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February 7th, 2011
09:40 PM ET

Queen Noor on Muslim Brotherhood: "Have points of view that need to come to the table"

Queen Noor of Jordan appeared in a prime time exclusive with Piers Morgan tonight to talk Egypt and more. She spoke specifically about the Muslim Brotherhood. "Most Arabs are moderate peaceful centrists," she said. "The Muslim Brotherhood are one of many groups throughout the region that have points of view that need to come to the table." These comments came as a response to what Newt Gingrich said about the Brotherhood today.

Piers asked about the political rhetoric here in America as well. "The extremes on both sides are very unhelpful," she said.

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  1. harisinghjaipur


    February 7, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Pramod Chandrashekar

    Great to see foreign affairs experts like Fareed Zakaria on the show 🙂

    February 7, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Jim Bergman

    Piers needs to learn to ;isten more. He will not shut up long enough to let someone answer a question. I becomes very annoying in trying to hear what his guest is trying to say. Don't put words in their mouth. Be quiet when a question is asked, and let them have a chance to answer. Tonight's show was better than the others that I have watched so far, but he has to become a better listener.
    Jim Bergman
    Scottsboro, AL

    February 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joan Hamil

      I just signed in to say essentially the same thing.
      Piers is so anxious tohear himself talk he cuts off the guess. Rude and boorish.
      He hovers readyto pounce in so he can't be actually listening.

      February 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • dee

        I agree. I found him absolutely rude with Anthony Hopkins. One of the greatest actors of all time. He actually asked him who he thought was the greatest actor today. I agree that Robert DeNiro is great. But, come on...He never let him finish a sentence. I think he was better with Queen Noor because she was a "Queen". Shut up Piers and let people answer a quesion.

        February 9, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Laurie

    I completely agree with the post above concerning listening skills. Very distracting. The person being interviewed cannot put a thought together without interruption. I am shocked that he's the best you can find.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joan

      Well I see we are on the same page.
      I hope he heeds these opinions.

      February 7, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. A Wyatt

    I agree with Jim and Laurie above. The best interviewers are also the best listeners. Adrian Wyatt.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • dips

      i dis agree with all of you,because i dont think you know any thing about broadcasting, and interviews when you have very limited time.i think Piersm Morgan is great at what he is doing.

      February 9, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. MJ

    Thank you Piers for many enjoyable interviews so far.

    Queen Noor is difficult to listen to, something about her rubs me the wrong way. Perhaps the hypocrisy of being a "Queen" and trying to encourage democracy is weighing on her, or perhaps it is something else....

    February 8, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • dips

      i think it is you who wont listen to reasonably moderate voice like HM the Queen,and i think you are the hypocrite,you are full of hate,and envy.

      February 9, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. j.burns

    I would have wished to hear a conversation between Queen Noor and Benazir Bhutto.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Paula

      Great idea, although the logistics are mind-boggling!

      February 9, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. t.caldwell

    Where is IKID ROCK....You need to really promote this interview, so people will have a whole new respect for him. Absolutely amazing human, The majority of the population doesn't know all the good he continues to provide for our small towns and our military....roll on

    February 8, 2011 at 1:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. FrankLW

    FYI Mr. Morgan, the Muslim Brotherhood (of which horrific groups like the Hamas is a part) is a known terror organization; it has assassinated a prime minister and president in Egypt and has participated and aided and abetted global terror, including alliances with al-Qaeda and neo-Nazis (and during WW2, THE Nazis). True, bin Laden who claims he was deeply inspired by the MB (and his 2nd in command was a member), has attacked them for not being extreme and militant enough.

    The MB (which is already supported by at least 30% of the population) have deliberately been laying low, and claiming they do not want to take over, because they cannot disillusion Christians and those advocating true democracy who are working to topple Mubarak. This is VERY transparent. But they ARE a constant presence and were certainly ready to begin negotiating with the new VP. It was reported also that the MB freed the prisoners on the condition that they go out and riot and they paid people to protest and not leave the square…

    The MB is the ONLY organized opposition party and if Mubarak steps down they will not hesitate to step in and quickly instate fundamentalist Muslim law (Shariah) – that tortures and executes, even children, for non-violent victimless "crime", like badmouthing Muhammad or cross dressing or for suspected fornication – and where irreversible punishments are executed like the chopping off of hands, feet, ears, tongues, teeth, eyes – and heads – all based on "divine" law whether one accept its divinity or not…

    A recent PEW research Center surveys showed that the overwhelming majority of Egypt’s 90% Muslim population feel that Islamic law should play a major role in government, and support execution for those renouncing Islam, that “adulterers” be stoned, and that thieves have their hands cut off. A smaller majority also felt that suicide bombings can be justified. That is very conducive for a Muslim Brotherhood takeover...

    If one expresses heavy concern about the Muslim Brotherhood, he is NOT expressing an "unhelpful, extremist idea" in the least; he IS simply being realistic.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim

      It is easy to slander people we do not like with ridiculous accusations etc, but do come up with facts, not propaganda.

      Which Prime Minister and President of Egypt were assassinated by the MB? Get the facts right... if you meant Sadat, then Islambouli was not a member of MB and has nothing to do with them. And to say MB has aliances with al-Qaeda are just rubbish. This is just like saying the Republicans are related to the Nazis because they are both right-wing.

      Why is it that Arabs do not deserve a democracy just because if they are given so, they would choose a government they like but not the US? It is their country, so it is up to them to vote whoever they want peacefully, and others should not impose/prop a dictator on them. We should not be too arrogant to think that non-white people cannot make the right choice.

      February 9, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. arabi al arabi

    she is avery wise woman, not strange she is the wife of his majesty late king hussin, we miss you alooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooot

    February 8, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Mia

    The interview with Noor (or should I just say Lisa Halaby?) was extremely weak! Piers failed to ask questions related to the absence of democracy in Jordan and the way the current situation in Egypt affects Jordan's monarchy. It is ridiculous to listen to this woman pretending to support democracy and peace!!! In 2011, referring to her as "her majesty" in American soil? Quite shameful....

    February 8, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • lynn

      What is really a shame is the insulting ridiculous remarks made by some people who claim to be Americans!! I have usually found Americans to be polite and easy going. It might be instructive to know that there are countries who are monarchies..are just as democratic as the US. and for a much longer time. It was a very good interview with Queen Noor...criticize the interview if you like but for whatever reason your obviously personal dislike for Queen Noor is your own concern.

      February 8, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • george berger

        Your comment shows just how ignorant you are. I suggest that you do some research and get education before saying comment like that. Jordan is less than 100 years old and was formed by the British in 20th century. It is not democracy and never was. There is a king who rules without any opposition and decides the fate of everyone. He just dismissed his goverment as a token to his people. BUT his secret police is detaining people without access to a lawyer and torturing them. If you suffer so much living in the US democracy, maybe you should try their freedom-less society for some time.

        February 8, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • lynn

        George...I didn"t say Jordan was a democracy or indeed that the monarchy was an old one. Before you throw insults I suggest you try to comprehend what is said. I said that several countries are monarchies...they have a stable and democratic governments and have been around longer then the US. Apparently you like to call people ignorant. However If I were you I would look in the nearest mirror. America is a great country ...we don"t have to bee so petty!!! thankfully most of us are not.

        February 8, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • C. Brown

        Actually, prior to King Abdullah's all abolishing the parliament from 2001 to 2003, Jordan was ranked at or near the top in terms of human rights – and, despite the parliament having limited power, was ranked relatively high in 2010 (after being labeled "not free" in 2009). In any case, at least the US Department of State thinks that Jordan is a democracy due to the elected parliament.

        Unfortunately, any government can have clandestine operations. Obviously, it's easier when the government is NOT democratically elected. Still, many in the US may claim that there is a clandestine war against a minority population (while only 12% of the US population is African-American, almost 40% of the prison population is such – and to say that one group of individuals is more criminal is scientifically etc. preposterous!).

        In any case, Lynn, thank you for your balanced approach on this. (I don't hear anyone screaming that England, a monarchy, is non-democratic...)

        February 10, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Donna in BC

    You should research some of the wonderful humanitarian work Queen Noor has done. She conducts herself with intelligence, humility, and grace – no matter how booring her company. She married the king of a monarchy – some countries have them. The world is a better place because of her. Not really so much about Morgan – he has to go. Even Larry in old age treated guests with respect.

    February 8, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Saul Eisenstat

    I must say that I am as disappointed in Piers as I was with Larry. Whenever there is a problem in the Mideast they interview the "expert, Queen Noor". What a joke. Neither Piers or Larry ever asked her a hardball question, like, "Your Highness, you say the Palestinians need a state and if only the Israelis would give them one. My question is why your husband, the "peace-loving" King of Jordan didn't give them a state when he illegally controlled the West Bank from 1948-67? Also, if he was so tolerant, why were Jews evisted from the Old City of Jerusalem, their synagogues burned and there tomstones turnewd over and graves made into latrines? What about Black Sunday, when thousands of Palestinians in Jordan were massacred by his troops"? Hopefully, he'll have the to ask next time, then I'll watch.

    February 8, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • FrankLW

      And even today why does he not grant full citizenship to any Palestinian who requests it?
      After all, in 1947 Jordan itself was created by carving out a 70% (!) piece of "Palestine".
      The reality is that Jordan IS the Arab state of Palestine.

      February 10, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Mary

    I completely agree with those who said Piers needs to listen!!! I get frustrated with him interrupting his guests before they have a chance to answer the question he just asked. Ive been trying to figure it out. I don't know if he feels he's not getting the answer he wants so he asks another one. Don't know, but I really don't like it. Is it the style of interviewing that came from The View? I had to quit watching that show. I couldn't understand what they were saying.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Mary

    Does anyone know when the Colin Firth interview will be aired?

    February 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. george berger

    I am disappointed in Piers as I was with Larry. He provided a platform for someone who is a fake expert. Queen Noor is living here in the states for many years and whenever there is a Midlle East she reappears. Piers let her show empathy to the "poor oppressed" Egyptians but never asked her more relevant questions about the democracy and rights of people in Jordan when she was the queen. What about Black Sunday, when thousands of Palestinians in Jordan were massacred by King of Jordan (her husband) troops"? Jordan is a monarchy where there are no rights for people and secret service (in the service of his majesty) arrested and tortured thousands without any trials. We talk about corruption of Mubarak regime – Her husband regime was as corrupt, if not more. She is living like a queen using money that belongs to the people of Jordan! Maybe if we will ask these questions and get the truth, we will not be so surprised by events like those in Egypt.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Helene - Philadelphia, PA

    You have done a great job so far Piers! You always have the most interesting guests and your interviewing style is wonderful. You ask questions that make people being interviewed really think about. I have gotten to know your guests more in depth because of your questions. To be honest, I gave up watching television for the most part because I haven't found any quality programs until I saw your first interview with Oprah. I was impressed even then and now look forward to your programs.

    I was expecting an interview with Anderson Cooper yesterday, but was pleasantly suprised to see Queen Noor after not having seen her for a while. Her remarks about the conflict in Egypt were in support of the people and I genuinely feel she agrees with them having a democratic country.

    In regards to Jordan, King Hussein was revered by his people and his son seems to have the support of the people. They were only unhappy with his goverment so he sacked them. Many people are comparing the two countries. Egypt was under an authoritarian regime which is quite different from a monarchy. I am not saying I agree with monarchies, but the authoritarian leaders need to go first. Their people have no freedoms at all and are greatly suppressed. There are many countries in the world with authoritarian goverments. I wish that all countries in the world will be democratic and people with be free. I am only sorry for Egypt that so many innocent people have died for their freedom.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. fobesq

    Who chose this guy?? He is so full of himself. He is revolting. Very poor choice CNN. Why do you think we want someone with an accent??????
    Couldn't you find an American?????

    February 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Z-lady

    My comment was removed-Ialways knew that cnn has heavy cenzorship.

    February 8, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Roberta Erena

    I got on this site tonight to complain for the second time about Piers Morgan and was delighted to see that others feel the same way about his interviewing style. I want to hear what the guests have to say, NOT what Piers has to say. He interrupts, is argumentative, and tries to coerce his guests into positions that HE wishes them to have. These are not interviews. They are forums for Piers Morgan and I'm sick of it. I was a loyal Larry King fan and I want to hear what this year's wonderful guests have to say. But in order to do that Piers is going to have to stop butting in when his guests are trying desperately to speak!! Get rid of Piers NOW.

    February 8, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Beth Payne

    I enjoyed last evening's broadcast. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa, I was particularly taken with Queen Noor's comments regarding her desire as a young woman to join the Peace Corps. As wel celebrate the Peace Corps 50th Anniversary it is rewarding to hear such supportive comments.

    February 9, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  22. lilly

    Queen Noor is very intelligent and beautiful person, though.

    February 10, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Lauri Stocker

    I agree with many of the posts on the interview style of PM. Watching him is like watching a tennis match. The questions are fired, the answer is formed and details are added and then, oh, wait, another question...!!! ADHD. Time to get medicated OR let your guest finish! Your are the host P, act like a gentleman for goodness sake. I can see where CNN wanted a new approach after Larry, but this too extreme. If I were asked to be a guest, I think I would decline the offer. The Winklevoss interview went the same way, let the poor guys (or rich in their case) finish the question. Awesome line-up of guests though. Don't scare any more away.

    February 11, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. salem batrawi

    Queen Noor is very loyal to her country Jordan .and always says the truth i wish her long life and i hope
    she will come back to Jordan and reside there. Her resources are very valuable to help the people.

    February 16, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Incadove

    Newt Gingrich is right. The Muslim Brotherhood is dangerous. Moran and the Queen are delusional. Look at the protests in Jordan now; that family may not stay in power much longer.

    April 15, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Barbara A. Sakowitz

    Osama bin Laden, was a member of the notorious Muslim Brotherhood ... "Yeshua Hammashea El Gibour"

    August 23, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  27. keepyourpower

    Islam is NOT a religion. It is a cult.

    November 18, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse | Reply

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