October 12th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/12/09

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Is it a risky strategy for the White House to take on Fox News? We've got the raw politics. Plus, Rev. Al Sharpton takes aim at Rush Limbaugh's possible bid for the St. Louis Rams. And, new facts on the H1N1 flu and vaccine from 360 M.D. Sanjay Gupta.

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  1. Patrick

    Why doesn't Rush by a NASCAR team cause I think he would be welcome to that sport!!! Or maybe he should buy into the NHL...

    October 12, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  2. Rhonda

    Bravo to the White House for stating the obvious! I can't remember hearing anything positive or supportive re: Obama Government reported on Fox.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  3. linda

    I agree with David, it only empowers Fox to engage in dialogue against them. Let them "dig their own grave" so to speak when individuals recognize truth vs flapdoodle!!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  4. Anthonia-(Bay Area)California

    Yay! Go Women!! I am super excited to see a Women earn a nobel peace prize in economics!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  5. Michelle D. Fonthill ,Ontario

    Not more pythons in studio
    I hate snakes John Z gets all the intersting adventures !

    October 12, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  6. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Oh yeah, Al "Tawana Brawley" Sharpton is the best judge of character!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  7. Emily

    Boy was set on fire! OMG!
    That is an awful story :'(
    I hope that he survives!

    This is another SICK story, that liar that you exposed Anderson...lying about being a Vet, etc. I hope that he's convicted!!!

    Congrats to Eleanor for her Nobel Prize!!! 😛 YAY!!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  8. Roger Roth

    All network news will do anything to raise their ratings and, therefore, raise money. People who want real news get it from NPR and PBS where the impact of money on the quality of news is kept to a minimum.

    I'm pretty sure Jefferson wouldn't take newspapers or any of the media anymore, given how they have evolved. The losers, of course, are the people. The people always lose. "We, the losers... "

    October 12, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  9. Adrian

    Hi Anderson,

    Speaking as a Canadian, I find it hilarious that the US even allows a network like Fox to exist. I'm all for freedom of speech and varying opinions, but, the degrading and insulting commentary towards Obama and the Dems is downright disgusting.

    If this drives up ratings for Fox, it'll show that the US really needs to focus on education reform. Your failures to better your schooling system has led to a large, uneducated public who watch uneducated newscasters on Fox.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  10. Minou, New York City

    Hooray for the female Nobel prize winner!!! now if she'd only win a make-over...

    October 12, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  11. patricia dejong

    I am sooooo glad obama finally said something about fox news....Finallly...I consider them dangerous...with their rehtoric and all the beautiful people on camera there..notice they always show the womens legs...this is to cover up how friggen stupid they really are...I know they are contributing to the Dumbing down of america!!!
    that glenn Beck ...hes just an escaped Morman....
    it hurts me that people say such terrible things about obama...I personally got to meet Obama and was part of ABCs prescription for America in the East room of the White house... I was able to tell him i think you are a great humatarian.... fox news is really reallly bad for america...geez they are makin em dumber by the hour... tata, pat dejong

    October 12, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  12. Ron Vance

    Rsh Limgaugh should be allowed to own a team. Let him have a team, with all white players, np NFL profit sharing and drug testing for owners. How long would he last?

    October 12, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  13. Medo Eldin, San Diego Ca

    The NFL will never let Rush own a team- the future liability would be too great.

    In the future, anytime Rush made inflammatory comments, racial or not, the NFL would be in the next sentence. Reporters might even use post game press conferences to pose questions about those comments...

    It would be bad business to let him in.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  14. Tasha, North Carolina

    Hi Erica!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  15. Nick D.

    Fox is no worse than MSNBC, the only difference is what wing they're on. That is why I watch CNN!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  16. Stevie V

    How can we blame any athlete who would not want to play for Rush Limbaugh, one of the most insensitive and irrational personalities on the planet.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  17. mike

    Big mistake for whitehouse to declare fox news and
    glen beck the enemy. All they're doing is asking the questions all of us would like answers to.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  18. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Fake veteran arrested...sick man.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  19. Scott

    Taking on Fox News is like taking on the Tabliods. They're not really news, they're an agenda driven outlet for the Republican party. It's the Republicans version of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Although, I find Jon Stewart less slanted then anyone on Fox News. Fair and balanced... "you lie" Fox.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  20. Susan Re

    I stopped watching Fox News as so much of their commentary is hyperbolic nonesense with regards to President Obama. It is a no win situation for the White House–Fox will twist the truth and continue to be petty, petty, petty.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  21. Derek

    Sure, it's risky to take on Fox news but it's about time they did (the White House). It's refreshing to witness an administration that has the courage to take on the real issues that concern Americans, and that includes bad journalism.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  22. chijioke

    I don't know what the reason is but I think fox news not really buying into this govt. I thought these networks are meant to be neutral.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  23. LorenaR

    Perhaps the reason the WH is going after Fox News is the "straw that broke the camel's back," the incredibly appalling, embarrassing, shameful response to the President winning the Nobel Prize over the weekend. When all the rest of the world acclaimed Mr Obama and congratulated him, all he got from his fellow Americans was dismay, and displeasure. And Fox News led the parade of shame; the rest of the media wasn't very far behind.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  24. Peter

    Obama & team just need to develop a thick skin – there'll always be a Fox News

    October 12, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  25. Janet

    Please correct this woman, fox does NOT have more viewers than cnn or msnbc combined. Most fox viewers seem to be extreme racist to me and they most definately relate to only Republican views. They've already agreed that in no way will they agree with anything President Obama says or does. They continue to show outright hatered toward the President

    October 12, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  26. hope70

    Fox news seems to be bent on dividing this country by race. Having one or two minorities on the show is obvious tokenism. I don't even like to flip my channel by this station, therefore, I believe the president and the whitehouse should treat them indifferently, take the high road, ignore them.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  27. Sam(antha), Boston MA

    I'm always interested in what Sanjay has to say. I love when he's on the program, I always feel much more informed on the latest health topics.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  28. Brian A

    Fox News is a farce, and even you people at CNN know it. Was not it Fox News who falsely publicized CNN's participation at Tea Party gatherings.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  29. Tom

    It's a shame that the legitimate news people at Fox such as Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith are associated with Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. Fox should start a new channel for opinion and segregate it from the
    straight news. The way things are currently, Beck, Hannity, and O'Rielly are the face of Fox News. None of these three are journalists, but opinion entertainers. Fox News will never be considered legitimate as long as this continues.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  30. Jay T.

    The White House trying to suppress Fox News is nothing short of censorship. I'm sure Kim Jong-il is just enjoying every minute of this communistic censorship. The White House's attempt to censor Fox is simply un-American and what our country stands for. This is an embarrassment to the 1st Amendment. There are bigger battles for the White House to tackle other than taking on Fox.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  31. Michelle D. Fonthill ,Ontario

    It's not fair Pres Obama 's view is correct they lean more right than left and give the democrats a backlash .

    October 12, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  32. Jen NY

    i'm not a fan of fox news, but i find the white house's new attitude toward the network disturbing. the u.s. keeps getting more and more polarized politically. to keep our democracy strong, we need to present our views and listen to one another. the white house can't ignore any major news outlet for this reason. it needs to try and get its views out to everyone. otherwise, it's just contributing the the polarization which i find so disturbing.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  33. akhtar

    I don't watch Fox no more. They are simply toxic and divisive. They can put whatever on their channel but the American public is not fool.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  34. Renee

    Happy Columbus Day to all those lucky bloggers who had the day off!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:18 pm |

    The White House should ignore, not confront the clowns on Faux News.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  36. Cindy - Dyer, In

    Hi Erica.. back at you. happy Monday

    October 12, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  37. Janeane

    Fox News isn't news it is fabrication, they flat out distort and lie about events that take place, that would be called news. The White House should take them on because they are not accurately portraying the President's message. You don't have to agree with it, but you should report it accurately. News should be news no matter which channel you watch, not the case with Fox News, the message is entirely different and designed to placate to a certain audience. MSNBC does the same but at least they report the news accurately.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  38. Leslie

    Why even speak to Fox News? They have already prejudged Obama, you can tell that they don't like him? The people who watch Fox news are the same people who listens to Rush? To your panel guest,- Where is she getting her numbers from concerning more people watch Fox news than CNN?

    October 12, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  39. Anthonia-(Bay Area)California

    Why would Rush want to own part of a football team if he knows that football team is mainly African Americans..? does he think he could slide by that easily without them realizing the remarks & comments he made about African Americans..? if so, hes CRAZY!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  40. Ben

    The White House is right to take on Fox. This channel is still licking its wounds following the resounding defeat of its protagonist, the Republicans. Commentators like Beck and O'Reilley are right wing fascists and without any doubt Republican spokesmen. What's worrying is that they have been steadily undermining the office of the President of the United States by blatantly disrespectful comments. Irony is that the Obama is solidy supported by the rest of the world.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  41. Melissa, Atlanta, GA

    FOX "New" ceased to be a news organization around the time it hired Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck. I see no problem with the Obama administration ignoring them at all, since they no longer act as a journalistic media group. They are the equivalent of political "Entertainment Tonight."

    October 12, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  42. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Mike, Syracuse, NY, At least FNC has Shepard Smith and Bret Baier, totally professional and objective news programs.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  43. Jack

    Rush Limbaugh as an NFL owner? A sad commentary on a system that would provide an embarasment to being succcesfull the means to be in that position.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  44. Helen

    hi, i don't know who that woman is but i don't believe more people watch fox more then cnn or msnbc. i sure don't!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  45. David

    What up Anderson! You´re my boy! Keep it up!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  46. Alizabeth Showers

    Erica Hill, You also rock...you and Anderson make a great Duo:-)

    Keep up the Good Work!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  47. Kim, Student in PA

    Dear Anderson,

    Is it wise for the Obama White House to take on Fox... probably not. But Anderson with all due respect shouldn't someone in the respected news world? CNN, AC360 in particular are fact based news organizations. Anderson honestly if people like Glenn Beck can call themselves Journalists.... can we label an honest Journalist like you with the same title as the likes of Glenn Beck and Bill O?

    October 12, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  48. Sigrid Macdonald

    Anderson, even if Fox is biased, Pres. Obama has an obligation to
    meet with the press. It's not about gaining votes; it should be about
    providing info about policy and practices to everyone. The public is more apt to receive misinformation about the current administration if Obama boycotts Fox.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  49. kim, olive branch MS

    Rush is WRONG! (sorry for the caps but I'm screaming!) He's a racist and a little too proud of it. He does not need to own any team that comprise of mostly non-whites.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  50. carol

    The president should focus on why he is voted in as president. He has too many irons in the fire to take on trivial matters as fox news. He needs to realize that not everyone voted for him.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
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