Pretentious Quote of the Day

Politico has an interview with Piers Morgan and he shows himself to be about as blissfully un-self aware as it is possible to be without being a wingnut. Take a look at this staggeringly pretentious and statement, apparently offered without a hint of irony:

“I’ve tried to be very respectful about Larry; he’s a legend, and I feel very proud to have followed him. But I think he just slightly needs to button it, because he’s talking nonsense. The reason we’re different is, I’m a journalist and he’s not. Larry isn’t a journalist, never has been.”

Yes, you’re a journalist in the same sense that John Tesh was a journalist when he was hosting Entertainment Tonight. Interviewing Howie Mandel and Kid Rock is not journalism. Yes, he also interviews political figures, but only to ask them the most trite and obvious softball questions. And the only time he’s tried to be a real journalist, as editor of the Daily Mirror, he spent his time tapping Hugh Grant’s phones. He denies any knowledge of or involvement in the phone hacking scandals, but the official House of Lords inquiry into the scandal concluded that his denials were “utterly unpersuasive.”

The only way he could have made this any more pretentious was to call himself an “intellectual artist.”

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