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May 4th, 2011
12:52 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Rep. Peter King on releasing Osama's photo; Mary Matalin on the credit Obama deserves

Last night Piers Morgan talked with Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee Rep. Peter King about the current issues surrounding the death of Osama bin Laden. Piers asked King if he thought the picture should be released or not. "I think it is important to get out the picture of his face," King said. He believe the government should release the photo so it "doesn't look as if we're hiding anything."

Piers also talked with CNN Political Contributor Mary Matalin about the credit Obama got.

"He's gotten a measure of credit which he deserves," she said. "People expect their commander in chief to be able to be competent and able to execute." Matalin said he was competent and did execute however she does not think it is a sustainable credit. Jennifer Palmieri of the Center for American Progress Action Fund explained, "when he makes a promise he sets out to keep it."

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  1. IKHAN

    mr.Morgan, what made you invite Peter King to comment on the dearth of another terrorist?
    its ironic to see a declared sponsor of terrorism like Peter King opening his mouth on terrorism.

    He has been an active supporter of IRA terrorists who were responsible for thousands of bombing attacks over decades an deaths of innocent civilians and law enforcement personnel in Ireland & Britain.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. MP

    Could you please tell me who your other guest on your show was with Peter King. It is unfortunate you only show the partial discussion with Peter King as I would like to have heard the other guest as he raised some vaild points. Is there any way to get a transcript of that? Thank you.

    May 4, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Perri

    I think Obama made the right choice not releasing the photos, there is a chance however slim that it could incite violence. That chance is reason enough not to release it, conspiracy theorist will speculate even if it is released. Another thing that troubles me is that people keep comparing releasing the bin laden photos to Sadam's sons, but how would violence have been incited for them when NO ONE liked them. Sadam was not a terrorist he was dictator, he had no fans. Iraqi's hated him so when photos of his sons were released it would've only be met with cheer.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Nasser Khan

    Dear Mr. Morgan, Wouldn't it be lot easier to shift the burdon of proof to the other side. People who don't believe in Osama death should prove it to us that he is still alive and well. It is so easy for Osama to yell out and say guys here I am alive to prove it the world and especially to his followers that America lied about his death.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Jim K

    Re the May 4 interview with Alan Dershowitz, I think his argument that "sunshine is the best disinfectant" would carry a lot more weight if he didn't accept a doulble standard. He's a lawyer, so if he really believes in making everything public knowledge, how can he justify "lawyer-client privilege?"

    May 4, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Janet Tyree-Rayburn

    Piers, I have just two question, Seeing that Washington released the photos of Saddam Hussien sons after they were killed by us, now showing the photos of Bin Ladens son along with the two couriers but refusing to show the photos of Bin Ladens body, Isn't that a double standard on the part of the United States Government? And doesn't that make them hypocrites?

    May 4, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Linda

    Canada has had 155 deaths of military personnel, the UK 364, and excuding the US there are 26 Coalition countries that lost military servicemen and women, that may want to see proof that Bin Laden is really dead. At least show the Country Leaders, and they can tell their people they have seen the photos and reassure them that it is so. Quite frankly Reuters showing the other 3, graphic yes, but we see worse in the movies. Every Coalition Country's Leaders deserve as much information as Barack Obama has. The US has not been in this alone, and maybe should handle this in that manner. Tlhe world deserves it. I hope like hell Canada gets out of there now!!!!! We have lost enough lives, as well as the other countries. Prove he is dead and show the photos to the involved Political Leaders.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Edward Carson

    How bizarre . . . Osama is dead, and here you all are still talking about him. Time to move on . . . unless you prefer keeping him alive in this way.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Nicky

    I disagree with Mr. Alan Dershowtiz in regards to common people seeing homicide bodies regularly. Media never releases gruesome bodies to the public. For example, 9/11 victims, homicide victims displayed in public.

    It's a right decision NOT to release Osamas dead picture.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Linda

      Check out the icasualties web page. Every other political leader involved in the hunt for Bin Laden should have the same privelages as Barack Obama in viewing the photos, so they can reassure their people that indeed it is true, the US has not been on this Mission alone, 26 other countries have been involved, and their political leaders have the right to know. Canada has lost personnel there and I hope they get out now. Prove to the world especially the coalition countries that what you say is really true.

      May 4, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Messieu

        hi to you hug lady, you are a very special psreon. my husband is on his 3rd deployment and most likely 4th. he asked for an extension and it was approved. our 18 yr. old son leaves monday for ft. benning in georgia. he enlisted for 6 yrs. he is going to be a blackhawk mechanic. its breaking my heart to have him leave but im also so proud of him and his dad. i know that this is the best thing for my son because there are no jobs out there so someone that is as smart as he is. he is one of 5 of our kids and there all great and we love all of them and proud of all of them. im sending you a big HUG ! XOXO thank toy for all you do

        May 22, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. raul valles

    Mr Piers,
    was watching your show tonight after Anderson and well, you are the most inconciderate newsman i have ever heard or seen. how dare you put those pictures of Osama's sons DEAD. And Saddams SONS DEAD ! no graphic pics warning at all. My son is in the Army and has done 3 tours and is about to do another, and you are embarrasing our Nation by doing the same thing that the terroists do. So i guess if they put an American on tv with a bullet wound, would that be ok ??
    you fool, we are better than them. ! we are Christians not Heathens. CNN isn't the Rags you call newpapers in England. We are a proud people. We are Americans and we have a duty to show our strength in restraint from idiocy. Maybe if you had a son or daughter oversees, you would keep your big mouth shut. get with the program or get out and go back home. We don't need to see Osamas pics and we need to not know all the details of the raid ! stop stirring up trouble. your supposed to help our soldiers not get them killed by your lack of HUMANITY !

    May 5, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Name*Jen

      Raul: My husband is in the Army and has deployed more than any other I know. War is ugly. I have met many Christians who are heathens. Our government has a duty to release a photo. Your post was disrespectful.

      May 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Morris Jones

    I agree with the President and I am symphathetic towards exposing the remaining soldiers in Afghanistan to attacks of retaliation. he Afghanistan rebels are notorious for revenge they are and have been predictable. Please continue to support our leaders on this one, how does one get closure on seeing a bullet riddled head. i served 2 tours Afghanistan and 21 months in Iraq. I retired in 2007 and enough is enough just like photos of the seal team that put him down would be poor in judgement the same for Osama Bin laden. My nightmares and sleepless nights have come back after 3.5 years God Bless the Troops do not allow the media too create a tornado of revenge for the selling of some newspapers

    May 5, 2011 at 4:10 am | Report abuse | Reply


    May 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Nasser Khan

    Dear Mr. President,

    I always wonder what America can do to win a heart and soul of an average Muslim around the globe so we all can happily manage to enjoy existing together as one world under one God.
    The reason for not releasing the photos of dead Bin Laden shouldn't be a fearingly concern for angering others and putting US forces abroad in danger. Instead a genuine concern about the innocent human beings, Bin Laden’s young children who loved their father dearly like any child would and deserve not to see some bloody, graphic and their heart breaking images of their dead father’s body floating around on the front pages of newspapers and magazines around the world. Love and sympathy toward others is the only ways to win their hearts and minds. Any Selfishness on our part in situations like this will damage our credibility further and weaken our leadership forever.

    My dear fellow Muslims,

    Please be kind for the sake of his young children, stop on demanding and insisting on seeing those bloody photos of him dead.
    Finally, if you have any doubt on his death, I suggest the best solution to bring the truth out of this mystery, do your homework instead of relying on others whom, you do not trust to begin with. Go to find him alive to prove it to the whole world together once for all that America has lied about his death.

    May 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Kelly

    Your show last night, Piers, made me ashamed to call myself a devoted CNN fan. The show was a cattle-call of opinions from divisive figures sparingly intermixed with your own aloof, one-sided commentary and unannounced graphic photos of deceased terrorists. At a pivotal time in our history, your show was filled with shock-value coverage atypical of the network you call home. If you want to cover actual news and be a newsperson, get some help and do it. Otherwise, stick to entertainment stories like the Royal Wedding. As a devoted CNN fan, I've hoped that you'll find your way as a quality CNN host. Last night's installment was so awful, though, it'll definitely be my last.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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