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November 12th, 2010
09:50 PM ET

Amazon Backlash: Join the Live Chat

Tonight, peddling pedophilia. The nations largest online retailer, amazon.com is slowly take down more disgusting material for sale on its site. Not just books, but videos as well. Why is it taking them so long?
And how did this stuff get on their site in the first place? We're keeping them honest. Plus, tonight's other headlines.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)


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soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. Lisa in Louisville

    I'm certain that my dog is more intelligent than most of the politicians recently elected.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  2. Janis

    How lucky for you, Anderson. That sounds so interesting – animal intelligence. Looking forward to it.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  3. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Sue from Syracuse, the 'rich' pay a higher percentage and the vast majority of total dollars. The Bush tax cuts gave the rich more, because they were paying more.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  4. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Tax cuts or no tax cuts is not going to create the thousands of jobs needed for those unemployed. Companies have to hire again with a definitive need to do so. What a paradigm shift we are going through. Some industries are long gone from the American scene.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  5. EmmKay

    The military now puts "wants" in their regular budget and the "needs" into supplement spending bills because congress won't say no to needs. Force them to switch it back to needs in the regular budget like they do in peacetime and that will do a lot to fix our spending issues.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  6. Sue from Syracuse

    Mike, formerly from Syracuse
    – Let's make it simple. Those who make MORE money, pay BIGGER PERCENTAGE of taxes, rather than Smaller percentage. How's that?

    November 12, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  7. Nancy in Oregon

    I don't know, Mike. I think public impatience had a lot to do with it too. I don't think many people can exercise patience anymore. It is a skill that has not been practiced much.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  8. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Animals have an extra "sense" of the universe. They have intelligence beyond our comprehension. I'll give you an example: Do you have a dog? How many words does your smart 4 legged family member know? I thought so. Now, how much do you understand in dog? "Woof!"

    November 12, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  9. Mary Princeton NJ

    Amazon has lost my business forever

    November 12, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  10. rola

    I feel totally disgusted. To know that Amazon is selling books like that is beyond belief. We need to protect our children and make sure that Amazon feels our wrath. I have three boys that buy all their college books from Amazon....but not anymore!!!!! never again do business with them

    November 12, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  11. Janis

    I'd be all for the tax cut for the very rich if I knew it would stimulate the economy. I don't know how the rich spend their money but I'm sure it probably supports jobs somewhere. I almost wish the old tycoons would come back and pour money into new business like wind power and alot of good innovative things. JP Morgan bailed out the banks during the Great Depression. Pretty impressive for one man. Faceless corporations don't have that kind of mentality. Not all good from them but there was alot of positive innovation.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  12. Sue from Syracuse

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse – Repubs got on a "NO" path before Obama was even inaugurated. So, I'd not be blaming Dems if I were a Repub.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  13. Nancy in Oregon

    I don't know, Emily. How often do we see anyone compromise...or willingly do so? And for the right reasons rather just to placate enemies and keep their standing? Right now my work environment is replete with those who refuse to compromise with one another and a few who 'compromise' continually, just to keep their jobs. I fear it's 'compromise' is open to human frailty, in both directions.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  14. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Entitlements make up almost 60% of the budget. We need to cut those to have any hope of a balanced budget. Also 47% of Americans pay NO federal tax. How about at least some tax on them?

    November 12, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  15. Margo

    What about our children and their civil liberties? The first amendment also protects them!

    November 12, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  16. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I don't understand the Bush tax breaks that well, but i do know we have to Borrow money to pay for the lack of taxes.
    Alex is wrong, Clinton left with a Surplus! Bush & his spent the money!
    And now, the Republicans want to borrow more money to keeep ALL of the tax cuts – i just shake my head.
    Alex, there are no jobs now with tax cuts!

    @Emily re: Amazon..in ans. to your questions, i don't know, i didn't open the email to see.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  17. Emily

    I don't think that much is going to get done...and each side will blame the other one.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  18. Marky

    Alright, I agree that Amazon should screen their materials and it is a standard that all companies should uphold. However I hope this doesn't stop there. What about the publishing company or the author itself. If what he is writing is illegal, shouldn't law enforcement stop him/them if it is their intent to sale? I hope this goes even further.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  19. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Will there be any compromise at all the rest of Obama's term?

    November 12, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  20. Lori

    @ Emily: Only when there is something in it for themselves.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  21. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Why can't they all just get along for our benefit? They are supposed to be in office for us, they are representing our states and us

    November 12, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  22. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Roland is loving the word "ask!"

    November 12, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  23. Sue from Syracuse

    Yes, Axelrod has started some confusion by suggesting that Pres.Obama is possibly willing to extend Bush tax break.
    If he extends taxbreak for the rich, he is done. He looses 2012 election.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  24. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    If Obama had figured out how to compromise over the last two years, the Democrats wouldn't have lost so many seats.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  25. Lynne Marchetti

    Michael Moore just explined this on LKL! Lower our military spending and bring the troops home! have those earning +$150K pay into FICA!

    November 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  26. Emily

    How often do we see politicians comprises?

    November 12, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  27. Nancy in Oregon

    (I would respect a person more for standing up for his beliefs than for getting re-elected because he 'caved' in an area he didn't believe he should.)

    November 12, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  28. Sue from Syracuse

    Mike, formerly from Syracuse - Middle class is already paying significantly more proportion of their income in taxes. Look at the progressive taxation system from which the rich have received a MUCH bigger break from Pres.W Bush. We have been robbing the middle class to give bigger break to the rich. It is unconscionable!

    November 12, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  29. Emily

    @Sue from Syracuse,
    I think that if you (& others) want to hold "the corporations accountable for their misdeeds", the general public NEEDS to have A much LONGER Memory than what they do now! A Short Term Memory is what the corporations are hoping for.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  30. lisal -canada

    it kind of sounds like both parties now need to deal with a bit of a new reality – do you think they will actually be able to work together? it would be nice to think so

    November 12, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  31. Lori

    Government spending is causing the deficit.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  32. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I wish president Obama must compromise together both of Republicans and Democrats.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  33. Nancy in Oregon

    I agree with Roland Martin...there has to be a sense of a President having an ethical standards, even if unpopular and un-re-electable.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  34. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Pres is going to have to compromise now. Should the wealthy have to pay more taxes? Is that fair? what about a flat tax? The solution is not easy.
    Love the shirt and tie Roland!

    November 12, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  35. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    I've yet to hear anyone explain why we can't afford the 'rich' tax cuts to be extended at a cost of $700 billion, but we can afford the middle class tax cuts at a cost of $3 trillion.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  36. Leslie

    How can these people even publish this crap, they need to be sent to prison and Amazon needs to pay pay pay through the nose for this!!!

    November 12, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  37. Sharon Hastings

    It sounds like "compromise" is definitely the term of the day and I guess I have no problem with that in the short term, but don't we have to pay the piper sooner or later? When is a good time to start? It's like saying "I'll start my diet next week".

    November 12, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  38. Sue from Syracuse

    Yep! It's all about profits. Forget moral values.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  39. Emily

    I wonder if Amazon is going to make a very large donation to a charity that helps those who have been victims of pedophiles in hopes of redemption?

    November 12, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  40. Rebecca

    We're voting with our wallets.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  41. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    I was wondering if law enforcement or the courts could shut down Amazon because of its easy accessibility on the Net, especially to children? Doesn't it cross the line of illegality?

    November 12, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  42. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I appreciate it too because some people always wants things to be okay, and it's not okay. We have children that we must protect, and it takes all of us.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  43. Pam

    Hi Anderson-I love your show. After your first broadcast I sent a message to Amazon that I would no longer be a customer and they replied 2 days later stating they are no longer selling the book. Thanks for your coverage on this!

    November 12, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  44. Janis

    The first amendment has been stretched so thin by so many people hiding behind it that it has become virtually laughable. I don't think it's being treated with the dignity and respect of our basic fundemental rights anymore. What does the first amendment really mean now?

    November 12, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  45. steph

    Hi there, i feel Amazon may be too big to have noticed these disgusting items for sale...maybe just lacking the oversight of what is being put up for sale... Once they are aware , i see there pulling the items off...SO they are trying to do the right thing.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  46. Jay-Chicago

    Good evening Anderson and 360 team...great job on the Amazon pedophilia scandal. You're making the difference. I was trying to shop electronics on Amazon this morning, but gave up.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  47. Nancy in Oregon

    I basically agree with that, Sharon Hastings....boycott Amazon until it changes, then return when it does change...though a part of me feels permanently disillusioned. Amazon waited until the flack hit their bottom line, to do anything....they had no internal process (or desire) to deny these pornographic hawkers. I have to really re-think what I do with them now. I expect Amazon to be in the business to make money (who among us works for free?!) But I really did expect them to be above this.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  48. Nina

    I think this goes back to "too much freedom" and the whole idea that people are allowed to say and publish whatever they want. I think there has got to be a limit, and that if you say/publish something that can do harm to someone (for example, this "pedophile guidebook" or any sort of material that promotes racism or prejudice) you should be treated as if you yourself had committed the crime.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  49. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Amazon is a profit making organization and that seems to be what its all about. I think they need to find a better way to censor some of the books and material that they sell. We have to find better ways to protect the children. The attention this is getting from the media is a good start.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  50. Sue from Syracuse

    Duty and dollars - they BETTER start mixing.
    WE THE PEOPLE, better start holding the corporations accountable for their misdeeds! That is the ONLY way we will take chart in this mess of a democracy!

    November 12, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
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