The O'Reilly Factor
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Tuesday, February 1, 2005
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Unresolved Problems Segment
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Hamilton College folds
"Hamilton College in upstate New York made a huge mistake in inviting a radical University of Colorado professor to speak on campus. That professor, Ward Churchill, compared Americans killed on 9/11 to Nazis and implied they deserved their fate. He also wrote that 9/11 killers were justified. Inviting Churchill to spread his hateful message is morally wrong because it brings pain to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11. After our report last night, thousands of you contacted Hamilton College President Joan Hinde Stewart, who cancelled the event because the college received, in her words, "credible threats of violence." Were those "threats" the primary reason for the cancellation? Maybe. But Stewart had to realize that donations to the college would plummet, and so would her job security. The truth is that Hamilton College is home to radical professors, and is a troubled college. As for Professor Ward Churchill, the Governor of Colorado wants him fired, but that would send the wrong message to the rest of the world. America's a strong enough country to put up with the likes of Professor Churchill. His anti-American feelings speak for themselves, and there's no need to destroy the man."


Two Hamilton College students joined The Factor to explain their views on the controversy. Senior Jonathan Rick, who writes for the college paper, denied that Hamilton is a "radical" campus, and claimed the administration did the wise thing. "President Stewart notified us that the college had received credible death threats, and chose to placed the lives of the community above academic freedom." Sophomore Matthew Coppo, whose father was killed in the World Trade Center, was a vocal opponent of Ward Churchill's scheduled appearance. "I'm relieved," Coppo said. "The attention of the media was almost unbearable, but I was forced into this position by my school. I felt the only thing I could do was try to honor my father."

Fox News correspondent Carol McKinley spoke with Ward Churchill, who denied that he ever justified the 9/11 terror attacks. He did, however, reiterate his opinion that President Bush is the main cause of world terror. "Bush, at least in symbolic terms, is the world's leading terrorist. He is the head of a rogue state that dispenses carnage." Churchill also predicted there will be another 9/11, "unless there is fundamental change." The Factor summarized this entire episode. "Ward Churchill sees the USA as a bad country, so any attack on America is justified in his mind. His view is beyond extreme, but Churchill is entitled to his opinion, and we are entitled to shun him."
Liberal professors abound
Guest: Author David Horowitz

According to a new survey, a large number of American professors identify their political leanings as far to the left. Author David Horowitz, himself a former college radical and now a conservative, claimed, "The public square on almost all universities is dominated by the political left. The left is very vocal and will intimidate people, call them racist. It's the kind of intimidating situation you see in societies run by fear. It's hard core Marxist radicalism. They see America as the Great Satan."
The NAACP & the IRS
Guest: Darryl Fears, Washington Post

The NAACP has been accused of openly advocating for the Democratic Party, which would jeopardize the organization's tax-exempt status. Darryl Fears of the Washington Post elaborated on the case against the NAACP. "The IRS is looking at statements NAACP Chairman Julian Bond made, when he said the Republican Party doesn't have the best interests of African-Americans at heart. He said that very strongly, and the IRS is determining whether those statements were blatantly partisan." Fears predicted this dispute will not be settled any time soon. "This will go on for a long time and may work itself out in the courts."
Newt Gingrich's new book
Guest: Fox News analyst Newt Gingrich

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has written a new book called "Winning the Future." The New York Times gave the book a negative review, which didn't surprise Gingrich. "They picked a reviewer who didn't understand anything I was saying. But I was honored that the New York Times took the time to attack me." The former Speaker also commented on the Ward Churchill-Hamilton College controversy. "Someone who describes the innocent victims of 9/11 as little Adolf Eichmanns is so despicable and hateful that the taxpayers of Colorado should not be paying his salary. Taxpayers don't have to pay for lunatic professors to teach their children."
New leadership for United Way
Guest: Brian Gallagher, President, United Way

The Factor was extremely critical of The United Way immediately after 9/11, when the charity appeared disorganized and bureaucratic. United Way President Brian Gallagher said his charity has since undergone a transformation. "The brilliance of the United Way is also the challenge," Gallagher told The Factor. "There are 1,400 local organizations. We rewrote all the operating standards for all local United Ways--how you report money, how you calculate overhead, everything. We get audits from the largest ones, and we have thrown local United Ways out."
Book Mentions
Check out the books mentioned during this show.
Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America
by Newt Gingrich