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February 12th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 2/12/10

Editor's Note: Friday’s American Morning audience was intrigued by John Avlon’s segment about his new book "Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America." Viewers argued their opinions about appropriate "wingnuts" that didn’t make Avlon’s list, while disputing his choices.

  • Dan: Your equating Rep. Grayson with Rep. Bachman is the single most irresponsible thing I've ever heard on television. Grayson deals in facts and reality, whereas Bachman simply makes things up. I challenge you to fact check these folks before you label them as wing-nuts. Being passionate while being right is far different than being passionate and wrong. This is CNN's major problem – this insistence on equating one side with the other, while never identifying reality. Also, Olbermann may go over the top now and then, but again, he's dealing with reality while Beck is dangerously deluded. Or acts that way on TV. Please fact check what these people say before equating them. CNN's behavior in this matter makes you more dangerous to our nation's discourse than any of the partisan players. Try to identify reality and not just play he said/she said. It's your job.
  • Ellen: Redistricting is an excellent idea. But this segment was pathetic - a list of clichés, a false equation (Beck is not Olbermann), and that sad media idiocy in which he said, she said stands in for reporting. The only example he gave of unacceptable discourse on television was calling your opponents "racist." You two smile and nod - so there is no racism in our politics? Just terrible work, guys.
  • James: I appreciated the segment this morning (Friday) on Political Extremes. However, I was disappointed that your guest missed two of the most important items on this topic which makes me suspicious of his motives. (1) Right wing media extremism has a long history while left wing extremist media is quite recent. It came about as a reaction to the right wing "wing-nuts." (2) Right wing media extremists are numerous, even including an entire "news" network, FOX. I hope that these significant oversights will be corrected in the future in the quest for accuracy.

Are “fringe” groups “hijacking” American politics? Who do you think should be on the “wingnut” list? Send in your suggestions to John here.

Filed under: We Listen
February 12th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

Is the lunatic fringe hijacking America?

It happens almost every day of every week, people on the far-right and the far-left doing or saying something off of the wall. We've profiled many of them here on American Morning with a segment we call "Wingnuts of the Week."

Now, one of our favorite guests, John Avlon, has a new book all about the subject. It's called "Wingnuts: How the lunatic fringe is hijacking America." He joined us Friday on American Morning.

Don't miss: Wingnuts of the Week

Filed under: Opinion • Politics • Wingnuts of the week
February 12th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
February 12th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

What's really happening in Iran?

It's been 31 years since Iran's Islamic Revolution when the country's Western-backed monarchy fell and Iran became an Islamic state.

Yesterday, we saw a huge pro-government rally in Tehran, but we're also seeing disturbing videos online of violent clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters.

What do these protests and this violence really mean for Iran's future?

We were joined Friday on American Morning by Jason Shams, a contributor for the Daily Beast who has lived in Iran for several years.

We also spoke with Maziar Bahari, a Newsweek correspondent who was jailed in Iran last year.

Complete coverage: Protests in Iran

Filed under: Iran
February 12th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Ski lessons with Olympian Todd Lodwick

He has joined the ranks of Michael Phelps and Lance Armstrong by being named the U.S. Olympic Committee's sportsman of the year this year, but Todd Lodwick competes in a sport not many Americans are familiar with – Nordic Combined, which is normally dominated by Europeans.

Our Rob Marciano got a skiing lesson from the Olympic athlete for this American Morning original report.

Complete coverage: Vancouver Games

Filed under: Sports
February 12th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Bill Clinton's heart surgery explained

Former President Clinton left a New York hospital early Friday, less than a day after doctors performed a procedure to restore blood flow in one of his coronary arteries.

Cardiologist Dr. Holly Andersen is the director of the Perlman Heart Institute at New York Presbyterian, which is where President Clinton had his procedure done. She joined us on American Morning Friday.

Read more: Clinton leaves hospital after heart procedure

Filed under: Bill Clinton
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