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February 5th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your Comments 2/5/2010

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.

How do you feel about the Tea Party movement? Continue the conversation here.

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  1. Kate

    Re the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.

    The brain automatically catagorizes what it sees, but it doesn't have to go on to make judgements about what it sees, such as someones sexual orientation, and by the way, the color of one's skin.

    Instead of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, we can just say "Acknowledge it, Forget it". People everywhere do this every day.

    I'm sure the military can handle anyone behaving inappropriately. It is more important to keep our country safe by utilizing those who want to serve.

    February 10, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  2. Romare

    Why in the world does the media cover this woman incessantly and without criticism? If Hillary Clinton had written talking points on her hand, we would never have heard the end of it, while Chuck Todd tried to make excuses for Palin. Why doesn't anyone point out the hypocrisy of slamming Obama for using a teleprompter while she uses notes on paper and on her hand? Let me ask this: if Al Franken had been speaking to 600 MoveOn members at a progressive convention, would CNN have covered every minute of it–or even one minute of it?

    February 8, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  3. Kate

    Perry, agreed There is an attempt now to remove the word retarded from useage. It is not the word "retarded" that is the problem. Rather, it is people's uncomfortableness with a person of limited intelligence that needs to be addressed.

    February 8, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  4. Chris Myles

    The Tea Party will be famous for 2 issues. First, to further exhibit the far-right extremist agenda of these unpatriotic but totalitarian people.They are the American Taliban Party. But the #1 Tea Party item is the complete embarrassment of Sarah Palin.When you are given the answers to extremely simple questions ahead of time & those questions are elementary, but to write crib-notes on your palm & have to read those notes....incredible. This is why 70% of Independents do not believe she should hold ANY public office.If this is the best the GOP can do.... they will become the 3rd Party.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  5. Perry

    Retarded means that a person is limited mentally in some way. When you call someone a retard you are comparing them to a person who has limited mental capacity. Does it make any difference what the word is ? Black people don't want to be called colored, but they still have NAACP. What does the CP stand for ? Blacks don't want to be called Negro, but don't we have a United Negro League? It's not the name, it's attitude of the person who uses the word.

    February 8, 2010 at 7:53 am |
  6. Kate

    One reason I don't defend Sarah Palin is because she doesn't respect my rights in that she arrogantly comes across as her group being the only ones who have true religion. Who does she think she is to put down my relationship with God because I am a Democrat. Is she God's handmaiden or are the right wingers sitting on the right hand of God and therefore have the authority to judge another's faith? I really resent that. I am also surprised that the people who put Obama down in the campaign for wanting to change Washington are now lamenting that there hasn't been enough change or the right kind of change. Who knew they were waiting so for change. It was said that if John McCain had been elected, he would have done the same things Obama did because the situation pretty much required it. If the tea party came into office under the same conditions that Obama did, what would they have done, specifically, so that it could be looked at to determine if it would have worked. So far the solutions are sort of piecemeal without a total picture. It is complaining, some rightly so, but without anything concrete to get a grasp of what the party would do if they were in office. Sometimes it seems to me that the Republicans did what they could to lose the election, that they needed space between Bushes administration and their run for office, and their main job in the interim is to just hang in there while they sabotage this administration and the American people unfortunately. Lastly, it is said that anyone can be president. Could this person also be the attorney general or on the finance committee or foreign affairs or Secretary of State. Would they also qualify for any of the top offices, which a president would also be required to have knowledge of in order to govern. It is not enough just to be able to run for the office and win, at least that is what the tea party keeps saying. And will someone please tell Palin to stop feeling her legs up when she is on stage.

    February 7, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
  7. jim vicalvi

    Was I surprised that cnn had 5 of 7 people commenting on the Tea Party movementfrom the lunatic, ultraliberal left? Not at all!! It's one of the main reasons that I rarely watch cnn anymore. Only a few programs.
    I believe that it just shows that they are scared that they will be losing their cushy ride. They might have to actually earn their own way and not let other people, the ones that actually contribute, support them.

    February 7, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  8. M. Harris

    As I don't totally admonish the GOP "Tea Party" campaigns' ideal banter for whatever their so called "New" agenda represents.

    However, I do question, the amount of their now strong/wrong enthusiasm and criticism, that they now show for the present Administration, in light of the fact that they all were party to the "Shady Bush/ Chaney" debacle for eight years!

    They was never an easy road for President Obama nor a magician, in one year to immediately fix all of the problems that the Bush/Chaney "House of Horrors" created!

    As for "Failing/Palin", I suggest that she crawl back under the Alaskan rock, from which she came and take care of her family!

    Hopefully, better then she allowed her husband to govern the state of Alaska!!!

    February 7, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  9. Dominick Fanelli

    On the health care plan, why can't they offer the public the same plan they have? And, to be able to buy health plans across state lines with no restrictions? Why must Washington make everything into a Mountain?
    They just don't listen to the people who they were elected by to represent. The Democrats have shown me that they want to force a health plan on us that most of us don't want. All of us do want a better health plan that covers all Americans, and the word being Americans.
    I am not a Republican, but a Democrat who is tired of being told what is best for me by the government.

    February 6, 2010 at 1:08 pm |
  10. Dominick Fanelli

    The news showed part of an airplane that fell onto a parking lot today. It was from a 747 and it is part of the flap system on the wings. As a mechanic I had to craw into a few in my days to grease all the fittings. It is mostly made of fiberglass and is attached to the under side of the wings, it is to cover the flap extension components.

    February 6, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  11. Russ

    When will the "Tea Party" be getting their white sheets? I see nothing but white faces spewing Klan rhetoric. Amazing. John come back home before socialist Canadians end up on their list.

    February 6, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  12. Ron Murphy

    The man from Michigan who is a member of the Tea Party movement who was inteviewed this morning on CNN showed an American flag with the Roman Numeral II on it. He mentioned they want "a second American Revolution". This is the same rhetoric found on the ultra – right website of The National Alliance, a direct descent of George Lincoln Rockwell's American Nazi Party. Timothy McVey was inspired by The National Alliance's book "The Turner Diaries" by William Pierce, a former leader of the Alliance.

    February 6, 2010 at 9:43 am |
  13. Ron Murphy

    Would someone please remind Suzanne Malveaux that President Obama did NOT "grow up in Chicago". He grew up in Hawaii. and Indonesia. I am a loyal CNN fan, but it is important to get the facts right in order to maintain your credibility.

    February 6, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  14. Samuel E Payne

    Saturday Am – you folks had a story on controlling cell phone texting or use while driving....and it mentioned a possible application that would shut-off use if moving above 10 miles per I drive a school bus for after hours sport events.....once we are on a return run the riders would text or call parents to meet them at the would that oe similiar situation be addressed. The driver is not using a phone but others in teh vehicle may be using that time to communicate with others.
    Your thoughts?

    February 6, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  15. Ralph Patch

    I agree with Jan. MSNBC and CNN seem to be competing with Fox to see who can out redneck the other.

    February 6, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  16. Rochelle

    I am mystified at why CNN would devote so much time to reporting a convention of 600 people. It's ridiculous. Any group that disseminates lies and racist propoganda the way the Tea Party does is not worthy of extensive news coverage.

    How about reporting on Rep. Jeb Hensarling's comments about privatizing social security. How about reporting Senator Shelby's blanket refusal to approve any of the President's nominees and the Republicans refusing to allow four key people to security jobs. They are playing politics with the safety of the nation.. How about the seven Republican senators who voted against a bi-partisan panel to study ways to reduce the deficit. These are issues critical to America, not the Tea Party convention of 600 people.

    February 6, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  17. Sue W, CdA

    I can't believe that Americans put up with the most destructive President in history for the previous 8 years, yet now the "conservatives" want to destroy a man that is trying to fix the mess that Bush got us into.
    Ah – Ah – Maybe the Taliban is celebrating with 3 cups of tea. Maybe that's the real tea party going on!!!

    February 5, 2010 at 8:34 pm |
  18. Lorraine

    I would think that the Tea Party cruisers to the US Virgin Islands have not lost their jobs, had their homes taken by the banks, been refused Healthcare because of a pre-existing condition, cannot afford healthcare or spent all their savings on medical treatment for a loved one with no insurance. They are probably the ones the government wants to remove tax breaks from – those earning over $250,000 per year. I am sure some Tea Party people have legitimate concerns but unfortunately their voices are not heard – instead we have listen to hateful rhetoric, negativity and criticism of anything that means rich people might lose their precious tax breaks. It is the same all the time "Those that have – keep" and those that don't have – don't get.

    February 5, 2010 at 7:31 pm |