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December 31st, 2009
08:09 AM ET

2009: The Year in News

What was the most memorable news story of 2009 for you?
What news story do you hope to forget?

Post your comments here. Heidi will read some of them on the air during the 10am ET hour of Newsroom.

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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. crystal

    There is alot of news stories I'd reather forget, but I'd have to say balloon boy is one that I'll proly remember for a while lol

    December 31, 2009 at 9:08 am |
  2. Willie From Florida

    I would like to forget about Sarah Palin. I keep having nightmares that she did become President. She is a sweet lady,a great author but politics!

    December 31, 2009 at 9:20 am |
  3. Isaac Tambe

    Sometimes big nations turn to undermine the might of smaller ones, to the extent that valuable information is being turned down. If the Dad of Abdul Farouk was from a Giant nation, will the U.S have underrated his information?

    December 31, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  4. Awesome man

    i guess the obama inagaration

    December 31, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  5. Lillie Jenkins

    The most memorable news was the election of President Barack Obama. The most forgettable news was the death of Michael Jackson and Oprah's announcement that her show will end in 2011. I've been trying to get tickets since 1999.

    December 31, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  6. BFlo

    I would like to forget about news organizations using twitter. If I wanted to get news on twitter, I'd sign up for it!

    December 31, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  7. Darrius

    TIGER WOODS!!! The biggest fall from grace in the history of sports!

    December 31, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  8. kurt

    The most absurd thing I would like to forget is that Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize based upon intent alone. I was under the impression that Nobel prizes were awarded for accomplishments and contributions.

    December 31, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  9. Isaac Tambe

    Oh my Gosh! Think about the Hudson miracle of Sullenberger. That was my most memorable, seeing a pilot saving human lives. Long live to him

    December 31, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  10. Willie J Smith Jr.

    I would love to let M.J rest in peace. I am still in shock about his death and he will remain in my heart forever. I just would love to forget he is gon and continue to enjoy his music.

    December 31, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  11. Anthony Farajallah

    Obama being elected as the first black president in the US' history is definitely the biggest story of '09. It will be remembered for decades to come.

    December 31, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  12. Doug from Fayetteville, NC

    Most significant that our country voted a blackman as President. I did not vote for Pres Obama, but none the less an amazing moment in our country's history.

    December 31, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  13. Clarissa

    Michael Jackson was the most memorable story. I wish I'd never heard of the Gosselin's or the Octomom. How irritating are they?

    December 31, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  14. Jared

    I remember Micheal Jackson death the most, and would like to forget about the ballon boy hoax.

    December 31, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  15. tbone

    I'm wondering in my lifetime will this hatred of our countries liberties stop

    December 31, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  16. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    The death of Michael Jackson and the health care bill .

    December 31, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  17. Jared

    The most would be the Obama inaguration too!

    December 31, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  18. Michael

    Best story of the year: iReport, "Wedding of the Century" posted on your iReport site. Great Story.

    December 31, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  19. joe

    id like to foreget any story that gets reported on , and then is played over and over and then is discussed by some panel for days. it was news , it happened , now lets move on.

    December 31, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  20. JIDE walker

    obama's inauguration the best.
    umar farouk i wanna forget for the shame on my country Nigeria. you go to hell when you take your own life, no virgins await you.

    December 31, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  21. Zack

    I Will Always remember Iran; it could have gotten bigger if the media would have kept coverage on it. The Rallies never stopped, but I understand that the coverage on it was hard with all the media restrictions. I also hope to forget the North Korean missile crisis, because it just shows how despite some people are for attention. Ha-ha kind of like the balloon boy’s family.
    "Who the hell is Wolf?"

    December 31, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  22. Mary G

    Can anyone say "Forget War" I am a disabled Veteran, Saudi Arabia Desert Storm and here we are Dec 31, 2009 and still our troops live in Iraq, Afghanistan, now Yemen. Just how many wars are we fighting? Even our soldiers are starting to refuse to go anymore. Isn't it time to "Forget War? Bring our soldiers home.

    December 31, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  23. Bob Williford

    The most outrageous thing that has happened to me, is the fact that there will be no COLA increase for us seniors, yet the government workers get a 3% COLA increase, and even more outrageous is the fact that what is withheld from us seniors will go to fund New Electronic Medical Records for ongressmen and senators (24 million dollars to be exact) according to the Social Security Website. Please verify and advise. I would love to hear something of this on TV News. It get more and more outrageous day by day. How can 2010 be any worse???

    December 31, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  24. jerry

    The death of Michael Jackson was the most memeroble story to me, since i was such and avid, dedicated fan. His death was shocking, and the coverage was gripping. I'm sure he will be missed by the music industry, his family, and his legions of fans.

    December 31, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  25. Mhilda

    Most memorable: Obama inaugueration, Miracle on the Hudson, & the fall of Tiger Woods

    I'd like to forget: Balloon boy's parents, Octomom & the Gosslins

    December 31, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  26. kennedy Ihe.

    I would give it to the death of Micheal Jackson, the news shook the whole world. I was outside the US at the time of the news and I could remember how huge it was. The 'balloon boy' would have taken my second position, but I will give it to Umar Farouk. Terrorism+Nigeria = questionable, unexpected, insane and oxymoron.

    December 31, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  27. ellen Richardson

    It is unbelievble that Dick Chaney continues to come out to criticise Our President Barack Obama.
    It is more unbelievable that the Media keeps giving him exposure.
    given his performance during his tenure as Vice President he must not be plying witha full deck.
    Former Pres G.W. evidently has all his facilities because he is layingl
    I realize the peoples right to freedom of speech but what happened to All the news thats fit to print or speak?

    President Obama has planted plenty of seeds i the past 11 months
    Now sit back and wait for the fruits of this brilliant man materialize.

    If you want President Obama to continue to act like the president you elected ,you need to act like the people who elected him.

    December 31, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  28. Ethan From Ky

    In a year when news was dominated by the global recession, violence in the middle east, and political controversy, I think we'd all like to forget the whole year of news stories. However, when captain sully landed his failing airliner into the Hudson River an indelible mark was made in my memory. Not only did he save many lives, he also displayed the capacity people have to do good and inspired countless people around the world.

    December 31, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  29. Linda

    Forget the stories that the economy is better in 09 than 08. I know the Dow is better but where are the jobs? Employers are getting richer by getting the job done with less people performing more duties.

    December 31, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  30. Angie

    This is the end of a Decade.
    Why Not cover the 2007 released of the Detanees at Guatanimo when both Cheney and Bush told the American Public that none of the Detanees they were releasing were Terrorists.
    Then air the segment when it was proven that 2 of the masterminds who planned and were behind this Christmas attack on the plane were released from Guatanimo prison by Cheney and Bush.
    Then air the most recent statement where Cheney is blaming Obama for the Christmas attack calling him incompetent.
    I would really love to see it all back to back.
    Then show the report of the Republican Senators blocking the president's filling of the Top Position for the TSA, Travel Security Agency. Then show the report on how the TSA Failed because the Republican Senators blocked the position to have someone at the helm (the eyes and ears) of the TSA.
    Will you do it? Or will you avoid it like a plague?

    December 31, 2009 at 10:09 am |
  31. SrA Greca

    The Presidents announcements of more troops in afghanistan! hoo yah!

    December 31, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  32. Lisa (PA)

    Neda Soltan's murder.

    December 31, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  33. Sidney Sarfo

    Tigers big crash and him losing all his sponsors.

    December 31, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  34. Lori

    The most memorable moment of 2009 is the miracle on the Hudson. Capt Sullenberger is an inspiration to us all. I would definitely like to forget about the gosselins, heidi and spencer, and the jersey shore. These people think they are famous for doing nothing!

    December 31, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  35. josh Alexander

    The worst news for me was just recently with the death of James "the rev" Sullivan, drummer for Avenged Sevenfold.

    December 31, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  36. Kayla Pugh

    The most thing i will remember about 2009 is the hostage situation at the post office in wytheville VA the saddest moment of 2009 is the divorce between John and kate.

    December 31, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  37. Muhammed Ajet

    Most memorable for me is the NIgerian muslim who attempt to ignite an explosive on christmas day 5 minutes from where I reside and to think that Nigerians are not known for this kind of deadly act.

    December 31, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  38. Maxim

    The most memorable event of 2009 was the time when the World Leaders epicly failed at the Climate Change summit in Copenhagen. That really was no surprise, but still!

    I hope to forget the terror attack on Christmas day. I don't like to think about stupid people killing others. Nobody would care if that Nigerian would kill himself- but he wanted to die taking other people with him. That's unnecceptable.

    December 31, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  39. Marijo

    I am thrilled that more states, specifically the state of Wisconsin, have targeted dated to go totally SMOKE FREE!

    December 31, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  40. devon price

    come on, the two most important things are the hudson landing and the presidential inauguration. the most important deaths were mj, ted kenn and farrah f. i'd like to forget sarah palin and the balloon boy!

    December 31, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  41. Chuck

    I really thought that the Repubs and Dems would work together to bring health care to everyone in America. Instead it has turned into a hateful brawl by uninformed suits in DC. "Pity the fool" America gets the shaft once again.

    December 31, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  42. devon price

    a cooper just took the words right out of my mouth!

    December 31, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  43. Richard

    Without a doubt it was the death of Michael Jackson and the the Inauguration of President Barack Obama.

    December 31, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  44. DEE

    Most memorable for me hands down, in addition to Micheal Jackson's death, UNEMPLOYMENT. All the lives destroyed and effected like mine from the loss of jobs. In light of all bailouts, WHERE WAS THE BAIL OUT FOR PEOPLE OUT OF WORK? All I do, God is still in control and the sooner people acknowledge that, the better off they'd be!

    December 31, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  45. Fred

    The CNN coverage of the Democratic primaries starting January 1, 08 was history-making and fascinating! I have to confess that that viewing was addictive. Thanks & congrats for braving the cold back in early '08 : Suzanne Malveaux, Dana Bash, Jessica Yellin, John King, Jim Acosta, Joe Johns and all the other correspondents and reporters who covered these political events.

    December 31, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  46. Alton Bolden

    Having to leave my son,daughter and new grandbaby to fight the war on terror for the 3rd time. God bless our fallen Soldiers.

    December 31, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  47. dennis logan

    passengers should have to wear a paper jump suit that they put on before boarding the plane. This would solve the problems in one swift move. They already make paper jumpsuits and you could charge an extra 3 bucks for them, or allow people to buy a more delux version they can us over and over. problem solved.

    December 31, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  48. Robert

    What was the most memorable news story of 2009 for you?
    The Tea Party Protests/Town Hall Meetings
    Acorn Videos
    Van Jones Scandal

    What news story do you hope to forget?
    Jon and Kate
    Tiger Woods Affairs

    December 31, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  49. Girl from Bay Ridge

    This year 2009, should go down as the year of Men behaving badly... Senators; Edwards, Sanford and Ensign...Governer Spitzer, Golfer Tiger Woods, Actor Charlie Sheen, talk show host, David Letterman, singer, Chris Brown, model Brinkley's husband ,Peter Cook, Italian Prime Minister Berlosconi...Shame! Shame! Signed The Girl from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

    December 31, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  50. Mike from washington State

    My most memorable news story happened just a few weeks ago which was the LOCAL coverage of the memorial for the four fallen Lakewood, WA police officers ambushed by a gunmen in a Lakewood area coffee shop. The show of support for the families and fellow officers of the Lakewood Police Department was incredible! Twenty -plus thousand police officers from across the nation and the world (including 1000 Canadian Mounties) filled to capacity the Tacoma Dome where the memorial was held. A funeral procession of police officers originating at McChord AFB took over 3-1/2 hours to all reach the Dome only a few miles away. I watched the LOCAL coverage for over seven hours. It was a sad event, of course, but something that helped to reinforce my belief in the people of this country and their sense of community. I'd like to think it's one of the things that sets this country apart from maybe others. I just wished that the national coverage could have been a little more than the 15 seconds I witnessed soon after the memorial was over.

    December 31, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  51. Leila

    I hope to NEVER have to hear about Jon and Kate!!!!!

    January 1, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  52. stormy lady

    CNN, Brooke Baldwin today 10-11, reviewed a list compiled for our legal minds, WHAT? Dr. Murray, as in the one who caused the death of Michael Jackson did not make any horror criminal list in 09??? Chris Brown made the list and Brooke replayed CB's apology, what? NO DREW PETERSON? Let's see, 2 wives mysteriosly died, the last wife never found, he walks free for months on television and on dates too. Dr. Death Murray took no poligraph as yet, and he's returned to his practice in his office, WHAT! No T.V. anchor showed Dr. Death's video, the man is a LIAR. YOU LIE MURRAY. Justice will not sleep, no happy new year, no happy NEW YEAR. SAY it with me, NO HAPPY NEW YEAR.

    January 1, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  53. David

    big fat sunshine noted on weathermap one day

    PTSD soldier dealing with it by speaking out against the war

    above two should not get lost

    sully of course, a miracle

    President coming into office after the primary beginning wrongly in 07. Such a long contest, but he was ready to be President after all that.

    Story I'd like to forget. Your big dow jones lie Heidi.

    January 2, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  54. David

    Glad to see the somewhat less negative headlines on the lower part of the screen. The incredibly negative headlines there during the week and throughout the holidays have been depressing and unpleasant.

    January 2, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  55. kg

    Most memorable: Pr. Barack Obama: first african american president of U.S., Pr. Obama's inaugural ceremony and his one year accomplishment: economic recovery from global recession, Restoration of U.S. Diplomacy , and Health Care Reform... and the miracle on the Hudson and the miracle on flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit on December 25th which I describe as the end of terrorism era.

    January 3, 2010 at 8:00 pm |
  56. Carol

    Most memorable moment in 2009 had to be when Sully said "we will be in the Hudson" with all of the calmness of ordering thousand island dressing on his salad. It seemed like he had made the statement a thousand times and it was routine!!! I'll never get over it.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:06 am |