New York Times Blames Piers Morgan’s Accent…

for his failure to connect with Americans.

Us hayseeds in flyover country were too busy watching Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Mister Bean, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and the Mystery of the Recycled Shakespeare Company of Supporting Actors and a trillion other imports from the Beeb and the English stage to be able to understand the truly cultured language of Mr. Morgan.

That’s it. That’s the ticket.

  • Elaine S.

    Yeah, right. I recall a Saturday Night Live sketch some years ago in which a recurring character called “Merv the Perv” went to a party with his British buddy and they both started hitting on the women. Merv was very crude and lewd and none of the women would give him the time of day because they thought he was disgusting, but when his friend said exactly the same things in British slang and with a British accent, the women swarmed all over him. The point, of course, was that a British accent could make a dirty old man, or dirty young man, sound attractive and refined. However, it couldn’t make Morgan’s clueless tripe sound smart.

  • Oh Really

    You might do better to read the original NYT article instead of the one line used by the Daily Caller to misrepresent the NYT article. In the NYT article, the point is that Morgan was British and as British, many Americans felt he was not the right person to discuss American issues. His accent and interest in things like cricket reinforced this divide, and so he did not connect with audiences. Seriously, Daily Caller — just avoid it!

    • Oh Really

      This is really what the NYT article was about. Again, Mark, you can do better than Chinese Whispers via Daily Caller

      http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/24/business/media/piers-morgan-and-cnn-plan-end-to-his-prime-time-show.html

      It’s been an unhappy collision between a British television personality
      who refuses to assimilate β€” the only football he cares about is round
      and his lectures on guns were rife with contempt β€” and a CNN audience
      that is intrinsically provincial. After all, the people who tune into a
      cable news network are, by their nature, deeply interested in America.

      • Catholic Fast Food Worker

        Um, Mark Shea’s assessment on the situation is correct. If it really were the British accent, then Jonathan (Jon Stewart’s British substitute anchor with a British accent on the “Daily Show”, which ironically, reported more news than “Piers Morgan Live”) would not have been a success with the audience but he was. There are many actors (which is what a news anchor is nowadays) who have British accents & have successful careers in the American media industry. Example: Michael Caine. For Piers, it wasn’t his Britishness, it was his “progressive” arrogance.

  • meunke

    This point still being: When a personality rolls in with an unearned air of superiority and insults, degrades and and generally flips his middle finger at everything average people hold dear, he shouldn’t be surprised when he finds himself less welcome than a turd in a punch bowl.

    His accent and his place of origin had nothing to do with it.

  • http://www.geeklady.wordpress.com/ GeekLady

    You forgot Jane Austen adaptations.

    • Mark S. (not for Shea)

      Until they make one with pirates or dragons, men will still find them boring. :)

      • http://www.geeklady.wordpress.com/ GeekLady

        You should broaden your horizons. There aren’t many authors who are as keenly observant about human foibles as Austen.

        • Mark S. (not for Shea)

          I’ve read Austen. Pride and Prejudice was good, as was Sense and Sensibility, although it was essentially the same story with different characters. Austen was indeed a brilliant observer of human nature and critic of society, but every single story was about a family of women and the quest for marriage. It got old after a while, especially for a man.
          .
          Austen was a good writer. But she never wrote a story that wouldn’t have been vastly improved with an occasional duel, horse chase, or pirate attack. Or maybe a wild beast chasing Reverend Snootums through the moors.
          .
          My wife kicks me out of the room when she watches the adaptations because my snarky commentary gets on her nerves after a while. “Oh, look at Mr. Arsey. What do you think his income is?”

          • http://www.geeklady.wordpress.com/ GeekLady

            *snort* Pride and and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility are as much the same story with different characters as Die Hard and Rush Hour

            • Mark S. (not for Shea)

              The larger difference being Die Hard is a great movie and Rush Hour is a horrible movie.

              • http://www.geeklady.wordpress.com/ GeekLady

                1). Not Die Hard, Lethal Weapon. Sorry. I’m terrible with movie titles and actors’ names.

                2). My husband confirms my logic is sound regardless of the crappiness of Rush Hour.

                • Mark S. (not for Shea)

                  Lethal Weapon is one of those movies you love when you’re 15, then you grow up and realize it’s actually a really bad movie. And yeah, it’s basically the same story as Rush Hour. Both bad movies. Though in all fairness, Rush Hour is a painfully bad movie. LW is just bad.

      • Neihan

        Calumny. Dreadful, hateful calumny.

        However: forever yes. This is why all my Jane Austen fanfics involve crossovers from Temeraire.

  • B

    I liked Piers Morgan in general, but on a slow news day, all he seemed to talk about was *GUNZ*. It got old really quick. I will say, however, he had one of the most entertaining shows I have ever seen on MSM when he interviewed Alex Jones.

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    I’d never heard of Mr. Morgan until he got fired. Over the past 5 years, CNN has become as bad as Fox News. Perhaps not as blatantly and comically partisan, but just as much a supplier of the bread and circuses over real news.

    • jaybird1951

      I am a frequent viewer of Fox News’ evening lineup, namely O’Reilly and Kelly, and do not agree with your accusation. I get to hear news and views on issues that the other networks prefer to avoid. That is why Fox News prospers.

      • Mark S. (not for Shea)

        That’s the problem though, isn’t it? I have this discussion with my Fox News loving mom. She loves it because (her words), “I agree with their views.”
        .
        Not: “They tell the truth.”
        .
        Not: “They report what we need to know accurately.”
        .
        No. It’s: “They tell me what I like to hear.”
        .
        And that’s why the mainstream media is useless, whether it is FoxNews, CNN, or MSNBC. It isn’t real news, and it isn’t true. It’s bread and circuses. The Emperor has no clothes, and the heralds of the realm are just as buck naked.

      • Mike

        I agree. I was totally a lefty until i started watching a bit of O’R Factor and couldn’t believe how fair and balanced he was. Even when he disagreed with his guest he never made fun of him or her but stuck to his point. For me, it was refreshing and still is. Like his interview of Obama during the game: classic, decent, but tough.

  • Catholic Fast Food Worker

    Mark Shea (chezami), you also forgot the BBC America’s “Father Brown” series on PBS (the actor who played Ron Weasley’s dad is Father Brown).
    Yes, Piers Morgan with his liberal idolatry (that has become CNN’s hallmark) became as irrelevant to most of American’s lives as the rants on MSNBS & Faux News.
    I actually signed last year’s petition on the White House’s official website to deport him back to England, lol.

    • Almario Javier

      The British response to that, IIRC, was to petition to have him deported to the Falklands/Malvinas

  • Mark R

    It is not the accent — hardly any Brit under 50 speaks posh, they all speak in regional accents. (This looks uneven in period dramas to one with a trained “ear” like Mrs. R.) It is the style of “journalism” and the London way of being outspoken and controversial. Please stop thinking most of the English are upper class. There has been rampant levelling going on and a brain drain since 1945.

  • sequax

    Is the NYT being racist? Say it ain’t so!

    Piers Morgan has a lovely accent. It’s what he says with it that is problematic. I have to say I’m not happy that he got fired. He did a fine job of giving gun activists a forum to sound off. Perhaps there’s a clue as to why they got rid of him. He, unlike so many of his ilk, was willing to engage with intelligent and well spoken opponents to his opinion, unlike most of the MSM. I don’t think conservatives can count this as a win.

    Mark R– I’m no expert but I have no illusions about what’s going on in Britain. They do little to separate themselves from Marxists these days, and pay for it by losing their best and brightest. But then, I’m a fan of Dr Theodore Dalrymple, too.

  • Adolfo

    Well, I’ve never seen a single minute of his show so what is the source of my being happy that it’s canceled? Schadenfraude, I guess. I’m a bad person.

    • Andy, Bad Person

      Me too!

  • Tom Leith

    Who’s Piers Morgan?

  • Almario Javier

    And yet people on the other side of the pond hate him even more, with all sorts of nasty apellations to his name.


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