November 11th, 2010
09:59 PM ET

Amazon Removes Pedophilla Books, Others Remain: Join the Live Chat

Tonight, profiting from pedophilia. After our report last night, Amazon.com finally pulled a controversial how-to book telling pedophiles what they can get away with. This morning, they pulled another pro-pedophilia book by the same author. But as we'll show you tonight, there are any number of similar books with content just as disturbing still being sold on their site.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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  1. Frank

    If this scandal is becoming more public in Germany they can close their shop – The autors and buyers should go straight to the psychiatry and/ or prison. And they should be ashamed!

    November 11, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  2. Laura Cino

    Why can't McDonalds just give the toys with the Healthier foods to encourage kids to make better choices

    November 11, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  3. Varda

    The problem is with those parents that they let the kids eat McDonald every day it causes health issues the meal has lots of fat/salt/sugar, if it’s only one in a while it would be OK, So yes I agree with the government,

    November 11, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  4. Libby

    When the media refers to "the Government" on this Happy Meal issue, to John Q. Public it sounds like the overall government is involved.

    This is an isolated ban brought on by the San Francisco City Council. It should be clear that it's one city doing this.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  5. Nancy in Oregon

    The marketing machine is huge...Dr. Phil is right. Adults don't fall for it too? Buy or eat things we shouldn't? I think the emphasis needs to be on learning to discern a little too...not on banning selected products. Kids can learn that too, esp. if their parents model it. But for adults to give themselves airs over kids, then turn around and succumb to all sorts of advertising, is pretty hypocritical.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  6. Karen, MN

    I would say what I say to my children. I don't care what everyone else is doing. I'm saying no. Parent have the power to say no to ads.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  7. Tom Baker

    I think we should write a LAW that all children must eat some meat in their diets, because the complex proteins and amino acids can not come from plants. Vegans are experimenting on our children.

    Same argument isn't it?

    November 11, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  8. carolyn

    AC and CNN.. Thank you for keeping them honest. You provide an excellent and absolutely necessary service to the World.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  9. Michelle

    After seeing Anderson's show on Amazon's selling of the paedophilia guide and similar publications I immediately contacted Amazon to cancel an order of chidren's books I had just made with them. I also tried to register my complaint with Amazon's PR department. I was stonewalled. I will keep trying to reach someone but I am very angry at Amazon and will not be doing business with them any time soon nor will anyone else in family.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  10. Emily

    When I was young, I was not allowed to leave the table until I cleaned my plate. The food was perfect! (homemade meals, every night). I could cry for McDonald's all I wanted. I was a kid, and when I was hungry, I'd eat what was on my plate.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  11. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I have to wonder what the parents are eating. You have to set an example to kids and not let them manipulate you.

    These are the same parents that let the TV babysit their kids.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  12. Alex VA

    Anderson is a great news man, keep up the good work:)

    November 11, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  13. July Phelps

    I agree with Dr. Phil. It's up to the parents, and later when they are teens, up to the kids themselves.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  14. Phyllis from So. California

    I am amazed both at the fact that Amazon.com would offer such books for sale and that they refuse to publicly explain their policy. I have purchased many items from Amazon and been very pleased with their service. I am so sickened by their sale of these books that I would gladly boycott their site if they continue to do so. Sarah said that they told her they have no control over what is sold on their site. How is that possible?

    November 11, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  15. Stephanie

    AMEN Dr. Phil, nobody wants to be the parent these days! School lunches are worst than happy meals...Anderson the fighting chance is to not take your child, that's all, just say no.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  16. Juswantori, Indonesia

    If Amazon keep selling books about How-to manual on pedophilia, someday maybe they will sell books about how to rob a bank or how to create a bomb!

    November 11, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  17. Nancy in Oregon

    So will all products we adults eat or drink now have skulls and cross-bones on them? Pictures of dead people on bags of chips? It sounds almost Puritanical to me.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  18. Sheri

    Legislating Happy Meals? Nanny state!

    November 11, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  19. Karen, MN

    My children are grown. But a 2 year old need their parent to drive them to McDonald. It should be up to the parents. Educate parents.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  20. Sue R. Canton MI.

    I think it's up to the parent to choose whats right for their kids. I agree with more healthy food, But it should be ok to get the Happy Meal once in a while. Government ,,Please don't ban the Happy Meal. If you do this,whats next?

    November 11, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  21. Melissa Collins

    @ Jo Ann

    "That was being politically manipulative as well"

    It sure was and people should take notice of their actions, since they decide the future of our children, We seem to be on the same page

    November 11, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  22. Angela Ponce

    I was mortified to hear such a book "Pedophile's guide" was not reviewed before it was published on the site. I think it's a shame that pedophillia is justified by these animals walking this earth. I understand one book was pulled from the site but there are 2 more to my knowledge,I hope that will be pulled also. I am surprised at AMAZON. I can't believe abuseing children in any way can be taught to these sicko's out there to make it right. I am a grandmother 63, I would also like to be an advocate to help these parents who have lost their children to these mainiacs and help change laws to help others and get these guys put away.I would like to help in any way possible.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  23. Sophia Garcia

    Let's take a closer look at school lunches if we really want to point fingers at somebody for childhood obesity.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  24. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    In San Francisco, specifically, you find fast food outlets primarily in lower income neighborhoods where people either can;t find whole foods or they simply can't afford whole foods. The federal government subsidies of food industries that create "bad" food, keeps the prices artificially lower on fast food than whole foods. Our federal government is to blame for this epidemic and big business is fueling these subsidies with lobbying.

    This has little to do with the core-level of parenting, as Dr. Phil suggests. These kids (and parents) are HOOKED on these bad foods.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  25. Helen Simensen

    Who published these books? Are they all 'self-published'?

    November 11, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  26. Tom Baker

    Having lawmakers make laws on Happy Meals shows how much bloated wasteful government we have.

    So McDonald's no longer gives away the toy, they give you the option to buy it for 5 cents if you buy a happy meal. Makes the law....moot.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  27. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    It's a good behavior reward!

    November 11, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  28. John

    Definitely parents decision and I do not see how this will cut obesity in the youth? If parents really wanted to, they can buy the toy separately... I respect that they want children to eat healthier but I don't think that this will help.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  29. Emily

    Yeah, and I use to ask my Mom for chocolate for dinner at least once a week! Do you think she fed me chocolate bars?! (NO!) And there was no need for the Gov. to step in and monitor her!

    November 11, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  30. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    McDonalds is out to make a profit at any cost. They aren't ashamed to target children.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  31. Kenya

    I think it's a good gesture by the govt. but the final decision should lie with the parents. If they want to feed their kids an unhealthy meal so be it.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  32. Janis

    I can't believe how much kids run the family instead of the parents. Parent's just say no. They aren't going to hate you later.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  33. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I agree with McDonald's action re: nutrition vs. "bad" food.
    Since many parents don't seem to be educated enough about good nutrition, perhaps an action like this will help them "learn" better eating habits for their children and themselves.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  34. Carla

    I am hearing all kudos toward veterans to give thanks for those that served and are serving. Sacrificing their lives, family, friends, food, communicating, the basic necessities of live, then hearing that people are complaining that they were stuck on a luxury liner, eating mayo sandwiches? And being reimbursed? Really? I bet there will be law suits.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  35. Stephanie

    To be the devil's advocate, all changes take time to get used to, put something other than a toy in it, like a jump rope for exercise or, maybe make the food meet the guidelines.

    Target toddlers? Are the kids reading? watching tv? driving to the local McDonald's? Hello, parent policing here!

    November 11, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  36. lisal -canada

    well i'll have to go ahead and disagree with dr phil on that one. fast food conglomerates are master marketing geniuses – the population is getting fatter and unhealthier at younger and younger ages – the kids are their target market – they want to get the youngest generations 'hooked' so that they eat fast food the rest of their lives.

    while it is certainly DESIREABLE to have parents in control of what their children eat, the master marketers exist to sell product and frankly i think the general public, including parents and caregivers, can use a little help to not get subconsciously caught up in the fact that these companies market TO THE KIDS (and doesn't a drive-through meal make life easier for the parents too... and easier isn't always better)

    just saw the stats in the segment – isn't that just what i wrote in the above paragraphs?

    November 11, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  37. Emily

    So long as people are not over/under feeding their kids, or giving them alcohol, cigarettes, etc. This is something where the Gov. NEEDS to stay out of the homes of the people!

    November 11, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  38. Sharon Hastings

    Oh for Pete's sake, let the kids have a happy meal with the little toy inside. And let them have the french fries. Just not all the time but once in a while for a treat. Even if adults are trying to eat healthy which is good, I'm sure we have a treat once in a while.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  39. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    The kids don't eat the meals either.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  40. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Happy Veterans Day in America, What ALL the you soldiers have done for us all is VERY MUCH appreciated! Thanks troops!!!!!

    November 11, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  41. Andrea

    This is my first blog ever and I am still so upset about the Pedophile story. It sickens me! The only thing that Amazon values is money. Also the publishers are disgusting for publishing books of that topic. Why is everything about money?

    November 11, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  42. gloria, oregon

    I have asked friends and family to boycott Amazon. Even though that book was removed, evidently there are others. And who allowed them to be "marketed" anyway?

    November 11, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  43. gita chowdhury


    Guilty of feeding my young daughter MacDonalds Happy Meal in a emergency situation BUT never gave the toy !!! She is 17 now and anti MacDonalds !!!!

    FOOD n TOYS are not the answer to feeding children

    November 11, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  44. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Although I think it is up to the parents to make the final decision, "Happy Meals" should not be used as a substitute for nutritious food.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  45. Tom Baker

    Pictures are considered freedom of speech much like worded books. However even holding a picture of child pornography is a crime.
    A book on Pedophilia has crimes against children associated with it writing or "research".
    How is this different than child pornography?

    November 11, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  46. Mary

    If Amazon doesn't consider pedophilia disturbing, I'd like to know their definition.

    Amazon obviously has someone deciding on what they sell if they refuse some content. Maybe they need to re-look at the people making those decisions.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  47. Susan

    Children are the most innocent people on earth and they have become horrible victoms of our sinful and sick society! We HAVE to protect them in every way we can. I pray that Amazon will be defeated and will be forced to stop advertising and promoting pedifelia!

    November 11, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  48. Dennis

    @techmover_asia Taipei
    Since the Government banded Tobacco companies from advertising that targeted Kids, I see no reason to band this targeting....

    Good for You San Fran...

    November 11, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  49. Candy

    I have sent the following to Amazon.com:
    As you have used the free speech option in choosing profit over decency (in reference to the Pedophile book promotions), I am doing so also in protecting our children. I am severing all ties with you as of today. My disappointment with Amazon.com has turned to disgust. Every time I hear about a child being molested, I will think of how you helped to make it possible by promoting the “how-to” books on destroying lives.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  50. Cynthia

    Who should we believe?

    Bush and McDonnel are pretty big liers.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
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