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. Bible Clown

    On behalf of the president, I'd like to apologize to you conservatives for killing your friend Moammar Gadhafi. I know you must feel terrible about it, but time will pass and there will be other terrorists who will take his place in your hearts. That's assuming you death-cheering dix even HAVE hearts, which I doubt.

    October 21, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bible Clown

    orc, how long before the acid wears off and you can calm down? Aliens, really? I don't think so.

    October 21, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. justin

    A bloodied corpse being drug around, looks like something terrorist do and post on al jazeera. Please stop airing this, it's not news, it's not interesting, If you like seeing that, you are no better than those you are so happy are gone!

    October 21, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      Uhm, disagree, I want proof he's dead, and if you don't have the stomach to watch it then change the channel. Thats the reality in many places in the world, and that IS EXACTLY what news is, uncensored, the reality of this world. I wish they had showed the body/face of Osama.

      October 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lou

    These images are necessary for many reasons. This dude's fate was in his own hands. He wanted power,fame and riches by evil ways and this is the price, so what. If it were my family that got killed by him I would probably have a continuous running video loop until everyone was satisfied and psychologically healed. Also, I think they keep playing the video so everyone has a chance to witness, right? Can somebody help me, but isn't there a way to turn to another t.v. channel or does CNN come on every channel now. Poor people suffering watching this at home having breakfast. Let's pray for them everyone.

    October 21, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Thomas

    Why sugar coat it for "the American viewer"? Let people here see things for what they are. Should we just announce the death and allow us to go back to our rose gardens and pretend the world is as we see it. Hiding the reality of these things is what allows the American voter support the types of violence this country (and others) spew so you can be cozy, safe, and live in the dark. This is reality, why not show it on the news. Can't take it, don't watch (or watch FOX), Don't want you kids seeing this? be a responsible parent! You people want burgers but don't want to pay a visit to the slaughterhouse....WAKE UP!!

    October 21, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jerome

    This should be shown as the frank and actual reality of war. If you do not like seeing this, stop waging war you hypocrites

    October 21, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mitz

    Nothing wrong with it. All dictators should know that if we do bad here we will get it back one way or the other. If you don't want to see them, just stay away.

    October 21, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mitz

    In addition, all dictators are cowards. "Don't shoot, don't shoot," he said. Now ask if he though about that wehn killing innocent people for his own personal benefit?

    October 21, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. foolish orc

    Aliens r hear people. They have been waiting for our consciousness to reach a certain point. Our government can't do anything about it and they know it.

    October 21, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. foolish orc

    9/11 was an inside job used to fuel this agenda we are carrying out. There is a shadow government running the world. They r the 1%. They don't want u to know the truth of god.

    October 21, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • William Bay

      I think you are going a bit off topic here with the conspiracy theories and aliens. You need to go to a different forum. I don't think your rambling is being taken seriously.

      October 21, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. dom

    The American people need to see more gore. These images are G rated compared to what happens every day. If you people weren't so obsessed with censorship and saw the world for what it really is then maybe so many people wouldn't be so war hungry. Ghadaffi got off easy compared to the way so many soldiers die all the time. I just saw a video the other day of a guy getting blown in half by a IED in afghanistan. He was still alive throughout the whole video too even though half his face had been mangled by shrapnel.. he didn't even have a jaw anymore...

    October 21, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. ArtistCHD

    8. In fact, The U.S. Federal Government & Pentagon's Military & Capitalist Corporations, is angrily accused of being terrorist Tyrants & democracy Dictators!!! Oppressor police and crooked-corrupted criminal cops hired to stop Americans Freedom of Speech & Right to assemble in public places. Indubitably, I AM truly talking about; We The Public People Power Plan + Positive Population Protests. And our American youths are forming their "Occupy Wall Street Movement"as solid ironclad proof. I name them to be: OCCUPYNEERS!!!

    October 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    Osama is alive, thats GWs buddy and partner in crime. Chaney and Rumsfeld will not allow Osama to be harmed.He is rich he is crooked and he is safe and free, and the seal team is dead. No witnesses!

    October 21, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rv manila

    live by the gun..die by the gun...sadly if Libyans go on this way that goes for them too..expect to see the same type of videos in the future...Iraq all over again.

    October 21, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
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