- The Washington Times - Monday, September 5, 2016

British TV host Piers Morgan is known for throwing his interview questions high and inside, and did so again Monday with the target being a 12-year-old girl who has received death threats.

In an appearance on “Good Morning Britain,” Aryanna Gourdin of Utah was asked about going hunting, including on African safaris, and posting on her Facebook page pictures of her with some of the slain animals, which include a giraffe and a zebra. Those pictures have prompted a furious backlash from hunting opponents, including Mr. Morgan.

“How would you feel if I came to your house one day and I hunted down your pet cat and I killed it and I then posted pictures of me celebrating the slaughter of your pet cat?’ Mr. Morgan asked.

When Aryanna acted puzzled and her father Eli, who was in the Salt Lake City studio alongside his girl,called that a trick question, Mr. Morgan bored in harder.

“There’s nothing tricky about that question … I’ve noticed on your Facebook page” the juxtaposition of “cuddly” pictures of pets and of hunting trophies, Mr. Morgan said. “An animal is an animal.”

Aryanna asked quizzically if Mr. Morgan was suggesting that “I’m not allowed a pet because I hunt?”

Mr. Morgan reiterated his questioning, asking the young girl “would you like it” if he “came and killed your pet cat and I posted pictures of me celebrating the killing?”

Her father called the comparison absurd.

“I think that’s a trick question. That would be your choice because I’ve never killed a pet and most hunters don’t kill pets,” Mr. Gourdin said. “A giraffe’s not a pet. We would never think to go out and kill somebody’s pet.”

Aryanna has received hundreds of ugly comments, including death threats, over her hunting pictures. Both she and her father were wearing “Stand up to anti-hunter bullying” T-shirts.

In his short-lived stint as a talk-show host for CNN, Mr. Morgan came under repeated criticism for hectoring and bullying interview subjects with whom he disagreed, especially gun-rights supporters, although most off them were adults. A White House petition demanding that he be deported from the U.S. got sufficient support as to earn a required White House response.

The White House said it would not initiate deportation proceedings, but low ratings killed his CNN show anyway.

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