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Hypocritical Piers Morgan Slams Gingrich's 'Overreaction' to 'White First Lady' Joke

Piers Morgan is astonished at Newt Gingrich's outrage over Robert DeNiro's knock on GOP white First Ladies – but it's a slim chance the liberal CNN host would be trying to calm the tempest if Michelle Obama were the butt of a celebrity joke.

DeNiro, speaking at an Obama fundraiser, had joked that after seeing the wives of the Republican candidates, America wouldn't be ready for a "white" First Lady. Newt Gingrich denounced the joke as "inexcusable," and then Morgan decided to pounce on that "hideously politically correct overreaction" to "poor old" Robert DeNiro's joke on his Thursday night show. [Video below the break. Audio here.]

Morgan may be defending the right to make jokes, but his double standard for political satire is quite clear. He laughed out loud last July when his guest Bill Maher used the vulgar term "M***" in reference to conservatives Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin. In contrast, he stood up to defend President Obama against what he saw as "racist" elements of the Tea Party in October.

So while Morgan praised DeNiro's "joke" and denounced racist, sexist, and bigoted jokes at the end of his show, he laughed at Bill Maher's vulgar slam of conservative women and encouraged him. "May you remain gloriously uncensored," he told Maher, and added, "Love the show."

On Thursday night, Morgan also praised Maher's "brilliant" New York Times op-ed telling the public to take a joke and stip taking affront to political satire.

"[W]ith regard to all the innocuous asides of politicians, pundits, co-workers, your neighbors – let's just get a grip, shall we? Instead of pretending to take imaginary offense. Have a laugh," Morgan told his audience at the show's end.



A transcript of the segment, which aired on March 22 on Piers Morgan Tonight at 9:57 p.m. EDT, is as follows:

PIERS MORGAN: Well, tonight's "Only in America," I'm sorry. I'm really, really, really sorry about everything. Because one thing's for sure. I'm going to offend somebody in the next couple of minutes. Somewhere out there someone is going to be really upset. When did a harmless joke become a criminal offense? On the left, on the right, or on the GOP campaign trail, any attempt at humor is now met with instant ferocious condemnation and gaffes offaux outrage. Into groveling apologies and desperate pleas for forgiveness.

Look at poor old Robert De Niro. Introducing Michelle Obama at a fundraiser, he had some fun with a joke about the wives of Republican candidates. Asking the crowd do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady? It may not have been the funniest joke in the world, but what it was, quite obviously, was a joke.

A light-hearted flip on the type of remark that Mrs. Obama had to put up with in reverse from certain quarters in deadly seriousness for the most of the last election campaign. It was not, as some have tried to portray it, an offensive racial slur by De Niro. Yet this didn't stop one of my guests tonight, Newt Gingrich, yesterday labeling the remarks inexcusable and divisive, almost compelling Michelle Obama's office to then call them inappropriate.

Now given this hideously politically correct overreaction, I confidently expected Mitt Romney's wife Ann, one of the three targets of De Niro's joke to have a similar sense of humor failure. This is politics after all. And an easy chance to make Democrats squirm. But then she said this.

(Video Clip)

ANN ROMNEY, Mitt Romney's wife: I took it for what it was, a joke. And, you know, again, we take everything so seriously, we have to be so correct and everyone's got to apologize.

We're all overreacting to so many things and making things so difficult. Which means we have to watch every single word that comes out of our mouth.

(End Video Clip)

MORGAN: Hallelujah. In one fell swoop of common sense, the whole indignant balloon popped. If Ann Romney, the supposed victim of De Niro's joke, can laugh, why the hell can't everybody else?

Bill Maher, in a brilliant op-ed piece in the New York Times today cut to the heart of this nonsense. He (Unintelligible) who said, in a country where nobody can say anything offensive ever again. He's pleading to stop all the apologizing. He said this.

"Let's have an amnesty on every made-up, fake, totally insincere, playacted, hurt, insult, slight and affront. Let's make this Sunday the National Day of No Outrage."

I couldn't agree more. Now this doesn't mean that people should feel free to be homophobic or sexist or bigoted or racist. Well, that's a Rush Limbaugh or Kirk Cameron, even Maher himself with that ugly profanity about Sarah Palin, should be held to account for unnecessarily inflammatory language, but with regard to all the innocuous asides of politicians, pundits, co-workers, your neighbors – let's just get a grip, shall we? Instead of pretending to take imaginary offense. Have a laugh. Go on. Robert De Niro, as Ann Romney said, was being funny. That's it.


#1 Michele Obama?

We cannot afford another 4 years of a black first lady if it is Michele Obama.

iamsaved "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left," (Ecclesiastes 10:2) MSM Journalism - "a profession consisting of idealogues espousing their beliefs regardless of facts and/or truth."

#2 Ann Romney is right, on its

Ann Romney is right, on its surface. But so was Newt. He wasn't expressing the outrage itself, but the hypocrisy behind it.

Guess what: There are countless reasons why I think Obama is a lousy president. But the fact that he said something silly about "57 states" is NOT one of them! I don't care if he said that! I hate this gotcha game. He said something stupid. Who doesn't?

Having said that, I love it when this his gaffes are brought to our attention, but ONLY because it exposes the hypocrisy on the left, in their dealings with gaffes, and immoral comments.

Mr. Morgan, you said that Rush AND Mahar should be held accountable? We already know how you think Rush should pay for his "crime". What punishment would you impose on Mahar?

Don't bother answering. I already know it.

#3 "Hideously politically correct overreaction"

Thanks, Piers, CNN has been looking for a new tagline!

#4 I believe even the White House said later that . . .

. . . De Niro's joke was inappropriate.

So, did Obama overract?

#5 Yes.

Yes he did.

#6 Piers Morgan strikes again

It seems to depend on who does a gaffe and when it occurs that we see laughable attempts at calling for a moratorium on crude attempts at humor ("let's just get a grip, shall we?).

Newt's right, as he almost always is.

The Piers Morgans of the world can unleash their venom but then it's just everyone else shut up.

LIBERALISM - government of the people by the theories and for the ideologists

#7 Anyone notice all these

Anyone notice all these English sounding (so-called) news people are very left wing? Wonder why, ya don't suppose they good old in England and were pushed to our shores.

#8 How much would you pay to see

the show with Newt sitting across from morgan and morgan opens his pie hole like that to his face?


#9 I agree, that would definitely be a pricey ticket

After Newt finished properly assessing Piers Morgan, whiny Piers would almost certainly have something to whine about, which would be an opening for Newt to assess that, etc.

- Looking forward to the self-annihilation of the Manipulated Stories Machine.

#10 Peirs Morgan is probably in line for a big bonus

Let’s get this straight.

Piers Morgan – a man without peer for reliably bludgeoning people, with his snootily superior élan, for being inadequately political correct – FIRST whitewashes DeNiro’s infamous racist joke, which is of no consequence by Morgan’s twisted double standards although it was so off the charts that it essentially forced the POTUS along with DeNiro to apologize for it, and THEN is taking Newt Gingrich – of all people – to task for his "hideously politically correct overreaction."

This is one more indication that radiating Liberal hypocrisy like the sun is an essential qualification for important MSM positions.

I submit this remark for the “Hypocrite” category in MRC’s annual Media Bias Awards shindig.

(Ordinarily this should be a shoe-in, but the competition IS stiff and there are still nine more months of creative hypocrisy to go.)

- Looking forward to the self-annihilation of the Manipulated Stories Machine.

#11 I find it hilarious

That a Brit has a segment on his show called "only in America". What the hell does he know about America?

I'll try to be nicer if you'll try to be smarter.

#12 Talk about overreacting!

"When did a harmless joke become a criminal offense?"

Talk about overreacting! Hay, Piers, who called for criminal charges?

The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States. The US Constitution

Unless you're a fetus. The US Supreme Court

Or Anwar al-Awlaki.

#13 Liberals Started This War

. . . and they didn't exect us to counter-attack.

And Liberals can end this war any time they please by surrendering.  Until then Conservatives will keep the pressure up.

#14 Ok, Piers. Now about Rush and Sandra Fluke...

"Ok, Piers. Everyone should lighten up about making fun of other people by using race and sexism.

Now about Rush and Sandra Fluke..."


"The news and truth are not the same thing." -Walter Lippmann (1889-1974) FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER

#15 Proof?

A light-hearted flip on the type of remark that Mrs. Obama had to put up with in reverse from certain quarters in deadly seriousness for the most of the last election campaign.

I don't recall any comments during the '08 election season about the country not "being ready" for a black First Lady.

Is Morgan correct about this or is he just blowing smoke (as usual)? Anyone have any links to such remarks?

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