British commentator Piers Morgan recently criticized major US media outlets, CNN and MSNBC, for their decision not to broadcast former President Donald Trump’s victory speech following his win at the Iowa caucuses. This critique was specifically aimed at CNN host Jake Tapper and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
During Trump’s speech, CNN chose to overlay Tapper’s commentary, which Morgan suggested drowned out the former President’s words. Tapper commented on Trump’s “anti-immigrant rhetoric” while the speech played in the background. Meanwhile, Maddow defended MSNBC’s decision not to air the speech live, citing concerns over broadcasting potentially false statements. Maddow stated, “There is a cost to us as a news organization of knowingly broadcasting untrue things. That is a fundamental truth of our business and who we are.”
Morgan, appearing on Fox News’ “One Nation”, hosted by Brian Kilmeade, responded sharply to these actions. He criticized Maddow for her coverage of the alleged Russian collusion during Trump’s presidency, arguing it turned out to be “complete nonsense.” Morgan said, “I’m sorry, Rachel Maddow banging on about disinformation and how damaging it would be to MSNBC, didn’t she lead the charge on Russian collusion for two years? Right?”
Kilmeade added to Morgan’s criticism, pointing out the lack of accountability from the media for past inaccurate reporting. Morgan agreed, further accusing the networks of hypocrisy for refusing to air Trump’s speech due to concerns over disinformation. He questioned, “But now they have the brass neck to say, ‘We can’t possibly show Trump’s victory speech because he might spew disinformation.’ Well, what about your own backyard?”
The discussion also touched on international leaders’ reactions to Trump. Both Morgan and Kilmeade criticized Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s negative comments about Trump. Morgan labeled Trudeau “the number one woke fascist in the world,” and claimed that a recent poll showed more young Canadians would vote for Trump over Trudeau if given the chance.
In conclusion, Morgan’s critique highlights ongoing debates about media objectivity and the role of news organizations in moderating political discourse. The decision by CNN and MSNBC not to broadcast Trump’s speech has sparked discussions about journalistic responsibility and the potential consequences of spreading misinformation.