Alex Jones, who started the "deport Piers" White House petition (which has received over 100,000 signatures), went on a major rant on Piers Morgan's show, equating Piers Morgan with the British Kingdom in the 18th century, and gun-loving Americans with the revolutionaries who rebelled against them. But Alex Jones wasn't done there. He went on to call Piers Morgan part of the New World Order (Jones spreads more or less every conspiracy theory you have heard of and many you haven't).
Morgan later told Politico that Alex Jones is a dangerous public figure, partly because Jones is intelligent:
"He is clearly a smart guy under the craziness," Morgan said. "Look, you could tell from the way he ranted that he's not a stupid man. But that makes him more dangerous. There will be lots of people who follow him avidly who are not so intelligent, who believe everything he says."
White House spokesperson Jay Carney said that the Obama administration will respond to Alex Jones' petition to deport Piers Morgan:
"The White House responds to all petitions that cross the threshold and we will respond to this one. In the meantime, it is worth remembering that the freedom of expression is a bedrock principle in our democracy."
Translation: no, Alex Jones, we will not deport Piers Morgan. The irony of all this is that Morgan's attempt to have a level discussion with Alex Jones has elevated Jones' stature. All publicity is good publicity for someone like him, and there are probably more people listening to Alex Jones' conspiracy theories than there were yesterday.