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May 7th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

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Thursday's American Morning viewers debated CNN’s decision to air Michael Savage’s rebuttal to his ban in Britain. Some were very appreciative of CNN’s “impartial” interview, while others were outraged that CNN would “publicize [Savage’s] raving hate talk.”

  • Bernadette: Thank you for the impartial interview with Michael Savage. Mr. Savage, to clarify your words, once they are out on the airwaves you cannot take them back. Clarifying the use of terminology after the fact does not excuse foul, noxious, vicious, malicious and ferocious pronouncements on your part.
  • Michael: I'm sure Michael Savage is happy to live in a country that gives you the freedom to be an ignorant hate spewing bigot. As they say in England, Cheers!
  • Manetav: I agree with the British. Listen to his show sometime. It’s time we need Fairness Doctrine.
  • Michael R: Why on earth would you give ANY time to publicize the raving hate talk of Michael (Weiner) Savage? He claims that his is a free speech issue, but if you've ever listened to him, he never allows callers who disagree to actually speak freely. He does have the right to say WHATEVER he wishes, but must you help him spread his venom?
  • Ed: Your clueless interview with this slime ball was in the same level as a "Hannity" type softball interview. Have you listened to the Michael Savage radio show? Pure hateful ugliness and racist comments. Shame on your naiveté on this sorry excuse for a human being.

How do you feel about the controversial radio host, Michael Savage? Would you, as a viewer, have preferred NOT to hear Mr. Savage’s side of the argument? Was CNN wrong in airing his opinion?

Regarding erectile dysfunction advertising, most viewers favored the spots, with some seeing it as an opportunity to discuss sex education with children and grandchildren. Others were concerned that such a ban would limit First Amendment rights.

  • Tony: I find it refreshing to see such ads on TV after living through the 1950s. I have no problem with tempering the ads during prime time but tell the Virginia congressman, it opens the door for a good time to discuss sex with his kids and grandkids. I think maybe we should rename the state of Virginia to XXXia.
  • Daniel: The proposed legislation to ban “inappropriate” commercials is ridiculous. It’s called the First Amendment. Of course the American people have stood by and let the government take on more power, so what’s one more. We need to rise up and defend ourselves from such blatant attempts to delve further in our lives!!!!
  • Gil: While you are at it, how about doing away with ads dealing with hemorrhoids and feminine itch, maxi protection, intimate lubrication, indigestion, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea?

How do you feel about such advertising? Should all ads dealing with bodily issues be removed from our airwaves, as viewer three suggests? Do these ads provide a service to you as a consumer? Tell us what you think.


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  1. Margaret

    I believe that CNN was right on, by allowing it's viewer's to hear both sides of this controversies. Intelligent viewer's want to hear the facts, from both sides of the spectrum. More often then not, these vipers, expose themselves for what they really are!! CNN would be remiss not to do so. Otherwise we'd all just tune into FOX News, to hear a bias point of view.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  2. Sunflower103

    I think it's over stated about oprah's influence about the free meals at KFC. I live in a mid to high income retirement community. Someone printed 150 coupons for KFC and left them near the mailbox. Not one person knew that it was oprah pushing this. Needles to say a lot of people used them. Oprah said she didn;t know so many people were hurting. This is not the case. People from all walks of life will go for a free meal. When Denny's had that breakfast promotion it was the samething...Free meal..Free meal.....

    May 8, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  3. Giuseppe

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. That is what makes our country great! Dr. Savage calls himself a devout Christian, but doesn't being a Christian involve being meek and humble? He is anything but on the radio. How about turning the other cheek? He certainly doesn't buy into that either.
    He wants to leave this life with a good name as he says in the interview. Maybe he has finally realized that some may interpret his act as being hateful. Who knows.
    He shouldn't be banned in England, but it's their country.

    May 8, 2009 at 7:08 am |
  4. Mark

    Mr. Savage standsfor the last of us that will stand up and be an Americans. We know how this country has changed for the worse. He tells it like it is. Those who oppose our views think we are out of touch. Go back to the fifties and learn what this country was like then and the way it is now. You are the ones who just do not get what we beleive in.

    May 8, 2009 at 2:33 am |