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CNN Host Resorts to Name-Calling in Twitter Bash Fest

"Are you the least followed news anchor on Twitter in America?"

It really is the era of new media. We've showed how newscasters file stories via Twitter and say stupid things via Twitter. Now journalists just fight via Twitter.

An what can only be described as an epic, sixth-grade style bash fest, new CNN anchor, and Larry King replacement, Piers Morgan and local New York newsman John Schiumo duked it out via Twitter over New York City's response to the recent snowstorm.

Morgan began things by telling New Yorkers to "calm down" their anger, and said the city's response would have been considered quick in his home country of England. That's when Schiumo called Morgan an "ass." And that's when they both went all middle school on each other (transcript via Mediaite):

MORGAN: Msg to New Yorkers hammering mayor Bloomberg – if we had 20in blizzard in London, nothing would move for a month. Calm down.

MORGAN: What the attacks on Bloomberg tell me is that Americans expect a higher level of service than we Brits, and usually get one. I admire that.

MORGAN: Not defending Bloomberg – just pointing out that way NYC has recovered from 20in blizzard would be deemed miraculous in UK, not disastrous.

SCHIUMO: New 9pm CNN host @piersmorgan tweeted “Msg to New Yorkers hammering mayor Bloomberg. Calm down.” Welcome to my time slot, ass. Game on.

MORGAN: @Schiumo Sorry Mr Schiumo, but a) I’ve never heard of you and b) I don’t view local news anchors with just 700 followers as rivals.

SCHIUMO: @piersmorgan You judge people based on followers? And CNN trusts you? Your ego will be your demise. And I only heard of you last month.

MORGAN: @Schiumo When a news anchor’s tweets outnumber his followers, there’s a problem John. A big problem….

SCHIUMO: @piersmorgan When a news network hires a British hack, there’s a bigger problem Piers. A bigger problem…

MORGAN: @Schiumo ‘Oi beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.’ Shakespeare.

SCHIUMO: @piersmorgan When a news network hires a British hack, there’s a bigger problem Piers. A bigger problem…

SCHIUMO: People! Stop following me or @piersmorgan and other pompous “journalists” might think I have credibility.

MORGAN: @Schiumo ‘Oi beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.’ Shakespeare.

SCHIUMO: Oh, @piersmorgan. It took your producers 45 minutes to look up a quote to make you look even more arrogant and foolish?

MORGAN: @Schiumo Are you the least followed news anchor on Twitter in America?

SCHIUMO: @piersmorgan Your obsession with followers is telling. And scary. Speaks volumes on the state of national “news” networks.

MORGAN: @Schiumo Ssshhhh. You’ve added 100 followers since I ripped you. I’m doing you a massive favour mate.

SCHIUMO: @piersmorgan And you’ve lost all respect. It’ll be fun watching your show tank.

MORGAN: @Schiumo You’re like Stephen Baldwin and Vinny Pastore – they thought they were big shots in NY too until I wiped them in Celeb Apprentice.

MORGAN: @Schiumo Bye John. At least people will watch my show.

SCHIUMO: @piersmorgan Bye Piers. And that sound you hear is New York laughing at you.

MORGAN: @Schiumo Which is one thing it’s never done to you Schumy old son.

Morgan went on to call Schiumo a "non-entity" in two condescending final tweets:

One last thing…
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