So Piers Morgan had a whole show about guns Monday night. He brought on a bunch of people to agree with him that “Guns ur bad, m’kay,” and a very few to argue the other side. One that he interviewed was world-class conspiracy whackjob Alex Jones, who thinks that the Bush administration was behind 911. I saw part of that… it was painful. Jones went full-bore bugnuts, ranting and raving. You can probably find the video on Youtube (it’s late and I’m tired).
I wouldn’t have brought it up except that someone on Fark *nailed* the situation:
Alex Jones is a nut and a kook, and I can only think of a few reasons for Piers Morgan to give him airtime, none of which reflect well on Morgan:
1) Morgan believes that Jones is representative of the political right, in which case Morgan is an ignorant fool.
2) Morgan wants to falsely portray Jones as representative of the political right, in which case Morgan is a disingenuous partisan hack.
3) This was a ratings stunt, in which case Morgan is sleazeball who will put anything on the air if it grabs a few extra eyeballs.
I personally expect that #2 is the real story here. Morgan is hardly an idiot; you don’t sleaze your way to wealth and fame as he’s done while being an ignorant fool. But he has shown himself to be of low character and desperately opposed to the right to keep and bear arms. What better way to tar the opposition than to find and promote the most unhinged kook who just happens to share *one* belief with the opposition?