White House: Piers Morgan Gets to Stay

Except Jay Carney didn't use words 'Piers' or 'Morgan' in statement

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 10, 2013 9:12 AM CST

(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.)

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.
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)
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