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. gail

    Rush Limbaugh has made some racist statements. Owning a team is a privelege and not a right. My father is a Rams fan and I can tell you that he is no Limbaugh fan and does not want him to own the team and this is a fan from when they were in Los Angeles.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  2. Janene russeau

    Limbaugh doesnt have a kind word about anything .I just dont get it .how can he really say those things and think people believe him.He is nuts!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  3. Emily

    @ Patrick ...Rush will NEVER be able to buy an NHL Team!!!! Jim Balsillie, the founder of RIM, is not able to do so; and he is a billionaire!!!

    There is no way, with the racial remarks that rush has made will he be accepted by the NHL!!!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  4. Vijay

    Rev. Al Sharpton is a race baitor and has no ground to oppose Rush's bid. Though Rush will not be a good owner, he should be allowed and frankly I think he'll fail to deliver as an owner.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  5. Catherine Irizarry

    Amen Diane

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

    I agree with you David Gergen .Pres Obama has to focus on the the issues healthcare ,jobs people everyone wants this to top priorety. It 's time for the change to be reality .

    October 12, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  7. Ken

    With all due respect to the Reverend and Mercury. Rush has said out loud what current owners say behind closed doors. Please remember that it's all about money.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  8. Steven from Taos

    Maybe what rush has in mind is break the players union????? After all he is fanatically anti-union along with the other horrible qualities,racism and classism for starters, that he has.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  9. Joe

    While this country is still free,Rush has a right to own a team. And its just another example of how reverse discrimation is played out for the reasons of their own interests.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  10. Steve - southern Illinois

    The Rams have fans?

    October 12, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  11. LorenaR

    great to see Mercury Morris, i remember him as a talented football player. he made some good comments. the frightening thing about Rush Limbaugh is that 40 million people are riveted to his program every day. now he wants to get into the NFL? wonder what the St Louis Rams fans think about that?

    October 12, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  12. Brian A

    I'm astonished at the respect and consideration given to Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. Fox News is infotainment at best. Rush Limbaugh is a rabblerousing charlatan.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  13. Bea

    This is another of Limbaugh tricks he was talking about earlier to get media coverage and you are once again giving it to him. Limbaugh likes koas and confusion. He know how to pull the strings of the media. He is good at that.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  14. Tim

    Al Sharpton wrote a letter to the NFL? Who cares? What organization does he even represent? WHY do we keep listening to him?

    Two words: Tawana Brawley!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  15. Kathy Chicago

    It was also suggested that if Rush paid the players enough money, they would play. There are already owners in the NFL that are controversial. No, I'm not a Rush fan.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  16. Renee

    Oh Lord, Sharpton thinks the NFL players have standards! How many of the players are criminals?

    October 12, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  17. marylou

    Someone had to call them out- it scares me that Fox sows the seeds of hate and fear. These kind of irresponsible actions are all it takes to plant the seed in one persons mind that could lead to a tragic end. if they disagree with the President – fine do it responsibly. They aren't a news station they are in the business of entertainment a form of reality tv they just make it happen- unfortunately many think its news-if they were open minded fox wouldn't be the only source they'd watch.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  18. Michelle D. Fonthill ,Ontario

    I hope Vet gets jail time too .Poor kid who was burned it's so sad .

    October 12, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  19. Mry L. fom Va

    Someone need to put Big rush in his place!!!!! Along with fox news.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  20. Emily

    If Jim Balsillie can't buy an NHL team, due to the fact that they (the NHL) has standards as to what the owners should be, I would think that the same thing goes for the NFL!!!
    Balsillie has tons of money however, thus far, the NHL will not allow him to buy a team. Does the NFL not have the same kinds of standards?

    October 12, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  21. starr, formerly known as vincent

    I'm afraid that Rush Limbaugh is going to win no matter what happens.

    If he gets to own a team then he gets what he wants.
    If he is not allowed to own a team, he gets what he wants too. It will give him something to "rant" about for years, blaming Liberals and God knows who else.

    I do understand Rev. Shapton's position andthe Great Mercury Morris too.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  22. Michelle

    There is no way the NFL owners will let Limbaugh
    have a team.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  23. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    I wonder if the NFL were 85% white, if Al Sharpton would care?

    October 12, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  24. Michelle D. Fonthill ,Ontario

    I think Rush Limbaugh is rascist .The players will not want to deal with him on daily basis on thier livleyhoods .

    October 12, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  25. Dawn LV NV

    Pres. Obama, is a very intelligent person, the white house should give all news network the same respect. No matter what is thrown out there by Fox News, their true colors will show, they must give them a chance to show it, do not fall into their game, the truth will set you apart.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  26. gail

    The President loses nothing by treating Faux as arm of RNC because they are.

    Rush Limbaugh has made some racist statements, but if the football owners and players reject him then he will get to play the victim. He is in a win win situation.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  27. Adrian

    Fox News isn't 'news'. It should be called Fox Opinion.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  28. Gisselle - Big TX

    Rush Limbaugh is DISTURBED! But didn't we all know that already?

    October 12, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  29. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    The NFL players will never give up millions of dollars for this.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  30. Anne

    I do not think the White House should take on FOX but it should prove to be ugly. How embarrassing to have our government behave this way.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  31. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Funny how most people on this blog who talk about judging people on an individual basis are happy to lump all FNC viewers together. I am an Independent and didn't vote for Bush. Aside from some of the extremists, FNC has excellent programming.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  32. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - An interesting controversy that is stirring with the White House finally taking off the gloves against Fox, but again, I must say that I agree with those of you who have written here tonight that it would be far better to leave the fight to Democrats outside the West Wing and for the President and his team to focus on jobs, health care, Afghanistan and the like. That's where they can make the greatest contribution to the country.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  33. Michelle D. Fonthill ,Ontario

    Rush Limbaugh is not expert on football and has racist views on players .Money doesn't count here

    October 12, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  34. Diane

    Good evening – from Vancouver BC Canada –

    Mr. Limbaugh – needs to stay where he is – in his own little world where he is the owner.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  35. Betty McGinnis

    MSNBC,is terrible for their views, is this white house so childish, if they can't get everything their way? Look at what they all did to Geeorge Bush, their was even a movie about assinating him, no president was ever treated as didrespectful as him.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  36. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Al Sharpton needs to go away. He sees racism behind every tree.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  37. R.L. Garraway

    For those who say Pres. Obama should deal with Foxnews.
    If a business gets an offer from a company to sell their product, but, learns that company refuses to hire minorities. Must they conduct business with them?
    No! And Pres. Obama has the same right.

    Thx. Rob

    October 12, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  38. Henya,

    Fox news is way to the right wing for me just as much as Rush Limbaugh, and I hope he never get to buy an NFL team .

    October 12, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  39. Michelle D. Fonthill ,Ontario

    Thank you Anderson for giving the viewers the choice to decide for themselves on news stories .It's the way journalists should be

    October 12, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  40. Patty Moskowitz

    Why is Fox News afraid to admit their right-wing bias? it's the station Republicans tune in to get their agendas buttressed.

    We already know that Fox News is slanted to the right. So how does someone at the White House, calling a spade a spade, (or maybe the label should be shovel—because so much dirt is tossed by the Fox anchors & spade connotes something else all together…) do anything but bring derision to the President?
    Once you say it, it’s too late to say “Aw gee, we were just kidding.”

    As for Rush Limbaugh and his purchasing desires, who cares?

    October 12, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  41. Ron, PA

    I'm no fan of Rush Limbaugh, but Al Sharpton should stay out of other people's business. It's people like Mr. Sharpton and Rev. Wright that are perpetuating racism in America. Instaed of inventing issues to be outraged about, Mr. Sharpton's time would be far better spent addressing the real issues that African Americans are facing, violence, poverty, drugs,gangs... the list goes on and on

    October 12, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  42. Ron Vance

    Rush Limgaugh should be allowed to own a team. Let him have a team, with all white players, no NFL profit sharing and drug testing for owners. How long would he last?

    October 12, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  43. Cessy, Chicago IL

    maybe Rush Limbaugh should've bought the Chicago Cubs. maybe he's the lucky charm=World Series next year. NOT!

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

    the first woman to receive a Nobel prize in economics, i would not be a bit surprised if people said to her, You shouldn't receive that, you're just a woman, women don't belong in the hard sciences, you were just given that because you're a woman and other ludicrous, idiotic things. That would be exactly equivalent to what people said to the President of the United States when he received the Nobel Peace Prize over the weekend.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  45. Dwain

    Supporters of the Obama administration label those who oppose their policies as "racist", but profess outrage when someone else uses the same ugly tactics against them. Those tactics and the administration's "war" with Fox are intential distractions, by both sides, for Americans trying to understand the critical issues facing our country. It isn't a mistake – it's a shell game!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  46. Suzan NY

    I personally think that the media should be free of bias and fox news is extremely bias. I think some of their lies generate the race war which is bad for impressionable young minds.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  47. Jo- Palo Alto

    I'm of two minds about focusing on Fox News...David Gergen's comments made sense to me but call them on their mistrusts. However, whoever the woman who is on Fox reminded me why I don't watch it. A stupid comment to say if Obama is afraid of Fox then how would he handle N. Korea, et al. Just a silly analogy.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  48. Joe Consolini

    It is easy to be a RW talk show host by exciting the ignorant religious or uneducated. To be LW talk show host you have to have a brain and a conscience which eliminates the majority of republicans.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  49. tori

    And what's wrong with people watching Fox? The more the better for the balanced and rational public who will realize what kind of news Fox spews. I bet plenty watch for the outrageous nonsense and that doesn't translate into a vote for a Republican. It shows how ridiculous their "entertainer reporters" are.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  50. Sheila Harper

    It is good that the White House takes on Fox news, because Fox news purposely distorts the truth and reports completely false stories in an attempt to stir up controversy towards the President and his administration with the knowledge that it may even promote violence towards him!!
    This is not a case of differing opinions, but instead a direct attempt to destroy the President and his administration with false and inflammatory statements for the sole purpose of causing trouble and defeating anything the President attempts to accomplish!
    The reports on these Fox programs, are an attempt to directly distort the truth!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
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