Americans didn't take to "Piers Morgan Live" on CNN — and for very good reason, says Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America.
In an exclusive interview Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV, Pratt acknowledged that he had hammered Morgan during a contentious gun control debate
, but said it was the show's plummeting ratings that showed Americans were turning away in droves.
"He kept trying to tell us that we got our revolution wrong, and he was telling us — even worse, I think — with a British accent, and that just didn’t fly," Pratt said.
"He came into that show taking over the Larry King spot with 2 million viewers. He went away with only 10 percent. That’s pretty stunning, and it tells me that there’s a philosophical bias all the way up the CNN management."
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Morgan and CNN President Jeff Zucker on Monday announced that they'd agreed to end the 9 p.m. weeknight show after discussing its failure to connect with audiences.
The program is expected to end in March.
Pratt said that if CNN management were working "without an ideological agenda, you’re going to say ‘man, we’ve had a 25 percent drop . . . we’ve got to get something done’— and they let it go 90 percent."
He said it wasn't his widely viewed clash with Morgan that pushed the talk show host over the edge.
"He did it to himself, and I just sort of stood there and let him dance around and make himself look very bad," he said. "If that’s what helped push him along, then I’ll be happy to take credit for it."
Pratt also praised the U.S. public for not equating gun control with personal safety.
"I think the American people have [over the years] come to realize that ‘I’m not going to be safer if I can’t have a gun’," he said.
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