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October 7th, 2009
06:05 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 10/6/09

Editor's Note: After last night's AC360° many of you commented on the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” segment with the majority complaining about the two guests (Dan Choi and Elaine Donnelly) talking over each other. Thanks were heard for Anderson trying to control them. We also heard from some of you about Sen. John Ensign - a lot of you called for his resignation.  What do you think? Let us know, your feedback is always important to us.

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Regarding tonight's "debate" over I'm not sure exactly what (gays in the military?): The solution to having people on who talk over each other is twofold: 1) Don't have people on the program who can't be quiet while the other person expresses an opinion. 2)The viewer's solution is to change channels, which is what I do when any of the cable networks have an obnoxious presentation with people shouting at each other, with no one getting heard, and no one enforcing a respectful climate. I am surprised that the usually outspoken and assertive Anderson Cooper did not control these out of control people tonight.

I was shocked to hear Anderson stop two people from talking over each other discussing the gay issue with the military, I think. I am so tired of watching news programs where people yell at each other and say stupid things from both radical sides of an argument. Anderson is right when he says that people just click away when that happens. I did. It is about time we start listening to the middle and be polite to each other.

Thank you for taking control of your show and not letting guests talk over each other. When they do, they cannot be understood and I change channels. You ask them questions, you owe them the courtesy of allowing them to completely answer. This is a common rudeness of most talk show hosts. Thank you for controlling your guests.

My late father, who served as Nevada's U.S. Senator in the past, would be disgusted with Senator Ensign's behavior. He should resign to save Nevadans from further humiliation and shame. His many levels of hypocrisy and lack of ethics are simply astounding.


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  1. Larry

    I just watched the press conference in Chicago with Mayor Daley, Attorney General Holder, and Secretary Duncan.

    In the entire discourse, the role of citizens in the neighborhoods was only mentioned once and then vaguely. We as a people need to confront the fact that we sit behind our doors and even stand in the streets and watch gang violence and other unacceptable behavior. We may shake our heads but we do not take personal action to intervene. As individuals this is risky but in sufficient numbers it is not. We have to stop asking our governments, our schools, and others to solve a problem when the solution must begin with us as citizens. Secretary Clinton once said it takes a village. In Chicago and other cities it takes the people in the neighborhood to solve this problem.

    I was also stuck by Mayor Daley stepping back in front of the microphones and cameras at the end to make a pitch for gun control. Most gratuitous, this is not about guns it is about crime. The weapon of choice in the murder of DARION ALBERT was a piece of wood.

    October 7, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  2. william

    The war in Afghanastan sp? Right now I see it as a losing effort. 700+ American lives have been lost to the Talilban Jihad. throughout history we tend to ignore the blatent facts that are there for our discovery. Take the history of religious domination from the first burial grave to the charasmatic and profitable enterprise's. With the Taliban and Al Queada their best weapon is Death for Paradise for a chance to be a God. We in America do not have a weapon that can overcome this power. Of course a nuke might get some attention and might dispel that primitive conception. Best Wishes, WL

    October 7, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  3. Damon

    Notice that during the Bush administration the number of soldiers killed in Iraq was reported daily, but now that Obama is in office, that has completely stopped. Is this statistic suddenly less important, or is the media just biased?!

    October 7, 2009 at 11:30 am |