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June 2nd, 2009
04:00 PM ET

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Tuesday’s American Morning audience continued question and debate regarding the murder of Dr. Tiller and the issues surrounding abortion.

  • Celeste: Dr. Tiller saved a lot of lives and was NOT A MURDERER! To repeat this abject foolishness and give voice to obvious lunatics is the height of irresponsible journalism! Please stop encouraging these fringe elements by giving them air time and commentary without the condemnation they deserve. Just because we have the right to believe and state what we want, DOES NOT require mainstream media to broadcast ill-advised, base comments from hate mongers. The "dumbing down" of the discussion of social issues for the sake of ratings is a disgrace!
  • Arigg: Whoever said that the people who disparaged Dr. Tiller, calling him "Tiller the Baby Killer" (O'Reilly and that other crazy guy) can't be held accountable for his murder, should take note of the case of Charles Manson ... he never actually killed anybody, but his words surely persuaded others to commit heinous crimes. I think the world would be a better place of Bill O'Reilly's mother would have a retroactive abortion performed on her son. Our planet has way too many humans to support now, and if humans don't consciously try to prevent unwanted births, I'm sure the earth will balance herself out and get rid of this mass of crazed humanity. Those people should be held accountable for their evil words that drive wack-a-loons to murder innocent doctors
  • Diane: The public needs to hear from some of the desperate women for whom Dr. Tiller performed late term abortions. Their stories would make it clear that he was not in it for he money and that these women did not make this decision lightly.
  • Gabe: About the abortion doctor who was murdered in Kansas, what is not being asked is, why did he perform the late abortions that he did? Was it out of the mother's whim or were they done to save the mother's life? If the latter, then the doctor was not a killer of babies, as has been charged, but a saviour of women's lives. He should therefore be remembered as a hero as well as a good family and church-going man. And why is it that pro-lifers always give more importance to the fetus than to the woman who bears it? I think the woman, the mother, should come first. After all, she may already have other children and loved ones to look after whereas a fetus is but a blob of tissue, an unborn life. These so-called pro-lifers sure have their priorities mixed up.

Unions were blamed by viewers as the catalyst for bringing down the U.S. auto industry, as many felt their demand for high wages caused GM’s failure.

  • Perry: What the auto workers never considered is that they were not striking against the company, they were striking against the other American workers. I remember watching a movie where Sally Fields fought for the union and finally won and got the union in. I think they should follow up with another movie showing where that company is now that the union got in. Consider this; if you want more out of life, someone will have to work harder in order for you to get it. It's not free, either you have to work longer, or harder, or find a way to make others work longer and harder for you. That's what the BIG UNIONS DID FOR SO LONG. The found a way to make us work longer and harder to buy their cars so they could work 10 minutes and stay on coffee brake an hour.
  • Mike: In all of the concern over GM and Chrysler filing for bankruptcy, how is Ford Motor Company doing at this time. Can they avoid the same fate as GM and Chrysler. As I recall there was a small uproar when the CEO of GM was ask to step down because he knew the business well and had devoted his life to it vs the Ceo at Ford who came from another totally different industry. My own thoughts are that the entire US auto industry was brought down by the UAW. I am retired from a fortune 500 company and hve good medical insurance, but I do pay several thousand/year for this and consequently my prior employer is not filing for bankruptcy. The UAW needs to be reigned in.
  • Craig: The UAW destroyed GM by its greed, now they partially own GM, I don't care what they make, I will never buy another GM product.

What do you think about the idea that the unions are the reason the U.S. auto industry is in so much trouble?

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soundoff (8 Responses)

    The capital of Brazil is Brasilia and not Rio as it was said while the news for the airplane accident was being presented this morning

    June 3, 2009 at 7:23 am |
  2. Mitchel

    I saw several typos, so I wanted to correct them. The following below are what I typed, followed by what I meant to type. Loll.
    What I typed:
    The same principle applies to
    > cities buying electric cars/trucks and building re-charging
    > stations for them. Once the cities purchase hydrogen,
    > electric, and hydrogen cars/buses/trucks, this will attract
    > investors to make companies to supply these energy sources.
    What I meant to type:
    I should have typed: The same principle applies to states....Once the cities and states purchase hydrogen, electric, and natural gas cars/buses/trucks.....

    June 3, 2009 at 1:08 am |
  3. Helen Johnson

    This plane crash has brought back such vivid memories....On June 3, 1963, a Northwest Orient Plane 'disappeared' over the Gulf of Alaska killing all 101 miitary passengers. The cause of the crash was never determined. There was speculation at the beginning that it was possible sabotage, but after the FAA investigation, the report stated 'cause unknown'. My Air Force husband Captain Murray Johnson, Radar Controller, was enroute to a year long remote tour in Alaska. My heart goes out to the families who are suffering an undescribable shock and then that will be followed with the reality that the bodies of their loved will never be found nor returned to them. I normally deal with this anniversary date okay, but this year with a similar incident so close to the same date, it makes it all seem so fresh again.

    June 2, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  4. Janos

    Cursed typos detract from an otherwise valid point, I shouldn't comment on serious issues when I'm tired.

    June 2, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  5. Janos

    The Double Standard of the Insanity Defense.

    Why is it that why a Muslim is driven by religious and political ideology to commit crimes, he's a terrorist, but when a Christian is driven by religious and political ideology to commit crimes, he's schizophrenic? Think about this people, extreme religious and political ideology can make people willing to blow themselves up with no natural mental illness, we see it with terrorist all the time. This man was caught up in a radical movement and held radical ideology, he was driven by the strength of his convictions to commit murder.

    If this man had called himself a Muslim the media would be calling him a terrorist right now, and there is a clear double standard in that.

    June 2, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  6. CNN is a joke

    Does anyone ever notice that Jack Cafferty only reads e-mails sympathetic to him and his liberal, democratic agenda.

    O'Reilly always presents both sides of issues – O'Reilly and Fox News is AMAZING – Check it out!

    June 2, 2009 at 9:58 pm |
  7. Diane's biased and her opinion is worthless

    AND no, CNN does not listen. The motto should be... "The most worthless name in news". Seriously, if you want depth in news coverage, go to Fox. Don't waste your time with CNN anymore.

    June 2, 2009 at 9:56 pm |
  8. Diane's biased and her opinion is worthless

    Should we hold Keith Olberman responsible for inciting the violence brought on by the guy who opened fire at troops in Arkansas? Why are people like Diane so sympathetic to one side but not the other???

    She's COMPLETELY liberal which means she's a) stupid, b) closed minded, and c) not going to see the audience knows her agenda is being pushed.

    The question is:
    When will CNN figure out they're coverage of any news is about as deep as a 3rd grader would understand? Will CNN EVER challenge democrats on ANY issue? CNN's becoming as bad as MSNBC, and their ratings are following suit.

    June 2, 2009 at 9:17 pm |