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Friday, October 2, 2009
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Juan Williams fills in tonight.
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USA loses bid for Olympics to Brazil
Juan began Friday's program with the International Olympic Committee's decision to hold the 2016 summer games in Rio de Janeiro, despite President Obama's personal sales pitch for Chicago. Fox News political analyst Karl Rove portrayed Chicago's rejection as a repudiation of President Obama. "He got exactly what he deserved," Rove said, "for personalizing this and by making it such a specific personal ask. He referred to his own election and made it all about himself. When you've got a guy who goes around the world apologizing for the United States, you're inviting people to kick the U.S., and that's exactly what happened. The White House should have made this about America, not Obama." On another topic, Rove bristled when Juan said the Bush White House "didn't see the banking crisis coming." Rove's response: "In 2001 we started trying to rein in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, so don't tell me we didn't try to rein in the housing problem in the Bush years! President Obama constantly points the finger at Bush for everything and people are sick of it!"
Cautious optimism in nuclear talks with Iran
Karl Rove remained in the No Spin Zone to opine on President Obama's engagement with Iran. "The president is right to be cautious," Rove stated. "The administration has said that December is the deadline, that we need to have significant progress toward ending Iran's nuclear enrichment by then or something bad is going to happen. I'm agreeing with the president's caution, but not with his optimism." Juan pointed out that Rove is at odds with public sentiment: "I'm surprised to hear you supporting President Obama, and the folks aren't with you on this. 69% of Americans say we're not being tough enough with Iran. They want action now." Rove also touted the Bush administration's success in Afghanistan: "We tossed out the Taliban, we put in place a democracy - not a perfect one - and the country was a lot more stable three years ago than it is today. Juan, I need to get you a steady diet of good material to read because you're missing what happened in history."
ACORN investigated by CA attorney general
California Attorney General Jerry Brown is undertaking still another investigation of embattled ACORN. Juan welcomed former prosecutor Steven Clark, who elaborated on ACORN's predicament. "This is part of a pervasive problem across the country," Clark said. "Those videotapes were shocking and reprehensible and the public is demanding to know what ACORN is doing with our tax dollars. Attorney General Brown is going to look at their records to see if they are taking money under false pretenses, and he'll determine who should be prosecuted and whether ACORN should lose its non-profit status." Juan reported that Brown is not only pursuing ACORN: "Jerry Brown is investigating the two young people who went into ACORN offices with their camera because taping people who haven't given their permission is illegal in California. I think those young people should be hailed for their journalism."
Debate continues over illegals and health care
Some immigration activists contend that illegal aliens should be covered under any health care reform, and also want to kill a federal program under which local police report illegals to federal authorities. Juan asked attorney Susan Church, an advocate for illegal aliens, about that provision. "The question," Church declared, "is whether local police should be spending their time trying to navigate the complicated legal field of immigration law. Lawyers and judges spend hours trying to find out what someone's legal status is, so why should the police be doing that? Immigration law is a federal function." But James Carafano of the conservative Heritage Foundation argued in favor of laws that encourage local police to share information with the feds. "These programs were designed to create partnerships between local law enforcement and the federal government so they can share information. When these programs are done correctly, they are combating the very crimes that victimize immigrants."
Obama silent on beating death of student
President Obama, who responded vociferously when Professor Henry Louis Gates was arrested in Massachusetts, has been conspicuously silent on the horrific beating death of a Chicago honor student. Juan explored the issue with Rev. Eugene Rivers and attorney Leo Terrell. "There is an intellectual and moral asymmetry," Rivers argued, "of President Obama investing his political capital in a celebrity contretemps in Harvard Square and not the death of an innocent child in the president's home town. President Obama, it is a shame that you would be silent on the death of this young child rather than begin a national conversation about one of the major scourges of this country, which is black-on-black crime." But Terrell defended the president's silence. "The issue involving the police officer and the professor was about a historical problem of race relations between blacks and whites. Black-on-black crime exists throughout this country, and to criticize the president because he did not speak out on this particular tragic situation is wrong." Juan, siding with Rev. Rivers, urged President Obama to address the Chicago tragedy: "Don't you think there's a need to deal with this black-on-black crime situation? When I think about what's going on in the streets of urban America today, it hurts my heart."
Bill talks to editor of NYTimes book review
Juan introduced Bill's recent conversation with Sam Tanenhaus, editor of the New York Times Book Review and author of "The Death of Conservatism." Bill told Tanenhaus point-blank that his paper is slanted far to the left: "The Times is more than just a liberal newspaper. It attacks me and people like me, and you are 12 - 1 liberal to conservative columnists." Tanenhaus took issue with that characterization: "I make a distinction between liberalism and leftism. To me, leftism is hatred of American values and society. But the Times falls into the liberal tradition." Bill asked why the Times consistently fails to review books by conservative authors. "We review 1% of the books published each year," Tanenhaus replied. "Partly because these books are so big, our readers don't need us to tell them about them."
Did global warming wipe out dinosaurs?
Juan ended the week by introducing Bill's interview with paleontologist Terry Gates, who theorized that dinosaurs may have been killed off by global warming. "There were five times in Earth history," Gates explained, "when massive amounts of animal life went extinct. The leading theory is an asteroid, but there have also been theories of lower ocean levels or volcanoes. It was also much warmer than today, with much higher carbon dioxide levels, so climate change may have contributed to the extinction." Gates added that some dinosaurs would have surely enjoyed snacking on a human. "If you were to go back 65-million years, you would certainly have velociraptor and tyrannosaurus rex chasing after you."