On the heels of the deadly Aurora, CO movie theater shooting which claimed the lives of 12 people and injured 58 others, on Friday "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed a host of guests to share their insights and perspectives on the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Joining the program live from Denver, law professor David Kopel suggested more attention be paid to the victims, rather than advancing the story towards a debate on gun control:
"Honestly Piers, I think this is the wrong night to be doing this and I really wish you'd waited to have this segment until after the funerals," he told the host.
Challenging Kopel's position, Piers Morgan explained his stance: FULL POST
In the wake of Friday morning's deadly shooting at an Aurora, CO movie theater, "Piers Morgan Tonight" dedicated it's entire episode to a live broadcast featuring the latest details, as survivors offered perspective and insight from the harrowing ordeal.
Joining Piers Morgan live, parents Patricia Legarreta and Jamie Rohrs spoke of escaping from the cinema with their four-year-old daughter and four-month-old son, as shooter James Holmes opened fire.
Reliving the terrifying event, Rohrs recounted the frantic moments:
"I find myself standing... my son is on the floor... and I lose him," recalled a distraught Rohrs, who had been separated from Legarreta and their children. "Please let them get out alive."
Although Lagarretta was shot, her injuries were not fatal, and the children were unharmed.
Later in day, reunited with his family, and less than 24 hours removed from the life-altering episode, Rohrs created even more drama: FULL POST
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On Thursday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to address the backlash over Marissa Mayer's decision to have a baby on the heels of her appointment as the new boss of tech giant Yahoo!
As the host explained, the 37-year-old former Google executive has recently announced news of the upcoming arrival of her first child, a boy, due in October.
"But not everybody shared this additional joy," remarked Morgan. "Yahoo!'s stock rose sharply higher on the news of her appointment, and then it dropped just as sharply when the media focused on her impending baby story."
"Wall Street clearly falling for the cynical men's locker room chatter that Ms. Mayer would be too distracted with diapers to concentrate on her new job, trying to revive Yahoo!'s struggling fortunes," surmised Morgan.
Supporting his point, he played a clip of CNBC's Brian Sullivan, second-quessing Mayer's move:
"That's going to be tough. Take some time off. Yahoo! has been in trouble for years. My advice take some time off, get your baby, you know, raise the kid for a little bit, and work on the company when you can."
Morgan, did not share Sullivan's perspective:
"What a load of sexist, patronizing clap trap," he responded. "The same men criticizing are, of course, the types who spent 18 hours chained to their corporate office desks, never seeing their families or indeed the real world."
And the kicker, firmly delivered by Morgan, himself a working father:
"Where did that get America in the last decade? Yep, into the worst financial crisis in history."
Only in America, concluded the host, might a woman be criticized for attempting to master the complex issue of work-life balance:
"I suspect the distraction of having a baby will make Marissa Mayer an even better executive. In the meantime, try dragging yourselves kicking and screaming out of the Dark Ages, you Wall Street dinosaurs. Women bosses are here to stay. And guess what? They're going to have babies."
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