December 15, 2012

CNN’s Piers Morgan, perhaps unintentionally, provides some insight on the debate over how quickly to debate the gun-control issue in light of Friday’s Newtown massacre. By bringing on both sides of gun control, Morgan gives the appearance of courting a back-and-forth on the topic. What happens, though, is a bit one-sided, as Morgan himself shouts down those who disagree with him.

Says guest John Lott, author of “More Guns, Less Crime”: “I’m upset because I worry that the gun-control laws that you’re pushing have killed people.”

Morgan: “Oh, what a bunch of nonsense.”

Pleaded panelist Dan Gross of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence: “Can I please have the opportunity to say something without screaming?”

Emotional television, though not too edifying.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.