Tuesday, September 11, 2007
On The O'Reilly Factor...
Segment Summaries
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Talking Points Memo & Top Story
Remembering 9/11 six years later
"A few weeks ago I spent time with a senior citizen whose two sons were killed on September 11th, 2001. Every day this fine man and tens of thousands of other Americans wake up and confront the pain of irrational loss. But liberal newspapers today are full of editorials that say the Bush administration is violating everybody's rights in fighting the war. But c'mon, whose rights have really been violated? The answer is obvious - those who were murdered six years ago and their families. The government under Presidents Clinton and Bush knew the danger Al Qaeda posed, but didn't take action until after the attacks. Even worse are citizens who continue to put us all in danger by misusing their freedom. Spotlight 1: Hollywood director Brian DePalma, whose film 'Redacted' shows American soldiers raping an Iraqi woman and killing civilians. That vile man and his vile film will have an effect - imagine young Muslim men sitting there watching a Muslim woman raped. If even one of those men enters the fight and kills an American, it is on Brian DePalma. Then we have the deniers, the loons who spit in the face of 9/11 victims by saying America attacked itself on 9/11. It's truly sad the country is so divided on the sixth anniversary of 9/11 - many are blind to the danger, some simply despise their own country. All in all, it is tragic."

The Factor was joined by author and retired USAF officer Robert Patterson, who denounced Brian DePalma and his movie. "This film is anti-American and anti-military, and DePalma has crossed the line into propaganda. You know this is going to play on Al Jazeera and it's going to fuel the fire." FNC's Ellis Henican agreed that DePalma is fomenting hatred, but defended his right to do so. "I don't like his message and I worry about the impact, but we have to answer it with effective speech in the other direction. Trying to ban it only makes it stronger." The Factor pointed out that anti-military films were taboo during previous wars. "Freedom of speech ends when you put another American in danger. If a movie chain books this film, I'm going to ask every VFW member to go out and demonstrate. I have seen vile things, but this is the worst."

News Link: De Palma defends Redacted
Impact Segment
Osama bin Laden taunts US in a new tape
Author Jonathan Schanzer, who has investigated Al Qaeda, explained the importance of Osama Bin Laden's latest video message. "He's still alive and he's taunting the United States. And every day he's alive is a victory for Al Qaeda and radical Islamists around the world. The other reason we might want to be worried is because there may be a message embedded in these videos that would activate a sleeper cell. There's a great argument for not showing these videos."

News Link: Transcript of Bin Laden speech (PDF)
Unresolved Problems Segment
Problems abound with the border fence
The proposed fence between Mexico and the United States has been mired in politics and controversy. Congressman Duncan Hunter, a Republican presidential candidate, outlined the salutary effects of a partial fence south of San Diego. "There has been more than a 50% drop in crime, and only San Diego has that drop. The fence goes through the number one smugglers corridor, where most of the drugs and most of the illegal aliens traveled. Since we put that double fence up, apprehensions are down by more than 90%." The Factor urged Homeland Security to accelerate construction. "I'm not understanding the bureaucracy. The money is there, let's get the fence built. Most Americans agree 100%."

News Link: Border fence controversy
Personal Story Segment
Dems vs. GOP on subsidizing social entitlements
One stark difference between the political parties is the area of social spending. As one example, Democrats favor paying for condoms on college campuses, which relationship expert Laura Berman called perfectly reasonable. "This makes public health sense and it makes fiscal sense. It's really important to think about the cost to the taxpayer of pregnancy, child birth, and raising the child. If you don't do this, women drop out of school or have abortions." The Factor questioned the wisdom of subsidizing safe sex. "I don't think I should have to pay for other people's birth control. We're talking about college women who have a personal responsibility to conduct their lives in an orderly manner."
"Is it Legal?" Segment
Are anti-terror measures violating your rights?
As newspapers editorialize about the post-9/11 erosion of civil liberties, The Factor consulted legal experts Megyn Kelly and Lis Wiehl. "My rights are not being violated," Kelly said, "but my civil liberties have been eroded since 9/11. The government has the right to do more to me today than it could before. It can stop me at the airport, they can stop me on the subway and open my bag. The laws have been changed to allow a more aggressive approach." Wiehl specified the case of Brandon Mayfield, who was wrongly imprisoned for two weeks after the Madrid bombings. "They used the Patriot Act to go into his home without a warrant. They went through his computers and everything else, and they didn't need a warrant under the Patriot Act." The Factor reminded Wiehl that Mayfield was awarded damages of $2 million, and that his case was perhaps the only instance of a gross rights violation under the Patriot Act.
Body Language Segment
The McCanns / Giuliani / Whoopi
Body language analyst Tonya Reiman began her segment by watching tape of Kate McCann, now a suspect in the disappearance of her daughter Madeline. "It struck me that she looks over to her husband and says 'the facts are out,' but he's not looking at her. That's what I found confusing because, typically, if your wife is under so much stress, he would be looking at her to support her." Reiman then scrutinized GOP presidential frontrunner Rudy Giuliani as he fielded a question about his personal life. "He's verbally telling us that 'I'm not perfect,' but non-verbally he is saying 'I'm the guy.' He comes across as very cocky with squinting and the chopping of the hands, which is this is how manipulators get their points across." Finally, Reiman watched "The View's" Whoopi Goldberg arguing that dogfighting is a part of the culture in which Michael Vick was raised. "She brought up a controversial issue, but she did it very tactfully. She flipped her hands toward the others, which is her way of asking permission to bring this topic up."
Pinheads and Patriots
Who's helping, and who's hurting?
Finally, The Factor introduced "Pinheads and Patriots," a new daily segment that spotlights individuals who are helping the country, and those who are harming it.

Tuesday's Patriot: Actress Darryl Hannah, an environmentalist who practices what she preaches. "I drive a 1983 El Camino diesel," Hannah told The Factor, "and instead of putting diesel gas in it, I put biodiesel in it, which is made from waste grease."

The Pinhead: Al Franken, the former "comic" running for the U.S. Senate from Minnesota. The Factor pointed out that Franken has "raised a ton of money from people like Rosie O'Donnell," and that Republicans in Minnesota call him "the most mean-spirited candidate they've ever seen."
Factor Mail
Viewers sound off
Many of you sent e-mails about the segment with anti-war Congressman Ron Paul. Some excerpts:

Don MacLeod, Saratoga Springs, NY: "If Paul actually took the time to listen to what the Islamists are saying, he'd know that identifying our foreign policy as the cause of terrorism is incorrect."

Liam Miniter, Clintondale, NY: "Ron Paul did not put forth any strategy on Iran other than to leave the region. As if those murderers would be placated by our absence."

Jason Hokkanen, Delano, MN: "Mr. O'Reilly, your debate with the Congressman was distasteful. You asked him complex questions and then interrupted him and shouted him down."