So, once again, the New York Times has no **cking idea what it’s talking about. Because whether or not Piers Morgan is British has naught all to do with it. Piers Morgan is an embarrassment to CNN because he’s a dick.

    • Petronius

      Mrs Petronius used to hold the position you describe as information officer handling telephone inquiries at the London Business School in Regent’s Park.

      That English accent was indeed a thing of beauty and it sure worked on me.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      So far as the Brits are concerned, we’re the ones with the accent.

      On the other hand, I really couldn’t imagine a Cockney “…answerin’ the bloomin’ telly all bleedin’ daye, roit? Ah mean, oi, oo’s gonna talk to this lawt and that when oi’m sposed ta ‘ave me own knickers in a knot abowt what this bloke wants fer ‘is foi-nan-shull services then, ay? Wot with the blumin’ boss comin’ roun’ an’ pointin’ ‘is li’ul finger in me fayce an’ sayin’ ‘Oh..Miss Stevens, ‘at’s nawt ‘ow we do thin’s eyah then….Yew’ve go’ah doit loik this an’ that, see?’ Oi think oi’d go blinkin’ mad overit—tellin’ me wot’s ta do an’ wot’s not. Oi thin’oi’d sennim down ta make tea and do as oi pleez.”

      But then again, it’d be tops for comedy.

  3. Astravogel

    He’s been quoted in the Daily Mail as being made redundant
    because he kept banging on about gun control. Pun?

  4. evansj42

    So? Mr. Obama is not from around here either.

  5. yadayada

    so let me get this straight…. bbc shows have a bigger audience in amerika than cnn. I’d bet a buck that one episode of Dr. Who pulls more viewers than cnn does all day.
    but morgan’s inability to connect is blamed on his accent ???

  6. canary

    evansj42. So? Mr. Obama is not from around here either.

    I am still not sure how to pronounce it. o, uh, ah, no one seems to notice or correct me.

  7. captstubby

    ‘two countries separated by a common language’.”

    attributed to Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw and Winston Churchill.


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