White House: Piers Morgan Gets to Stay
Except Jay Carney didn't use words 'Piers' or 'Morgan' in statement
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 10, 2013 9:12 AM CST
This Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 file photo shows Piers Morgan, host of CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," as he leaves the CNN building in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, FILE)

(Newser) – Let's say you're the White House. You're obligated to reply to any petition that gets enough signatures on the "We the People" site—even the one to deport Piers Morgan over his gun-control stance. What do you do? Well, you could issue a statement that never uses the words "Piers," "Morgan," or "deport," which is what the White House has done, New York reports. Instead, Jay Carney tactfully addresses the principle at hand, in a post titled, "When Discussing the Second Amendment, Keep the First in Mind Too."

President Obama, he assures us, believes in the right to bear arms, but he also believes in freedom of speech. "No one should be punished by the government simply because he or she expressed a view on the Second Amendment—or any other matter of public concern." He then posts a video of Obama's generic response to post-Sandy Hook gun petitions. (Click to watch a much more animated Piers Morgan video.)

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Pointy_1
Jan 15, 2013 12:52 PM CST
Mr. Morgan may well not be wanted in the USA by you & whoever signed that Petition. Tough, get used to his presence, the only way you can 'Legally' rid yourselves of him is by persuading him to leave of his own accord, how?, by denying him the cash that the TV program pays him to stay. Should enough of folk who think like you, write to the owners of that TV Channel & state that they would no longer be viewing anything put out by that Channel, advertisers would compel the Channel owners to do what you desire.
BCS
Jan 11, 2013 5:13 PM CST
Supreme court case states that as a foreign national he is immune to prosecution under the protection of the first amendment, but that he can be deported.
right2dave
Jan 11, 2013 2:44 AM CST
Piers Morgan becoming less relevant each day.