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Piers Morgan "does not bode well."

Written By mista sense on Monday, January 17, 2011 | 9:27 AM

Laura Bennett, writing for The New Republic, puts incoming CNN host Piers Morgan in the context of Oprah Winfrey and Larry King, two celebrity-focused interviewers who have been popular, but not journalists.  Does Morgan really wish to be "an American entertainer with an English accent"?  Here's the way Bennett sums up Morgan as the successor to Winfrey and King: 

As Piers Morgan—a British talk show host and former tabloid editor, best-known to American audiences as a crabby judge on America’s Got Talent—steps into the breach, he would be smart to stake out some middle ground between the two models of TV talk. If being “dangerous” means being savvy and skeptical, he may prove a welcome development. But the British press coverage does not bode well: The Guardian called him “an American entertainer with an English accent.” The reasoning? His incessant name-dropping and his apparent belief that “one can find vindication through friendship with a celebrity.”

That's Morgan above, on the set of "America's Got Talent," at left.

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