November 20th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 11/20/09

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Oprah makes it official. She's giving up her talk show. Lisa Ling, Suze Orman and Larry King join us to talk about the big announcement. Plus, a plea deal in the Walmart line cutting case. And, we continue our special investigation "Killings at the Canal: The Army Tapes."

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  1. "starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you Anderson, Erica & Team 360 for great reporting this week as always. And good night too-have a great weekend!

    Good night fellow bloggers-Hope all of you havea terrific weekend too.

    The Conan Obrien clip- LOL-too funny.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! Anderson, you got to remind us when you are doing these night shows, please!

    November 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  3. Steve - southern Illinois

    I really enjoyed the show and the blog this week!! Have a great weekend everyone!!

    November 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  4. Rich

    This problem of violence is only gonna get worse if parents don't get back
    their right to discipline their children, which unfortunately must include the whip. Kids these days have nothing to fear. Spare the rod and spoil the child was not just a phrase, it worked. Until we can get back to those days, God help us all.
    Again, I am not advocating abuse, but the right to discipline.
    Your thoughts parents......

    November 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  5. lisal .canada

    OK now THAT is really one of the funniest things I have ever seen!! And it was just an upper respiratory thing from the fine dust in Afghanistan anyway...

    November 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Steve - southern Illinois

    Is that the hair-pulling soccer player at that beauty pageant?

    November 20, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  7. lisal .canada

    If one is not surrounded by others who give personal developmental feedback - disappointment, encouragement, inspiration - (either by choice or circumstance), it is then upon the shoulders of the individual to explore these emotions on their own. Some people can do this, and some can not. Those who cannot are often those who lose their way.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  8. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Some how I feel that Mr. Perry in some where out in the left field when it comes to our children. Is he trying to promote his school? I find that he does not have a clue when it come to the children in their troubled time.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  9. Monica M. Williams

    There are many people who survive rough circumstances. The school system is not at fault. Mom, Dad, their core family – support system has failed them.

    Cynical at 16 years old. No regard for life even if that life is your own. That's the moment when you know life is more than tough. It's insurmountable. Time prohibits those type of challenges being addressed in a 50 min classroom course.

    Have a great weekend everyone.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  10. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    welcome back, Erica... sounds like you are still recovering.. hopefully you can get some R&R this weekend.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  11. Louis

    As I always believe, this problem of youth violence starts at home. I blame the parents first for their lack of involvement in the lives of their children.

    Although its a bit radical, they should be held legally accountable for the violence of their children–maybe then they'll start to raise them properly.

    Perry was dead on with his assessment.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  12. Todd

    The guy you just had on re: education in poor communities.... we need people like him in our government... changing policy to change the lives of inner city situations you just aired.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  13. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    These really successful schools – they are really expensive, right? Is that part of the problem, our society still doesn't see the value?

    Glad to hear you have a story on a community member working to improve their community on the site, would like to see some of those stories on the show as well.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  14. Steve - southern Illinois

    It's getting too dangerous to walk the streets even in rural areas. And it's not just because of young people.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  15. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    The root stems from broken families.

    Mom needs to be home to take care of the house and be there for the kids.

    Dad needs to be the provider and authority in the house.

    The kids have role models, parenting, support and Love.

    Not the structure we have right now were all falls apart and lands on someone elses shoulders to raise the kids.

    2 cents

    November 20, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  16. mike j

    Amatullah. BOTH. however people who live glass houses should'nt
    throw STONES!!

    November 20, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  17. "starr, formerly known as vincent

    Excellent reporting, as always, by Gary Tuchman.

    The violence among gangs seems endless and too many Innocent people & children have been murdered.

    Anderson, you are right, it is too easy to ignore these reports. I'm glad that you don't! Your consistent reporting on the violence in Chicago has been excellent and much needed.

    As always, Mr. Perry contributes "reality" to us to help us understand what & why the violence continues. He is,of course, right. We all can help with this problem.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  18. Karen Gonyea, MN

    As a past teacher. Many teachers care about student but need to support of parent and the community. Kids want to be good!

    November 20, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  19. Raymond Tierney

    The detainee story is interesting to me because I am retired military. Regardless of how or what you feel in carrying out orders, you are required and expected to do so. That is the essential concept to having an effective and well-organized military. So if orders are not complied with, the Commanding officer has no choice but to reprimand or brings to trial the individuals responsible for not obeying orders

    November 20, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  20. Nancy

    Anderson, you said it's their moms, brothers, sisters. But what about the dads?

    November 20, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  21. john hardin

    Ok, In Baghdad from March '08 to March '09. I worked under these rules the entire time, taking pictures-at nightime with flash no less- gathering witness statements, taking fingerprints, taking all steps required by the court systems of Iraq to detain and prosecute insurgents. We did all that and provided our own security with 13 soldiers and one translator. And we were succesful, detaining and imprisoning over 50 insurgents. It can be done, and more importantly- the Iraqis respected our tactics. How do you win counter insurgency? You get the people on youe side. If you represent democracy, then give them democracy. Innocent until proven guilty. How do you lose? Kill and torture prisoners.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  22. stella Mosley-New Mexico

    I will truely miss Oprah..She has been a big part of my life, that I decided to pursued a career in Broadcasting radio and television, because I told myself, If she could suceed as a black woman on television so can I. She has did so much for so many...once again she will be miss, when she leave her daytime show.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  23. Anthonia-Bay Area!

    Good "LATE" Evening Everyone!

    The story about the young girl in New York is just sad. Just yesterday a young 16 year old boy was shot and killed in his OWN HOME! these killings are driving me nuts! i just wish it would all stop!

    November 20, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  24. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    Here in Los Angeles we have a lot of gangs and we avoid those areas with great measure.

    They have nothing so they try to hold onto anything and don't get that sharing is the solution.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  25. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Guns once again are in the wrong hands and on the streets.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  26. Michael Jorgensen

    We can't just execute Iraqis the same way we shouldn't be torturing prisoners.
    It has nothing to do with battle and is the kind of disgraceful activities that are undermining the very values we are supposed to be representing in the world.
    On top of that, we invaded and bombed their country by mistake in the search for WMD’s. It’s not like we have improved anything during our more than six years in Iraq.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  27. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Robert Castro, amen to that.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  28. Orkaambe

    Soldiers are not police men – by their nature and training, a soldier shoots to kill and not to apprehend. It is meaningless to expect soldiers in a war zone to act as police men. Kill the insurgents in battle and forget about arresting them. There is no morality in war.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  29. Jennifer Davis

    I recently got out of the Marine Corps and I empathize with our men and women still serving overseas. The rules of how to properly do your job over there are increasingly strict. I can only begin to explain how many powerpoints I saw on proper procedures for this and proper procdedures for that. They all run together and each one means less than the one before it. I think we need to give these guys a break. Very few know what the stress feels like to be over there.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  30. Amatullah

    @JonesJ as I asked Mike formerly from Syracuse earlier, what defines a terrorist, I ask you....what war are we fighting here?? WE invaded a country, and now fight THEM to force our so-called freedom on them...who's war is this??

    November 20, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  31. Robert Castro

    Battlefield justice.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  32. David, Indiana

    @Janel, given how much hard work it takes to run a show like Oprah's I don't see how she could not get emotional.

    Did the rules for gathering evidence help soldiers? Did it work in fighting insurgents and successfully building trust with the Iraqi population?

    Why fully is this policy put into effect? It must have to be in force because soldiers are operating in the middle of the civilian population.

    Capt Lippold is right the threshold for detaining someone in a war zone should be much lower than in a civilian arrest. Holding onto people indefinitely is another matter, though some detainees must be turned over to their county's govt?

    Seems like gathering photographic evidence, with digital cameras, would not be too hard to do.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  33. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Amatullah, there is an elected government in Iraq. These people who take up arms against that government, and kill innocents and our soldiers are terrorists. If they want us out, and the government changed they can vote with ballots not bullets. Until then they are terrorists. Get it?

    November 20, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  34. Karen Gonyea, MN

    Great story on the soldiers. I feel so sad that they have to deal with such awful situations. My prayers are with them.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  35. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    The soldiers should fight for their safety.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  36. robert

    I'm a USMC veteran and I'm sorry but there is no excuse for assassinating an unarmed setainee, period.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  37. lisal .canada

    Oprah is inspiring.
    It is an interesting exercise in self-development and self-motivation to sit and listen to all of the comments about Oprah, and think "What would I need to do in order to have people speak about me that way". The things we find admirable within other people are often what we perceive as our own shortcomings. And Oprah has made a wonderful role-model for so many, for so many years. And she will continue to do so. And she will continue to inspire.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  38. JonesJ

    Evidence?? Is this a crime scene, or a war. Stop taking, just shoot!!

    November 20, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  39. JonesJ

    We are in a new kind of war. That requires new rules. Shoot now, provide evidence later!!!

    November 20, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  40. Patti Ann

    Somehow she has managed to take each and every ethnic group by the hand, taken us in tow and convinced us that "it's all good". I love watching her show mostly because her audience is so diverse and inclusive. It really feels like we've made progress. Thanks "O"!

    November 20, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  41. K. Souza

    Our soldiers are doing a job. They are trained to be soldiers not police officers or civil rights attorneys. They must have the right to defend their lives without these extensive unrealistic requirements of "proof" or evidence. What about their rights?
    Kathleen Souza
    Dighton, MA

    November 20, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  42. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    It is terribly bad timing to run a story like this.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  43. Sabrina in Los Angeles


    We have to address the evidence needed to hold them or stop this.

    I agree, we need to avoid detaining innocent people but this is war and some of the evidence level needs to be suspended.

    There is a balance here...we just have to find it.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  44. Amatullah

    @Mike formerly from Syracuse what constitutes a terrorist? Someone who is defending their country from invaders who wish to impose on them their definition of 'freedom'? Or someone who invades a country and tries to force their way of life on that country's people??

    November 20, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  45. "starr, formerly known as vincent

    I know in our civilized country that the soldiers' behavior in Iraq is wrong.
    However, (being a soldier & a policeman) and given the frustrations that these soldiers felt, right for wroing, i can see why these men did what they did.
    @David, Indiana, is saw your post to me the day before yesterday too late to respond. You were right, "fog of war" was not the correct term. I think, because i was brought up in the military, i am likely biased toward empathy for these soldiers.
    I don't think any of us know what we would do given the circumstances that these men dealt with every day they were in Iraq.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  46. Anthony

    Isn't a soldier's eye witness view of shots proof enough? It's difficult to take a photo of someone shooting at you when you're trying to avoid fire.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  47. john hardin

    Why are we asking a Navy Commander about what Army Infantry should be doing?

    November 20, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  48. Deedee

    Hi everyone I'm sad about the soldiers I think they are not getting a fair deal here, During Viet Nam whole villages were wiped out by our guys. This wasn't right but it is war. Doubtful any those soldiers stood trial. Then the news coverage on this and watching the interagated and being hoodwinked into a confession where was their attorney?

    November 20, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  49. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    After hearing that our soldiers were forced to apologize to terrorists I'm incensed.

    November 20, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  50. mike j

    oprah is an unbelivable individual, who has and will continue to
    educate and entertain us for another 25 years. just a different format.
    what i dont understand is where did 25 years go. i'm 50???

    November 20, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
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