Editor's Note: With the first ever Tea Party Convention happening in Nashville, Friday’s American Morning audience grew weary of the discussion. A majority questioned why this “fringe” movement warranted so much attention, while a minority admonished CNN for “diminishing” the Tea Party by focusing on the extreme elements in the group.
- Dave: Seems to me CNN is making a big deal out of the tea party Klan. The fact that they're supposed news is beyond comprehension. They're like Palin, way over the top and extremely right winged. Enough already. In addition, The Democrats are the majority, could CNN interview them instead of parading out those really negative republicans.
- David: "Massive political movement"? You're wasting valuable air time on 600 people at a Tea Party convention? Or 100 people on a Virgin Island cruise? Why don't you back up that camera and show that those meeting rooms are small and mostly empty? There are so many important things going on in the world. There are protests where thousands of people march on Washington and state capitals and it doesn't get mentioned on CNN? You just wasted 10 minutes that could be used to report something newsworthy! Stop. Report the news. And stop this ridiculous catty anchor commentary that dominates the AM news on CNN. That N in CNN used to stand for "news'.
- Maj: CNN is devoting an enormous amount of air time to the Tea Party but they are still a small movement and the airtime makes them appear large...there are Muslim movements in the US larger than the Tea Party...there are gay and lesbian movements larger than the Tea Party etc...let's put this all into perspective please...
- Jan: Our options for morning news is either Morning Joe, MSNBC or CNN....both programs cater to giving air time to NON NEWS segments about the bottom 10% of the un-educated (Tea-Party) or clips of Republican SOUND BITES. Why not actually HELP the people who are truly trying to clean up the mess left by Bush and Co. and MOVE FORWARD? I don't care what the likes of Sara Palin has to say...she has no place on the "news". I'm so disgusted!
- Charlie: I'm curious under which national flag the tea party cruise ships fly under? Many of these cruise companies fly under foreign flags to avoid paying U.S. wages and taxes. Is it right to organize a cruise to "save the USA," while supporting sub standard wages on the very people floating them across the Caribbean waters?
- Ed: Your coverage of the Teaparty convention could not have been more biased. Was very critical without the slightest bit of perception of their stance. Your position is one reason for this new movement.
- Rebecca: I think you're trying to diminish the message of the Tea Party movement by highlighting the more extreme fringe of the group. Even while questioning Rand Paul you seemed more interested in the controversy than the message. Also, in reference to the Pam Tebow ad, why not focus on how the "women's rights" advocates went crazy when word of the ad got out. Why are they so afraid? Instead you showed a more positive comment from a "rights" advocate after she realized the going crazy approach wasn't working. By the way, where were these women’s rights groups when Sarah Palin and her daughter were being destroyed by the media? They're not for women's rights, their for their own left agenda.
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