Q: In regards to John McCaa's opinions on the news: are you dumb? Seriously? Are you dumb? They weren't booing a soldier and your willingness to try and spin this into an anti conservative commentary is nothing short of shameful. They were booing the policy. If they were booing the soldier they wouldn't have been polite enough to wait for him to finish his question. You'll be hard pressed to find any conservative who wouldn't bend over backwards to thank any serviceman or woman for their service to our country. You are a disgrace to media reporting this, and since when is the news an open commentary anyway? Of the two times I've seen you give your opinion in this type of segment it's been left wing bias through and through. Stop being part of the problem forcing us to watch multiple news sources just to get the correct story. You make it very hard for me to tune in with this kind of spin. And you wonder why people don't trust the media? I hope you take the time to read this, because I certainly can't be the only person angry about it.
Q: Thank you so much for your comments. You are so right. Every soldier who answers the call to put their life on the line for us deserves not only our respect but also an answer from the candidates. I am ashamed of every person who booed. Thank you for coming to his defense. You are officially my hero.
A: Thank you to viewers who wrote about John McCaa’s recent commentary. Ryan, John regularly presents these “Uncut” segments, which are clearly labeled as “commentary” as it always is. We asked John to read your email a few minutes after the 6 p.m. newscast this evening and respond. No one is “dumb,” sir: not you for writing an email disagreeing with comments or just asking questions, or McCaa for making a point in a commentary. That is not how we look at news here. We welcome your comments, and appreciate it whenever a viewer writes. All we ask is for respectful dialog. As for multiple sources for news, we hope that all Americans utilize multiple news sources — for a variety of viewpoints, outlooks and takes on any given subject.
John said, “Actually so far he is the only one (to write). Whatever the case, it was about respect for the question and a lack of character on the part of the candidates to defend his right to ask it.”
At the last minute, I've changed the commentary this week. I was going to talk about how we in the media have consistently misreported the President's latest tax initiative...that will have to wait... because something happened, last night that I think needs your full attention. It is this week's uncut commentary. The Republicans running for president debated in Florida last night. One question came from an openly gay soldier serving in Iraq. It's those ‘boos’ at the end that have me bothered. Also the fact that not one of the candidate, usually so quick to wrap themselves in the flag, came to his defense. There's a lot of false patriotism these days -- by Republicans and Democrats. People thinking a flag on a lapel, or saying a public prayer is enough. Whether you like the question or not is immaterial. The point is that this man answered his country's call to defend us and all those assembled in that air-conditioned Florida auditorium. He deserves some respect. I can't imagine a real conservative like Barry Goldwater or Dwight Eisenhower or either of the two George Bush's booing such a serviceman. As a matter of fact I'd like think (General) George Patton would probably have thanked the soldier for his service. And slapped the audience members who booed. And he'd be right. No one, Republican or Democrat, has a right to treat that soldier, calling in from the front line, that way. Policy debate is one thing. That was something entirely different. My thoughts tell me yours.