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Monday, April 16, 2007
Bill's Mugs
Mass murder at Virginia Tech
Guests: Virginia Tech sophomore Daniel Smith

In the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history, a gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech University before turning the gun on himself. The Factor spoke with Virginia Tech sophomore Daniel Smith, who described the chaotic scene on campus Monday morning. "Basically all hell broke loose," Smith said. "There was a lot of police presence, I saw students running out of Norris Hall and screaming. I knew people who were in that building, but I haven't gotten any information about them. There's an eerie mood on campus now, with some students saying 'God, why weren't we informed earlier, why wasn't there more pressure for us to stay inside?' I'm still in shock."
More on the Virginia Tech shooting
Guests: Virginia Tech student David Jenkins

The Factor also debriefed David Jenkins, a junior who was in the building next to Norris Hall, where most of the shootings took place. "We knew that the killer was in Norris," Jenkins explained, "and was shooting into every classroom that he saw. The shooter apparently put the gun up to the window and was shooting in the windows, and he shot two or three shots through the door. We knew about this from word-of-mouth and from CB radios. But there was nothing official that alerted all the students."
Ideology and Imus
"Predictably the far left is going nuts over the dismissal of Don Imus because it gives some of them a platform. So now the far left loons are targeting broadcasters they hate, like me. New York Times columnist Frank Rich, the ultimate smear merchant, is the poster boy for the decline of that paper. But even worse is the shameful Rosie O'Donnell, a first-rate hater whose anti-American diatribes put her and her employer - the Disney Company - in a disgraceful position. It is instructive to note that Frank Rich, Rosie O'Donnell, and other far left propagandists have no criticism at all of Al Franken and his bankrupt Air America crew, which spewed hate 24-7. As for Imus, he shouldn't have been fired, he should have been suspended for six months. America is a country that believes in redemption. The cold truth is that extremists on both sides are much more dangerous to this country than people like Don Imus. That is the cold truth."
Tom DeLay blasted by Rosie
Guest: Former Congressman Tom DeLay

The Factor welcomed former House majority leader Tom DeLay, who is calling for Rosie O'Donnell to be fired from ABC's "The View." "This woman has called me a crook," DeLay complained. "She has made fun of me and my morals, and I've been convicted of nothing. It's not good enough any more to defeat someone politically - they've got to carpet bomb you and drive you from office, disgraced and bankrupt. People should not allow her to use the public airwaves for her diatribes and screeds." The Factor concurred with DeLay's outlook, but not his solution. "Ms. O'Donnell takes the far-left garbage totally out of context. We have to fight against the Rosie O'Donnell's and New York Times' of the world, or this country is going. But I still wouldn't censor her."
Tammy Bruce on Imus firing
Guests: Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce

FNC's Tammy Bruce, a radio talk show host and former head of the Los Angeles branch of NOW, explained how a small cadre of left-wing ideologues shapes the national dialogue. "There is a well-financed, small group of individuals who have a list of individuals that are to be targeted. These are people who will not be intimidated, so they have to be destroyed. We saw it with Ann Coulter, then Imus, and of course you're on the list, Bill. There's a civil war between the far left extremists and the classical liberal Democrats. The far left forces need to purge our own house of Democrats who speak the truth, and that's why Imus had to be eliminated." The Factor promised to reveal how some in the media are the far left's willing partners. "Sean Hannity and I are doing an investigation on this, and I am seeing danger for this nation because of all this dishonesty being fed out of this far left swamp into the mainstream media. There are elements at NBC who do this every day, there are elements at Newsweek. And we are going to expose everyone in this dishonest swamp because it's a danger to the nation."
Michelle Malkin attacked by Malik Shabazz
Guests: Fox News analysts Michelle Malkin & Kirsten Powers

While hosting The O'Reilly Factor last Thursday, Michelle Malkin was called a "political prostitute" by Malik Shabazz of the New Black Panther Party. The Factor praised Malkin for her handling of the situation, and made this pledge: "Mr. Shabazz is clearly a hater who will never appear on this program again. He's a disgraceful human being, and he crossed the line by personally attacking you." Malkin expressed her hope that Shabazz' true nature was exposed. "This guy is one sorry human being, and I think it was good for the nation to see the kind of venom that passes for black leadership in this country. I just want to know if I get a merit badge for this."

On another subject, Malkin and FNC's Kirsten Powers spoke about the Virginia Tech slaughter. "When things like this happen," Powers said, "everyone wants to make some sense of it. So they say let's ban the guns and change the laws, but the statistics show that gun laws make no difference. They don't make you more safe, they don't make you less safe." Malkin agreed that no law can protect citizens from a lunatic. "This is an anomaly, so you want to avoid the 'nanny' impulse and blaming the gun culture. It looks like there was one lone nut here."
Latest on Virgina Tech situation
Guests: Greta Van Susteren

Finally, Greta Van Susteren reported the very latest from Virginia. "This is still an active crime scene, and obviously the mood here is very somber. A lot of people have lost a lot of good friends. It's so early in the investigation that there are still bodies in the room where the killings took place." The Factor concluded by questioning why university authorities failed to act after the first shootings early Monday morning. "In this dangerous time that we live in, with mass murder and terrorism, if you have two murders on a college campus and a gunman at large, the other students should know about it. When two students are shot down, you don't let everyone go to class. That was a fatal error."
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Many of you wrote about Don Imus and those who called for his scalp. Some excerpts:

Jayme Garcilazo, Cleveland, OH: "Hey, Bill, Al Sharpton made the best argument he's ever made on the Factor. I am white and denigrating black college girls who are role models is completely unacceptable to anyone."

Janet Costello, Agoura, CA: "It was horrible for Imus to disrespect those girls, but I don't see Sharpton or Jackson calling for a boycott of the gangsta rap industry."

Kevin McMillin, Quincy, CA: "Bill, you blew it with Al Sharpton. You threw softballs."
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