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    Jonah Goldberg vs. Piers Morgan

    By Kyle | May 1, 2012

    Apparently Jonah Goldberg, author of the excellent new book “The Tyranny of Cliches,” was sandbagged by Piers Morgan (who, in the British satirical magazine Private Eye, is invariably referred to as “Piers Moron”). Goldberg apparently thought he was going to plug his book instead of being treated to a David Axelrod-style defense of Obama policies. (Incidentally, I heard from a third party that when Jonah was on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart grilled him for 45 minutes, then aired only the five minutes of so that made Stewart look best.)

    I think it was Otter in Animal House who says, “You f–ked up! You trusted us!” Never, ever trust these people. I remember once I was sweetly asked one afternoon to appear the next morning on a Boston radio drive-time show after I’d written an article making fun of PETA. When I (half-asleep at 7 am) picked up the phone, I found myself immediately being tag-team harangued by both the host and by the extremist PETA spokesdude Dan Mathews. Immediately I figured out that this was an ambush, not an interview, and if it was to be an attack show I’d done plenty of research on PETA’s antics before writing the article. So I opened the bomb-bay doors on every despicable thing PETA had ever done. Three minutes later, the host was lamely saying, “You call yourself a reporter, huh? I don’t see how you can be much of a reporter. You won’t let us get a word in edgewise!”

    This is live television (or radio): Concede nothing. Dismiss the question. Attack, attack, attack.

    Topics: Books | 3 Comments »

    3 Responses to “Jonah Goldberg vs. Piers Morgan”

    1. KS Says:
      May 1st, 2012 at 9:37 am

      I’m incredulous that Goldberg expected anything from Morgan other than what happened.

    2. JimmyC Says:
      May 1st, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      Jonah should have prepared for the interview by talking to Morgan Spurlock- apparently he’s an expert on the British.

    3. Obama bin Biden Says:
      May 2nd, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      I would think Jonah would make mince meat out of Morgan.