Piers Morgan defends Romney comments on London Olympics

To catch you up quickly on this non-troversy that apparently took the Brits by storm this morning, Romney made some honest remarks to Brian Williams last night when he was asked if London was ready for the Olympics:

Big freaking deal right? I mean, he didn’t really say anything that hasn’t been in the news already, here and here and I’m sure in other places.

But because the British press helped everyone get their panties in a wad, Romney clarified his comments later, playing down his concerns (h/t: The Hill):

I thought he handled that pretty well, which brings me to the reason for the post. Piers Morgan was on CNN earlier today and was asked how the Brits are handling Romney’s comments, and Morgan gave his own frank assessment which was that Romney was just telling the truth (h/t: Mediaite):

Kudos to Piers Morgan for being sensible, and right for once.

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  • poljunkie

    I see this as a big can of nothing.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Honesty from Piers? What’s next? Dogs and cats, living together…

    Nothing to see hear… the media is desparate to nail Romney with a gaffe… but this ain’t it.

    So stinking sad that some public figures get hammered for being honest.

  • RosiesSeeingRed

    Honestly, when being honest gets you in trouble, we’re in trouble.

    • Joe

      WHAT is this thing you call – “HONEST”?

      • bobemakk

        Not much of that thing “honest” is known to our younger generations because of all the corruption we see today. The future of America is going into the toilet.

    • It’s only with the left that we can’t be honest. They’re not used to it.

  • Nukeman60

    The host made it sound like Romney said the Olympics themselves were disconcerting and then at the end, after Piers defended Romney, she said ‘oh, okay’ as if disappointed. He didn’t say anything wrong, actually, and it’s the Media that should be called out on the carpet for their faux outrage and made up controversies. I’m pretty tired of it.

    • Joe

      BUT – Whom – My GOOD Man –

      Would do the “calling out”?

      Therein lies the problem

      • Nukeman60

        Okay, you got me. I’ll do it.

        • Joe

          I tried – but if enough of us do – Maybe – something might give

          Look at CNN – ratings are tanking!

          BTW – Another one bites the dust >> Newsweek


          • Nukeman60

            Yes. You see, this is all of us doing this. If anybody thinks their one voice doesn’t matter, just look around at what’s happening. It’s because our single voices ring out to others, on e-mail, on facebook, on twitter, on other blogs. It’s expanding and one by one, the LSM are falling by the wayside.

            The media will have to adapt or fall. The media used to say “never argue with someone who buys their ink by the barrel”. Well, we found the answer to that one. Don’t buy ink at all. Ignore them and use the keyboard. Money talks, BS media walks.

            • Joe

              RIGHT ON BRO!

              There is hope after all !!

            • 1mathteacher

              Nukeman60, I always like the way you think.

  • ChesterWalton

    It is called diplomacy. Presidential contenders are not suppose to show up in London and disparage their Olympics before they even start. Brit gov officials think “total car crash” and “worse that Palin”… ouch.

    • Rshill7

      He didn’t disparage anything. He rather, clarified. Could you clarify by chance?

    • He didn’t “disparage” their Olympics. He cited well-known facts that have been in the news, said it seemed like the Organizing Committee was addressing the concerns, and we’ll have to see if they’ve done well enough after the fact. As someone who’s done the same job, he can appreciate the fact that perfection is unattainable, and what counts is how well you correct the mistakes as they’re discovered.

      • 1mathteacher

        Right, and if he HAD just said, “Oh, everything’s great! I’m sure it will all be perfect!” then they would have crawled him for being oblivious to problems that everyone knows about. Frankly, I would have been tempted to do that if I were in his place, and I’m glad he called it like he saw it.

      • ChesterWalton

        Right, you fail diplomacy 101, see Krauthammers remarks on the topic, he is spot on as always.

    • Nukeman60

      What he said was it was disconcerting about the stories of their security. Having read those stories, why wouldn’t it be disconcerting. It is to me.

    • keyesforpres

      I suggest you spend a bit more time demanding Brits get their guns back, stop islamic immigration, and demand Britain repatriate those 7th century savages back to whatever 7th century cesspool they crawled in from.

    • keyesforpres

      Oh and another thing, you guys have disparaged the Olympics by being cowards. Not having a moment of silence for the slain Israelis from the ’72 Olympics is outrageous. Cowtowing to muslims by allowing a WALL to be put up between Lebanese athletes next to the Israelis because they didn’t want to be next to Jews. Outrageous.

      Allowing 100 shariah courts. Sick. Allowing female genital mutilation. Heck, muslims are coming from other parts of Europe to mutilate their daughters in England because you guys have no spine.

      Hundreds of muslim girls go missing every year there to be forced into arranged marriages.

      Your muslims pedophilic gangs raping British girls and your press won’t even call them muslim. They call them Asian. My aunt’s sister and family left England recently to move back to Hong Kong because they’d rather try their luck with the Communist Chinese than deal with the cowardly politicians of England that has allowed this islamic invasion.

      Heck, your own gov’t is the ones that decided you had to put the military on roofs during the games and you’re offended that Mitt said it was disconcerting?

      Maybe you Brits should channel your outrage where it’s needed….the islamic invasion and the raping of your young girls.

  • ChesterWalton

    Ron Paul or Newt wouldn’t have done this since they actually know how to communicate with people.

    • Rshill7

      Unlike yourself, right? I read some of your previous posts. You’re about as diplomatic as a wildfire. Practice what you preach one time.

    • keyesforpres

      LOL, you said Ron Paul knows how to communicate…no more wars!

  • Ha! That Info-Babe sure looked disconcerted by Piers remarks! The look on her face was priceless!

  • Joe

    Romney was Captain Obvious on this one
    It seems that every Country that sponsors these events regrets it

    BUT – IMHO – should have not said anything publicly

    That being said >>>

    PIERS – Hates Britain and apparently they hate him – otherwise he would have a show there

  • drphibes

    “Okay” – I love the downward inflection in her voice. This was the last word spoken in the interview and it sounded like she was disappointed that Piers wasn’t piling on.

  • JohnOfPhiladelphia

    He’s right. I’m writing from England atm. And people over here are just being sour that their country sucks; and that whilst Romney’s may be ‘sucking’ currently under Obama, it still doesn’t suck half as much as the UK has, since Old Maggie left office. Otherwise, I think secretly they agree with Romney’s statement.

  • JohnOfPhiladelphia

    He’s right. I’m writing from England atm. And people over here are just being sour that their country sucks; and that whilst Romney’s may be ‘sucking’ currently under Obama, it still doesn’t suck half as much as the UK has, since Old Maggie left office. Otherwise, I think secretly they agree with Romney’s statement.

  • 911Infidel

    Piers Morgan? At what point did he become suddenly relevant to anything? He’s the Chargé d’Affaires of all CNN wankers from other countries. And with bona fides to boot.
    Screw him.

    • Rshill7

      No thanks 🙂

      • 911Infidel

        Screw him=To hell with him. Or as he might understand a little better “sod off”.

        • Rshill7

          OK 🙂

  • 911Infidel

    Piers Morgan? At what point did he become suddenly relevant to anything? He’s the Chargé d’Affaires of all CNN wankers from other countries. And with bona fides to boot.
    Screw him.

  • marketcomp

    Brits are a bunch of wimps! They are just trying to nic-pic anything that Romney says to help Obama. I was suspicious of Prime Minister Cameron when he visited the US becasue did not even visit with the republican candidates. Cameron is not a conservative.

    • p m

      Brits aren’t wimps – not those who actually work and aren’t on the government teat – but their ‘leaders’ are. Cameron is another empty suit masquerading as a conservative, but very far from it.

      An empty suit who is so devoid of intelligence that he consulted with 0zero on how to run his campaign a few years ago. He lost what should have been a landslide because he has never done an honest days work in his life. Went from university to his party HQ, then to a PR firm, then to Parliament.

      He got a tiny majority that forced him into bed with the super-wimp, europe-loving ‘liberals’. He lied about getting the UK out of europe and still hasn’t done it. A one-worlder just like Blair.

  • keninil

    The woman interviewing Morgan seemed to be disappointed that he didn’t go off on Romney.

    — A little network bias maybe?

    • michael carpenter

      Yea, she gave a little harumph at the end.

  • stage9

    Piers Morgan DEFENDS Obamney, and this doesn’t strike anyone as odd? Good God.

  • Meanwhile, more and more people are losing their jobs nor can’t find one, more and more people are losing their home, the economy sinks even deeper into the crapper, 0bama is still a Marxist with the only objective being to destroy everything that this country stands for and has been founded on, radical Muslims still want to kill every westernized human being.


    I think the British press would love to participate in our elections and is fairly leftist (look at their politics and disdain for the Queen, for anything not socialist) , so it is a no-brainer to me that they will diss Romney every way they can.

  • Wisewoman2

    Romney simply told the truth and used very polite words in doing so. For a very long time I have been puzzled by the media and people’s lack of the ability to see, examine, and accept the truth. My husband finally clarified it for me. He said the country has reached a point where they do not want to hear the truth. They want lies and controversy instead. So you see that old saying ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free has gone by the wayside.

  • Sheya

    I’m one of those Brit’s who is supposedly offended. Well I’m not.
    I live less than a mile away from the Olympic Park and it’s a disaster. London is not ready. At Heathrow Airport, border control is chaos, waiting time for passport control can be up to 4 hours. Traffic is a disaster, everything is clogged up everywhere. Every morning you wake up there is talk about another strike. G4S, the company responsibly for security made a mess of it and then there is the transport system that seems to be having one problem after another.

    Here is what this Londener has to say about all this


  • joyfulgiver

    makes you wonder what’s really happening in the news today. What is the media covering up? they are certainly making a lot out of nothing, because the way I heard it, Mr. Romney was only reiterating what the media has been talking about for weeks…striking tax drivers and other misc. stuff, yes that would seem “disconcerting” a week before the biggest sporting events of the year.

    why weren’t the media as offended when Obama sent the bust of Winston Churchil back? or when he gave the Queen of England an ipod loaded with all his speeches? now that is what I call disconcerting and something worthy of media recognition.

    I’m sure Mr. Romney made similar comments about the olympics he ran. As an event organizer, you are always concerned about the little details running up to the opening day and something as big a deal as security could ruin the whole event. His comments made perfect sense to me. there was nothing in them they made me think he was dogging the organizers. Absurd!

  • Jean_A

    Morgan needs to go back to his wiretapping.

  • AimToMisbehave

    Don’t worry, Piers will more than make up for his lack of hackery on this particular issue.

  • Mike Lee

    Oh. My God. Mitt Romney spoke the truth! What a nightmare. How will the Brits get over this?

  • I loved her last line … “hmmm ok”. I think she really was hoping to have a bash Romney tag team, but Piers let her down. LOL

  • jiaolou