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July 8, 2010

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Posted: 10:04 AM ET

By Abbie Boudreau

Special Investigations Unit

@Abbie CNN

I was just looking at different news websites. Mainly mainstream – cable and network. It was interesting to see what headlines were front and center.

Around 7 p.m. on Wednesday, I checked Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, CBS News, and NBC Nightly News.

These are the various headlines:

FOX News: “Feds: Terrorists Planning NYC Subway Attack Linked to U.K. Cell”

CNN: “Arrest made in serial killings that stretch over decades”

MSNBC: “Thousands evacuate as Rio Grande floods”

ABC News: “Russian and U.S. Diplomats Exploring Elaborate Spy Swap”

CBS News: “Does Israel’s Netanyahu Trust Obama?”

NBC Nightly News: “Extreme Heat Tests Grit of Power Grid”

The top stories are all very different, and it makes me wonder what kind of news that people are most interested in. Terrorists or serial killers? Extreme heat or flooding in the Rio Grande? Russian spies or Netanyahu? Maybe all of these topics interest you – or maybe none of them do. It’s all very subjective.

I often think about the types of stories I want to report, but I’m even more interested the kind of reporting people want me to focus on.

What many people do not realize is that a large number of my stories come from tips. I always take time to read and think about the story ideas that are sent to me. Of course, it’s impossible to report on every tip that comes my way, but every once a while we spot a gem – a story that will have an impact – a story people will remember.

It’s really easy to send me a story idea if you would like me to take a look at it. Send me a tweet saying you have a story idea, and I will write you back a direct message. Or you could always post a comment on my blog.

If you don’t have a specific story idea in mind, I am still interested in the topics you think reporters should be focusing on the most? What would your headline read?

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Joe Marina   July 8th, 2010 12:57 pm ET

How about the DOJ giving a pass to the black panthers voter intimidation case. This is a huge civil rights issues you should be investigating!


MT   July 8th, 2010 1:29 pm ET

The corruption in the Justice Department with regards to voter intimidation by the New Black Panther Party (black version of KKK) is going to be huge, and a cover-up. Media is supposed to keep our government honest. CNN, you should be ashamed of not covering it thus far.


Stormey - NY Army Wife   July 8th, 2010 3:09 pm ET

U.S. ARMY WIFE VS. BLACK PANTHERS!
(How is that for a headline?)

I am an Army Wife who is slowly but surely losing her Pride on a daily basis. Having worked over 20 years for an amazing attorney who endlessly volunteered his services to veterans organizations and now being an Army Wife who knows too well how long 15 months really is, I have always remained relentless in my patriotism and pride. It used to be worth it. If you knew me and the strength of my Pride in the past years, you would not recognize me today. Maybe in the same way I no longer recognize the very Country we continue to blindly sacrifice for today.

Did my husband REALLY go to Iraq and Afghanistan many times to defend the rights of THUGS like the Black Panthers? or illegal immigrants who murder our American ranchers/peace officers and citizens? Are you Serious? Is THIS really the "America" we are defending today? This is the reward for my husbands injuries? (Spine surgery being the last... more in future.)

Regardless, all I know is that come Election day... I DARE the Black Panthers to try and block THIS Army Wife from voting!!!


Chuck Stewart   July 8th, 2010 3:32 pm ET

I want to hear more about

1. The Black Panther voter intimidation case and why Eric Holder dropped it. There has to be a smoking gun. Some black leaders had to pressure Holder to do this.

2. Updates on the Fort Hood shootings. Why have the results of the investigation been so sketchy? What type of incompetence is the Pentagon hiding?

Thanks!


Henri Brunot   July 8th, 2010 5:19 pm ET

HOW DOES JUSTICE WORK IN USA ?
EVERYONE MIGHT SEE THINGS DIFFERENT.BUT REALLY IF THE JUSTICIAL RECIPIENTS LEAK IN USA,ELSEWHERE IT'S JUST A MESS.HOWEVER WE'D LOVE TO SEE THIS COUNTRY KEEP THE STANDARD OF TRUE JUSTICE .ONE VERY IMPORTANT POINT, IT MAKES NO SENSE DAMAGING OR KEEPING AN INOCENT RECORD UNDER FIRE WHEN WE COULD AVOID IT.iF SOMEONE SAYS SOMEONE ELSE COMIMTED A CRIME HE SHOULD BE ABLE TO PROVE IT.TOO MANY TIMES PEOPLE IS SENT TO JAIL FOR CRIME HE DID NOT COMMIT.SOME COURTS SOUND NOT TO BE FAIR ENOUGH WHEN IT COMES TO ACCUSATIONS.WHEN WE SAY SOMETHING WE HAVE EXPERIENCED IT, WE KNOW IT .FOR ,WE KNOW FOR SURE TOO MANY ELEMENTS SOMETIMES GET INVOLVE IN A SIMPLE CASE TURNED TO BE VERY DIFFICULT. IN WHAT RANGE COULD WE PLACE A CASE THAT A SIMPLE CIVILIAN INSTITUTION THAT KEEP SOMEONE'S NAME AMONG THIEVES, CRIMINALS AND ELSE WITHOUT LEGAL DECISION AND INVESTIGATION. ?
WE BELIEVE THAT ANY TIMES THERE'S NO TANGIBLE PROOF FOR AN ACCUSATION,INVESTIGATION SHOULD TAKE PLACE. AND IT DOESN'T HAPPEN LIKE THAT IN SOME CASES.
MANY TIMES ,WE PRONOUNCE OURSELF ON SOME CASES BECAUSE WE FEEL LIKE PARTICIPATING IN THE CHANGE TO HELP OUR COUNTRY TO REMAIN THE TOP IN EVERY POSITIVE ASPECT.


Javi   July 8th, 2010 6:31 pm ET

I became aware of a small town uproar caused by the "Death at the hands of a small town police officers" just after 4th of July. It happened in Imperial, CA and the press articles and comments by community seem to be very critical of the events and reporting. Having lived in a small town, I understand how easily mistakes are covered up to protect the guilty. I would like to see an investigation into small town coverups and how the local press is strategically leveraged in America.
http://www.ivpressonline.com/articles/2010/07/07/local_news/news02.txt


RJ Cain   July 8th, 2010 8:34 pm ET

Abbie, being a member of the press & referencing your statement, I would think the way this administration is blatantly trying to extend the Fed. Gov. control of ALL media in a way never seen before & farther reaching than most would imagine–There's your story! From the FCC trying to require ID log ins to access the Web, [ I know they now are saying it would be voluntary } but they also said Healthcare membership would be voluntary and then spent 23 BILLION $$ to hire 16 THOUSAND IRS Agents to force compliance, yet it took month's to get 1200 Nat Guards to the Thousands of miles of border where we are OCCUPIED by invaders & drug cartels, our Parks & Monuments are OCCUPIED by foreign invaders & this is alright?? Then there's the press restrictions on the access to the military, Obam went HOW MANY MONTHES with zero press conferences? Wouldn't allow a Fox reporter to get his chance for an interview like ALL the other networks--thanks to CNN & the other nets to stand up for Major Garrett-Mark @ the FCC is trying to bring Sat TV & Radio under FCC control, the Fairness Doctrine is being "reformulated" to hush dissenting opinions, it's UNBELIEVABLE this could be happening in the USA!! The US was adamant about no bugs in the hotels and no web restrictions at the Olympics in Communist China--and they did it anyway--so now look at the breadth of scope across all media they are trying [ and doing] here now!?!? HOW can this NOT be a MAJOR concern to CNN and ALL AMERICANS??? Pressure them Abbie, this is NOT a partisan issue–it is a FREEDOM issue!!


Margie McBee   July 8th, 2010 8:37 pm ET

I would like to know why any body in your station said anything about, the Black Panthers, in that voteing place. and why the Attonney General didnt investegate. All people are the same here in the USA White Blacks or green.. I always listen to CNN and Fox. and you didnt report anything. thank you


RJ Cain   July 8th, 2010 8:49 pm ET

Abbie, another issue that fell off the radar screen is-What ever happened to the "missing/unaccounted for " Stimulus $$$???? I KNOW it was such a large amount of money that it is hard to keep up with, but we can not let ANY amount disappear as 1. It is "borrowed $$ w/interest. 2. It gives the thieves/irresponsible people who are supposed to account for it a window of opportunity to think...I got away with it once, let's do it again. 3. It's criminal, plain & simple. I'm just a regular guy & to me, these are just glaring common sense issues that amazingly just vanish. How?? Why?? The press and the DOJ are SUPPOSED to be the watchdogs but with Gov., that means they are watching themselves. That leaves the press, and when it doesn't get it done, it implies that they either are not that sharp or are biased toward the administration or ..God forbid, in complicity with them [ I don't believe that] . Only thing left is inept, & I don't want to think that applies either. Dazzle us, & ALL will benefit!!!!


anne   July 8th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

I see why CNN is too busy to look into the DEPT. of INJUSTICE issues. The links above this article list the really important issues CNN reporters have to write about: Lindsay Lohan and her fellow inmates and Rielle Hunter helping John Edwards find his authentic self. Sorry I doubted you CNN. Keep up the good work.


Dennis S. in Pa.   July 8th, 2010 10:42 pm ET

I would like to also see SOME coverage of the DOJ and the black panther case. I applaud Stormey's submission and thank her husband for his service and her sacrifice. This country is becoming less and less of a country that I am proud of. The media has much to do with the way news is presented and it has not been presented fairly and sometimes not at all as in this case with many major news outlets. I can't figure out why this is... Can you please help explain this Abbie?
A concerned citizen


emmanuel asare-kumah   July 8th, 2010 11:56 pm ET

I have been impressed with the documentary 'BLACK IN AMERICA.' most of the issues raised had to do with prejudice, discrimination e.t.c. however there are Blacks Emigrants who face discrimination from Balcks from this country. That is the story untold , maybe the documentary could be titled, Black Emigrants in America. We have a good story too and that will amaze a lot of people.


Ted Tedesco   July 9th, 2010 3:04 am ET

Why aren’t you covering the DOJ scandal regarding the “New Black Panthers”? The 1st Amendment gives you “freedom of the press” – how about stepping up to that responsibility and doing your job for the people of this country.


tom c   July 9th, 2010 7:16 am ET

Black Panther Cover Up at US DOJ?


Elizabeth   July 9th, 2010 7:54 pm ET

YOU ARE CONDONING HATE SPEECH AND VOTER INTIMIDATION BY YOUR FAILURE TO REPORT/COVER THE DOJ REFUSAL TO TRY THE BLACK PANTHERS. WORST YET YOU ARE EMBOLDNING THE GROUP THAT FEELS THE THAT THE MEDIA OBVIOUSLY FEELS THAT THIS IS NOT A BIG DEAL! YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO QUESTION AND REPORT...REPORT!!


jeff b   July 12th, 2010 12:25 pm ET

Yeah, what about the black panthers story?? Do you really want a news story? This is one that has not been overlooked, it has been ignored. Maybe you should rephrase this page to say you want story ideas that are Obama friendly. What ever happened to the 'impartial press' just giving us the facts. I applaud the other commenters here and especially the Army wife that will not be intimidated! Obviously she has more guts than CNN.


Michael Murphy   July 12th, 2010 12:45 pm ET

The Black Panther militant stories are facinating, to say the least... Cnn has zero coverage of these... I have always went to CNN for my news! Now I have to go to Fox???? Please !!!!


Anne B   July 12th, 2010 4:27 pm ET

I would like to see some professional coverage and investigation regarding an Ithaca NY police officer whose house was burned down days after he was acquitted of any wrong doing in the shooting of a man who had run down one police officer and was attempting to run over more in his attempt to escape arrest. A local coalition was formed at the time of the shooting claiming profiling and bias and veiled threats were made according to local news. Stories such as this need to be told.

http://www.theithacajournal.com/article/20100711/NEWS01/7110342/Fire-at-officer-s-home-ruled-arson?GID=5xnQ1jdz99Well95HmkhiH31ave4/UqXjS7B+1kCIOY%3D


vickie williams   July 12th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

I would like to have an investigative look into the corruption within the EDD and the unemployment process to which people in the lower income bracket are being systematically denied unemployment. I was informed during my appeals hearing by a ALJ that the EDD makes mistakes in their dicission to deny UI benefits 90% of the time. This unreported info is devastating, for one to think that people have committed suicide over denial of UI benefits when EDD was making these mistakes which no one knew about, secondly, this has a direct affect on the economy and the Stimulus, you don't get UI benefits you dont get the stimulus you dont boost the economy, Where are these people who are being denied UI through these mistakes by the EDD, Hello, thier on welfare that is why the stimulus is not working. Where is the Stimulus money? My own experience and documented proof of misrepresentation by the EDD process in order to deny UI benefits is a prime example.


Joseph Zernik   July 13th, 2010 5:11 am ET

Realizing the the posting by Abby was well meaning, one must still correct the numerous factual errors in the report.

Richard Fine is held with no valid court papers to provide the legal foundation of the imprisonment.

View the records provided by the Court and the Sheriff, which are both alleged as fraud, and which contradict each other, at the petition site:
Free Richard Fine:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/free-fine


Ron in WA   July 13th, 2010 4:05 pm ET

I have to also agree the DOJ’s behavior in the potential New Black Panthers voter intimidation case deserve serious journalistic scrutiny. Not saying there were dirty deeds for certain but this is an important civil rights case that deserves to see the light of day. Too many questions not enough transparency.


PJ   July 13th, 2010 4:55 pm ET

When are you going to do the Mother of All Investigative pieces? Who is watching the DOJ? We've already seen Eric Holder & Co. support Bush's State Secrets doctrine in court and support torture. We have yet to see ANY indication of any significant investigation into the "economic downturn" and the financial sector. There are indications the FBI cut deals with mortgage lenders and stopped investigations/prosecutions. Hank Paulson met with Chris Cox at the SEC to lower debt to asset ratios that was a huge contributor to the financial meltdown- no investigation. The SEC slaps BOA with a miniscule $30M fine on billions of losses- no investigation of Mary Schapiro- WHERE is Eric Holder and WHO is he beholden to? Let's find out who bought and paid for the DOJ in full...


kathleen bailey   July 13th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

Who authorized the use of benzene and COREXIT to be used as dispersants in the Gulf? The USCG fines people who use dispersants and we are using our military planes to spray leukemia causing chemicals over the Gulf?? Please ask the tough questions! Who made these chemicals? Why would we have a stockpile of these chemicals when they are illegal in other countries to use? Is it Monsanto?

Talking about Monsanto what about the hormones in our foods?

What about the lobbiests who have taken over our country?

Why would Michelle Obama want us to go to the Gulf? There are cancer causing chemicals there. Is she going to let her kids play in that water???

I do love stories about serial killers!


Who r we?   July 14th, 2010 9:05 am ET

What is going on in the public school system? I reside in the southwestern part of Texas on the border. I have seen and observed six graders, seventh graders and eigth graders that are bearing children. I have seen that the kids control the school and the teachers and security guards just let them move along to get to the next grade level. I have seen high school kids that are juniors and seniors and only have a six or seventh grade level of education. I see the system giving up on hard to reach kids and spoiling the educated ones. What has happened to the system from the way it used to be?


Matthew Stonebraker   July 14th, 2010 11:31 am ET

Hi Abbie,

I like reading about crime stories, specifically low-profile burglaries and kidnappings, crimes with STORIES to them. I read an article about an altercation between two people that stemmed from an argument and I want to know what they were arguing about. It's all about the details. The Daily Dumb gets close to this, but I don't want to hear entirely about dumb criminals, as it is the smart ones that are the most interesting.

Thanks!

Matthew


Manish Shroff   July 14th, 2010 1:47 pm ET

Abbie:

I would like you to focus on racisim in this country, more specifically how racisim is affecting people of color in the corporate world and its subtle undertones. I was recently fired from large corporation stating that i was underperforming in my job which was far from the truth. The reason given to me was me not performing which was cover up for discrimination to protect jobs of white ppl with no skills. I have numerous stories from friends who have had similar experiences. I am US citizen of East Indian origin. This kind of discrimination causes tremendous sense of anger and resentment. I have filed a case with this corp with the EEOC. I wish you can portray the plight of people like me.

Thanks
Manish


theydidit   July 14th, 2010 3:52 pm ET

The DOJ needs a look at. All the folks that came out of the woodwork to get a check from BP, but have no records or receipts but simply claim "fishing is a cash business" need a look at. Kind of brings back the memory of folks using their US Katrina issued debit card to buy designer handbags. The growth of the government necessary to enforce new medical and soon to be new financial rules needs a look at. The effect on the growth of rules, regulations and paperwork levied on small business due to these changes needs to be looked at. These 3 million mystery jobs Obama talks about could use some lite of day. Why the American public was denied the right to see what an appointee that will effect the use of over 1/6th of the us economy had in mind certainly demands a look at. Government transparency needs a look at. Congressional pork needs a serious look at. The real truth of unemployment needs a look at. Even I know folks that use it simply because it is there and they do not want to forfeit it by actually getting a job. Who really pays the taxes in the US. Why isn't there a minimum amount that every citizen pays in taxes even if it is only 200 dollars?


T A   July 16th, 2010 6:02 am ET

I am the mother of 2 wonderful children. I reside in PA and am in the fight for my children's life. I have been let down by my judicial system. My children have lived with me a single mother all their lives. My children are honor roll students and active in the community. Their lives changed in a matter of minutes due to injustices. A judge moved my children from a safe loving home and environment with strong family and community support. They have now been placed in an abusive environment that can be life threaten. They would be relocating to another state NC with no family connection or familiar surroundings other their father, who has a history of mental and physical abuse toward me and my children. I am completely shocked and outrage that the judicial system that is supposed to protect the children's well being has let them down. My children are 15 and 12 they should be heard and helped. The judge that made the life changing decision made a statement that shocks me "I don't talk to children". This is the most outrageous thing I have ever heard in my life. This put my children in a desperate situation that caused them to flee while in their father's custody. I am desperately trying to get my children heard and fair treatment. I was denied council and forced to go to custody trail with no legal representation. Now I am trying to get legal representation for me and my children. Please help me or give me direction as to what I can do to get my children back, fight for them and their safety.


kimsland   July 16th, 2010 9:25 am ET

I read a lot of world news myself, since I'm not even from the US in the first place! (thankfully I don't live in a country where people feel its their right to shoot to kill others in defense, but I still read and comment here anyway)

CNN needs to lighten up a bit, and report the latest news without all the limitations (of which only readers like me, see)
Best to report truthfully and here's the biggest issue FULLY, it will save me getting the real story by visiting many sites on the same issue.

I'd personally like more religious views debates (in the story and comments) and not by your members trying to squeeze it in when they get the opportunity to do so.
Maybe MORE lots more, stories on space discoveries, there's been a lot lately. But since you guys are so (ignorantly) religious sensitive obviously the US CNN members miss out on the advances in this area.

In my view you will undoubtedly see that the real intelligent readers have now progressed past the medieval time stopped religious fanatics.
Just my outside opinion I suppose. And since MANY of my openly; polite; well written; non racist and non sexist comments DON'T seem to make it on the OPEN comments area! At least I know YOU may have read this if no one else publicly. Too bad you're so restricted hey?


Marietta   July 16th, 2010 11:54 am ET

I would really like to see more positive news stories. I am rather sick of seeing our president every day in the news. I would like to hear more about what people (regular people) are doing in their communities to help the many that are affected by this economy. Even if it is something small. The world needs to know that there are good people out there doing good things and it may inspire others to do the same. Just an idea! Thanks.


Born American...   July 16th, 2010 3:54 pm ET

Maybe CNN is not reporting on the new Black Panther party intimidation because there was not enough evidence to support the case? While Obama is the president there are laws and rules that stop him from making certain decisions just like the other presidents. The DOJ filed the suit, so that they can investigate further...they did...not enough evidence. The Black folks of America did not create the constitution so you can't blame them. Listening to fox which is the most racist news channel is just dumb. Find the facts for yourself before you listen to other people.

How about CNN look at the racial divide in the U.S. That is the root of all evil in America. I mean did anyone listen to the Tea party letter to Lincon? Or is that type of nonsense not important? It's 2010, and ask yourselves, has anything really changed? Or is it just easier to brush racism under the rug? Let's talk more about the list of illegal immigrants that was sent out? Do you think that is fair? Are all the people on the list truly illegal citizens? Are there only Hispanics on that list? Does America even know what illegal means? That means anyone not born in the U.S., and those who did not come legally are illegal. Europeans are included in that list as well, but I bet no one is worried about them because they blend right in with the legal Europeans.

Get a grip America!


Kathryn Campbell   July 17th, 2010 3:21 pm ET

We just received word that our Pre-needFuneral Home Contract is now gone.

The Cassity family of St. Louis, MO that runs Mt. Washington Cemetery in Independence, MO, Hollywood, CA, and others have been running a scam. We are now out over $18,000.00 for pre-need funeral services. This information came from The Independence Examiner on or about the 15th of July. Can someone from CNN check this story out? There are a lot of families that will be effected by this.

Thank you.
Kathryn Campbell


tiberius trif   July 19th, 2010 11:01 am ET

hey need to speek with a reporter or jurnalist . i got a story about a guy in our nabarhood who is driving drunk all the time.I contact the local police departament abaut thre times and guy steel drives.I got his address and stuf. You can call me at # 770-490-6397


amanda-tex   July 21st, 2010 8:58 pm ET

Thanks for asking.
I wd like to comment, plz dont take personally. CNN doesnt need to dumb down stories and reports for Americans. The public may think it wants to eat candy but its really not so great for us. Report on real items that have to do with our world, geographical,environmental, political, cultural. Not phony culture like celebrity obsession.
Leave the celebrity hokum to the myriad publications devoted to that.
Id like to learn more about how an int'l news org such as your group decides what and how long to report on an actual event. It seems that in some regards CNN, along with all other news outlets, interprets the news. I like the old school method of trying to be objective, Woodward-Bernstein type reporting. Seeking the facts and trying to reveal the truth, or all sides of an issue. In 2008 CNN lost credibility with me and many others by completely losing objectivity and sinking its collective face into the nether-regions of a single presidential candidate. It manipulated the public by downplaying events that did not fit the CNN paradigm. That was a tragedy for me because I had always trusted CNN. I see that as a shameful time for American news organizations, esp. CNN. You had farther to fall and you did so.
Why not give us more transparency about your process? Is it really all based on focus groups or what people are looking at online? Is it based on ad response or just what your editors believe people are desperate to read about?
The wars are barely in the news. No one wants to read about it but dont we need to remind ourselves of our continuing wars that kill so many?
More technology.
Where is objective, unbiased reporting about people attempting to build coalitions, rather than fanning race hatred, i.e. your continuing coverage of tensions in Az.
More stories on the food supply. From downed cattle in the meat source, to genetically engineered food, this isnt a Robin Cook paperback, its our lives. Lets hear about the pollutants, the additives, the untested chemicals in our foods, the prions on our brains. You have tremendous resources, travel and personnel. Use them.Thx


whycnnnow   July 27th, 2010 4:42 pm ET

Lets look at corporations not paying taxes (GE paid no taxes) , and look major social entitlement programs fraud. In 08 I reveiewed the GAO's website, and the medicare program had over 400 Billion in questionable or fraudalent charges. Found that Walgreens had overcharged by 300 million, so I'm so sick of hearing people complaining about a little old lady getting govt assistance, so lets put this in perspective if we have the courage to go after the big businesses, and providers that cheat us on a daily basis!!!


whycnnnow   July 27th, 2010 4:52 pm ET

How about looking at who really runs America? Take the top 100 companies, and show how many CEO's and executives sit on other board of directors for another fortune 100 company, and then add the Chamber of commerces of the 25 largest metro areas, and see if we are getting closer to the truth!!! Greed has consumed the wealthy, and they have abandoned the working class in America!!!


whycnnnow   July 27th, 2010 4:53 pm ET

I Love CNN, and just want to have a voice!! Thank you!!!


Dan   July 28th, 2010 1:20 am ET

I would like to read stories that the televised news is not allowed to provide the public to see on national television. The public should be allowed to hear the truth and should not be denied it! If we are going to be denied the right for information, then we will have to turn to the internet to fulfill our needs to communicate! Need I say more?


Crystal   July 28th, 2010 12:41 pm ET

Abbie – I wish someone would do a story on the health care industry in the Rio Grande Valley. I recently lost my father @ 57 (who was in the process of being dismissed from the hospital) and a cousin @ 21 (went in for rehab for an injury to his hand). They went in, and never came out, and it happens ALL the time. The doctors care more about making money than healing. The Rio Grande Valley is as corrupt as Mexico in many ways, and there is NO ONE willing, or capable, of helping..... I hope this does not fall on deaf ears again... Be Well...


TY   July 28th, 2010 6:30 pm ET

How about reporting on something positive? Almost everything reported online or on the tube is about something awful.

Positive topics: Urban rejuvenation, growing numbers of service related NGOs, innovative programs in schools, the rewards of volunteer services, organizations focused on unity, diversity, cooperation, etc.

Thanks in large part to news media, the US has become a nation of cynics. "Can do!" has become "Why bother?" Let;s hear about how to make things better, not about how some folks are making things worse.


dbrinkm   July 29th, 2010 5:23 am ET

Everyone I know is talking about the violence as a result of illegal drug activity and young people wanting to be "bad" I live in Mobile AL, and it is rampant in our community. People ride around looking for someone to rob, and often some innocent person dies as a result. Its insane and dangerous. The police can't protect us because there are too many people involved in this activity.
My question is ,why do they do this? What drives them?
They had the opportunity of free education just like all the rest yet they choose a criminal lifestyle. WHY?

This is destroying our country, I know it, you know it and they know it.


Susan Malkin   July 29th, 2010 9:20 am ET

RE: Is This Illegal? Purchasing problems encountered while trying to purchase a Bank-Owned Home for cash.
The following is a brief sketch of the ordeal my family and I have been caught up in while trying to buy a bank-owned home. I think you will agree with me that the story is both newsworthy as well as being appallingly unjust to ‘the little guy.’
In May of this year I made a successful bid on a primary home for myself and my 2 kids. I have recently inherited a small amount of money and was just trying to buy a mortgage-free home for my kids and myself. I wanted to close May 28 so as to take advantage of the Federal tax rebate but was told that the seller wanted one additional week, to June 7, to close as they were just clearing up a lien on the property and needed the extra week. We signed a contract to close on 6/7/10. I was assured by the representing selling agent (Century 21, Richards, for the Bank of America) that there was one lien on the property, in the amount of $970.00, which had been paid, and, that they were just awaiting a confirmation from the City of North Lauderdale (the lien-holder) so they (the seller/Cent 21) could close on 6/7/10 with a clear title.
It is now 7/27/10 and we have no firm closing date in sight. The “One Lien” turned into five and then into ten liens; then it was a ‘blanket’ lien, then the seller wasn’t the Bank of America – it was the Bank of New York – then it wasn’t, then it was. And all the while the Century 21 realtor insisted on their “one lien – no problem” line. It was my daughter and I who, through our own efforts, tracked down the truth of the matter and brought it to the attention of Century 21 (so they could, hopefully, make some progress on the sale). Century 21 stated they had called various people who had not returned their calls – but they would try calling again (we believe they only made cursory daily calls to an answering machine and then only on days we called to remind them). Cent 21/Bank of America kept on signing sales-contract extension after extension – each time promising to close on the following Friday. It was only by my mentioning the word, “Lawyer,” that I was able, after 4 weeks, to get Century 21 to talk to the City of North Lauderdale, find out what the problem was and begin to take anything even approaching steps to solve that problem. In the meantime I’ve got my kids and my cats at a pet-friendly hotel while I’m staying with my dog at my boyfriend’s and the three of us (the kids and I) are having to share one car. All of us are unemployed. I have recently inherited a small amount of money and was just trying to buy us a mortgage-free home for my kids and myself. So far it’s cost me over $6000.00 to “not” move. Since I sold our former home, we are now homeless.
Here’s the kicker (actually there are two of them): Records show that despite Century 21’s frequent false statements to me, they knew the true story of the multiple blanket liens since December of 2009. Kicker #2: because this is a bank-owned foreclosure I, the buyer, do not have the same rights as if I was buying a privately owned home. Even though the companies involved have obviously been dealing in bad faith all along, I can not sue them. All I can do is submit up to $5000 of hotel and storage bills and request the seller take this amount off the final price of the house. I can’t ask for more than $5000. If I choose to walk away from the deal, I can’t even ask for that. That’s right…if they choose to never close, I will have no recourse, I can claim no injury…I have no rights. And this is legal under the laws of the United States?

Sincerely,

Susan Baum Malkin


Worried   August 11th, 2010 12:22 pm ET

I am very concerned with some of the laws that local governments are trying to pass (have passed) these days concerning the health care bill. The states that are passing laws that allows them to bypass the federal law are exactly the kind of states where this bill should help ...
In other words, I don't think it is the people's choice ... rather it is the local politicians and special interests that are pushing this idea that the health care bill is bad for the people.
I am speculating here because I don't know anything, but I bet I am right. It just doesn't make sense. I hope that you can look into who is doing what in these states that's trying to block a mandate that is designed to help most people. You have taken on rather risky cases before (and succeeded), and I hope you can expose the very "evil" that the current administration is trying to obliterate.
And what is the current state of education in these States? The U.S. has "succeeded" in keeping certain areas less educated to maintain its status quo. Can you look into what is being taught in these States?
I'm VERY worried about the direction the local governments are trying to take the country.


Valerie   August 14th, 2010 1:48 am ET

I have been noticing employers have been using the economy to mistreat their employees. Telling them that with the economy the way it is be grateful to have a job.


Concerned   August 15th, 2010 6:01 am ET

Just a thought seeing how you constantly report on the 5.3% of sex offenders who have reoffended how about you report on the struggles of the 94.7% that dont reoffend and continue to be punished for a crime they have already paid thier debt for. I have seen many people who could not find jobs or housing for that matter because of something they did along time ago...


chaba   August 15th, 2010 2:34 pm ET

Could you do an investigative report on the outlandish (MD) laws of determining child support? In MD, for instance, one can be deemed "voluntarily impoverished" and the judge can jack your income by 400% and then set the child support. Naturally, the non-custodial parent falls behind on payments and then child support garnishes 65% of the wages. This is legally-induced destitution that could very well make a person consider the advantages of illegal, immoral or reprehensible activities just to stay afloat. Oh, and being a non-custodial parent in arears, one is also not eligible for food stamps. Can you imagine working 60 hours per week in two jobs that require a bachelor's degree and stll not being able to pay your rent?

I am approaching those candidtates running for re-election and election. I will keep you posted on their responses if you're interested.

Thanks!!


Paul   August 16th, 2010 8:42 am ET

Since we are on the subject of hate groups/intimidation, etc.. Let's see a documentary illustrating the nazi, kkk, neo nazi, hells angels, free masons, as well as black panthers. Tell of the black panthers, and compare them to the kkk, nazi's, and free masons racist, murderous, deeds. Last time I checked, the black panthers never murdered cops, government officials, and lyched men, and raped women, and denied women, gays, or races of people their rights. The two so-called new black panther members, will make for a very short headline, considering that fact alone. But, on the other hand, the hundreds of thousands of kkk, and nazi scum, will make a much larger headline, and illuminate the current activities of these terrorist groups. And if you have time, could you explain to the public, why these terrorist groups have'nt been outlawed? Why they have the right to assemble, and spread their hate, with police escorts for the terrorists?! Why the media, is quick to excuse, and rationalize the behaviour of the kkk, nazi animals? Why the "free masons" manipulate America's domestic, and foreign affairs, by infiltration of the United States Government? Why there are doctor's, lawyer's, teacher's, governor's, mayor's, former president's of the United States, congressmen, senator's (both male and female), and other such prominent positions, held by current member's of hate groups?! Why they are recipients of monies, and favor's from hate groups (government emplyee's)? Why caucasian's call a prominent Civil Rights group, and its member's racists? You get the pic, i guess... If you're going to cover the "new/olde black panther's", then probe their enemy's also. (Crooked Police, and Mayors are the cause of the black panther movmn't being formed.) This "new 2 member group", was probably tea party members, pretending to be black panthers. (The tea party does have its share of uncle tom's you know..)


A.B   September 12th, 2010 3:02 am ET

I believe you should investigate the "moderate" Muslim myth. People such as the Hamas defect and Christian convert Mosab Hassan Yousef, claims "moderate" Muslims are actually more dangerous than "extremists." Similarly, Anjem Choudry, a pro-jihadist from the UK said Islam isn't peace and the actions of his group and what he condones is backed by Quran verses and narrations of the Prophet. I believe an investigation should be initiated to see the internal work of those who claim to teach and spread tolerance, most Imams who claim tolerance on TV and the media, go back to their mosques, teach and recite the ayahs of Jihad, etc. They teach concepts of hatred towards non-Muslims. I believe its time for the American people to stop being deceived and wake up to see the reality of these so called "bridge-builders."


JAMES L HALL   September 22nd, 2010 8:02 am ET

abbie:

What i would really like to know is why that when issues of fraud waste an abuse of the taxpayers funding with respect to the funding an mis -use an mis-mangament of taxpayers dollars is an has been repeatly reported to the proper authority's such as the F.B.I. THE U.S ATTORNEYS OFFICE THE NC ATTORNEYS GENERALS OFFICE THE STATE HIGHWAY ADMINSTRATORS OOFFICE AN NO ONE WILL STEP UP AN ACUTALLY DO ANYTHING OR TAKE ANY FORM OF ACTIONS AGAINST THE PERTURTORS OF THESE ISSUES of out right fraud against the taxpayers of the state of north carolina . I have even recently submitted information to you/your investigation uint an no one even appears instrested enough to pursue an investigation into these issues thank you


JAMES L HALL   September 22nd, 2010 8:20 am ET

ABBIE:

Why does cnn investigations unit put minor story's ahead of real head liner news in the 24 hour news cycle . if i were a reporter an especially an investigative reporter i feel sure that i as an indivsual that i would be able to sort out the real head line makers from the not so impressive news storys. i have always thought that a function of the press in the country was to help to rein in out of control government an to as ANDERSON COOPER SAYS TO KEEPING THEM HONEST. It apppears to me that honesty truth an justice have all been severly compromise in this country evry since the BUSH & CHENNEY ADMINSTRTATIONS HAS BEEN ALLOWED TO HIJACK THE U.S JUSTICE SYSTEM AN PUSHE TO HAVE THE COPORATE INSTREST PUT AHEAD OF THE CITIZENS INSTREST IN THIS COUNTRY AN THERE REFUSAL TO ALLOW THE U.S JUSTICE TO DEPARTMENT TO FUNCTION TO ROOT OUT THE FRAUD AN WASTE AN ABUSE OF THE TAXPAYERS DOLLARS IN OUR COUNTRY.AS LONG AS THE SPECIAL INSTREST AN THE COPORATE INSTREST ARE LOOK OUT FOR AN PROTECTED FROM PROCUSTIONS THANK YOU


JAMES L HALL   September 22nd, 2010 8:38 am ET

ABBIE :

AFTER AN LONG FIGHT TO TRY AN RECEIVE SOME FORM OF REAL JUSTICE WITH REGARDS TO MY WRONGFUL TERMINATION I AM FINALLY GOING TO JUST GIVE UP . FOR I HAVE REACHED THE CONCLUSION THAT THERE IS NO LONGER ANY SUCH THING THAT REAL AN TRUE JUSTICE IS NO LONGER ATTAINABLE IN THIS COUNTRYUNLESS YOU ARE A MEMBERR OF THE UPPER EXCELION OF SOCIETY IN THIS COUNTRY OR YOU ARE CONNECTED TO SOME COPORATE INSTREST IN THIS CONTRY THEN AN ONLY THEN IS THERE ANY SLIGHT CHANCE THAT YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO RECIVE SOME FORM OF A MODERATED JUSTICE OR WHAT EVER THE COPRATE INSTREST THAT IS RUNNING THIS COUNTRY IS WILLING TO ALLOW YOU TO HAVE THX YOU


gqone   September 22nd, 2010 8:06 pm ET

report on how all stories, that seem 2 look like "news" acutually feel like the revelation is being unveiled, it's clear from the early 90's lots of changes that our spoken in the bible are taking place, but media sheds no light, "floods,fires,"church closing,[ false prophets] "swine flu", communities with crime on rise, than we have "the holy war" we are threatened if we don't go with the "whole mosque controversy,dinasours could'nt predict what day they' we're going extinct, we as a human race "face the same we have majo threat from iran,"nuclear weapons" they can easily end it by 2012, with the fear americans feel, "them guys are martyrs" they don't care they want their religon 2 REIGN SUPREME,,, : /


First   September 25th, 2010 6:42 pm ET

How About a report on the ACTA treaty that isn't a propaganda piece for it's proponents? For that matter how about reporting on ACTA at all! One of the most important treaties that will have drastic long term detrimental effects on free speech and the Media ignores it. Go the the electronic freedoms foundations page and look up ACTA abuse.

Look into the DMCA and how it effects consumers. Report how HDDVD systems are now vulnerable to an attack which wil render them useless due to the misuse of the DMCA. Report on what effects this will have on Libraries and fair use.

Or don't, after all CNN is a MEDIA company and not exactly unbiased(you could lose your job if you report accurately)


stopACTA   September 25th, 2010 6:50 pm ET

One word ACTA

Google CNN and Marshmallow and you'll get more on ACTA than from CNN!!!

(You'll get my posts around the Internet)

I guess Free Speech isn't important.

Why is there almost no reporting (other than some fluff pro-ACTA propaganda)

Must we in the USA count on Europe to preserve our freedoms?? (if you don't know what I mean It's probably because no one is reporting on it in the USA!!!!!)


free2comment   September 26th, 2010 3:17 am ET

there was a recent article that 'migraines' are now more common in school age children once school is in session and these are attributed to stress.

there is a more probable cause, that being environmental toxins in the school environs; either inadvertently like off-gassing from aging furniture, carpets or lack of maintenance or deliberately by the use of 'non conforming' cleaning supplies and 'air fresheners'. how many more children should have to succum to these types of illnesses before someone finally says 'enough'


mjflips   September 26th, 2010 5:26 pm ET

If you really want to get serious and take your career to the next level. Do the investigation and report on the story that every American needs to hear. Not a single media outlet will cover it, discuss it, or even mention it. NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!! Start your investigation by going to the iReports on this site and watch the video that is the most shared of all time, but yet CNN will not vet it or even respond to emails about it WHY??? You ask for a tip on a story that will grab the interest of everyone, THIS IS IT!! Be the reporter you claim to be and report the truth to the American people, the ones begging for the truth from just one media outlet. If you do this story I can promise you your career will go places you never dreamed of. TAKE THE CHANCE OF YOUR LIFE. BE THAT REAL REPORTER AND GRAB THE SCOOP YOU HAVE JUST BEEN HANDED.


Mona Mansfield Erhardt   September 26th, 2010 8:08 pm ET

My missing grandmother, since 1978...

http://investigation.discovery.com/blogs/bizzare/missing-person/nan_cecile_dixon.html

Any help would be appreciated..


Renee Andrews   September 27th, 2010 12:02 pm ET

Big business in America, privatized prisons! what is their product?
It seems to be the power structure here in KCK, feeding on fear, finance and ignorance. It use to be in this great country of ours, we made things. The leaders of industry, everyone wanted our products; be it automobiles, technology, food, ......schools what have you. We sat back and let the trickle down theories slowly trickle us dry. Opened the doors for our free industries to be freely moved to other countries. Our military men, served around the world loosely like a deck of cards, financed by the seemingly endless deep pockets of the American people. The wolves are clearly in the chicken coop; so many, so fat and powerful that they now, don't seem to care who knows. So here it is, and this is what we are down to. This great nation of ours is a nation of "farmers".With Monsanto owning and polluting most of our farmlands, and BP polluting the farmlands of the ocean. Our #1 commodity is now the privatized prison system. Just try to go on a head hunt of information about the owners and investors of these prisons then you will be shocked at who the farmers are; mayors, governors, judges, attorneys etc. Conflict of interest? I say yes, when there are people of power making judgements on guilt or innocence you become clear of the power of the" wolf", and the trickling of corruption. "Farmers of men", the new slavery favoring the haves and imprisoning the have nots. Just look at the signing of the unjust law in Arizona. People have been crossing those boarder since Arizona became a state. The signing of those papers to enslave Mexicans, on the American perceived deep pockets, to the tune of millions every day, makes it advantageous for the "farmers" to keep the cells full.See More on Renee Andrews facebook wall They're like lions seeing whom they can devour....


Renee Andrews   September 27th, 2010 12:36 pm ET

In prison railroaded


mjflips   September 27th, 2010 11:06 pm ET

What is the issue???? You ask for tips and ideas, but are afraid of a real story??? This story hit most shared of all time in one week on your ireport site but yet CNN won't touch it.

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-484171

The media in this country have deemed this story untouchable, WHY?

You are the ones WE THE PEOPLE depend on to report these stories to us. WHY won't you touch this story??? just contact me and tell me why.


PIPER LAKAY ELLIS SNOWTON   September 29th, 2010 6:35 pm ET

WHY DID THEY DO THIS TO ME? WHY ARE THEY HAVING ME WATCHED,WITH MY EVERY MOVE MONITORED. WHY ARE THEY HAVING ME TORMENTED AND TORTURED FOR SOMETHING THAT THEY HAVE DONE TO ME?(I HAVE BEEN MICROCHIPED,WITHOUT MY CONSENT). I HAVE UNDISPUTED PROOF OF THIS.AND THOSE INVOLVED KNOWS THIS. THE PROOF IS UNDERNEATH MY SKIN ON LEFT ARM,AND REACTS TO CLICKING SOUNDS,THAT WHEN ACTIVATED,PRODUCES EXCRUCIATING PAINS,THAT MAKES ME WANT TO RUN AND SCREAM. WHY DID THEY TAG ME.THIS IS INVASION OF MY PRIVACY.,ITS ILLEGAL SURVEILLANCE,I THOUGHT I HAD HIV.AIDS FROM HOSPITAL BLOOD CONTAMINATION.,BUT TESTS STATES NO HIV/AIDS DETECTED.I DONT BELIEVE A WORD THEY SAY. A INVESTIGATION IS NEEDED.,MANY COVER UPS AND CONCEALMENTS,THIS IMPLANT CAN BE FELT.THIS IS NO PRANK OR JOKE,ITS TRUE AND ITS THE TRUTH THATS GOING TO SET ME FREE,FROM THEIR HARSH LASH.,WHY? I'M NO ONE GUINEA PIG.I'M A HUMAN BEING. WHY?


turbo   October 1st, 2010 7:48 pm ET

I would like for somebody to investigate the disparity in federal sentencing as it deals with mortgage fraud. Judges are struggling with the pre-sentencing reccomendations. If one would investigate by regions of the country, economical conditions, race, gender, public defender vs. private attorney, and other important factors, they will find that there are many wide variances in the time given.


denny   March 6th, 2011 6:05 am ET

please investigate BANK OF AMERICA over thier mortage default practices. never been late for payment. have paid same amount rfor 4 years to bofa 8 years before to country wide. got march statement after i had to call them. said i was in default because they changed my house payment by one cent – one penny from what i have been paying since my refi with bank of america four years ago. increased my note by 1 cent with out telling me so they could say that i defaulted on my loan. i have been disabled for ten years and have never been late on any of my bills. i have my 77 year old mother liveing with me. and if they default on my loan we have no where to go. please help i did nothing wrong. please help stop this injustice.


Dolores Hoerner   June 28th, 2011 6:12 pm ET

Concerning the story on the TSA and the 95-year-old woman, has anyone besides rational thinking individuals realized the real story here. Maybe before Mr. Paul and the news agency's run there vocal cords; ever given a OMG thought, or considered that the TSA did this 95 year old woman a favor? #1: if her depends were so wet they could not x-ray through them, this means she had been in it for hours. #2: her daughter stated they did not have a clean one to put on her. #3: The daughter was putting her mother on a plane, in a wheel chair with a soiled depends on for a 2+ hour flight. She was totally aware mom had not been changed and does not seem to care. #4: Her embarrassment, I am supposing, is that she was caught.

Her statement "This has never happened before", what has never happened? Mom soiled herself or she did not have a change of underwear? This "daughter" needs to be investigated for elderly abuse.


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