NBC sports analyst Bob Costas’ odd editorial on gun violence at last Sunday’s Eagles / Cowboys halftime set off a flurry of opinions both pro and con. I found the Twitter exchange between oh-so-snooty transplanted Brit Piers Morgan and financial analyst and commentator Carol Roth especially entertaining.
It started out when Morgan, who is a CNN host, tweeted his support for Costas and gun control to his followers.
Morgan: “Quite incredible that Bob Costas makes an impassioned plea for less handguns, and Americans go crazy with indignation. He’s 100% right.”
Apart from the fact that his use of the word “less” is grammatically incorrect (he should have said “fewer”), the tweet itself was innocent enough even if his reasoning was faulty. He went one step too far, however, when he decided to instruct us Americans on our constitution.
Morgan: “The 2nd amendment was devised with muskets in mind, not high-powered handguns & assault rifles. Fact.”
It’s been awhile, but I’m pretty sure that the word “muskets” appears nowhere in the constitution. Carol Roth, a business strategist, former investment banker and frequent cable news financial commentator noted the tweets, her radar bleeped and she tweeted back the following:
Roth: “@piersmorgan It was devised 4 people 2b able 2 protect themselves w same type of weaponry used by those from whom they might need protection.”
Zing! Morgan wouldn’t let it go.
Morgan: “@caroljsroth Where exactly does it say that in the Constitution – must have missed it?”
Roth: “@piersmorgan right next to the word ‘muskets.’”
I literally rolled on the floor laughing! I’m still chuckling over that one. But there was only silence from Morgan. Did he take his ball and go home?
Finally, eighteen hours later, Morgan tweeted:
“Does it authorise individual ownership of tanks, UZIs and nukes? > RT @caroljsroth @piersmorgan right next to the word ‘muskets.’”
Immediately Roth shot back, “You had 18 hours to think about it & THIS is your comeback? RT @piersmorgan: Does it authorise individual ownership of tanks, UZIs & nukes?”
One more time she left me on the floor laughing. I love this woman! Morgan should have read the masthead on Roth’s website — “Tough love for business.” The same must apply to snooty television hosts.
Interestingly enough, Morgan deleted the exchange from his Twitter timeline. Must not want the reminder. You can still find it on Roth’s, though.
H/T to Twitchy.com.
As it turns out, this isn’t Roth’s first encounter with Morgan. In the following clip, she instructs both Robert Reich and Morgan on tax policy. This took place just last week.