As New York City continues recovery efforts following Superstorm Sandy – a weather event described by many as the worst in the city's history – on Thursday "Piers Morgan Tonight" shed some much-needed light on the seemingly forgotten borough of Staten Island.
Joining Piers Morgan live, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis attempted to explain why her region has been so neglected:
"We're having a hard time communicating, across this borough, to city officials, and I don't think that the mayor, or other officials knew the devastation that was here until they came here today and actually saw the damage," she told the host. "It's is completely devastating. We have people here without food, water, clothes ... the impact of the storm, I can't even describe. We've never faced anything like this before."
Today Michael Bloomberg announced that Sunday's New York City Marathon will proceed as scheduled, despite the fact that the starting line is located in Staten Island. Needless to say, Malliotakis does not agree with the mayor's decision to run the race: FULL POST
Roughly two days removed from Superstorm Sandy making landfall in the Tri-State area, on Wednesday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed filmmaker Michael Moore, who shared his candid perspective on the meteorological factors contributing to recent extreme weather occurrences:
"We are in big trouble. And we're still having a debate in Congress as to whether or not there really is global warming," Moore explained in disbelief. "The majority of Americans believe that we've got a climate problem. And the majority of Americans believe in science."
Joining host Piers Morgan for a live, face to face interview, the man behind such films as "Bowling for Columbine" and "Fahrenheit 9/11" suggested that Sandy should be the storm to render any further debate obsolete:
"We've allowed the ignoramuses to run the show on this. And this storm should really put an end to that." FULL POST
On Wednesday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed filmmaker and documentarian Michael Moore back to the program for his trademark straight-talk commentary and unique political insight.
Earlier in the afternoon, New Jersey's Chris Christie hosted Barack Obama, as the pair toured parts of the Garden State, surveying the damage stemming from Superstorm Sandy. As the governor and president generally sit on opposite sides of the aisle, Moore noted how odd it felt seeing the pair so united:
"It was kind of shocking to see Governor Christie over and over and over again, on show after show after show, heighten his love each time he went on a different show, for President Obama," said Moore.
Over the past year, the public relationship between the governor and the president has been less than cordial, with Christie, as described by Morgan, "burying – verbally – President Obama." Traditionally a staunch Mitt Romney advocate, one wonders how the recent kinship between the Democratic president and GOP surrogate might play politically: FULL POST
On Wednesday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Academy Award Winning Filmmaker, Michael Moore back to the program. The outspoken documentary filmmaker criticized the media's and specifically, CNN's coverage of Monday's storm.
Moore cited the overuse of CNN Business Correspondent Ali Velshi who spent over 12 hours in Atlantic City, New Jersey covering the storm. "I was watching Ali up there, being blown around in Atlantic City," said Moore. "My first thought was, 'Why is CNN trying to kill Ali Velshi, really? I mean, what did he do here?"
"We need fewer, when this is happening, fewer of the reporters standing in waist-high water, see if they're going to be blown over, and more real reporting, real news like what's really going on," said Moore.
Piers Morgan defended CNN's response to the breaking news, citing CNN's reporting of the Breezy Point fire in New York.
"We did cover the Rockaway blaze in the midnight show live on Monday night into Tuesday morning. I was anchoring that. It was towards the end. As soon as we heard about it, we were one of the first networks to actually get it on the air."
To which Moore replied, "Right. Right. And there was still two or three hours after it happened."
Later in the program, Velshi called in by phone and spoke to Morgan and Moore. The grateful host of CNN's "Your Money" thanked Moore for his concern. "CNN didn't instruct me to be anywhere," Velshi explained. "I and my team did what we could to get the story out as well as we could." FULL POST
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For November 1, 2012 – Superstorm Sandy kills at least 56 in U.S., U.S. election officials scrambling after storm and NYC high-rise, One57, has a crane problem... FULL POST