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How the media covered, and reacted to, Piers Morgan's interview with Todd Akin's chair
August 21st, 2012
01:57 PM ET

How the media covered, and reacted to, Piers Morgan's interview with Todd Akin's chair

On the heels of his controversial commentary centered around 'legitimate rape' rarely resulting in pregnancy, on Monday Representative Todd Akin was scheduled to join Piers Morgan live for a primetime interview.

However, after initially agreeing to appear, the Republican from Missouri cancelled, leaving the host with no choice but to interview an empty chair.

The circumstance drew tremendous attention throughout the world of social media, even spawning renewed interest in the twitter account "Akin's Empty Chair."

But how did the media world react to Morgan's epic one on none interview?

» Gawker noted that if Akin doesn't show up again it could result in "a fate worse than death."

» The New York Times applauded the show's ability to "make lemons out of lemonade."

» Politico paid particular attention to the host's word choice, specifically calling Akin a "gutless little twerp."

» Poynter crowned the infamous chair a "CNN Star."

» Slate joked that "Morgan never asked the swivel seat where it stood on 'legitimate rape' and/or abortion."

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  1. Joe Katz

    Piers Morgan should go back to England he is the worst talk show host ever, and knows nothing about america.
    I also have from an undisclosed source, he has not paid over 100 traffic tickets issued over the past 12 years.

    August 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Andre P

      Its capital 'A' for America.

      August 21, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dean Heaven

      As soon as the immortal words "....from an undisclosed source" are used you can make up any old bollox you like... Just as you have done. I even heard, from an undisclosed source, that you sniff old trainers.

      August 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Mark Smith

        LOL, I take it from your choice of words, you are a fellow Brit 🙂

        August 21, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wm

    Donald Trump..Pls. send Rosie some do have a SOFT side,,,,

    August 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. lady228

    Reblogged this on lady228's Blog.

    August 21, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Nan Hill

    What absolute hypocrisy. Akin is stupid for making his comments, most people realizes this. But what about you when Howard Kurtz wanted to interview you on Reliable Sources for the "wire tapping scandal" in England.You refused to go on his show. So would you also be a "gutless little twerp". You shouldn't cast stones when you are just as gutless as Akin's..

    August 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. madonna holt

    Why are we still debating the abortion issue?

    August 21, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jan

    Wasn't Senator McKaskill also invited? did she attend?

    August 21, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Jan

    It was hard to watch the always nasty Gloria Alred, not to mention the agenda driven questions of Piers.
    Just wondering, what has happened with the big lawsuit Ms. Alred was bringing against Herman Cain? Seems like Ms. Alred's client melted into the woodwork once Mr. Cain left the campaign trail. Did she win the lawsuit? Did she drop the lawsuit?

    August 21, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. jared

    What is the probability of an aroused woman getting pregnant versus the probability of a non-aroused woman getting pregnant? Non biased researchers probably know the answer to this question. Regardless of the answer, why did he think its good politics to debate this stuff?

    August 21, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. LJB

    Did you see the interview this evening with Gloria Allred? Piers is a complete buffoon. Who is he blackmailing to keep his job? How many times did Gloria Allred cut off the other guest. How about when Piers said...Rebecca, I'm going give you the last word...only to give the last word to Gloria. He was kissing her @ss so much I'm surprised his nose was still white after the interview.
    I also noticed Gloria got a bit uptight when facts came out and referred to the facts as mind numbing. I guess facts are only important when she deems them important. She couldn't keep her liberal mouth shut. Just like a liberal...they're all for freedom of speach as long as your saying what they want to hear.
    Fire Piers and slap Gloria.

    August 22, 2012 at 1:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. RandyGM


    Nobody cares.

    August 22, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. kmw

    I was thrilled when that lovely woman Rebecca called Gloria a bully. Every time Rebecca was saying something very relevant that blowhard Gloria started yelling. I am very pro-life and wanted to hear what Rebecca had to say and not listen to that ignorant Gloria. Piers Morgan gave Gloria more air time until Rebecca brilliantly took her to task on her bullying. Points for Rebecca!!!

    I wish Piers Morgan would go back to England and let some decent person take his place.

    August 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    There is no recovery. Dont let the numbers fool you... they have been cooked for a long time now. Obama has wrecked the economy and added over 5 trillion to the deficit with nothing to show for it. In the first two years he could have passed any bill he wanted but didnt even think about jobs. His "laser like" focus was on the golf course and lavish vacations while Americans lost their jobs. He is the biggest clown to ever sit in the Presidency... and he is done come November. I just hope there is something left to recover.

    August 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tokki

      , Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;Who put daskrens for light, and light for daskrens;Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter;. To unbelievers the bible has no meaning or truth. Salvation comes only through Jesus and in accepting that he died for all of our sins on the cross. But Jesus being a gentleman will not force himself on you. Salvation is a gift! A gift that if not accepted will stay unopened and not received. While there is still life there is still hope. For the eternal salvation of your soul, please read God's word and ask questions with an open heart.

      September 9, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. NOBAMA2012

    Obama's 2nd term includes plans for a "New Deal"-style overhaul of the economy replete with the creation of a National Infrastructure Development Bank to oversee government control of the financial system; a massive, government-run jobs program to coincide with "paycheck fairness"; full amnesty for illegal aliens; defunding of the U.S. military while channeling Pentagon money to "clean" energy initiatives; a new, multibillion dollar "green" stimulus; and implementing Obamacare in measures nearly impossible to reverse. And that is just the start.

    OBAMA MUST GO!!!!!!!

    August 23, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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