But who will troll the trolls? Piers Morgan and Alex Jones, somehow still trending

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Piers Morgan's Monday night encounter with the conspiracy-minded second-amendment activist Alex Jones, in a segment on Morgan's CNN prime-time talk show, is still lighting up our RSS and Twitter feeds.

“Now I get it, now I see what’s happening,” Jon Stewart said of Jones and his followers last night during an epic skewering of the gun control debate. “Their paranoid fear of a possible dystopic future prevents us from addressing our actual dystopic present.” The gun discussion is in limbo, Stewart added, because the right is too worried about the rise of "imaginary Hitler.”

Others, meanwhile, questioned Morgan's motivations for inviting a loose cannon onto his show.

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"Whatever the reasons for booking Jones," wrote Time TV critic James Poniewozik, "it’s possible that a controversy can both raise your profile and raise an important debate. All that this interview raised, though, were questions about how many screws Jones has loose."

And here's what Glenn Beck's personal website had to say:
Want to know who the media wants to make the face of the pro-gun argument in America? Look no further than conspiratorial radio host Alex Jones, best known for his 9/11 Truther theories and his love of Charlie Sheen’s hernia. Jones is the man behind the petition to deport CNN host Piers Morgan for his views on gun control, and Morgan invited Jones onto his show to debate the gun issue yesterday. Unsurprisingly, Jones made a fool of himself, giving the left the poster boy for their attempts to paint every logical conservative as an extremist nut job.

In fact, Morgan admits as much: "I can't think of a better advertisement for gun control than Alex Jones' interview last night," he told CNN yesterday.

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OK it's a big stretch to classify this as "media" but whatever! Here's Morrissey on "Letterman" last night: