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Jonah Goldberg, Piers Morgan and The Tyranny of Cliches, and Sean Hannity’s Great American Panel

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Off to NYC for Monday night’s Great American Panel on Sean Hannity’s show, but first a pointer to my Monday Washington Examiner column, which is about the churlish treatment of Jonah Goldberg by Piers Morgan a week ago on CNN.

CNN’s ratings are in the tank, and as my column argues, a lot of the slide is the result of the abandonment of the professionalism that marks the work of Wolf Blitzer, Candy Crowley, Jon King and others. Even Anderson Cooper has been burdened with an inane slogan “Keeping Them Honest” which wears at the credibility of an otherwise solid hour of reporting.

The worst show on the network is Morgan’s –it repels viewers with a lethal combination of smarm and left-wing gibberish. The interview with Jonah was an opportunity to invite center-right viewers back to the show and to display a basic courtesy that might have earned a second visit. Instead Morgan took the opportunity to fairly shout “go away” to millions. Word travels fast. Message received.

Jonah will be my guest in hours two and three tonight, because Tyranny of Cliches is a wonderful book, and Goldberg the perfect guest –funny, informed and with a lot to give the audience. My job is to prepare by reading the book, outlining a thorough interview, and then to get out of his way.

Buy the book because it is a terrific read that arms you with arguments and bestows scores of smiles and some laugh-out-loud moments. And buy a second one for a friend, just as a thank you to Piers Morgan for the clarity he provided.

The Tyranny of Clichs: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas


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