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June 11th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

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The bulk of the American Morning response revolved around the Holocaust Museum shooting and hate speech. Most believed the museum shooter received far too much coverage, while a minority felt that such exposure would prevent future hate groups from hiding on the Internet. Banishing “hate speech” was considered to be the solution for preventing further violence, while others voiced concern over “thought crime” legislation leading to a more “Orwellian” society.

  • Dan: Like Blitzer yesterday, Roberts is asking what can be done about the haters and the violent extremists. Cohen gave you the answer....expose them, shine a light on them. These people are well known by groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center. Their bile is all over the Internet. It's the job of the media to expose these homegrown terrorists to the general public. You may not stop all their vile acts, but it's the best, and most necessary start. Get on it! And maybe we can stop the next attack.
  • Jared: If there is one certain truth in world politics, I believe that one thing to be that true, real democracy is expensive. From time to time there have been occasional tragedies in our history as a nation, and my heart goes out the family of the officer killed, but it will not help democracy to invoke "thought crime" legislation; that is the stuff of George Orwell.
  • Steve: RE: Hate Crimes. When I see these many hate crimes against Blacks, Hispanics, Gays, Jews, etc. I can't help remember the line from "America The Beautiful" – "And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea". Unfortunately that's a bunch of hooey!
  • Bernadette: Jim Acosta, Lit the fuse, not! The fuse has been at a low burn for years just awaiting the right opportunity to strike and explode!
  • Darryl-pa: What about that hate group called librals and the way that the Palins are treated.

Will exposure for such hate crimes as the killing of Dr. Tiller and the shooting of the guard at the Holocaust Museum help to deter such hate crimes in the future, or will they incite others to follow in the hopes of gaining exposure for their personal causes? Is there an appropriate way for the U.S. to regulate “hate” speech without infringing on our First Amendment Rights to freely express our thoughts? How would you solve this dilemma?


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  1. PAULINE

    I WANTED TO BE THE PERFECT MOM,BUT SOMETIMES YOU DONT GET EVERYTHING YOU ASKED FOR.THE MORE I TRIED MY 13 YEARS OLD REBEL.HE ALWAYS TELL ME NOT ALL OF US CAN BE DOCTORS AND LAWYERS.I LOST MY JOB NAD I AM SPENDING MORE TIME WITH HIM TALKING AND GOING JOGGING.I AM GETTING TO NOW MY SON MORE AND WE BONDING MORE.

    LOVE YOUR SHOW
    PAULINE FROM MARYLAND

    June 12, 2009 at 8:50 am |
  2. Judie Mixson

    I guess I'm the bad mom, I make them do chores (no allowance). I don't pay them to be part of the family. I make them get odd jobs (mowing grass, babysitting) to buy extras for themselves and we (my husband and I) spanked them on the butt. OUr goal is to make them 2 things. Marriable & employable!

    June 12, 2009 at 6:36 am |
  3. Bob

    Pretty much all violent crime is a "hate crime". Solutions to the problem will have to come from Law Enforcement, not political reaction. As ignorant as Limbaugh, Coulter, Savage, Hannity, et. al. are, does not mean their voices should be silenced.

    June 12, 2009 at 5:17 am |
  4. Kimberly Krautter

    Drawing direct connections between heinous crimes such as these to the hate speech and the hate groups that foment them will help reduce the tolerance for any expression of bigotry and racism. Oh sure, some of the nuttiest of the wing nuts might copy cat in the short term, but they will only manage to reduce the overall sympathy for their causes as people of good will in a free society have no stomach for such behavior. The most important outcome of steady attention to these groups and their crimes is that it will reduce the public's tolerance of the slightly lighter version of the hate speech and fear mongering that is propagated by the right wing echo chamber (Limbaugh, Coulter, Savage, Hannity, et. al.). This will indeed be a public service.

    June 11, 2009 at 4:14 pm |