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The U.S. Coast Guard launched a major search effort Wednesday, April 21, 2010, for 11 people missing after an explosion aboard an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

The U.S. Coast Guard launched a major search effort Wednesday, April 21, 2010, for 11 people missing after an explosion aboard an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

Oil slick spreads from sunken rig

(CNN) – A 1-by-5-mile sheen of crude oil mix has spread across the Gulf of Mexico's surface around the area where an oil rig exploded and sank, a Coast Guard lieutenant said Thursday.

"This is a rainbow sheen with a dark center," Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry told reporters.

Officials do not know whether oil or fuel are leaking from the sunken Deepwater Horizon rig and the well below, but BP Vice President David Rainey said "it certainly has the potential to be a major spill."

A remotely-operated vehicle is surveying the area and cleanup efforts are under way, Landry said. The sheen "probably is residual from the fire and the activity that was going on on this rig before it sank below the surface," she said. Read more

Are we living in a 'dirty girl' culture?

It's a bad girls' world these days. From out-of-control teens, to "real" housewives. To picture after picture, of stumbling, fumbling celebrities. So how do you tell your daughter that reality TV isn't really...real? Our Carol Costello has the Friday gut check for us.

Sound off: What do you think? Are we living in a 'dirty girl' culture?

'South Park' vs. free speech

The creators of "South Park" are speaking out about the controversy around their show and the Muslim prophet Mohammed. Trey Parker and Matt Stone told the New York Times that Comedy Central substantially edited the dialogue in their show this week, bleeping out the prophet's name and a speech from the character, Kyle, about "intimidation and fear." This comes after the show was threatened by a radical Islamic group, "Revolution Muslim," for last week's episode that also dealt with Mohammed. We'll be talking more about this free speech battle with CNN independent analyst John Avlon.

Air Force launches mystery space plane

A mystery unmanned space plane operated by the Air Force is circling the globe. Its mission in space is top-secret. The spacecraft, dubbed the X-37B, lifted off last night from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Military officials say the launch was a success, but they won't say much else. Our Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr is following the story for us this morning.

Sound off: We want to hear from you this morning. Add your comments to the LIVE blog below and we'll read some of them on the show.


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  1. Reginald Correa

    Oil rigs are very cool when they sink and I say that some of them could be found at any moment.

    April 23, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  2. John

    Carol Costello reports her view of what she sees. I hope my two Daughters will be alowed to do the same with out you and others feeling that your views are the only ones we can have. Let your daughters make there own minds up about Carol don't do it for them !!!!!

    April 23, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  3. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    When it comes to the oil rig blowing up the first thing that comes to my mind is how much is this going to cost the American people because you know darn good and well the oil company is going to pass the cost on to us .

    April 23, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  4. Ray

    The reality tv shows are getting paid to act like like that and I think they are really dumb. The average girls will regret it later when they end up on a website for the SEC people surfing the net. Whats funny is, if someone says something to them they get offended. It's their choice to get drunk and act like that. I can't see sloppy drunk as sexy.

    April 23, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  5. John

    I believe Kirin was making a reference to the President is finally going to have to talk to the banks about their role in the total fall of our countries finances. I would hope that she can us “verbs” to heighten the importance of this. Why do so many people just what to argue about the way we say something instead of what we say .Lets just make this place we call home a better place and be nice to each other.

    April 23, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  6. MeLoN

    sense*

    through*

    losing*

    case in point.

    April 23, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  7. monique

    I wanted to know the name and artist of the song you played right before the break @8:25 a.m. today. Is there a a.m playlist available for today? You can email me back please.

    April 23, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  8. MeLoN

    Mother's should be worried if they allow their daughters to listen to Carol Costello. Costello is a proven hater and who's opinion are so far off the wall is scarey.

    April 23, 2010 at 8:32 am |
  9. MeLoN

    16% of adult men surf for porn (as reported) but what's the % of adult women surfing for porn?

    April 23, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  10. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    When it comes to Family Guy and South Park it just goes to show that we are loosing our freedom of speech and are cowing to other Nations .

    April 23, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  11. joanne

    Kirin, PLEASE! You are not in the Situation Room where everything becomes a situation with the use of verbs and adjectives to incite the audience. President Obama DID NOT "SLAM" Wallstreet in his speech. You know that.... why would you use that term? His approach was adult-to-adult and was, by all accounts, well done. And you wonder why CNN is losing viewers...it used to be TOTALLY objective. Could you not have used such verbs as "speaks to wall street" etc. I'm disappointed in you. Joanne

    April 23, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  12. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    This whole letting the X37B information slip threw the cracks is an effort to appease the people of this country about the retirement of the space shuttle .

    April 23, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  13. Laura

    To Muslim-I had "modesty" forced on me and I was raised in an extremist environment. I ended up in the dirty girl culture (in the late 70's/eatly 80's) because I was taught no self esteem-only "propper deportment." There is nothing wrong with having fun, putting heels on, dressing in mini-skirts. My point is that as much fun as alcohol is, it is still an addictive drug. I can't handle any of it in my sstem because of a medical allergy. That caused the behavior. The culture of the dirty girl is partially fueled by alcohol abuse/binging/alcoholism. I am NOT saying that all wild girls are alcoholics-not even saying that all girl alcoholics are/were wild, either. It's more complicated that "the proper deportment of women" that "Muslim" refers to.

    April 23, 2010 at 8:10 am |
  14. MeLoN

    The biggest problem with Americans is that most are lacking in education and can not construct a sentence that isn't full of misspellings or the use of the wrong words.

    Just reading this blog is evidence enough.

    April 23, 2010 at 8:10 am |
  15. mike sey

    When the military spokesman says he can't understand how this mystery craft could be called "the weaponization of space" he sounds a lot like an Iranian official declaring its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

    I have no reason to disbelieve the Iranians, but why should I believe a U.S. General ?

    April 23, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  16. mona tye

    im so happy obama is doing something about these banks, now maybe they will start helping homeowners in order to make money once this bill pass, the banks allowed hundreds and thousands of inocent people homes to 4 close because they were going to get money if homeowners paid or not......its about time wallstreet get dealt with, now we will be able to have a fair chance at loans and help with our mortgage

    April 23, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  17. darryl

    awesome job john and kiran. kiran, you got a pretty good kick hearing rob is getting soft dwn there, you rock. been a fan since f and f.

    April 23, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  18. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The X-37B is one of the problems with our country we cant keep a secret any one with common since knows it's mission is that of testing it's performance in space the only reason there keeping information from us is in case it screws up but as far as it being a secret ha ha .

    April 23, 2010 at 8:02 am |
  19. Muslim

    I would like to know where in Islam the terms Radical, Extremist, Moderate are to be found.
    This is America and the west trying to define what Islam is.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:56 am |
  20. Muslim

    With regard to the "dirty girl" culture. This is the result of the Feminist Revolution that sowed confusion in women as to what being a woman really means.
    It is either that women try to be masculine, adopt male mannerisms and try to compete with males in masculinity, or it is blatant sexuality. If you are not trying to be masculine, then the opposite must be sexuality. That is why women either dress in male clothing or in mini skirts.
    Women have forgotten the proper deportment of women i.e., to be dignified, modest, gentile.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:55 am |
  21. Randy G

    Lets drill more in the Gulf. Just think of all the clean up jobs that will be created.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:50 am |
  22. Randall of Texas

    Dirty Girls Culture?...perhaps this is what the Taliban means by American's being "infidels"...

    April 23, 2010 at 7:49 am |
  23. Muslim

    The people who make the South Park show are Jewish. The Jewish people do not hessitate to try to anger the Muslims. In America they have the excuse of "Free Speech" to hide behind.
    We Muslims cannot respond in kind, by making fun of Moses. If we even attempt to make fun of Moses or to slander him, we become Kafirs(Deniers of Allah) and Murtads(Apostates) from Islam. We are witnesses to the fact that Moses(Peace be upon him) is one of the messengers of Allah, sent to lead the Bani Isra'il(Children of Jacob) out of humiliation in Egypt.
    The Jewish people know that we are handicapped, so they think they have free reign to make fun of Muhammad(Peace and exaltation of Allah be upon him).
    The Jews and the Christians are namesake Jews and Christians. George Burns, Jewish, had the audacity not to make fun of a Prophet, but to slander Allah by playing God in the movie "Oh God." The Jews and Christians don't care about religion. For the Jews and Christians, religion is religion, but in Islam we bear witness that Islam is a Deen(Complete way of life that has rules and regulations for every matter of life). The Jews and Christians do not care about religion so they do not stand up and protect the sanctity of the Prophets they profess to love and follow.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  24. MeLoN

    More states need to take a stand like Arizona. The invasion of illegal aliens must be stopped.

    The Federal Government needs to do it's job and enforce the law.

    Illegal aliens shouldn't be allowed to vote – especially in National elections.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:45 am |
  25. Catherine

    Sorry to say it but this "Bad Girl" image/attitude/life style has been going on for more than a decade. Where have you been CNN? My 24 yr old and her friends were pulling these stunts or trying to since they were 14 yrs old. Between TV shows, movies, videos, my space, you tube and more, by the time kids get access to internet with no one staring over their shoulders the whole time, music and cable tv, our entire American society has been on a down hill sloop. And you guys in tv news land are part of the problem. Let some actor,singer,sports person, or just any average person post their stunts on the internet and there you are for days showing it on tv. You always spend more time talking about what some one did than why no one else should do the same thing. No real accountability to the people pulling these stunts/attitudes nor to the news people that talk about it so much that you end up glamorizing it without realizing it.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:45 am |
  26. Jeff

    I don't think Hit-Girl really belongs in this segment. She's not real. I think she is a wonderful strong character for young girls ... and grown-ups for that matter.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:44 am |
  27. MeLoN

    As Mae West once said ...

    Good girls go to heaven.

    Bad Girls go everywhere.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:41 am |
  28. Constance

    Dirty girls are pushing the envelope, but forgetting to always remember to demand and display self respect (it is ok). I am a successful female atty and I love to have fun. I will put on my skinny jeans and rock my stiletto heals, but rather in the court room or n a bar – I demand respect. Partying is great, but preserve your reputation.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:37 am |
  29. Jeremy D from Michigan

    I know I already posted twice, but I'm up and will comment again.

    Referring to the segment on 'bad girls.'

    Women around my age (20s), for the most part, are a lot more promiscuous than previous generations. Middle school aged kids are having sex these days. There are plenty of girls that by the time they are 18, have had more than a dozen sexual partners. People can do what they want, but the lack of morals in today's society is going to turn ugly eventually.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:37 am |
  30. Jc

    As a 35 yr old single guy ( by choice mind you ). Just further evidence of a society on the verge of serious colapse... I stopped dating American women a couple years ago because of exactly this ... No morals , no sense of " real" reality ... It's a really sad state of affiars .

    April 23, 2010 at 7:37 am |
  31. Laura

    The "Dirty Girl Culture" is absolutely nothing new at all-drink the most, behave the worst, keep up with the men, draw the most attention to outselves? It has been there since there has been alcohol. It makes me laugh to see twenty somethings to see it for the first time, wide eyed, shockede and sometimes excited. I enjoyed it myself-untii I didn't. Now, I enjoy Alcoholics Anonymous.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:36 am |
  32. Alice Whitney

    John Roberts' comment about teachers setting the example is way off base. Examples should be set at home. An average teacher spends 55 minutes a day with 200 different children. The adult in the home has the power to shape their children right from the beginning. If any example the teachers are sending out is to stand up for your rights. Education is always the first to be cut and the last to be recognized. Whatever happened to that bumper sticker about why not let the defense dept. hold a bake sale & finance education/future of our children?

    April 23, 2010 at 7:35 am |
  33. Jim B.

    Do these Islamists living in the USA realize that their threats and unsociable attitude will all turn on them the minute our government collapses from cataclysmic effects, when the American people come out to again stabilize the society by a national cleansing of such dangerous and foreign elements that have settled on American soil? They can talk and make threats only because American freedom provides for it, but American people are not going to be quite so generous. Just like the croaking of the toad, they are giving up their location to big black snake of American vigilance.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:30 am |
  34. Kimber

    The SEC employees surfing the web for porn is a kin to Nero fiddling while Rome burned. Come on!!! You've got to be kidding me.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:28 am |
    • Kimber

      Update: that is surfing the web for porn while the economy tanked.

      Like a bus driver falling asleep at the wheel.

      April 23, 2010 at 7:49 am |
  35. Gail

    The perception of "Dirty Girls" is male wishful thinking. It is a perversion of what men want and not what REAL women are.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:26 am |
  36. paul f

    Regarding "financial reform": The depth of reporting is disturbing, no depth, almost sounds like a repeat of talking points provided by the administration.
    – why no mention of government involvement in the meltdown? think freddie mac and ginnie mae.

    I keep expecting federal intervention in major league baseball – it does'nt seem fair that the brewers beat the pirates 20-0.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:26 am |
  37. Michaelfyfisher

    With regard to the oil rig explosion; I thought that the oil industry told us not to worry about ecological damage from off shore exploration and development. Why are NO questions going to the industry about the lack of honesty in their advertisements and the reality of the dangers of deep water drilling?

    April 23, 2010 at 7:24 am |
  38. MeLoN

    GM..... another Government scam. Should have let GM die as businesses do. Borrow money from the Government – have to pay it back AND give up almost 90% ownership of the company? What a load.

    Why don't people borrow money for their houses (known as a mortage) pay it back AND then give over 90% ownership of your house?

    April 23, 2010 at 7:23 am |
  39. mike sey

    As oil slicks begin to appear in the Gulf , all we can say is "Cap, Baby,Cap!"

    Sarah Palin's famous mantra is probably better applied to the dirty girl culture – "Drill, Baby, Drill!"

    April 23, 2010 at 7:21 am |
  40. Tim

    If you have decided that your religion is "The One True Religion" and you have chosen to live by its doctrine and teach your children the values by which your religion would have you live your life, why be threatened by A CARTOON.

    If you are so deeply entrenched in the dogma of your religion that you are unable to view A CARTOON for what it is, discuss it with your children and solidify the benefits of your religion and why what was portrayed in the CARTOON goes against what you believe, perhaps you should take a deeper look at your religion which will give you greater enlightenment.

    If you threaten death to another human being because of the way your religion was depicted in A CARTOON, and this is something that your higher power would endorse, then your religion is flawed and your higher power is vengeful and evil. If God/Ala is the great creator, why would God/Ala smile upon the death of one of God's/Ala's creations?

    Just sayin'... If you can't effectively defend your religion against a rudimentary CARTOON, without threatening death, perhaps there are deeper issues within your religion that you should concern yourself with.

    Tim
    St. Louis

    April 23, 2010 at 7:14 am |
  41. Robert Pelland

    Piratacy.

    Hundreds of years ago, the only way to rid the world of this problem was to have them walk the plank, or introduce them to the hangman. This brought an end to all the piratacy, on the high seas. Today they are back at it with RPG's, and all we can come up with is water cannons.. Come on, get real, why not start to play by the same rules, and once again rid the world of these criminals.

    With all the money they are stealiing, it's the only way it's going to stop

    Robert

    April 23, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  42. MeLoN

    America – land of the hypocrite and the ol' double standard.

    If America ever expects to have any respect in the world they need to learn to give respect.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:12 am |
  43. Jennifer

    OMG – I'm all about preserving our national parks and resourses....but 7M to restore a fort that attracts a handful of beach goers...when we have classrooms that will double in size over the next year in a handful of states? Is this what stimulus money is doing...all due respect to the 100 laid off brickworkers, but wouldn't we be better off having them maintain crumbling schools? I am sure the state on Fla would put those dollars to good use toward improving underperforming schools or rewarding innovative and successful teachers. Thx CNN for sheding light on more wastful and useless gov spending....that we'll all be paying for.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:08 am |
  44. jerry druff

    It has got to stop somewhere,it reminds me of causes no one fights for untill it happens in thier family.Legally i think ,if you continue to insult me after i beg,you to stop,and them i hit you,Is that not provokeing someone to anger and response?. How far is to far for you?religon,.your wife,your children! Sometimes you get what you ask for.You should not toleratee insults to your wife,children ,or your religon.Go to india,china,or any country.take a megaphone and shout insults at thier religon! Oh Oh here comes that common sence kicking in.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:08 am |
  45. April Naimah

    As a Muslim revert i have to say that Muslims as a whole despise ANY disrespect to ANY prophet. Though it doesn't come out in the media as such, we respect every prophet sent to man, known and unknown. It is horrible when Jesus is made fun of and no Christians comes to the defense of his character misrepresentation. Don't be ticked off when Muslims do so.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:05 am |
  46. Daniel from Houston

    Censoring South Park, regardless of how you feel about it, even if you think they're taking advantage of someone's beliefs, is unconstitutional.

    If anything, this is a perfect example of how we're now too afraid to at when the time is here. What's going to happen when they actually start threatening America, and not just Trey and Matt?

    We need to stop catering to terrorists and help them learn the constitution. Telling our people how to use Freedom of Speech correctly is pathetic.

    Political Correctness is the worst idea in history. The sooner we get rid of this crap, the better.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:04 am |
  47. Terrie

    Your coverage of the problems in New Jersey with regards to the school budgets on your wingnuts segment, unfairly criticized the teachers/NJEA side without sighting, as well, outreagous comments made by the Govenor.
    The Governor during this past week, in response to a civic assingment by a teacher for her third grade class, refered to the students as being used like "drug mules."
    I think a statment of this nature is as offensive as someone comparing the Governor to a dictator.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:03 am |
  48. lydia

    Ultimately the joke is still on radical muslims. First, South Park has already shown "the m word" way back in 2000 he had a brown face and orange headdress. Second, by bleeping and blocking 'him' out 'the name that should not be spoken', the m word has been reduced to being hidden by black rectangles that are usually used to block out pornographic genitalia and bleeps that usually block out the f word, n word, c word, s word etc. The terrorists have made him an abomination.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:02 am |
  49. bates1725

    Just suppose my religion views vanilla ice cream as illegal and I post that any person I see eating vanilla ice cream could be subject to violence would those people saying we should respect the muslims view also respect mine? If so then where does it end? This was a threat and these people should be prosecuted as such.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:59 am |
  50. John

    I am hurt by the fact that the South Park ep. Is being censored and the Islamic extremist are the group doing it. The prophet they claim can be seeing in photo but killing non believers is ok. They have the same rights as the South Park creators do and should try some of the tolerance they expect the world to have for them for the world. PS Hello from Erie to you K

    April 23, 2010 at 6:59 am |
  51. Tony B.

    I just watched the segment on the south park episode and I am amazed that so many give so much lateral to one group. These unwarrented preassures on the American people needs to dealt with on a new scale. We need to treat these radicals like a spoiled child. Spank them when they destroy that which does not belong to them, disallow them anything they disrespectfully demand and ignore them completely when they have their temper tantrums. They are no better than, or immune to ridicule than any other group. If they want these unrealistic rules applied toward their own that is their business. But we are Americans, and we have our own rules, and unfortunately for them we do NOT take commands from any group, neither foreign or domestic. So I say to them. BOO HOO ! And no, I don't think this will be read on the air, but I had to have my say anyway.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:58 am |
  52. Howard

    To live in America is to have your ethnic/religious group up for sarcastic humor and it's been that way for a long time. One value that has made this country great is that religious and ethnic hatred is left at the border, and for the most part, excepting those fringe groups like white supremacists, religious hatred dosen't play well with the general population especially death threats stemming from religion. We all make fun of each other and that's the way it is. So for all you Muslim extremists that live in places like brooklyn,either get over it or take it back to Lahore, Fatwas don't play well here.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:57 am |
  53. Luke

    South Park Vs. Muslim Extremists...

    Really? Shouldn't I be offended as a late 20-something father of two agnostic? I don't believe that there is anything more than humans (as good or bad as we are), yet I don't get upset when someone attacks my position. All I do is chalk it up to no fully understanding each other and move on. I'm not a member of the "You don't think like I do, so I hate you" club, so I may be different. But if they're going to poke fun at my "group" why should any other be different? Anyone that hides behind any, ANY, implication of violence should realize that they have no leg to stand on. And should go back under the rock they crawled out of.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:56 am |
  54. Rob Tomlin

    If you really want to see the point of this argument, imagine if the KKK decided to put a cartoon on TV, how many people do you think would be up in arms? See what I mean? Funny is funny, but over the line and tasteless is just that.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:56 am |
  55. Ralph Beach

    I think that the people who censored the South Park episode are afraid of reprisal. I guess people will start censoring cartoon on sat.?

    April 23, 2010 at 6:54 am |
  56. Jeff

    Can you please shrink the size of your CNN logos and info on the bottom of the screen? If it's not in the way it's just annoying.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:54 am |
  57. Tonya Carrol

    South Park vs.Free Speech –

    It is starting to feel like we are loosing many of the "rights" this country was founded on! We are being told how to run our business -health care reform is being forced on us over night without a clear understanding -and it is starting to look as though we are loosing our freedom of speech! I am scared to see what is next –
    Here is a thought, if you dont like it (south park or anything that someone is saying) turn the channel or walk away – Your not being forced to watch!! Let the rest of us who can laugh at ourself enjoy the entertainment that is being provided!

    April 23, 2010 at 6:53 am |
  58. Peter

    No more FREE speech ? America WAKE UP !
    This religion is for me in the same category like a Nazi SS Hitler Club !
    And Obama ? I give him the benefit of the doubt.

    Keep up your good work on reporting !

    Peter

    April 23, 2010 at 6:53 am |
  59. Jeremy D from Michigan

    I forgot to write, that episode I refereed to also had a censored Muhammad and had portrayals of different religious figures pooping on themselves as well as other things.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:53 am |
  60. Wimpy

    Well, my last comment was "moderated" because I mentioned the lack of a legitimate legal system in certain places on this planet. I guess I was a victim of "Evolved Sensibility" by calling an apple an apple.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:52 am |
  61. James

    Arizona, Let me see your papers..... Sound Familiar!

    April 23, 2010 at 6:52 am |
  62. Robert Pelland

    Our society guarantees free speach to everyone, however these islamic radicalls use this same free speach, to try and supress ours.

    Does the " When in Rome thing " not apply to them. Where is the justice. ?

    Robert

    April 23, 2010 at 6:51 am |
  63. Jeremy D from Michigan

    Although I think that the infringement on our freedom of speech is a very serious subject that should be defended – even if one doesn't agree with the subject matter, South Park did this whole thing already. I'm surprised no one's noticed. Why is this even being talked about? It's clearly a ploy to get people to watch South Park, which just recently started making new episodes. They did an episode a few years ago which was apparently "censored" by comedy central. It drew lots of viewers and they are just doing it again to promote the show. Please stop giving them free advertising 🙂 I like the show, but I don't like cheap ploys to get attention.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:50 am |
  64. Rico

    South Park rips on EVERYTHING, there are times when they offend me just for certain beliefs of mine, but for them to censor the episode is just ridiculous.

    And Muslim threats are pathetic as well. I dont know much about their religion, but the act of hatred they show – Terrorist attacks, threats etc... defintely wouldnt draw me to their religion. I sure wouldnt think that is what their faith is about ;/

    April 23, 2010 at 6:50 am |
  65. Randall of Texas

    Is there an editoial reason why the Gov. Eliot Spenser (D-NY) interview during your progam earlier this week been given so very very little replay use?

    Was there an immediate reply to discourage it's replay from the
    Wall Street-Madicon Avenue friends of the corporate hierarchy?

    It was stupendous and it was at the points!

    Randall...

    April 23, 2010 at 6:49 am |
  66. Chris G

    Censorship is how terrorist win.
    If some group is threatening violence or commits violence, then they are terrorists and should be dealt with according to the law.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:48 am |
  67. Julio

    South Park was also bringing a big point about free speech last week, when they told the people who didn't know, that they already showed a picture of Mohamed a couple of years ago without any problems, but since the European Controversy started now suddenly you can't show it again.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:47 am |
  68. Jackie

    Whether it be the South Park issue or the Dirty Girl topic, it is sad to see that while we live in the best country in the world, we must recognize that our culture is all about sexuality, vanity, being ambitious at any cost, corruption, and a lack of respect for others – whether that be women, religion, political figures, or the elderly. As our culture takes a downward spiral, I wonder could it be correlated to a decrease in having faith and values in our culture?

    April 23, 2010 at 6:47 am |
  69. James

    They've Won, according to Comedy Central, If they can dictate what can be said and not be said.

    This is 10 guys with a website and they have won....

    Sad Day in America.....

    April 23, 2010 at 6:47 am |
  70. MeLoN

    Why do some think that the first amendment and free speech should only be one sided – the way THEY agree with?

    April 23, 2010 at 6:44 am |
  71. Bonnie

    First of all, these death threats come from a NY based group. NY! These are not radicals from a remote location, they are in your neighborhood! It is ridiculous to ignore this and cave to their despotic demands!
    By censoring the show we have allowed these religous extremists to win. We cannot allow this anymore! Let them issue all the threats they want, it is alfter all their right to say what they like. However, do NOT censor television, music, stage productions, cartoons, books or anything at all just because some people might get angry! If we start that nonesense now it will never end.

    I think John Stewart summed it up prefectly in song on the April 22nd episode of "The Daily Show". I just wish I had a national TV program so I could say the same thing to Revolution Muslim, "Go F- Yourself!"

    April 23, 2010 at 6:44 am |
  72. Chris B

    Hi Kiran and John,

    I think that South Park has always tried to push the envelope on many issues and I don't think that this is the worst thing they have done. They have always had a disclaimer on the show that basically says not to take anything on the show seriously. As a comedian, I always tell people to not take me seriously so I don't offend them. But please take what I said about South Park seriously 🙂 Also wouldn't it be cool if Matt and Trey put American Morning into their show? Also do you guys watch South Park or used to watch it?

    Thanks.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:41 am |
  73. The First > Threats

    The people that are complaining about this call themselves radicals. It's in their name.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:35 am |
  74. Vernon

    Rebuiliding a Fort in Dry Tortugas in the middle of nowhere & where nobody goes - what a totally stupid horrendous waste of money! Stimulus was just a way for Obama & Dems to have a super slush fund for there Dem cronies - DISPICABLE!

    April 23, 2010 at 6:35 am |
  75. MeLoN

    People attempting to lump all followers of Islam altogether with the "radicals" would be the same as lumping all Christians with "priests" that molest children.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:31 am |
  76. The First > Threats

    Why talk about the few people living in NYC talking about how they supported 9/11 getting offended by South Park?

    What about the millions of people offended by some Radical idiots walking around telling them that 9/11 was justified?

    It's pathetic that Comedy Central censored as much of the show as they did. It's called "Freedom of Speech", not "Freedom of Speech (Assuming you don't offend terrorists)", which is all these scum are.

    Last time I checked threatening people's lives (which they were, stop trying to be PC and say they were offended) was illegal. We need to learn to stop being bullied by these idiots and take some action for once.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:26 am |
  77. Jerry B. From the Poconos in PA

    South Park vrs. Free Speach

    If William Shatner is allowed to Sing on National TV,,, Then South Park should NOT be censored!

    April 23, 2010 at 6:24 am |
  78. Wimpy

    Have we forgotten already the lessons from history? Why would we aid terrorists and murderers? These people aren't coming from peace and love, they are coming from hate and suppresion, period. By all means, let's develop technology for Communist China that suppresses their people, and then give up the right to free speech here in the US to placate terrorists. See a pattern folks? Money and power trumps basic human rights. Period.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:24 am |
  79. Rob Tomlin

    As a fan of South Park I love the no holds barred approach to touchy topics but when it comes to religion the Muslim faith is the only one that states a image of the prophet is illegal. Maybe they could lay off of this one subject. Free speech is a right but should be used with a evolved sensibility.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:23 am |
  80. Christy

    The creators of South Park knew what they were doing when they wrote the script for that episode (this also includes risks that came with it.)

    They have had far more explicit and controversial episodes in the past that wasn't censored. It's unconstitutional for anyone to make them censor their show just because of a few threats. I'm pretty sure their use to it by now.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:22 am |
  81. Al

    It only validates how socially unstable the followers of the Muslim faith really are and how the culture they subscribe to limits the freedom that democratic nations value.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:22 am |
  82. MeLoN

    Good Morning John and Kiran!

    Please let's hope Obama doesn't do for Wall St what he is attempting to do to health care "reform"!

    April 23, 2010 at 6:21 am |
  83. Ivo

    Now we have to change "our american values" over South Park scrpts to accomodate the "Islamization" of the America, I think not.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:20 am |
  84. Bob in Houston

    Any group that threatens violence in response to speech that they don't agree with is cowardly. "Revolution Muslim" resides in New York City. If a radical Muslim group can threaten violence near Ground Zero, Bin Laden has lost; despite the terror of the past ten years, America remains a land of liberty and is stronger than ever.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:12 am |
  85. Phillip

    I have always enjoyed it when things go up into space, but with the secret "space plane" it just makes me wonder if they are either planning something... or they know something we don't. Whatever the case... It would be nice to know... but we will always be shrouded by deception until they either tell us or we accidentally find out. The whole thing makes me wonder, but information is useful. I also am wondering... "will the Katla volcano erupt in Iceland?" but as of yet i am kind of nervous about this shroud of darkness with the air force and the people... but i guess they might tell us after the fact... maybe

    April 23, 2010 at 6:10 am |