Minister of Propaganda

Piers Morgan has some banana republic views of the role of a free press.

It's been said that Americans have a weakness for English accents, which goes a long way toward explaining Piers Morgan's three year run on CNN as Larry King's replacement. Schlock is still schlock, however, even when recited in a Shakespearian vein, and much like watching Patrick Stewart hamming it up in David Lynch's Dune, audiences eventually figured out that there's just no overcoming bad source material and CNN sent him packing. It also didn't help that Morgan is something of a tosser--a fact that his fellow Brits have understood for a long time, which is why he's routinely cited as one of their most loathed television personalities. Why ITV took him on after CNN gave him the sack remains a mystery to this day.

Still, since returning to the U.K. Morgan has expressed a few contrarian opinions that set him apart from your standard-issue, knee-jerk leftist. I admit that I found his confession about rejecting Omarosa Manigault's sexual advances during their time on Celebrity Apprentice to be somewhat endearing, and he's been remarkably sensible about media obsession over the stuff and nonsense that is the Trump-Russia collusion narrative. Yesterday, however, Morgan issued a tweet about the school shooting in Florida that makes me think he'd feel perfectly at home in Kim Yo Jong's North Korean propaganda shop, for such is his misunderstanding of how the press in free societies is supposed to work:

Really, Piers? Do you honestly believe that it's the role of the American media to force laws that abrogate a Constitutional right on an unwilling public? Call me old-fashioned, but I thought the role of a free press was to cover the news in a straightforward manner, free from government interference, so that the citizenry could make informed choices about which policies it preferred. That's certainly the way our Founding Fathers saw it, which is why they enshrined freedom of the press in the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Of course, that First Amendment also guarantees the right of wankers like Morgan to spout off drivel like this--and believe me, I wouldn't have it any other way. It is quite illustrative, though, of the modern media mindset that Morgan views his job as telling people what to think, rather than just presenting the complete picture and allowing people to make up their own minds. Such is the difference between a reporter and a propagandist--a distinction that Morgan and his ilk don't seem to comprehend.

Or, worse yet, perhaps they do know the difference but simply don't care. Perhaps they've just taken it upon themselves to make decisions on the public's behalf, because they're the intellectual elite and therefore know what's best, and carefully craft their messages to lead everyone where they want them to go. Call it a self-censorship--but censorship is still a form of totalitarianism, even if it isn't under the hard boot of an oppressive government.

Seems to me that Piers Morgan is just adding more grease to that already slippery slope.

Comments
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monster
monster

First amendment doesn’t actually protect a non citizen yapping in another country. Not that there is anything to be done about him, but he doesn’t earn those protections.

SteveD
SteveD

Self-censorship is an oxy-moron.

SteveD
SteveD

Or even worse. They do care, just in the opposite way you do.

SteveD
SteveD

'Or, worse yet, perhaps they do know the difference but simply don't care. '