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August 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Piers Morgan was left with an empty chair to interview on Monday after Missouri Congressman Todd Akin abruptly pulled out of an interview with him shortly before airtime. A day earlier, Akin had told a TV interviewer in Missouri that victims of “legitimate rape” have biological mechanisms to ensure that they do not become pregnant. His remark had stirred up a storm of controversy and ultimately led to Akin conceding that he “misspoke.” At the opening of his CNN interview show in Monday, Morgan said, “You’re looking live at the empty chair that Todd Akin was supposed to be sitting in for a live, prime-time exclusive interview.” The chair remained on camera throughout the telecast. Today’s (Tuesday) New York Times called Morgan’s apparent effort to embarrass Akin a “stunt.” However, the newspaper added, “But what a stunt it was. The empty chair lit up Twitter and made the best of a bad situation for Mr. Morgan’s hourlong program.” In the aftermath, even the conservative National Review called for Akin to pull out of the Missouri senatorial race. Calling his remarks “stupid,” the magazine said, “People who make such remarks on television are typically capable of making more like them, or rather incapable of exercising the judgment to refrain.”