In response to Jon Stewart mocking CNN for providing a “wrongnado” of information about Monday’s Washington Navy Yard shooting, Piers Morgan is advising the comedian to stop worrying about CNN, and start worrying about losing his job to John Oliver.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 18, 2013
Oliver, a regular correspondent for “The Daily Show,” filled in for Stewart as host of the Comedy Central program over the summer while Stewart was busy directing his first feature film, “Rosewater.”
Stewart took CNN’s coverage of America’s most recent tragedy to task on Tuesday night by pointing out a number of occasions when various reporters — including Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper — openly acknowledged that information they were reporting “can obviously be very, very wrong.”
“I know you think that saying ‘This could all be wrong’ makes it OK to say it. But it doesn’t make it OK,” Stewart said. “No one else in the world is allowed to operate that way.”
Although Stewart did not mention Morgan in the segment, the “Piers Morgan Live” host did broadcast a blunder of his own by insisting during a debate with gun rights advocates on Monday that Aaron Alexis — the man who killed 12 people during a shooting spree in Washington, D.C. — legally purchased an AR-15 rifle from a gun store in Virginia.
“I’m telling you a fact, Ben. He bought it in Virginia. Legally,” Morgan told conservative radio host Ben Ferguson. “This is the problem with America’s gun laws. It’s not legal where he did the act, it’s legal around the corner. There’s no federal ban on AR-15s, so that’s why they keep being used.”
The FBI agent in charge of the investigation said on Tuesday that Alexis bought a shotgun to carry out the attack, not an AR-15 that Morgan insisted as “fact.”
“Lots of confusion over exactly what guns Wash Navy Yard shooter used,” Morgan tweeted on Tuesday. “But do you think it matters to the victims?”