Life after Epiphany

bad behaviour – piers morgan shows complete disregard for civility

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Honestly, I find it hard to believe this guy still gets airtime. His behaviour in the clip below is absolutely appalling. Piers Morgan and Suze Orman bullied and browbeat their way through a 15-minute segment managing to avoid any rational or civilized debate at all. They tag-team to pontificate to Ryan Anderson, a young man who showed great composure and courage under fire on national television.

Why ask questions to which you don’t want an answer? Just about every time Morgan asks Anderson a question, he cuts him off toward the end of Anderson’s first sentence of reply, not allowing him to finish answering but firing another question in his direction.

The tone of the discussion was deliberately kept emotive rather than rational.

It is a known fact in the marketing industry that it takes 7 seconds for a message or image to be processed emotionally before it starts to be processed intellectually. Advertising will rarely involve a single image or idea being maintained for more than that 7-second window. Advertisers want to keep viewers on an emotive level as an emotive decision rather than a rational decision is much more likely to lead to sales.

I believe Morgan was employing a similar tactic. Firstly, the quick changes were designed to throw Anderson off balance. Secondly, it kept the conversation in the domain of the emotive and did not allow anyone to truly engage critically with the subject matter.

Morgan isn’t interested in presenting both sides of an issue. He had already decided his view and was using marketing techniques to sell that view to public opinion.

I’m willing to bet that the composition of the audience was carefully designed for favourable studio audience responses to Morgan’s view.

Shame on you, Mr Morgan. Where is your integrity?

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