On Friday, MSNBC contributor and author Touré sat down with Piers Morgan to challenge his decision to interview Robert Zimmerman, brother of George Zimmerman. Touré sparked a feud with Piers on Twitter on Thursday night when he wrote, "Piers did not challenge Robert Zimmerman the way a professional journalist should." Piers responded, "Oh Toure, you're such a tedious little twerp," starting an exchange that lasted until Touré came to CNN to face Piers on-camera.
Touré accused Piers of misinforming the public and claimed that Piers did not do enough to challenge Robert Zimmerman's account of Trayvon Martin's shooting. "You aren't challenging him the way that you needed you, too, the way that we needed you to, the way that other more responsible journalists are doing," said Touré. In response, Piers played back a clip during which he clearly challenged Zimmerman's claim that his brother had been injured during an altercation with Martin. "If you watch the interview back, you will see that I challenge him repeatedly about that particular of words that his brother used under his breath, repeatedly, as any professional journalist will do," Piers said.
The debate continued, as Touré made the claim that Piers could not comment on the situation as he was too "new" to America. "You're showing you clearly don't understand the depth of the pain in the American soul that is at play in this situation," said Touré. "There are notes, subtleties, nuances - there's a depth of history within this that you can't possibly understand."
Touré later conceded on Twitter that he may have let his ego overshadow the larger issue at hand – the tragedy of Trayvon Martin's death: "I should not have gotten caught up in 'winning' the debate with Piers. I got caught up with 'winning' on some masculine bravado bs when my whole point has always been justice for this boy. I lost sight of that." Read More: Toure apologizes for Piers Morgan meltdown.