And that was just the beginning…
Senator Greg Ball (R-NY) has been taking some heat for a tweet he sent out last week, in which he suggested the surviving Boston Marathon bomber should be tortured in order “to save more lives”.
Despite the controversy, Ball hasn’t backed away from the comment in any way, shape, or form.
On Monday night, the senator appeared on CNN’s ‘Piers Morgan Live’ to discuss the statement. And it was quite the confrontation.
Via the Blaze:
“I think that I share the feelings of a lot of red-blooded Americans who believe if we can save even one American life… that they would use every tool at their disposal to do so,” Ball said.
Morgan’s counterargument was to say that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the suspects, is an American citizen, thus making it illegal to physically coerce information from him. “How are you going to torture him?” Morgan asked.
“Dude, you’re talking to a guy who supports death penalty for cop killers, terrorists… I’m talking about me,” Ball replied. “If you want to talk to the president about his policies, the next time you golf or go play basketball with him, you can ask him.””
Ball went on to suggest that perhaps Morgan was having trouble understanding the situation because he wasn’t speaking clearly enough.
“What would you do, play cards?” Ball said. “Maybe I should have said it in a British accent. These men killed innocent men, women and children.”
“Can you stop being a jerk?” Morgan shot back.
“You get paid for it,” Ball said.
Watch the tense debate below…
After the show, an aide to Senator Ball said that his boss “handed Piers his proverbial British ‘tookus’ in a handbasket”.
Morgan should try to remember that as horrified as he may be at the assertion that an American citizen would be tortured by his own government, the guy that the CNN host is typically cheerleading for, has actually executed American citizens with far less proof of their ties to terrorism.
We’ve all seen the media obsession with Marco Rubio’s State of the Union rebuttal, in which content and message was reduced to the background and the fact that the man became thirsty mid-speech was the main highlight. In case you missed it, this is what the media has been covering for the last few days…
Across the Web, from Deadspin.com to The New Yorker, and on every cable news channel, the Florida senator’s sip from a small bottle of water as he delivered the official Republican response to U.S. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday was the moment of the evening.
In politics, timing can be everything and Rubio experienced a dry mouth at probably the worst time imaginable, speaking to a live TV camera before an audience of millions.
So when the rising political star abruptly stopped in mid-speech to reach for a small Poland Spring bottle of water out of view and took a sip from it, the awkward incident took on a life of its own.
Not only was the media response to Rubio’s sip of water absurd because of the amount of time spent on it, but because of the over-dramatization of the impact. The Reuters example above calls it an “awkward moment” coming at “the worst time imaginable”.
Not to be outdone however, CNN has actually and seriously, asked if Rubio’s sip of water could end his career.
Screen grab via Power Line:
Matt Hadro of NewsBusters explains that the graphic actually accompanied a segment by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
On Wednesday’s The Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer absurdly wondered if Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) pausing his State of the Union response for a drink of water would “break” his career. The CNN chyron flashed “Career-ender?”
“So can a drink of water make or break a political career?” Blitzer asked. “A U.S. Senator, possible presidential candidate. We’re going to find out, whether he likes it or not.”
Here’s the video…
In the history of politics…
Has ever paused in the middle of a speech…
For a sip of water…
This just demonstrates that CNN and Wolf Blitzer are no longer viable sources of breaking news, but have been reduced to tabloid Republican bashing at the bottom of the barrel.
Enjoy the descent into obscurity old media.
Safe to say, the feds will almost literally have to pry Ted Nugent’s guns from his cold, dead hands.
During a contentious interview last year with Piers Morgan (the CNN host who claimed he was “gleeful” that he could use the Newtown massacre to further his anti-gun agenda), Nugent told Morgan that anyone wishing to disarm him “can drop dead”.
At one point, Nugent also suggested that gun-control advocates would be voted out of office, or they can “suck on my machine gun”.
Via the Daily Caller:
“Anybody that wants to disarm me can drop dead,” Nugent said on CNN’s May 18, 2011, “Piers Morgan Tonight.” “Anybody that wants to make me unarmed and helpless, people that want to literally create the proven places where more innocents are killed called gun-free zones, we’re going to beat you. We’re going to vote you out of office or suck on my machine gun.”
Nugent then managed to rebut Morgan point by point on his argument to control firearms in the following exchange:
MORGAN: Much as I’d love to suck on your machine gun, the whole point — the whole point of your defense is that a lot of people do drop dead precisely because you are armed to the teeth. And you’d like everybody else to be.
NUGENT: Not true at all. Not true at all.
MORGAN: Eighty people —
NUGENT: Piers, write this down —
MORGAN: You write this down. Eighty people a day die in America from gunshots.
Nugent explained that where the gun laws were stricter, the crime was higher and asked Morgan why he “resisted” that statistic.
Read the rest here (video below)…
CNN’s Roland Martin thinks it would be a fantastic idea if one mother or one father of the victims from the Newtown massacre would show the world a crime scene photo of their child.
“One of these mothers from Connecticut should do an Emmett Till moment; show the picture of their child dead in the classroom.”
That’s a text I received earlier this week from my TV One show producer. When I got it, a chill immediately went through my body just thinking about the possibility of seeing the carnage in such a photo…
… In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, mass shooting, we have seen numerous photos of the beautiful, smiling faces of the 20 children and six adults slaughtered at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The images we have become accustomed to include them singing at a piano, sporting the gear of a favorite sports team and others. When we think of them being memorialized it’s in the context of teddy bears, candles and flowers.
Americans want to remember them as vibrant and fun-loving children, but will that actually shake the conscience of America to do something about how they were gunned down in the classroom?
What if one of the mothers or fathers of the Newtown 20 demanded that police give them a crime scene photo of their child and they chose to show it to the world? Can you imagine a modern day Mamie Till Mobley, wracked with pain but filled with resolve to show the nation so they could bear witness to what hate did to their child?
When my producer sent me that text, I recoiled at even the mere mention of seeing with my own eyes the real life results of what a Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle could do to a 6-year-old body. But maybe I should see it. Maybe Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association should have to answer to such a photo when he is interviewed.
Because of course, in the eyes of the left, LaPierre is just as guilty as the man who pulled the trigger of killing these children and teachers.
I wonder if Martin would have the same sentiments if it was his 6-year-old child who was killed in the shootings.
CNN host Piers Morgan has been on an incredible anti-gun rant ever since the massacre in Newtown. All well and good to voice one’s opinion, but the manner in which Morgan is going about it while representing a national news network is pretty amateurish.
While the fact that Morgan is using the tragedy as a means to further his rant is transparent, it had to be quite shocking to his followers on Twitter when he admitted that he is “gleeful that a tragedy happened”.
User @coelkhntr tweeted his thoughts: ”I think you are somewhat gleeful that a tragedy happened to help you push your cause”.
To which Morgan replied, “Of course I am, you moron”.
A screen cap is below…
CNN’s Piers Morgan has been on a rabid anti-gun rant since July’s Aurora, Colorado, shootings that has gotten even more venomous after Friday’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
On Tuesday, he rudely and disgracefully tore into guest Larry Pratt, the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, calling him “an unbelievably stupid man” who’s “dangerous,” concluding the interview by saying, “You shame your country”.
This is what CNN passes off as a level-headed journalist, a man whose platform is transparently one-sided, and if you disagree with him you’re called all kinds of vile names.