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December 29th, 2008
10:00 PM ET

Live blog from the anchor desk 12/29/08

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  1. ali chapel

    I find is sad that larry elder, who I grew up admiring on radio in Los Angeles does not find it racist when some calls our next U.S. president a " Magic Negro". Does he not see the color of his own skin and is he not proud of it

    December 29, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  2. Katja

    The election is over, finally, the song is a satire. End of subject. Is it really necessary to have to relive all the hate between the Dems and Reps?? Is it really necessary to have the media continue harboring the racism that the rest of us would like to see laid to rest???
    No wonder I choose to vote No Party Affiliation. The rest act like spoiled children that should be sent to a corner until they learn how to play with others.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  3. Bill

    Anderson, people need to look at the overall picture of the conflict. The Arab world isextremely sympethetic toward the plight of the Palestanians, with justifiable reasons. They are poor, over a million of people on a small area of land, and they feel that Palestine(Isreal) was stolen from them with the help of the US. The US cannot find fault with Isreal since it is a democratic state in the middle of the Arab world, and there are more jewish voters in the US than arab voters. 5 Isreali death compared to over 300 dead in Palestine becomes justified in the eyes of America. We give Isreal weapons and complain if anyone give Palestine weapons. In reality, it's like David and Goliath, but Palestine is throwing rocks at tanks, and Isreal call it a war.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  4. Judy Sedgeman, Morgantown, WV

    Please drop "Barack the Magic Negro" from the news. It's been one for three days and nights - think you've milked what little interest there was in it for all it's worth. It was dumb. We get that.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  5. elisabeth meier

    I do not think that Israel has the right to "defend" it frontiers in this case.we have to tell the complete story that begins in this fight with this building homes right in area of the palestians along their inner frontier and a provocated battle with the excuse to defend these homes where noone lived so far. that was such a provocation already several years ago and now israel started it again or continued building up there. and as far as I understood it the palestians had a right to defend themselves

    December 29, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  6. Ben, Canada

    Elder is an idiot!. Not once did he address a question, rather he took the time on the show as an opp to preach more hatred and big up his party. Clearly he reflects views of the RNC and thus I don't expect seeing any significant changes in the RNC anytime soon.....what an idiot!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  7. Rashmi

    The open support by bush admin will add more to terrorism. Thank you Mr Bush for messing up this world.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  8. Renee

    I thought Larry Elder was going to pop a blood vessel.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  9. Cliff McWhorter

    Sommething about this Isreal & Palistian crisis is not complete.

    1. Wasn't it our government who push for an election, and when Hamas won we objected to the results.

    2. What is the range of those missiles that the Palistanian is firing into Isreal? (My understanding they hardly can reach the general population)

    3. If they are Jews and abiding by the Old Testament writing which states "an eye for an eye...", if so, they seem to be using the moto of "an eye for a town.

    Something just do not feel right with damage being done by Isreal vs the damage being done by the Palistinian. and the coverage by the media

    December 29, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  10. Patti Mountford

    I am so tired of all the jokes at our new Presidents expence. Those jokes are outdated and show the tellers ignorance in 2008. What helped make Obama so popular with such a variety of people is what most people forgot, .... he is as much a white man as he is a black man. Get off his case and give him a chance to help this terrible mess our wonderful country is in !!!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  11. Betty, Virginia

    Is the satire CD offensive? You betcha!!!

    Small mindness to the max. The GOP is beyond understanding the majority of Americans... and it's a shame. Just because there are a couple of exceptions to the "white man club" doesn't make it inclusive... grow up old men!

    It's looking like I may have to make my switch to the Dems permanent.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  12. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Anderson, "A Million Little Pieces" indeed! How do these people get duped by these stories? Who researches this stuff?

    December 29, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  13. Annette, Missouri

    If it was just this song on the CD it may be written off...but the entire CD is offensive. It is like 41 Tracks of garbage. The title is even offensive. So why not start there??

    December 29, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  14. Michael Maddox

    At this point, this song is offensive, but it doesn't even matter anymore. If they want to insult the President-Elect with racial slurs, and then try to blame "double-standard" Democrats, then fine. It won't change that Obama is our soon-to-be President. 🙂

    December 29, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  15. David, Indiana

    This song, the little bit I've heard of it, and what I understand of it from Larry Elder's explanation sounds kind of dumb. I have to say though, it's hard to discuss as satire or parody or prejudice without hearing the whole song. But I'm not rushing out to buy the CD. Stick to the issues.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  16. Mitch

    "Negro" is not the "N" word. Political personal parody is fair game. This pales in comparison to the SNL slashing of Sarah Palin. What is it with liberal Dems? They can dish it out but can't take it? Pulease!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  17. Christina

    I think people just need to realize that the "Barack the Magic Negro"is just a part of political satire and not take these things to heavy and notice it's all satire!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  18. Ashley - Hamlin NY

    @Presley: Thank you, you rock. I bow down to you.

    @H. Rosen: "Politically stupid" is putting it lightly.

    @AC: Nice "Million little pieces" reference.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  19. Maria

    @ Zaid,
    It seems to be Hamastan is a nightmare for Israeal and Saudi

    December 29, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  20. Jacqui Chan

    as a white person I am surprised to here Larry Elder's point of view but I am not judging just surpised

    December 29, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  21. Elina

    Good morning from Finland, Anderson - it's 5.30 a.m here. Thank you for the great coverage on Gaza, there was a lot of that background information we need, so to be able to understand the current situation there. Good work! Have a nice day there, you and the rest of the team!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  22. John Harding

    If I am correct, Israel has been blockading Gaza for some time. Usually, a blockade is considered to be an act of war.

    But instead of going back and pointing fingers, we all should listen to Merle Haggard sing "America First."

    "There's things to be done all over the world, but let's rebuild America first."

    December 29, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  23. Marian

    Israel has plenty of terrorists in their history, try Ariel Sharon's carnage in a Palestinian refugee Camp in Lebanon.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  24. vincent

    I think "the song" is offensive and agree with Powell when he asked if this was the kind of message that the party t(Republicans) want to project.......

    December 29, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  25. Ken in NC

    It was STUPID and RACIST.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  26. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    It is very smart of the Obama Transition team not to dignify the song with a response...though I am enjoying the argument going on between the panel...though Ed Henry was a little left out...

    December 29, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  27. Ann

    OY, please make this man stop yelling, Anderson. Please?

    Thank you...

    December 29, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  28. darryl

    why are you giving the magic song so much airtime? your making it the most famous satire on the planet. let the idiots fade off into the sunset and drop the garbage.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  29. Daisy, Houston

    Mr. Elder, get a grip.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  30. Damian Trudell - Spring, TX

    I think that all politicians need to stop and think before they speak, wow, what a concept. The smartest man in the RNC is the current chairman who understands the need to reach out to others, kind of hard to do when a fellow member insults a race.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  31. Kristen-University Park, PA

    Jamie I agree, the song does not deserve this much air time. It was wrong what else can you say about it?

    December 29, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  32. Peb, Valley Village, California

    I can't see how you can call this anything but insulting. As a Black American I am deeply affended by it.

    .....And the Republican Party wonders why they have a hard time attracting minorities!!!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  33. EJ (USA)

    Sorry Larry Elder – you lost the argument. You lost it big time. Just move on so you don't embarrass yourself anymore.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  34. Rick

    Anderson, their are a lot of serious issues to be discussed. I believe in all of those things Larry are talking about, but he is totally off message and he is not answering the question.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  35. Brian

    AC,

    Larry Elder has never related to African American causes , not sure if he knows he is black.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  36. Stacy

    Okay, I'm not a fan of Larry. Someone needs to take it down a notch.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  37. Russ

    You would think that leadership in the GOP would condem Saltsman for putting out such an idiotic CD with song about Obama. At least the current RNC chairman spoke out against it but where are the rest. No wonder the GOP are a shrinking party fed similar trash by the likes of Rush Limbaugh.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  38. Larry

    A song about Bush or Palin or McCain would be hilarious tho.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  39. Susan in Boston

    Offensiveness aside, can we talk about copyright infringement? I'm willing to bet Pete Yarrow and Lenny Lipton didn't give Saltsman the right to use Puff the Magic Dragon, and the law sees precious little (if any) difference between taking something that doesn't belong to you and selling it, and taking something that doesn't belong to you and giving it away. Theft is theft.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  40. liz toledo oh

    I agree with Hilary, if you are a politian you should not get your hands into politcal satire. Sure, opintionated pundits and other talk show people are going to see this and find it funny, but as a serious politician running in the RNC ... you shouldn't be associated with this

    December 29, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  41. Mike, Syracuse NY

    There is absolutely a double standard regarding this song. Where was the liberal outrage when Palin was getting sexist comments made about her, or the 'old' jokes with McCain?

    December 29, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  42. Maureen, Georgia

    I can't believe this black man is saying this, he agrees with this song, utter crap, I agree with Hillary.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  43. Al Jackson

    Larry is truly an embarassment.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  44. Dawn T. Pittsburgh, PA

    The answer to whether the "Barack the Magic Negro" song is racist or pure satire depends on the motive and the intent of the person producing it. That's why we have to take each incident on its own merit (or lack thereof). With that said, there are and always will be certain jokes that won't be well received by those who are not part of the culture. Ethnic groups have an inherent license to joke about their racial stereotypes. When others outside the ethnic groups make racial jokes, they take a risk. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't 🙂

    December 29, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  45. Diana from Chicago

    Dear Anderson,

    I feel that giving media attention to the Barack the negro dragon song is wrong. If the media would just not talk about this song, it would not get the recognition it is receiving. It would die out. This song is a pathetic display of political satire

    December 29, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  46. Maureen T

    Shame on you Larry Elder!!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  47. Jinan

    Let's not forget that Gaza is an occupied land, and the Palestinians are under occupation which under UN laws makes Israel responsible for the safety of the Palestinians. Instead the Palestinians have been living under siege with all borders closed, no fuel for electricity, no medicine...the rockets fired are outrageous, but they are fired from occupied land. To end them, the occupation must end.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  48. Niwat.

    Mohamed Abid, to top that off, Israrel prime minister quoted Obama as if the P-E appoved the attack whereas I think the P-E Obama was just expressing his feelings comparatively to his daughters.

    I thought N-word was eradicated off English ages ago, wooh it made a comeback..Ed Henry could not be more correct!!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  49. EJ (USA)

    Ken Blackwell is playing politics. I know he doesn’t agree with his own statement.

    His politics haven't served him well over the past few years.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  50. Joe Terrogano

    What kind of jerk tries to pass off a racist song as "political satire"? How low will the Republican Party go? What is funny about that? Mr. Elder is more sophisticated, but still defending garbage. The Republicans are trying very hard to alienate everyone but their core, which is shrinking. To have Rush Limbaugh as a hero is the worst joke of all. How stupid can you get?

    December 29, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
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