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Piers Morgan Conducts Riveting Interview With Trayvon Martin’s Friend, Witness Rachel Jeantel

Mediaite

Piers Morgan followed Anderson Cooper‘s bombshell interview with an anonymous Zimmerman trial juror tonight with an exclusive chat with the witness everyone has been waiting to hear from since the verdict came down: Trayvon Martin‘s friend Rachel Jeantel.

Jeantel, who created a media firestorm with her highly-polarizing testimony towards the beginning of the trial, appeared on Piers Morgan Live alongside her attorney. She described her reaction to Zimmerman’s acquittal as “disappointed, upset and angry” and called the jury’s assessment of what happened “just B.S.”

Asked about what Trayvon Martin was like as a friend, Jeantel described him as a “calm, chill, loving person” and said she never saw him get “aggressive” or “lose his temper.” She said that the defense’s attempts to portray Martin as a “thug” were unfounded and defended his relatively mild drug use. “Weed don’t make him go crazy,” she said, “it just makes him go hungry.”

Jeantel also responded to the massive mockery she received in social media for the way she speaks, explaining that she was born with an under-bite that has made it difficult for her to speak clearly. When Morgan asked if she’d been bullied for her condition, she simply responded, “Look at me,” to laughter from the studio audience.

Morgan attempted to get Jeantel to offer her opinion of defense attorney Don West, who many claimed was condescending towards her when she was on the stand. Jeantel shook her head, declining to say anything bad about the man given her “Christian” upbringing.

Watch part 1 of Morgan’s interview below, via CNN:

In the second part of his interview with Jeantel, Morgan turned to the “creepy-ass cracker” comment  she made and the major impact it had on the tenor of the case. She explained that the term is actually spelled “cracka” and defined it as “people who are acting like they’re police.” She said that if Zimmerman had calmly approached Martin and introduced himself, her friend would have politely said what he was doing there and nothing more would have happened.

Unlike the juror, Jeantel did think Zimmerman was racially motivated. “It was racial,” she said. “Let’s be honest, racial. If Trayvon was white and he had a hoodie on, would that happen?” She said she “had a feeling it was going to be not guilty” not because of the racial makeup of the jury, but because of the way the testimony went.

Jeantel insisted that Martin was “creeped out” and believed Zimmerman was following him, even worrying that he might be a “rapist.” She asked, “For every boy or every man who’s not that kind of way, seeing a grown man following them, would they be creeped out?”

Watch part 2 of Morgan’s interview below, via CNN:

Alan Dershowitz Trashes Greenwald On Piers: ‘Loves Tyrannical Regimes’ & ‘Did This Because He Hates America’

This is the first time I’ve seen or heard of anyone (other than lawmakers) speak out against Glenn Greenwald…

Mediaite

The Guardian’Glenn Greenwald is a tyranny-loving phony who hates America. At least according to Alan Dershowitz, who took to Piers Morgan‘s show on Monday night to weigh in on Greenwald and the Edward Snowden ordeal. As he and Morgan responded to the spat between Greenwald and David Gregory, Dershowitz told viewers how he really felt.

About the issue with Gregory asking about Greenwald aiding and abetting Snowden, Morgan found it curious that Greenwald was so unprepared to face such a question.

He “should be prepared to answer questions about whether anything they have done — in cahoots with this guy, we don’t know how far he goes — anything they’ve done borders on criminality,” Morgan asserted. “I think it’s a perfectly reasonable question.”

Meanwhile, Dershowitz corrected that it is indeed in the “heartland of criminality,” and went on to voice his dislike for Greenwald.

“Greenwald, in my view, clearly has committed a felony,” Dershowitz charged. “Greenwald’s a total phony. He is anti-American, he loves tyrannical regimes, and he did this because he hates America. This had nothing to do with publicizing information.”

Interjecting to move the segment along, Morgan pushed back a little, noting his admiration for Greenwald and his provocative reporting. He’s not quite an enemy of America, Morgan countered.

Dick Morris On Fox News Ouster: ‘I Was Wrong At The Top Of My Lungs’ (VIDEO)

Mr. Morris sticks to his talking points: “…at the top of [his] lungs.”

TPM LiveWire

Dick Morris opened up about his departure from Fox News in an interview with CNN Wednesday night, telling Piers Morgan, “I was wrong, and I was wrong at the top of my lungs.”

But a lot of people on Fox News called the election wrong, Morgan said, including Karl Rove, whose contract at the network was recently renewed.

“I think that I was wrong at the top of my lungs. Maybe I’m being made a poster child for that,” Morris said.

Morris said he doesn’t resent the decision. “Look, Fox has given me the opportunity of a lifetime. Fifteen years, 3,000 interviews, and at some point a great marriage has to come to an end.”

Watch the interview:

 

 

Monday Blog Roundup 1-29-2013

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Judge Napolitano: Second Amendment ‘protects your right to shoot tyrants’

Andrew Napolitano screenshot

Judge Napolitano is right about one thing: it is a dirty little secret that pro-assault weapon advocates have been pushing the notion that they use their weapons for protection and for hunting when in fact there is a more sinister reason.

Assault weapon advocates have been backed in a corner about using their “weapons for hunting”, so it appears the consensus is that they may as well expose their “dirty little secret” as Napolitano calls it, and tell the world the truth:

The reason for the second amendment, which protect the right of American citizens to bear arms, is among other things, a protection of a citizen’s right to shoot government “tyrants”.

Here’s my problem with that scenario, who is defining the term “government tyrants”.  Limbaugh, Hannity, O’Reilly?  Drudge, Newsmax, WND?  The gun bearer?

How many government tyrants are there?  Or perhaps, there is one “head enchilada” tyrant that needs to be taken out.  How many gun toting Americans will decide who that person is?

Will there be a new revolution as Alex what-his-name stated on The Piers Morgan Show a few days ago?  Or will it be some lone gunman who has determined (with the help of right-wing talk radio and websites) that a particular target or more is the reason for the country’s ills or it’s anti-gun stance, as perceived by the future “shooter”?

The Judge seems to have opened up more questions than answers…

The Raw Story

In a video published Thursday on the Gretawire blog, Andrew Napolitano, the senior judicial analyst for Fox News, said the Second Amendment allowed Americans to kill “tyrants.”

“You know with all the debate about guns, I’ve been doing some writing and doing a lot of thinking, and Greta and the rest of us at Fox want to know what you think about it,” the former New Jersey Superior Court Judge said. “The Constitution specifically and directly insulates the right to keep and bear arms from interference from the government. It could not be more clear: ‘…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’”

“So since the Congress can’t change the Constitution, how could they possibly take away your right to keep and bear arms?” Napolitano continued. “Here’s the dirty little secret about the Second Amendment, the Second Amendment was not written in order to protect your right to shoot deer, it was written to protect your right to shoot tyrants if they take over the government. How about chewing on that one.”

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube, below:

Thursday Blog Round Up 1-10-2013

The Boss

White House won’t deport Piers Morgan

Jon Stewart on Republicans on Gun Control

Democrats Need to Gear Up For a Tough 2014

Obama mulls executive orders on gun control

 Obama: Let’s Have An Up Or Down Vote On Fiscal Cliff

Obama’s Pick for Treasury Is Said to Be His Chief of Staff

Transcript of Nate Silver’s ‘Ask Me Anything’ on Reddit

Fox Host Shouts Down First Mention On Network Of 2012 Record Heat

Chris Matthews Thumps Dick Armey for Pretending GOP is the Party of Limited Government

Fresh Off Completely Sane Piers Morgan Interview, Alex Jones Says Mayor Bloomberg is Sending Crackheads to Kill Him for Speaking Truth to Mafia

Black helicopters,”Mafiosa”, “Goodfellows looking guys”and “Crackheads”.  That’s the world of conspiracy Alex Jones describes regarding his trip to New York to appear on the Piers Morgan Show.

Here he is again, explaining what happened in New York.  He wants to prove that he’s not crazy!

Gawker – Neetzan Zimmerman

(Ed. Note:)  Moments later Jones added this video to You Tube:

You have to admire Alex Jones.

If not for his tin-foil political views than at least for the breakneck speed with which he can spin a web of conspiracy so thick with heavy-breathed paranoia it makes Robert Ludlum look like a historian.

Just one hour after filming his instantly infamous interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Jones was on his YouTube channel claiming the “panicked” producers pulled the plug early and kicked him out with tears in their eyes, and he was now scared for his life because Mayor Bloomberg had sent undercover cops dressed as crackheads to kill him and his crew.

“The way this’ll work is, ‘oh, see here they were protesting gun grabs and some crack dealers shot them,’” Jones told his 344k subscribers. “If something happens to us, we’re killed by crackheads, it was the NYPD or the mafia [Bloomberg] hired.”

Hey, it’s not paranoia if the Bloomberg mafia’s army of crackhead cops is really after you.

Piers Morgan, radio host who wants him deported face off

CNN

The man who wants Piers Morgan deported for advocating gun control faced off with the CNN host on Morgan’s show Monday night, denouncing Morgan as “a hatchet man of the New World Order” and warning of a new American revolution.

Radio talk show host Alex Jones backed a petition on the White House website calling on Morgan, a British citizen, to be deported “for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens.”

“We did (this) to point out that this is globalism, and the megabanks that control the planet and brag they have taken over in Bloomberg, AP, Reuters, you name it — brag they’re going to get our guns as well,” said Jones, who said his show is carried on 140 U.S. stations. “They have taken everybody’s guns but the Swiss and the American people. When they get our guns, they can have their world tyranny while the government buys 1.6 billion bullets, armored vehicles, tanks, helicopters. Predator drones, armed, now in U.S. skies, being used to arrest people in North Dakota.”

Morgan has been outspoken in calling for restrictions of semi-automatic rifles like the kind used in last year’s mass killings in Newtown, Connecticut, and Aurora, Colorado. But Jones said the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of a right to bear arms “isn’t there for duck hunting. It’s there to protect us from tyrannical government and street thugs.”

“Hitler took the guns. Stalin took the guns. Mao took the guns. Fidel Castro took the guns. Hugo Chavez took the guns. And I’m here to tell you, 1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms,” Jones shouted.

“You’re a very loud man. You make a loud noise,” Morgan said at another point, as he attempted to quiz Jones about the comparative difference in firearm homicides between the United States and the United Kingdom, where 35 people were killed in shootings in 2012, compared to more than 11,000 in the United States.

Jones replied that Britain was “a total police state.”

“England has a lot lower gun crime rate, because you took all the guns,” Jones said. “But you’ve got hordes of people burning down cities and beating old ladies’ brains out every day.”

British create a petition to keep Piers Morgan in U.S.

British create a petition to keep Piers Morgan in U.S.

This is too funny, and I support his position on gun control, but I definitely see the logic in this…

Salon

After a petition to deport the pro-gun control CNN host gains momentum, a counter-petition emerges

A petition calling to deport pro-gun control CNN host Piers Morgan back to England has easily surpassed the 25,000 that requires a response from the White House. Started on Friday in Texas a few days after Morgan called gun advocate Larry Pratt “an unbelievably stupid man”, the petition accuses Morgan of engaging “in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution” and wants to deport him “immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens.”

More than 70,000 people have signed the petition. But what if the UK doesn’t want him back?

A new petition called “Keep Piers Morgan in the USA” has emerged:

We want to keep Piers Morgan in the USA.

There are two very good reasons for this. Firstly, the first amendment.

Second and the more important point. No one in the UK wants him back.

Actually there is a third. It will be hilarious to see how loads of angry Americans react.

So far, the petition only has 67 signatures. It needs an additional 24,933 by Jan. 24 to merit a response from the White House.

 

The grassroots movement to get Piers Morgan deported: Could it actually work?

Piers Morgan on stage at a BritWeek 2012 event in Beverly Hills in May.

The batcrap-crazy crowd has found a new target to bully…

The Week

More than 60,000 people have signed a petition to get the CNN commentator kicked out of the country for his outspoken views on gun control

Can a foreign-born political commentator be deported for making political comments? That’s the question — and the goal — of more than 60,000 Americans who have signed a petition to deport British journalist Piers Morgan for his outspoken views on gun control. On a recent episode of his CNN series Piers Morgan Tonight, Morgan called guest Larry Pratt, the executive director of Guns Owners for America, “dangerous” and “an unbelievably stupid man” for arguing that the U.S. needs more guns to fight gun violence. Pratt responded by calling Morgan “morally obtuse.” (Watch a video of the heated exchange below.) The subsequent petition to get Morgan deported, which was started by “Kurt N” from Austin, Texas, argues that Morgan is “engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment” and “[demands] that Mr. Morgan be deported immediately.”

The irony, of course, is that deporting Morgan for his “hostile attack” on the Constitution would be a violation of the constitutional right to free speech. Even as a British national, Morgan is “afforded various rights under national security law and due process,” says immigration attorney Mark Schifanelli at ABC News. Morgan’s comments are protected unless they present “immediate danger” to the United States, and his opinion on gun control isn’t likely to meet that requirement.

So the government is very unlikely to take action against Morgan — but what about CNN, which airs Piers Morgan Tonight? “His bosses have every right to fire him if they want: That’s not a breach of First Amendment rights,” says Tim Worstall at Forbes. But there’s no indication that Morgan’s job is on the line, and given that he was hired as a political commentator, he’s not likely to land in hot water for making political comments. In fact, the controversy may end up proving to be a ratings boost, offering a life raft to the relatively low-rated show.

Getting past the fairly ludicrous question of deportation, there’s a much more serious issue at hand: Is Morgan doing damage to the gun control movement? “He’s certainly given conservatives a gift by allowing them to portray gun control as the issue of choice of foreign liberals,” says Tim Stanley at The Telegraph. “And, frankly, asking an interviewee ‘You’re an incredibly stupid idiot, aren’t you?’ fosters the impression that liberals are engaging not in constructive debate but an assault on the character of their opponents.”

Morgan, for his part, remains unrepentant:

Piers Morgan

@piersmorgan

I don’t care about petition to deport me. I do care about poor NY firefighters murdered/injured with an assault weapon today.