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Exit Piers Morgan; Enter Don Lemon?

Don Lemon

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Last night after just three years in the host’s seat Piers Morgan signed-off for the last time. He ended his stint as Larry King’s replacement in the coveted nine o’clock time slot on CNN by revisiting his crusade for tougher gun control laws.

Unfortunately Morgan never really made an impact with viewers and was consistently a ratings loser. Even if I agree with his gun control comments, they often degenerated into rants, showing his frustration with, and inability to understand, American’s love of guns.

The fact that he carried out these harsh criticisms of a US cultural mainstay in his British accent may have irked more viewers than it pleased; Americans don’t like to be told what to do, and certainly not by a “foreigner”.

He’s paid his dues, has shown he can be controversial, and handle it, he’s not a “foreigner”, he’s a member of a visible minority who is also openly gay, and he’s both charming and versatile.

In my opinion Morgan was never the person for the post, not that he isn’t very intelligent and not that he didn’t do an admirable job, but for the very reasons outlined above. It was a matter of the proverbial square peg in a round hole.

But now the question is who will replace Morgan: Jake Tapper, Michael Smerconish, Bill Weir and Don Lemon are all being considered according to the Huffington Post. I might add Chris Cuomo to that list; as I’ve written, things don’t seem to be working well on New Day, his current home.

For my money the next nightly host on CNN’s nine o’clock show should be Don Lemmon. He’s paid his dues, has shown he can be controversial, and handle it, he’s not a “foreigner”, he’s a member of a visible minority who is also openly gay, and he’s both charming and versatile. He can handle a wide range of topics, from breaking news to Hollywood entertainment, race relations to politics.  It’s time.

Of course CNN could give all of them a week or two in the host’s seat and let the viewers decide, call it CNN Idol!

Not that the other gentlemen aren’t capable journalists – sadly no women are being considered according to the HuffPost piece – but in my opinion Lemon is just a wee bit better.

Of course CNN could give all of them a week or two in the host’s seat and let the viewers decide, call it CNN Idol!

Me DCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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Weekly Writing Challenge: Reel Talk – Time for Don Lemon to move to primetime

This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge: Reel Talk encouraged bloggers to incorporate video into our posts. A recent Don Lemon piece on CNN affords a great opportunity to do just that!

Dear CNN,

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As a long time viewer I thought I’d take a moment to bring something to your attention. I understand fully that you may be well aware of what I’m about to point out, and may even be in the process of dealing with the situation. If so please disregard this letter. I’m writing about Don Lemon and, more to the point, the notion that it is time he had his own weeknight prime time show. Trust me, to paraphrase the old Dr. John song,if you don’t do it somebody else will”.

I’m writing about Don Lemon and, more to the point, the notion that it is time he had his own weeknight prime time show

Lemon has been a mainstay of weekend programming for some time now as well as a regular fill-in when needed. But recently he has started to outgrow that position. He’s written a book, come out as a gay man, and most recently taken on the Black community in his “No Talking Points” segment in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing. He is intelligent, articulate, well presented and fair. Just the kind of person you would want hosting a news and opinion show.

… but I also think it might just be time for an African-American to take a place in that line up

The current CNN evening schedule has Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper, Piers Morgan and Anderson Cooper yet again. All of them great at what they do, and all of them undeniably white. Don’t get me wrong, I think Cooper is great, but I also think it might just be time for an African-American to take a place in that line up, maybe the second Cooper hour might be the spot. Perhaps a bright experienced host who is not afraid to be a wee bit controversial.

A friendly warning, someone is going to take notice a snap up this talent if you don’t lock him up

Which brings me back to Lemon. A sixty minute show at ten o’clock would suit his style and make CNN a leader. A friendly warning, someone is going to take notice and snap up this talent if you don’t lock him up.

Thanks for hearing me out!

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Dear CNN: Time for Don Lemon to move to primetime

Dear CNN,

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cbc.ca

As a long time viewer I thought I’d take a moment to bring something to your attention. I understand fully that you may be well aware of what I’m about to point out, and may even be in the process of dealing with the situation. If so please disregard this letter. I’m writing about Don Lemon and, more to the point, the notion that it is time he had his own weeknight prime time show. Trust me, to paraphrase the old Dr. John song,if you don’t do it somebody else will”.

I’m writing about Don Lemon and, more to the point, the notion that it is time he had his own weeknight prime time show

Lemon has been a mainstay of weekend programming for some time now as well as a regular fill-in when needed. But recently he has started to outgrow that position. He’s written a book, come out as a gay man, and most recently taken on the Black community in his “No Talking Points” segment in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing. He is intelligent, articulate, well presented and fair. Just the kind of person you would want hosting a news and opinion show.

… but I also think it might just be time for an African-American to take a place in that line up

The current CNN evening schedule has Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper, Piers Morgan and Anderson Cooper yet again. All of them great at what they do, and all of them undeniably white. Don’t get me wrong, I think Cooper is great, but I also think it might just be time for an African-American to take a place in that line up, maybe the second Cooper hour might be the spot. Perhaps a bright experienced host who is not afraid to be a wee bit controversial.

A friendly warning, someone is going to take notice a snap up this talent if you don’t lock him up

Which brings me back to Lemon. A sixty minute show at ten o’clock would suit his style and make CNN a leader. A friendly warning, someone is going to take notice and snap up this talent if you don’t lock him up.

Thanks for hearing me out!

Me DCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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CNN lets it hit the fan

Shit happens on CNN in prime time.

Shit

I couldn’t help but notice that CNN has recently gone outside the box, has been living on the edge, has turned the cable news watching world on its ear. How so you may well ask. Simply by allowing people to express themselves on TV as they would normally; yep, I’m talking about the use of the word shit.  It all started when on a couple of episodes of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown the host uttered the word. Then during the show about Montreal someone said “merde”; French for, you guessed it, shit.

Not since Tweety Bird’s mother shouted “Scat” while wielding a broom at  Sylvester has such a torrent of scatological expression been let loose on prime time viewers.

Not since Tweety Bird’s mother shouted “Scat” while wielding a broom at  Sylvester has such a torrent of scatological expression been let loose on prime time viewers. Bourdain may have opened the shit floodgates –  metaphorically one prays – but it didn’t stop there.  Coverage of the devastation caused by the tornadoes in Oklahoma included a very well spoken, proper-looking gentleman pointing out that though it is often said tornadoes don’t hit the same place twice, having lost two homes he could vouch for that being “Bullshit”.

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Did the sky fall? Did the world as we know it cease to exist? Was there a furor over these folks talking like folks? Believe it or not, there wasn’t.  For anyone who remembers the ballyhoo that followed Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction you’ll be pleased to hear that maturity has entered the building. (For those not familiar with the Jackson incident, during a Super Bowl halftime performance a few years ago it was alleged she exhibited a nude nipple for a nanosecond. Much like the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination, to actually see anything untoward requires the film to be slowed down, blown up and computer enhanced. Yet a media frenzy ensued.)

Much like the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination, to actually see anything untoward requires the film to be slowed down, blown up and computer enhanced.

CNNIf the Bourdain and Oklahoma experiments are deemed successful, there’s no telling what’s in store for CNN viewers. Will meteorologist Chad Myers describe a low pressure system as shitty weather? Will commentator David Frum state that Democrats are full of shit and will Paul Begala counter by pointing out that Republicans have shit for brains? Will Dana Bash, after listening to a Senator’s elusive response to her question tell him it’s a crock of shit?  Can we expect Wolf Blitzer to comment on the tense situation regarding North Korea by saying the shit’s going to hit the fan? Does Piers Morgan call the NRA shitheads? The next time Anderson Cooper finds himself reporting from a storm will he say holy shit it’s windy?  The possibilities are endless.

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Academy Awards, Canada, History, Politics

Argo: Jimmy Carter sets the record straight, claims Canada deserves 90% of credit for rescue of US hostages from Iran

Ken Taylor receiving a medal from President Ronald Reagan in 1981. Torstar file photo

It’s Academy Awards time yet again, that annual Hollywood display of hype and egotism that draws millions of viewers worldwide. One of this year’s leading films, some would say the odds on favorite to take Best Movie is Ben Affleck’s Argo.

Canadian viewers must keep in mind this is not a documentary. The film recounts in a fictitious manner the Canadian rescue of US hostages from Iran in the 1970s. It is fictitious in that the Canadian role is downplayed and the CIA is the big hero.

In a recent interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, the man who was President at the time of the hostage crisis, Jimmy Carter claimed a full 90% of the credit should go to Canada.

“Ninety percent of the contributions to the ideas and the consummation of the plan was Canadian,” Carter said. “The movie gives almost full credit to the American CIA. And with that exception, the movie’s very good.”

Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor, the man who oversaw the rescue had this to say:

“In reality, Canada was responsible for the six and the CIA was a junior partner. But I realize this is a movie and you have to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.”

In the film Taylor is also shown threatening to close the Canadian embassy; in reality, this never happened.

To his credit Affleck did address the issue:

“Because we say it’s based on a true story, rather than this is a true story, we’re allowed to take some dramatic license. There’s a spirit of truth”, and that, “the kinds of things that are really important to be true are—for example, the relationship between the U.S. and Canada. The U.S. stood up collectively as a nation and said, ‘We like you, we appreciate you, we respect you, and we’re in your debt.’…There were folks who didn’t want to stick their necks out and the Canadians did. They said, ‘We’ll risk our diplomatic standing, our lives, by harbouring six Americans because it’s the right thing to do.’ Because of that, their lives were saved.”

So by all means go to see Argo and root for it to win Oscars if you will, but just remember it is a Hollywood retelling of what really happened. At one time the makers of Argo may have “gotten away with it”, but in this age of instant communications via Internet the truth will out!

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Canada, Crime, Humor, Montreal, Newtown

Piers Morgan should move to Montreal

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So CNN’s Piers Morgan finds himself the topic of not one but two petitions: one, currently with about 90,000 signatures, to deport him from the US back to the UK, and another launched in the UK  to keep him in the US (only 600 signatures or so).

All of this stems from Morgan’s crusade for gun control in the wake of the Newtown massacre of schoolchildren and teachers.

It seems this is an opportune time to invite Morgan to live in Canada; he could do his CNN show remotely and he’s a fellow Commonwealth member (he’d feel right at home with the Queen on our currency).

I suspect he might also find our gun laws more in keeping with what he believes the US should adopt if these mass killings are to stop.

Piers, come set up shop in Montreal; the best of Europe and North America in one place. And a city that has had its own gun debate after the École Polytechnique massacre in 1989 and is therefore sensitive to the notion of gun control.

World’s biggest jazz festival … real smoked meat… bagels! What more could you want?

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Crime

Glocks in schools

When it comes to Glocks, the Glockenspiel, pictured at left below, is a mainstay of marching bands around the world, it dates back to the 1700s; the Austrian made Glock semi-automatic pistol, on the right, has been around since 1982.

While both are called Glock, only one of them should ever be found in a school. Unfortunately …

Glocks

“Why on Earth would you want more guns in schools after what’s happened today,” – Piers Morgan

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