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James Fallows of The Atlantic was a guest tonight on "Piers Morgan Tonight" and discussed last night's Christine O'Donnell interview walk-off. "The only explanation for why Ms. O'Donnell responded the way she did is she just must have panicked," he told Piers Morgan. "There's no good explanation for letting that become such an awkward moment."
Fallows was Pres. Jimmy Carter's chief speechwriter, and talked about politicians generally. "What politicians can usually do is say 'my views on this are well known,'" he said.
Sorry Piers..I realize you are a Brit uit...Jeanne missed the most infamous walk-out of all timea...the night Jack Parr walked off the Tonight show because they wouldn't let him tell a joke about a WC.. Get the tape..it is hilarious and just the first of the walk-outs
Good on you Piers. Too many so called interviewers let politicians wriggle out of answering questions and spout their non-speak. Bernard Levin would approve.
Morgan was rude! He was almost bullying her.she tried to be polite but he kept on pounding! Good thing she didn't put up with it! I am not going to watch that show anymore!
YOu're an idiot
how can anyone take peirs seriously. hes a joke I cant even watch cnn anymore all they have left is Anderson Cooper. He is the only objective reporter on your whole station. Cnn will be way of the dinosaurs within a decade. Seriously is this what we really read to talk about? Piers sucks so much he gives england a bad name. Cnn needs to remove this traitor and bring an american on there show. Its just like Obama campaining over seas. what the hells going on whit cnn. do you even broadcast news, or just your left agenda.
Bologna. Morgan was clear, direct, and respectful as he asked his questions.
Ms. O'Donnell, on the other hand, behaved as though she did not understand that her role in the interview was to answer the questions rather than to attempt to control the interviewer.
No, to the contrary, Morgan was rude because he violated the agreement for the interview. Most people don't know this, but before an interview the topics are agreed to, but not the questions. This prevents politicians and others from wasting their time answering questions about, say, cookie recipes. He tried to play gotcha journalism, and she walked off. She's still a nutjob, but she's right on this instance.
You should watch FOX from now on where they just ask politicians what they want to be asked.
When I read or hear people say Fox is unbiased news I always wonder why the government denies there are aliens among us?
I saw the video. Piers wasn't rude, he was just asking the questions people are interested in. If Christine can't stand the heat, she should stay out of the kitchen.
Piers was playing gotcha journalism. O'Donnell's people spoke with Morgan's people and agreed to come on air to talk about a specific list of topics. He decided that his word meant nothing and went after the salcious issues that bottom feeders are interested in. She walked out. Good for her.
For CO to just walk out is okay and acceptable...no big deal. Being an optioned political figure is not an easy position to hold.
However her defense of walking out is just the same old "sisterhood of victim hood". The same worn out song and dance women like to sing....men are privileged and bad while woman flawless are disadvantaged.
Truth is that both men and women experiences privilege and disadvantage due to their gender. What sets them apart is that men choose not to play victim and women do.
Morgan is rude. He tried to get Ann Coulter to talk about her personal life - she stood fast and there was a stand off. Ann Coulter won. Morgan is no Larry King. He has no class, interrupts people all the time (which is rude). He is not an Anmerican so why is he having an opinion on American politics? Sure he can ask questions but that is all he should do. We have tried to watch his show and happened to watch it the night this was on. Too bad O'Connell wasn't quick on her feet. She could have turned the tables on Morgan with the cell phone hacking scandal. Don't think Morgan would appreciate that. I am an independent voter and appreciate an interviewer that is courteous while being inquisitive. He is brining a tabloid element to CNN which is too bad. I and my husband maybe watch once a week if nothing else happends to be on that is more interesting. With Larry King we rarely missed an episode and recorded episodes we missed. Wish we could say the same for Morgan.
Piers, you will always be an elitest Socalist Boor! I am glad she left and so am I another viewer gone from having to watch your boorish ugly face. It is apalling that CNN thinks yu can help them out of the ratings doldrums.
O'Donnell–I don't know your first name..You have a national venue and nothing to say except you don't like an interviewer's tone? Do you know how many people out here actually have intelligent thoughts, even ideas and don't have prime time on CNN? Say something of value or go away. Who are you anyway
"Who are you, anyway?"
She's not a witch, she's you!
She's not me...I can tell you that.
Concerning Christine O'Donnel, Piers should understand that someone who casually mentioned a high school attraction to witchcrfaft and paid the price for it is not going to voluntarily march into another no win topic. Regardles of what you feel about gay marriage, there are plenty of people who feel the opposite. Personally, I am not interested in marginal politicains or marginal show business people.
She did have something to say, and he wouldn't let her say it. He just kept goading her about silly things that no one cares about, because he has no respect for her, or most of his guests. It was his interview that had no value, so she did go away. Good for her!
That previous reply was intended for pepperbeach's comment, not Mach Vi's
Newsflash! An interview is not a platform for the interviewee. It is a situation in which the interviewer questions the interviewee about his/her opinions or experience. Ms. O'Donnell made a fool of herself for attempting to control the interview.
She has NOTING to say. She has proven time and time again that she is irrelevant, an opportunist, and simply ignorant of how governance works. It seems that only thinking people see these "Tea Partiers" for what they are: A bunch of uninformed "religious" zealots with nothing to offer but plenty of criticism with no practical solutions to America's problems.
Gay marriage is "a silly thing that no one cares about?" Really?
Viva Piers Morgan! Smash the Tea-baggers!!!!!
Put Buddy Roemer on your show. He has answer for everything and great ideas. It would be an honest and up
front.Tired of the same old people. Give him a chance to through his hat in the ring..He is the best person for America
Piers, you weren't out of line by any stretch, but please, please, please, stop beginning sentences with "I mean." It makes no sense to start a sentence that way when you haven't said anything yet to be explained. Even Anderson Cooper does it, and it's a like a virus spreading amongst journalist.
So is the ridiculous phrase " went missing." A person is either just missing or not......if they went missing they would be voluntarily gone and not missing.
Piers was rude, which is par for him. I can't even stand to listen to him anymore, he is so contentious and stuck up. This is a shame 'cause he has a lovely accent, but that is the only nice thing I can say about him.
Use your dictionary, Susan. By no stretch of the imagination can Piers' interaction with O'Donnell be termed "rude." He was simply asking a question about a subject included in her book. Why didn't she simply answer?
I think the funniest thing about the interruption of the interview was that she kept having some aide on the side prompt her on what she felt and what she should say. At one point she said, "I came here to talk about the book, not to be... uh, ya know..." and then loses her grasp of words until the voice on the side prompts her. She responds, "Yeah! Not to endure a rude talk show host." It was like she was a little ventriloquist's dummy.
No, you're not the only one who noticed that she needed her handlers to tell what level of indignation she should feel. And actually none was appropriate. So sadly silly, but in the popular narrative of elitists media-types trying to trap politicians with gotcha questions, this will strengthen O'Donell among her base. A tellingly goofy moment for anyone outside that narrative, but confirmation and escalation for the sheeple within.
While it's all very well to discuss how politicians dodge the question, that's on them. I would appreciate a more introspective exploration on how interviewers go flabby on dodgy politicians. WHY? There are plenty of examples – including last week when David Gregory just badgered Bachman with "well, YES or NO? YESS or NOO," instead of a less bullying, more rigorous exploration of her logic. For the rest of the week, the logic failed members of the media, as they puzzled over whether the answer was "yes or no" regarding the appointment of gays to her potential administration. Why not simply play out her logic with the following: "Well, your views are clear that gay people are sinful and unhealthy, so a gay person would have to share this view and demonstrate self-loathing (so that you could tell that they shared your views in addition to your other criteria) in order to be in your administration." PIERS, dodgy politicians are a dime a dozen, but I'd like to see you address interviewers who seem to bully while not showing true journalistic courage. I like your show, so that's my suggestion.
Piers, you have gone beyond your boundaries as a host by pushing your biased and personally opinionated beliefs into creating a false image of the people you interview. You should be ashamed of your actions on national television, ashamed of your respect for others, and honestly ask yourself if you are being ethical. I applaud Christine O'Donnell for walking off your show. To CNN: Please re-consider Piers as your tonight show host! You have lost my loyal and faithful viewership, as well as others with me.
Piers: Since you try to be so "proper" and "mannerly", I suggest you put the brakes on your rudeness and overbearing ways. I just heard on "Good Morning America" that Christine O'Donnell has called you a "Cheeky Bugger"!!!! That should really raise your ire, especially if you know what a "bugger" is. Check it out and be offended like you should be. I seriously doube if she know the meaning of the word either.
Susan~I find your bigoted comment ignorant and offensive. Why should "buggering" have a bad name? And yes, I do know what it means.
A truly profound insight by James Fallows, who is supposed to know something about communication. She didn't walk off the show because of the question about gay marriage - what Fallows and other pundits are trying to suggest. It wasn't that she "panicked"..... she came on the show to talk about her book (and Morgan's staff clearly suggested that she would have a chance to do that.) Instead, Morgan just hit her with one "gotcha" question after another, from start to finish and wouldn't let up or move on. One or two gotchas might have been tolerable. But you'd have to be a masochist to sit and let him continue with the hatchet job as he continued his relentless assualt. Wonder if he'd sit through an interview that was positioned as an opportunity to talk about his CNN show only to find that the interviewer simply continued to ask a relentless series about his telephone hacking activities.
How is asking a question about someone's public statements a 'gotcha' question? I work in business and people constantly ask executives what they mean by things they've said and done. Its professional courtesy to give proper answers. If you're views have changed, you say so. If not, you reiterate what you said. The only thing I see when politicians dodge these question is a sort of cowardice associated with not wanting to recite opinions in unfriendly environments. In business, asking the tough questions is referred to as 'shrewd' 'insightful', and 'intelligent.' But I guess in heavily scripted political environments, this is called a 'gotcha' question. If I say our market forecast is going to be x units this year, and they are not, I have to be accountable for the difference. This is a reasonable expectation for any adult, let alone public figure.
Morgan is totally out of line. Go back to the UK!
Considering that O'donell's publisher is Time, Inc. (the company that owns CNN) and is not spending any money on marketing the book, this clever scam makes sense. She is getting lots of free press for her "walk off". The questions that Piers asked were a bit extreme (masturbation, really?), indicating that his intent was to give her a reason to "walk off". This only helps to get him ratings as well. Kudos to the coordinated marketing teams at Time Warner....Piers Morgan gets ratings, that will drive interest in his show and drive advertising revenue and Christine O'donell gets lots of free press and drives interest in her idiotic book. Notice how there is very little conversation about the content of the book in general.
After having watched O'Donnell's train wreck of a campaign, I doubt her book has any content worth discussing.
(I really can not understand why American media has to go overseas to get interviewers for talk positions. Out of 300.000.000 population you can not get a show host that speaks American English. It is extremely boring to try and listen to someone who talks like they have a mouth full of mush. Get rid of these mush mouth foriegners ,especially the Slimey Limeys that are rude and overbearing. CNN you have lowered your standards over the past few years to where your hosts are not doing your few listeners to turn you off. They must work cheaper.you get what you pay for.
I suppose Fareed Zakaria and all other foreign born contributors are just as incompetent, and full of 'mush mouth'?? I suggest sharpening up on your grammar a bit.
Why on earth are you still on television? You clearly have the mentality of a tabloid editor, and you should go back on the rag in your motherland.
1) You choose barely relevent people who will most likely say something outrageous (as opposed to relevent people who don't rely on sensationalism)
2) You give the public what they want, reruns and top hits (as opposed to actually following a productive line of conversation about the topic at hand, (although, how could that be productive? you chose a lame author with a contentless book... of course you had to go back to "witch" and "anti-masturbator"))
3) You rely on the publics hatred of your object for shaming to punch in some witty one liners (no you're not rather charming. you are rude, insufferable, and so boring I can't recall a single original or enlightening thought from you ever. EVER.)
My sentiments precisely. May CNN cancel this program soon!
Thank you Bilbo.
If Ms. O'Donnell is going to play in the big league, she needs to put on her big girl panties and stop whining! She obviously only wants interviews if they go her way. Piers, you said nothing "creepy". Ms. O'Donnell just wants the spotlight and attention and this incident is a perfect example. It's women like her (and a few others) who give women in politics a bad rap.
O'Donnell is no different from other "tea-baggers" who only want to talk about what they want to talk about. And if you don't agree, they will take off and go somewhere else. Frankly, Piers was well within his rights as an interviewer to ask the questions he asked. After all, it is the Piers Morgan show. His name is on the show; he gets to ask the questions. If O'Donnell wants dictate the interview parameters, let her get her own show. I daresay there are few who will watch. I hope there are few who will buy her book.
I don't bother watching Piers Morgan anymore, but caught this on a news clip. Your're right, this guy is an idiot. You can't even call him a washed up "has been", because he was never anything more than a journalist for some rag newspaper(s) & yet he claims he was some big newspaper mogul in Britain! Why doesn't he tell people why he can never go back there. It's because people in Britain know him for what he is & have absolutely no respect or use for him. What a joke. He ends up here. How much longer do you think people in America will buy his crap? He can only function if he has total control as well as the benefit of editing. It's actually pretty funny to watch him stumble through a live interview or try to add something intelligent to a conversation with guests on a political, economic, or just about any other matter. He can't carry on an intelligent conversation & just makes a fool out of himself. He only finds strength if he can find someone vulnerable and, like a bully or the pyschopath ex-husband or family member, won't let up on a subject until they become emotional, or if they're smart, walk off the set. He seems to get pleasure out of inflicting this kind of hurt and it seems to give him a sense of power and accomplishment, which he cannot achieve any other way. What a claim to fame! What a loser! And then to listen to him trying to defend his actions is so ridiculous and amateur. I understand that CNN was desperate to fill that time slot, but what a shame that they couldn't take the time to find someone relevant. How much longer can CNN go until they just get rid of him & the shame that goes along with having him on their network. Let him go so that he can try to re-establish himself in some other far-away land, where he can boast what a media mogul and icon he was in America.
She's a boring person with a shallow view of the world and thin skin to match. But more importantly, she collapses immediately under pressure. She is not a good leader. She should not run for office. She should only be writing books for children.
Are you advocating child abuse?
If you won't play the way I want to, I'm going to take my toys and go home! wah! wah! wah!
She gets more childish as time goes on!
She is a moron.
Christie was there to sell a book. Piers was asking about her position on "gay marriage" as written in the book. She did not want to talk about, or had not read the "gay marriage" chapter. So she left.
O'Donnell seems like a nice kid, but she is clearly way out of her league, here.
I somehow doubt that we will be seeing much of her, in the national media, anymore...not on CNN, anyway.
What's with all this 'be polite to people running for public office' crap! If you're going to run for public office you had better be ready to have the public examine every single part of your life and opinions. If you want public office it is more than rude not answer straight forward questions and I could care less how they are put!
IF you're running for office.
Uh, Grouchy...you mean she hadn't read the book, that she herself wrote?
It's entire possible that a ghost writer wrote the book, and she was afraid of being caught not knowing what was in it...
Seriously? Do you believe without any doubt that SHE wrote that book?
If Odd'Donnel can't handle a few barely provocative interview questions, how the he// is she going to handle the presidency?
Morgan is selling ratings and O'Donnell is selling books.
All of you chumps are buying it hook line and sinker.
How dare P. Morgan ask her about things she put in a book and in her campaign... and said publically... Actually, who really cares? Christine O'Donnell is a complete non-starter from here on out. She got really lucky by being in the election last time around, but now she's got nothing. Nobody is going to read her book. She has no chance to get back into the ring anywhere after scuttling Mike Castle and tea party backlash is going to filter her back to the lunatic fringe. Centrist and moderate Republicans point to people like her for destroying the Republican brand. Her best shot is to try to become a pundit, but I doubt Bill Marr is going to take her back and Palin's her territory pretty well marked.
She says she's not running for the office, but you know that she wants to.
He wouldn't have asked about masturbation if he'd been talking to a man.
Thanks Piers for asking what matters. Too many hosts are too chummy with their guests. Sometimes it appears that the guests have prior knowledge of questions being asked of them. If someone wanted to know the real O'donell or bachmann don't watch Fox, they just are not gonna ask the hard questions. Same goes for liberals on channels such as MSNBC
Apparently CNN can't find a good American to host their show, so they hired a wussy liberal Brit to host it. Christine just didn't like his constant love and fixation with the subject of "gays".
She can't think on her feet. This wasn't a hard interview. She ran away confused and flustered by an idiot. Her exit was clumsy and not at all a sign of strength.
I just so thoroughly do not understand what is wrong here. O'Donnell was not on the show because she wrote a book: she was on because she ran for office, lost, and THEN wrote a book. So if her entire reason for appearing is due to her being a politically significant voice, how could it possibly be out of line to ask her views on one of the hottest of hot button social issues in the country today, and one which every other liberal or conservative politician has to answer? How is it that a self-proclaimed "Troublemaker" requires special protection from having to answer questions that every other politician has to answer? Even George W Bush, who regularly refused to answer questions about alleged cocaine use, never stormed off stage, to my recollection.
Because a person running for office and a book peddler are two different creatures. One you can ask hot button issues and consider it public service... the other you should ask hard and serious questions, but they mostly should just be about the book.
He asks her whether she has lust in her heart, whether she things masturbation is dirty, airs some footage of her as a teen saying rediculous things, and THEN gay marriage? Did you ever wonder how tabloid editors get people to say embarrassing stuff? That would be wrong to do to a canidate, definitely over top for a book writer.
And did you ever stop to wonder why he's inviting her in the first place? A lot of people think she's running for president. Score one for providing news, huh?
BAD CNN, BAD!
It was "gotcha" journalism to ask about a topic that was in her book. By the way, I bet she went through at least two boxes of Crayons writing it.
Piers is a tabloid hack. CNN has reduced its standing in the news industry even more by promoting this ass.
Yes!!! Piers is a tabloid hack!!! He ran away from the UK.. Check it out...
He simply asked; "What is your opinion on Gay marriage?". No Comment for now, and a smile would have been nice.
It's called an talkshow, because they ask for your opinions on matters of public relevance or social interest as a popular figure. It wasn't a press conference or PR stunt.
O'neill seem to have a shadow of controversy hovering over her and Piers had her clear up the "Yo I roll wit witches in their ditches but I aint no witch" thing she had going on.
And for walking out of the show: could there be more a selfish political trick than that? I mean What was she feeling like? A queen or something.
Piers, nice you didn't chicken out and apologize for asking a simple question.
For those who think Morgan was rude, Stick to Reality Tv and Movies, where nothing goes wrong in your sweet little world filled with Kardashians and Brad Pitts.Cool with that? Cool.
' Amazing".....All you people watch This Brit on CNN, who has no idea about how We Americans Live or love interviewing A Buffon Cristine Odonnel. " Amazing" comical. Im a conservative, yes Tea Party memember and
this Woman is NO friend of ours.
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She couldn't take the heat from that tough-guy, bully, Piers!
So she left the kitchen!!!
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