American current-affairs TV is full of shouting matches that are deeply shocking to reserved, polite British viewers – but perhaps the greatest meltdown yet happened on a show hosted by a Brit.
Last night, former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan invited American radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones onto his CNN show. Jones has created a petition demanding that Morgan be deported, in the wake of the British journalist’s campaign to ban the semi-automatic weapons that have facilitated mass shootings in the US.
Many Americans strongly object to any curb on gun ownership, but nobody disagrees more strongly than Jones. His 14-minute appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight consists almost entirely of Jones, who very rarely answers or even acknowledges Morgan’s questions, shouting about everything from Prozac to Hitler as he makes the case that unfettered gun ownership is essential if the American people are to resist totalitarianism.