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December 6th, 2011
05:36 PM ET

From Osama to Occupy: Michael Moore's appearances on "Piers Morgan Tonight"

Tonight Michael Moore will make his fourth appearance on "Piers Morgan Tonight" at 9pmET/PT. Moore sat down with Piers Morgan for the first time less than four months after we went on air to talk about the historic news of Osama bin Laden's death.

Then, as the Occupy Wall Street movement began, Moore was on after joining the protesters in downtown Manhattan at Zuccotti Park. He had some words about President Barack Obama's performance. "He should be mad at himself first," he said.

At the height of the Occupy movement, Piers and Moore hosted a town hall where they took questions from Twitter, Facebook and the studio audience.

Tonight, one question is 'what's next for the Occupy movement?' Moore will also field questions on the state of the 2012 GOP field. Tune in to "Piers Morgan Tonight" at 9pmET.

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  1. Fred Leemhuis

    Michael Moore again???? He might as well be on the payroll as often as he shows up. Moore and Bill Maher are two people that don't need a platform on a respectable network like CNN. I don't care if you have liberal or conservative views in guests, but, these two guys have run their course as far as interest goes. i will not watch either, ever again.
    The people that book your talent are doing you and CNN a disservice to feature these guys so often. I'm 61 years old and I lean Rebublican, so, I am a little biased, but, these two guys are just plain angry and much more uninformed than they think they are. There are plenty of quality folks that can support similar views.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sandy

      Since when is honesty wrong ?

      December 6, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Carlos

      CNN a respectable network? hey Piers, are you a communist? is that why you have that fat ass Michael Moore on so much? You just love it when he goes after Bush and our conservative values! I can't wait to have you invite Michael Moore back after the 2012 elections when Obama and all the Liberals are gone. It should be a very interesting show!

      December 6, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Yolanda R

        I didn't realize greed was a conservative value. Does that make me a communist?

        December 6, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • scon

        Who are you going to attack when the people you dislike are gone? Each other?

        December 6, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Helen Ingram

    The above post is complete rubbish! -well biased anyway – over here in the UK it's difficult to get anyone remotely left a hearing on t.v.nowadays, and when I say left I don't mean new Labour but proper Labour MPs or political figures – Tony Benn is in his eighties and still fills theatres on his speaking tours and John McDonnell and Jermey Corbyn have emerged as leaders of the left but get miniscule airtime. I hope in America you can continue to hear Michael Moore and Bill Maher as they will have more to day as things develop as will the right. You could also interview some lefter U.S. figures such as Howard Dean to get a good balance.
    Anyway I look forward to it, good luck Piers.
    P.S. My old hometown of Haywards Heath is very near to Piers's home village and I've even been there for Bonfire weekend!

    December 6, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chris J

      Please feel free to take back your near-hometown hero. As a free-thinking independent voter, I welcome all views. But Morgan is a fake in many respects.

      December 6, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • June

        Piers you have disgraced the name of CNN by becoming tabloid than credible journalist. You can fly right back to England. You have not earned your right to be an American, you just married it. Get a grip about the reality of American politics buddy. You certainly don't speak the facts.

        December 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DP

    Mr. Moore is right about America. Piers Morgan does not know anything about old time America and it shows. Mr. Moore I am in your corner. Keep up the great work!

    December 6, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. ocm

    piers,shutup and let your invited guests finish an answer to your rudely interrupt EVERYONE

    December 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • scon

      There is nothing quite like listening to a foreigner (English) tell American's what is wrong with them. He must believe he has pearls of wisdom to be scatter before ignorant Americans. I suspect he talks so much because he is simply arrogant. God knows, he has little accurate information on WWII or the post war rebuilding of England. He appears to be unaware that we Americans helped rebuild his country and others. JERK!! Get him off the air.

      December 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Cesar

    So as far as Mr. Moore is concerned, one side of the mortgage contract should have the right to renegotiate the value of the mortgage if home values fall. Would he be in favor of allowing banks to renegotiate the values of the mortgages if home prices rise in that case? What a stooge!

    December 6, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Cesar

    Mr. Moore – would you like to try communism on for size? Becauswe of your films, you would be a "desaparecido" so fast your head (before you lost it) would spin. The only people who support socialism are those who have never had the "blessed" opportunity to live under its tyranny.

    December 6, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Yolanda R.

      Leave it to my people to bust out the death threats because they don't like what someone had to say. Way to go. By the way , banks may not be able to reevaluate the worth of the mortgage, but they certainly reevaluate the worth of the loan. What do you think an ARM is?

      There's something truly rabid about Latino Republicans, especially ones who left their country of origin as children, experiencing all of the fear and none of the adult consideration and calculated risk that goes into fighting against tyranny. I wouldn't be so fast to throw stones at someone who's pointing out the type of inequalities that have created so much unrest en paises Hispanohablante.

      December 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Yolanda R.

      As an aside, cutting someone's head off for their ideas is like... the Communist party standard. Do you proofread the stuff you write, or think about it much first, or do you just hit "send"?

      December 6, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Cesar

        Yolanda: Leave it to my people
        Cesar: Do not include me in "your people" – you have no clue who I am or of my origins.

        Yolanda: to bust out the death threats because they don't like what someone had to say.
        Cesar: Does the name Politkovskaya mean anything to you? What about the millions of Ukrainians who perished at the hands of "Glorious" Russian Communism in the 1930s because they dared protest against collectivization? Way to go.

        Yolanda: What do you think an ARM is?
        Cesar: A type of loan that allows the interest rate to float, but not the value of the principal. Note that you cannot arbitrarily change from a fixed rate to an ARM either once the contract is signed. Please get your facts straight.

        Yolanda: There's something truly rabid about Latino Republicans,
        Cesar: Please don't assume that because I used one latin word in my posting that I am a "Latino"

        Yolanda: As an aside, cutting someone's head off for their ideas is like... the Communist party standard.
        Cesar: Not always – sometimes a bullet in the back of the head is used. For those who committed less serious crimes, internal exile to Siberia (as was the case of my grandfather).

        December 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ryon

    People spend money after thanksgiving because its BLACK FRIDAY. That is when the best deals of the year are. John Q Public cant afford (literally cant afford the cost of living) many luxuries. We need to take advantage of every deal we can get (hence: people getting pepper sprayed by there fellow man in a box store (or police in an occupy demonstration)). People who have overreached financially with there homes is because they believed they were on the way up. I have a hard time believing that underwater home owners planed on restarting their financial lives when they signed the mortgage. Yes homeowners made the mistake of buying it but why did they beleve they could. If you respond to that with they didnt put a gun to their head IT IS YOUR MENTALITY THAT CREATES THIS MESS. YOU ARE A CULPIBLE AS THE RATING AGENCYS WHO TAGGED JUNK AS "AAA" AND HIDE BEHIND IT IS OUR OPINION. The salesmens job is to convince you to sign and however that is accomplished misdirection, misinformation, flatery or down right lies, at the end you believe you have made it up to that point. I truly take execption to the implication that mainstreet this mess. and I'm a renter.

    December 6, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. KK

    i think Michael Moore is smart and glad he fights for the little guy. I have been in real estate for 25+ years and there are cycles- no one forces people to get a 90% or 95% Loan-to value loans. Prior to 1980 or so most everyone had to put 20% down. Prices escalated more because of low down payment – which govt should not have allowed low down payments. But no one covers those who lose money on stock investments- I have hard time covering anyone loss on real estate investments. I do think banks should be held accountable for the risky idiotic loans they made – and would love if we could claw back the bonuses and salaries of those involved.

    I do think all risk has been shifted from idiotic bank to the US government as now 60% or more of loans made by FHA only require 3% down payment- this mess will go on for a long time. FYI – I believe Germany requires home loans with minimum 15% or more down payments-that is why they probably do not have a housing mess.

    December 6, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Tom

    Piers Morgan please try to remember we like to hear what your guests have to say -not you!

    December 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Tina Starling Real estate Broker, Georgia

    Mr. Moore and Mr Morgan was speaking of the housing market and how to stop foreclosure in America. I am a real estate beroker and I just attended a meeting in Atlanta Georgia with ten loss mitigation officesr from Sun Trust , Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo.
    The banks are.....offering lease backs to families that are in foreclosure. Also Mr. Moore mentioned home values declining below the original mortgage on homes. The banks are working with property owners to deal with that issue through the "short sale" process. A short sale is when the lender agrees to accept less for the property than what is currently owed on the mortgage. Where the problem lies is the home owners are not communicating with the banks or the real estate proffessional when they find themselves under water on their mortgage. There is help for them if they would just reach out to someone. People call a real estate professionl trained in handling short sales.They can help home owners under water on their mortgage and preserve credit ratings!

    December 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. suzieq

    i'm watching you with Michael Moore and really you need to remove that stick from your butt! You are not even an american citizen and you have the nerve to question Micael Moore about his beliefs about America. As far as I am concerned, Micael Moore is an American Hero. Try not to shout him down every time you ask him a question. How did you get this job anyway?

    December 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. rthornton

    piers, i enjoy your show and comments.....but blaming 25% of home purchasers for buying homes they ultimately could
    afford who were guided by Realtors,Mortgage brokers,Builders,Bankers,etc.....were essentially the victims of malpractice
    at the hands of these so-called different than malpractice by doctors etc !!!!!

    December 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • ryon


      December 6, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • scon

      Piers Morgan seems to have the airs and arrogance of an upper class foreigner – British in this case. Over the months he has been on air, I can only conclude from his comments that he has a less than favorable opinion of America and it's citizens. Hopefully, he thinks better of his countrymen.

      December 6, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Cesar

    I still remember the video of a young Michael Moore being completely taken to school by Milton Friedman. I chuckled long and hard over that video.

    December 6, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. tom meis

    Could Oboma actually put a name on one billionaire that does not pay tax

    December 6, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. suziq

    Jeezus krist! After that last question; I hope yhou get fired!

    December 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • scon

      Think CNN will ever get the idea? Must not have anyone reading these blogs.

      December 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Yolanda R.

    10 minutes of Morgan and Moore carping about who they think Americans are and I have had enough. I am one the 50 million Americans Moore mentioned who could only manage a three month cushion if they lost their job tomorrow.

    I can tell you exactly why I did my shopping on Thanksgiving: 50 percent off. I need clothes for work.

    As for Morgan's assertion that Americans are being fiscally irresponsible in a time of economic crisis, the answer is fairly straightforward. If you can't afford to save for a future, what is the point of considering the future in your purchasing decisions?

    Obama's speech today was as forthright as a politician can manage: this country is morally and fiscally bankrupt. We have managed to usurp democracy with capitalism, conveniently forgetting that it is not a way to govern. Nor is capitalism a moral system. Capitalism describes the movement of money, nothing more- it doesn't care who lives or who dies, preoccupy itself with issues like child labor or the garbage we dump in our rivers and oceans, and cares nothing about God, or love, or justice. As a nation we need to take an honest look at ourselves.

    December 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Levey

      Yes Capitalism is corrupting our lives. If you want to see how bad it will be in the future, read the novels of the Joad Cycle ( They tell the story of America's future as a Capitalist Utopia (dystopian).

      December 7, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. tmgallagher

    You who work on talk shows (as well as the politicians) sound as though all of us out here make your kind of money. You Mr. Morgan i'm hearing say "Live within your means". Maybe years past it could be done. I would love to see just one of you, who do all the talking ,walk a mile in my shoes (or my neighbors, friends and co workers), for a month. You Mr Morgan couldn't do it on a bet! And I'm sure you wouldn't want to. ....... Now I'm turning you off and going to sleep so that I may get my beauty rest cause I sure in hell can't afford a face lift!!!!! love and kisses......

    December 6, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • scon

      Great idea. How about forcing politicians to spend a month or two out of every year living within our means. I know for a fact that not one of them could last the month living in my hovel or exist on budget food.

      December 6, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Lola Verde

    Piers can be, well, a little over the top. He does need to learn to listen a little more. He has some interesting guests. Let's let them speak, and ask some cogent questions of them...Thank you.

    December 6, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Gary Levey

    Piers Morgan asked a question that wasn't answered. He wanted to know why those who took mortgages they couldn't afford, why it wasn't their fault, too. Neither he nor Moore offered an explanation. Let's say you and your family rent but you have a friend who owns a house. Your friend gets tax protection, more of his income is protected because of the tax deduction for home interest and taxes so he has more disposable income at the same wage than does the renter. AND, the homeowner for generations had a guaranteed asset appreciation that allowed him to trade up to a better place for his family or on selling, to add to the estate. Renters don't get that and any family provider, particularly in bad times will do whatever it takes to get some advantage and the tax handling of mortgages is a huge advantage. These people may or may not have been greedy, certainly everyone is these days but getting into a mortgage you can't afford is American and patriotice, particularly if you expect the baloon to never burst.The need for mortgages is what drove the sub prime and the derivative market because selling people on a mortgage with today's tax laws doesn't require a good salesperson.

    December 7, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mary

      Do you read the news? The brokers were offered a bigger commissions to sell sub prime mortgages so they pushed them onto people who were shaky at best, people who should never had signed on the bottom line but who remembered that bankers are supposed to be smart people – if the bankers found them eligible, then they must be. The bankers were smarter than they, so if the bankers said it is okay, then it must be okay. So they signed. The bankers got their commissions, the homeowners lost their homes, and along comes Piers Morgan to attack the 25 percent who got sucked into this boondoggle. Let's see Mr. Morgan talk about the bankers who knew these loans were beyond the pale, let's see Mr. Morgan post their faces on his show – let America see the greedy ones who were the servants of Wall Street.

      December 7, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Mary

    Mr. Morgan – news flash – Americans are not taught the "old fashioned" values of personal responsibility that you and Mr. Moore were taught. As the author of "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" made clear, Americans are not taught financials. They are marketed to death. Why did people go shopping after Thanksgiving? You could not imagine because you have a good salary. People who have put off getting clothes shopped on Black Friday to take advantage of the sales. Planned obsolescence means things wear out and you MUST replace them. The self=employed need to buy new computers because they cannot compete with their MS Office 2003. Mr. Morgan, get out of your ivory tower before you interview someone like Michael Moore.

    December 7, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Susan

    Go Michael go! Obama's biggest contributor in 2008 was Goldman Sachs. Yet no one from the firm has gone to jail. They pepper spray arrest the OWS protestors but the bankers do not go to jail....

    December 7, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Rich

    this is such a joke.....the statement that only 25% of people in failing mortgages are at fault is silly and without basis. People purchased homes they couldn't afford.....the banks gambled on them....the realtors made a fortune....and the home appreciated and greed set in and the homeowner cashed out money...spent it, and so on

    Reality is that those on Adjustable Arms have lower interest rates/payments than those on fixed.....reality is people spent more than they could afford and continued to leverage their why should these people benefit over those that followed the rules

    On the issue of overspending Moore is so people by iphone and make 2 year commitments to huge cell bills.....they can not them buy flat sscreens and xbox systems.....then tell me in the

    December 7, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Val

    Piers Morgan is rude, insensitive, and does not know what he is talking about. He wasn't satisfied until Michael Moore agreed that 25% of people in foreclosure purchased a higher price house than they could afford. The groups responsible for the mortgage meltdown were the mortgage brokers and Wall Street. The lenders enticed people to refinance at say 125% the value so they could use the extra money to pay down their credit card debt. New mortgages were written also at 125% the value to use for repairs. If a property could not appraise, they fudged the figures and used more expensive properties as comparables. I understand that lenders also fudged income status. I know two of these fellows who are now in jail. The lower entry people were prosecuted, but nothing was done with the Wall Street traders who bundled these loans and sold them as "A" properties. The way Piers wanted to look "right" tonight, did not give Michael Moore time to explain his side more fully. The most silly analysis was comparing building England after WW11 to the mortgage meltdown–no comparison. Bring Larry back!

    December 7, 2011 at 1:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  24. lsnyder

    Woke up this morning still annoyed by Michael Moore!!! ugh! So...because people are depressed that they are underwater & unemployed it's OK that they went out on Black Friday and spent tons of money that they don't have shopping for things that they don't need because after all, there are just so many commercials on tv advertising stuff!!!
    Guess that explains why he is overweight...what's he supposed to do when he goes into the grocery store and there are all those cookies, cakes and pies staring him in the face! UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PEOPLE NEED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR PART IN THIS MESS!!!!!!!!! Good job Piers!

    December 7, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  25. J Daniels

    why does Piers allow Moore to run down hard working high income citizens. Check the stats to see who pays the most Federal taxes in this country. 1% pay about 37% of the tax bill; 10% pay upwards of 67%. Bottom half of income earners pay about 3%. Good thing we have high income earners me thinks!

    December 7, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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