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Monday, August 18, 2014
Parchments
The Factor Rundown
Bill calls in with Ferguson Updates
Guest: Bill O'Reilly
Eric began Monday's program with the latest news from Ferguson, Missouri, where Governor Jay Nixon has called in the National Guard to deal with rioting and looting. Bill called in to opine on the deteriorating situation. "The facts tell the story," O'Reilly said. "According to stats from the FBI, there were 12-million arrests in the United States in 2012 and the police were involved in about 420 deaths. So this is an infinitesimal situation and those people who say the police are hunting down young black men are lying and grossly insulting law enforcement across the country. And in Ferguson, as far as we can tell, there has never been a police shooting!" O'Reilly also denounced those reporters who instinctively blame the cops. "Everyone should know that most television journalists are terrified of being labeled 'racist,' so they will never challenge any kind of smear. For example, MSNBC put on a woman who claimed that Michael Brown was shot in the back. That was a lie but it was not challenged by MSNBC. I am very upset that Michael Brown's family and friends have to go through this, but when people are trying to exploit a case you have to put the facts out. And the facts are that this young man did something wrong and was walking down the middle of the street and a confrontation happened. We don't know why, we don't know how, but the justice system has to play out. Let's have a transparent investigation."
The Race Factor
Guest:Juan Williams
Black and white Americans are deeply divided over Michael Brown's death and the ensuing protests. Eric asked Fox News analyst Juan Williams about the involvement of Al Sharpton, the New Black Panther Party, and other interlopers. "The New Black Panthers are a bunch of fools," Williams said, "but they're a small element that doesn't deserve our attention. They say crazy thing, but it plays to fears. There are fears in the black community because a young boy was shot six times, which seems excessive, and there are fears in the white community of crime that comes disproportionately from young black males." Williams suggested that officer Darren Wilson probably overreacted. "The local police have not come forward with their version of events. Even if this was a large kid running at you, why do you have to shoot him six times?"
The President Weighs In
Guest: Ed Henry
Taking time out from his Martha's Vineyard vacation, President Obama was back in Washington for meetings Monday. He weighed in on the Ferguson mayhem, decrying a "gulf of mistrust" between cops and citizens in many cities. Eric spoke with Fox News White House Correspondent Ed Henry. "This trip back to Washington was about optics," Henry declared. "This is about breaking up the vacation so he wasn't on Martha's Vineyard for two weeks while these crises overseas and at home play out. This trip to Washington was planned before this tragic murder in Missouri, and I really think it's about optics. They're trying to show that he's on top of these things."
Obama: an Enemy to the Constitution?
Guest: Jonathan Turley
New York Times reporter James Risen has labeled President Obama "the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation." Eric spoke about that accusation with law professor Jonathan Turley, who has previously accused the president of circumventing the Constitution. "I voted for President Obama the first time around," Turley began, "and he certainly didn't create this problem of the rising 'uber-presidency.' But under President Obama it has reached a critical tipping point. He has essentially become a government unto himself when he asserts these unilateral actions. I agree with James Risen's assessment that President Obama has launched a comprehensive attack on press freedom. It's not just the surveillance of reporters, but it's his use of the Espionage Act against whistleblowers and reporters. He is using executive power to an extent that is almost Nixonian." Eric agreed that President Obama has consistently overstepped his authority: "He has used his executive pen for recess appointments and to change the law, he has changed the ObamaCare law 30-some times."
The Way Forward
Guests:Rep Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Eric welcomed Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, whose new book addresses poverty, health care, immigration, and other challenges facing America. "What's going on in Ferguson shows the underpinnings of racial grievances that are real and true," Ryan stated. "Of all the things we need to do, we should try to heal our country and come together. Those of us who are leaders should be offering solutions, and that's what I'm trying to do. The American ideal is that the condition of your birth doesn't determine the outcome of your life, you can make it in this country. But a lot of people don't see that any more, and we need to reignite that. This book is about how to reclaim this great country that is on the wrong track right now."
What To Do About ISIS
Guest:Madea Benjamin
Anti-war activist Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, opined on ISIS and what the USA can do to deter that band of terrorists. "U.S. involvement is counter-productive," she insisted, "because it's emboldening ISIS and getting new recruits from around the world. It's telling the Sunnis that the U.S. is supporting the very repressive Shi'a government in Baghdad. We need to make sure that there's a real change in the government in Baghdad so that the political grievances of the Sunni population are heard. We invested $20-billion in Iraqi security forces and they are unable to fight because they aren't invested in a clean and democratic government." While Benjamin decried any use of U.S. force, Eric advocated a limited American involvement: "I'm not in favor of going back in with troops on the ground, but I'm all for these targeted air strikes to help the Kurds and the Iraqis fend for themselves."
Live From Ferguson, MO
Guest:Mike Tobin
Eric concluded the show with Fox News correspondent Mike Tobin and a live update from Ferguson. "The number of people has been thinner today," Tobin reported, "but as the sun is going down the numbers are picking up. Tonight there will be more police officers than in previous nights when they tried to pull back the officers so there would be less friction. That didn't work, we had violent clashes every night. So now they're allowing the demonstrators to come out and march, but the catch is that they have to keep marching. They aren't allowing people or groups to loiter."
Book Mentions
Check out the books mentioned during this show.
The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea
by Paul Ryan

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