ITV Good Morning Britain / pierce morgan interview with diane abbott
I am writing to inform you that I will no longer be watching or supporting your TV channel. I watched Pierce Morgan interview Diane Abbott on whether labour would press the nuclear "button" or not. I found him and your other presenters highly arrogant and rude. Please note they are not as educated as this MP on current political and world affairs. He came across as a total right-wing reactionary and pro-trump supporter, who clearly lacks any kind of diplomacy and was clearly interrogating her. Is this the kind of politics you want to promote at ITV? Surely your presenters should be impartial and interview people properly if you wish to practice good journalism. To me he looked very stupid and uneducated when interviewing her this morning and as a result I now believe you will lose certain viewers.
Updated by Vote Labour, May 02, 2017
I am writing to inform you that I was appalled by ITV Good Morning Britain's coverage of an interview between Pierce Morgan and Diane Abbott. I watched Pierce Morgan interview Abbott on whether Labour would "press" the nuclear button or not. I found him and your other presenters highly arrogant and rude. Firstly, they are not as educated as this MP on current political and world affairs and secondly, I found the way they questioned her highly disrespectful. Pierce Morgan came across as a total right-wing reactionary and pro-trump supporter, who clearly lacks any kind of real meaningful diplomacy. He was interrogating Diane Abbott and was using the interview as another way to attack and undermine the Labour party. Is this the kind of politics you want to promote at ITV? Surely your presenters should be impartial and interview people properly, if they wish to practise valued journalism? Diane Abbott was composed and was not answering his questions with a "yes" or "no" answer, because she was trying to avoid feeding into his blatant right wing sensationalist views; something perhaps one of your more ignorant or uneducated viewers may not have picked on? The interview conveys Pierce Morgan's lack of knowledge and understanding around using a nuclear deterrent. It is not a simple "yes" or "no" answer, but an extremely complex one. If Good Morning Britain is going to persist in this type of politics maybe it needs to inform it's viewers on the benefits of having a prime minister that will press the "button" of a nuclear device. Perhaps you could give examples? Do you think a lot of your viewers understand the message you were trying to put across this morning? Do you think you are putting this message across in an appropriate, measured and informed way? More to the point you have a responsibility as a TV channel to promote fair, respectful and impartial media coverage. This kind of sensationalist right-wing TV does nothing more than feed peoples fears.
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