Overheard on CNN.com: Gadhafi images too violent for viewing?
Moammar Gadhafi, 69, was in power for 42 years before being ousted in an uprising this year.
October 20th, 2011
11:56 AM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Gadhafi images too violent for viewing?

Comments of the morning:

"Thanks CNN..for ruining my breakfast!"–coolbreeze

"While I respect CNN's right to play the cell phone video of Gadhafi on the ground, bloodied and apparently dead, must we watch the gruesome video over and over on an apparent loop? One play every few minutes would be plenty for most viewers."–LVH0227

Live blog: Gadhafi is dead, interim Libyan prime minister says

Gadhafi killed, Libya's interim leader says

According to Libya's interim prime minister, longtime Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is dead, along with his son Mutassim. A grisly cell phone video aired on Al Jazeera Arabic showed a bloodied Gadhafi with a wound to his head, while news agency Agence France Presse distributed a cell phone photograph showing what appeared to be a severely wounded Gadhafi. CNN could not independently verify the authenticity of the images.

While most CNN.com readers applauded the news of Gadhafi's death, many criticized the airing of the graphic images.

Percy said, "Congrats. NATO mission accomplished!" geoffcalver said, "Glad to see this tyrant gone. Ordered the bombing of Pan Am 103. Killed thousands of his own citizens. Good riddance."

ERG said, "Don't care how bad this guy was, I don't think the world needs to watch a bloodied dead body being jerked around by a crowd. Is this our new Roman coliseum? Gee, maybe we could tweet thumbs up or down next time. Can't we display some humanity even toward a brutal dictator who did not? Watching dead bodies being tossed around is NOT NEWS!"

1gostags asked, "WHY ARE YOU SHOWING THESE IMAGES ON TV?? Why are you glorifying photographic and video images of someone being killed or who has been recently killed? Since when has CNN become completely uncivilized? Just as we wouldn't want to see images of U.S. soldiers being killed or seeing their recently killed dead bodies, these images of Gadhafi being killed should not be shown on television. Why should we glorify this type of bloodlust? Watching people die is abhorrent and inhumane, no matter who it is, and merely saying that he was an inhumane dictator doesn't make it right to show these images."

InfiniteDice said, "I think to celebrate the death of anything is horrible. He's gone. ... good for the people of Libya; no need to act like a bunch of mental patients."

But sanjosemike said, "I disagree. Sometimes a death is a very good thing. This is one of those situations. Gadhafi caused the death of a great many people and sponsored terrorism. Don't forget the Lockerbie bombing. I actually saw the site where the flight went down. It was horrible devastation. It is not always wrong to celebrate a death. This is one of those cases. If the video bothers you, don't look at it."

Jake2055 said, "Each and every world dictator should view these images and imagine their own faces in their place! Maybe if the graphic images of these animals' victims were published every day worldwide, then people would stop treating them like royalty! This animal was responsible for the graphic deaths of thousands. HE GOT WHAT HE DESERVED!"

Epidi said, "Couldn't happen to a nicer guy! I say he got off easy compared to the misery he's spread all these years."

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (606 Responses)
  1. banasy©

    Thanks for the Mythbuster's info.

    October 20, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pete/Ark

    Avert your eyes or switch to Sesame St....you were politely warned...the graphic reality of death gives a greater understanding of the fragility of life...and often serves as a warning to those who see themselves as indestructable.

    October 20, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    All kidding aside, there is something unsettling about seeing a REAL dead body, even if it is not as graphic as a FAKE Hollywood dead body is portrayed. Still, he had it coming, I suppose.

    October 20, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • checi

      Oh man, Americans are gonna wet their pants should any real violence come to our streets. I could just hear it: "ohh, it was just like television!"

      October 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Okay, just saw it.
    I saw the one of him captured alive, and then the one showing him dead.
    I will admit I had a twinge of uneasiness, I don't know why.

    Who knew he was bald? I didn't.

    October 20, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • RonnieReagan

      Who cared?

      October 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    I haven't seen the video yet, because the company I work for blocks video. Are they hitting him with shoes? I'll bet they're hitting him with shoes.

    October 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat2u


    That's probably why we never saw him not wearing a hat. Male pattern baldness will cause many men to be vain.
    The way I look at it is, When God made heads, he only made a few perfect ones. The rest he put hair on.

    October 20, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. s kel

    You know people but one day, one day ,I would love to meet all my blog friends . Bob I would really love to send you those preserves, Bansay, I would love to send you that quilt. Some day myfriends, some day. God bless you all.

    October 20, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Portland Tony


    October 20, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    S kel, I feel the same way.

    Binbo, no, they're not hitting him with shoes, lol.
    They hit him with a bullet to the back of his head, looks like.

    They just reported that Gadaffy's son Saif is also dead...

    October 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Frank

    People of the United States of America,
    At this stage of the year 2011.there is nothing to violent,bloody or gory Americans could or would not view.Movies;major violence.Video Games;major violence etc.

    October 20, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank has a small one

      " ...there is nothing too violent,bloody or gory Muslims could or would not do ..."

      Fixed that for you.

      October 20, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. @Michael fury

    Thanks for the link. Very interesting and informative. I copied Noam Chomsy's quote concerning this that you placed directly beneath the video, and hope you don't mind my paste of it here. Noam is a brilliant man, a wise man who would no-doubt make a very good moderator/official at any debate of any kind, but especially an Presidential debate. thank's for coming back each day and giving us here a glimpse of reality.

    It’s increasingly clear that the operation was a planned assassination, multiply violating elementary norms of international law. There appears to have been no attempt to apprehend the unarmed victim, as presumably could have been done by 80 commandos facing virtually no opposition – except, they claim, from his wife, who lunged towards them. In societies that profess some respect for law, suspects are apprehended and brought to fair trial. I stress “suspects.” In April 2002, the head of the FBI, Robert Mueller, informed the press that after the most intensive investigation in history, the FBI could say no more than that it “believed” that the plot was hatched in Afghanistan, though implemented in the UAE and Germany. What they only believed in April 2002, they obviously didn’t know 8 months earlier, when Washington dismissed tentative offers by the Taliban (how serious, we do not know, because they were instantly dismissed) to extradite bin Laden if they were presented with evidence – which, as we soon learned, Washington didn’t have. Thus Obama was simply lying when he said, in his White House statement, that “we quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda.”

    – Noam Chomsky

    October 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle Furry

      "Thus Obama was simply lying when he said, in his White House statement, that “we quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda.”"

      LOL – fix your mistakes missy – Obama was not President in 2002.

      I remember a day when conspiracy fanatics could keep their "facts" straight; at least on a correct SOUNDING timeline.

      October 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. snowmaker101

    CNN won't show anything but Fox has it all. Ok heres proof that he's gone, for the most part. Now WHY COULDNT THEY HAVE DONE THIS WITH OSAMA?????? F'ing LIES!

    October 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • snowbagger

      The impressive use of 6 question marks gives you more credibility.

      October 20, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jasmyn

    This country's lust for blood and violence has been fueled by images like this being burned into our consciousness' by 90% of mainstream media. CNN gave birth to this crap. Sad that a naked body is considered indecent while images of someone's brains blown out has become acceptable. It's one of the reason's why our country is one of the most violent on the planet; thanks CNN for your contribution to an enormous and incurable virus. Hopefully one day the people in this country will get it and decide to find better sources of news.

    October 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cookiecat

      Hi, you are actually wrong... Other countries (Italy, Spain, countries in Central and South America – these are some I have witnessed) show a lot more graphic stuff. They show guts and severed limbs from accidents, laying around the accident scene – something you never (or really seldom) see in the US. Other countries were showing footage of beheadings in Iraq and Afghanistan... the US never did that. CNN might have started something, but much of it ended after the Somalia incident of dragging dead US soldiers in the street... caused so much outrage in this country that such graphic stuff is not of US media priorities anymore.

      October 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      While I appreciate it would be nice to live in a world without violence, this IS news, violence exists and it's pretty ridiculous to blame one news souce or the other for it. These images were published via the very people who carried out the violence. Don't watch it. They give you plenty of warning about how graphic it is, but you watch it anyway. It's reality. I'm not elated and yes, it's gruesome, but it's real. This is the world, along with peaceful moments as well. It's all news. You have a mouse in your hand, click on something else. But don't complain about it after viewing it.

      October 20, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • RonnieReagan

      Mark – sometimes you have to be careful what imagery you put into your head. You cannot just keep dumping these types of images into someones head, without (over a period of years) affecting a change in their psychology.

      October 20, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Matt

    Assad, are you watching?

    October 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Assad from Canada

      Huh? 😦

      October 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sunflower

    Grow up people. We see worse than this every day on our local cable channels.... If you didn't want to see it, why did you click on it?????

    October 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
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