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January 11th, 2011
10:00 AM ET
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Lida Piompino

    I am getting tired of people bring up President Obama's quote from 2008. It was a play on the Elliot Ness quote from “The Untouchables,” – “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” If you remember the context, he was getting verbally abused by the Republicans, and the Democrats weren't sure he was tough enough...don't just remember the quote, remember the context, and if I remember correctly he was laughing when he said it – it was also a Chicago reference...

    January 11, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  2. RichardinBos

    I love this interview. It's brutally honest and Maher pulls no punches. I wish Republicans would grow up and start acting like adults and not pretentious "responsible" adults and stop denying what the truth is and being permissive of the rhetoric and poison coming from their side of the isle...YES, their side of the isle.

    January 11, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
  3. Bertrand Dugas

    Very few people in the medias sanitized with political correctness, have the personal courage to call a spade a spade like mister Maher does with brio about this tragedy.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
  4. rick Leyba

    Finally someone to tell the truth about Republicans and Fox, they do not care if Obama has a good plan, they simply go against any and everything he does or tries to do simply for re-election, ratings, or profit.
    look at it this way, health care for everyone ( how is that evil ) Republicans try to block it. 3% tax increase on the rich, Republicans say if you attempt to pass this we will stop here and now, and not pass anything. What's wrong with this picture?.
    Palin, O'Reily, Beck, and Hannit, all getting rich on others ignorance.
    WAY TO GO MAHER!!.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  5. Linda Packard

    I am stunned by the time and forum you gave to Bill Maher last evening. The man's arrogance and pontification was offending. I am disappointed in your lack of reaction. The man was using the tragedy to further the split of American politics. I feel these divisive commentaries serve no purpose and detract from the quality of your show.

    I was pleased that David Gergen responded and took exception to Maher blathering.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  6. B L Fleming

    Bill Maher tells it like it is, whether you agree or not with everything he says, do your research and then ,THINK about what he has told us here.

    January 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  7. Joel

    So to discuss the Tucson shootings you thought it was a good idea to invite Bill Maher on. The moment you announced he would be on I began recording it assured that he would deliver one of his usual tirades against anyone who does not hold his views. He first equated and then denied equating Beck and the shooter, Palin and Brewer as directly contributing to the murders, etc. etc. while you sat there without ever seriously challenging his outrageous partisan ramblings. Maher is not crazy but he is unballanced and your invitation to have him on your show indicates at best poor judgement and at worst a desire to add more fuel to an already inflamed political environment. Good work Anderson, you just lost another viewer.

    January 11, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  8. Elaine Kist

    The Bill Maher comments were belittling to both of you. He doesn't have any more information about the what motivated the mayham than I do and he is entitled to his views, but his blah, blah, blah on propaganda didn't help the situation. Talking heads are bad enough but when they don't know what they are taking about CNN loses all its ability to be a news station and becomes more bread and circus. We are over loaded with bread and circus: That is what causes mayham.

    January 11, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  9. Jim

    Can someone please explain why we care what Bill Maher thinks? I find it interesting how he finds a way to blame everything on conservative rhetoric, even though, based on current media reports, this crime had little to do with politics. Maher is a disgrace.

    January 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  10. Chuck Harvey

    As always I enjoyed seeing Bill Maher on you show last night. He seems to be one of the few people out there that can really bring clarity to what's going on the the crazy American political and social world. He was spot on about how republicans have not made any effort to keep the crazies on the right under control. And he was right about smaller government keeping mentally disturbed people from getting the help they need. And the gun lobby continues to influence decissions of republicans and democrats. And Glenn Beck is crazy. I was disappointed with what David Gergen had to say about the interview. David is usually a thoughtful person, but this time he was just defending his old political party and their cheap, heartless way of governing.

    January 11, 2011 at 12:52 pm |