Friday, April 29, 2005
On The O'Reilly Factor...
Segment Summaries
All content taken from The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News Channel. Each weeknight by 6 PM EST a preview of that evening's show will be posted and then updated with additional information the following weekday by noon EST.
Talking Points Memo
Presidential news conference in review
"It was painful to watch the pinhead White House press corps question President Bush Thursday night. Not one query about illegal immigration and the border chaos. And that's because the elite media doesn't really care about this issue - quietly many of those people support open borders. So the President didn't even have to deal with perhaps his weakest issue. Social Security was discussed at length, and this is a completely bogus issue. No fair person could possibly object to Americans being given the option to invest a small part of their Social Security tax in a private fund under federal supervision. There's no threat here - if you want to do it, fine. The President went on to say that rich Americans will probably get less Social Security payback in the future, and poor Americans more. The left should be real happy about that. The rest of the press conference was a repetition of what Mr. Bush has already said. I'm looking forward to a brand new energy plan, an improvement in Iraq, and everything else the President promised. If even some of that comes true, Mr. Bush will be well-remembered once he leaves office. But the specter of disaster still lies south on the border, and body even asked about it."

Top Story
Looking for the missing bride
Guest: Melinda Larson, family friend

32-year old Jennifer Wilbanks, who was going to be married this weekend near her suburban Atlanta home, went out for a run this week and hasn't been seen since. Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, on location in Georgia, elaborated on the young woman. "Jennifer Wilbanks is from a very close-knit family. She has lots of friends, including fourteen bridesmaids who were ready to walk down that aisle with her. She is very successful, extremely popular, and delighted about the prospect of getting married. And she vanished into thin air with no clues."

Update:, Prosecutor Mulls Charges for Runaway Bride
Impact Segment
Fla. fails to protect 13-year old girl
Guests: Child advocate Karen Gievers & former Fla. prosecutor Jilliane Hoffman

As regular Factor viewers know, there has been a series of tragic incidents involving young people in Florida. In the most recent case, a 13-year old girl became pregnant while under state supervision and now wants an abortion. Former Florida prosecutor Jilliane Hoffman explained that the girl is perfectly within her rights. "There's no parental notification law in Florida. If a natural parent does not have the authority to withhold consent on an abortion, what gives the state the right? Are we supposed to force her to have this baby? I would have a problem with that." Child advocate Karen Gievers called this further evidence of the chaotic state of child services in Florida. "This girl was in foster care for years, which violates the law because foster care is supposed to be temporary. It's a chronic problem and we're not getting to the solution." The Factor expressed outrage that the man or boy who impregnated the girl will likely not be identified, even though he may be guilty of statutory rape. "Nobody has any idea who got her pregnant because the state hides behind the privacy laws. This abuse takes place and they can say we're not going to tell you anything."
Unresolved Problems Segment
Dying with dignity
Guest: Professor & author Peter Singer

Princeton University's Peter Singer is one of America's most controversial professors, having written that some human lives are simply not worth living. In the wake of the media frenzy surrounding Terri Schiavo, Singer joined The Factor with his views on physician-assisted suicide. "Most people support the idea," Singer contended, "that you've got a right to decide if you want to die and your physician should be able to help you and write a prescription and help you. The opposition mainly comes from people with religious convictions that say it's always wrong to take a life." Singer added that choosing when and how to die is a matter of individual freedom. "The state should back off and not try to rule our lives. This is a very private decision. The timing and the method of your death should be yours if you're terminally ill."
Factor Follow Up Segment
Child molester flees the country
Guest: Florida Assistant State Attorney Dennis Siegel

As reported previously on The Factor, 29-year old Pakistani national Waqas Rehman sexually assaulted a 12-year old Florida girl. He confessed to the crime, but was released by immigration authorities and then fled to the Middle East. Florida Assistant State Attorney Dennis Siegel joined The Factor, admitting that his office and federal agents bungled the case. "Unfortunately, we made a misstep in processing this case. It took longer than it should have and because of that the defendant was released on his own recognizance." Siegel said the girl's family has every right to be enraged. "The only comfort I can offer is that we and the federal government are making every effort to locate him. We have federal and state arrest warrants and hope we can bring him back." The Factor commended Siegel for being upfront and contrite. "Most people would not come on and admit their mistake as you have done. We respect and appreciate that."
Personal Story Segment
The battle between ABC & FOX
Guests: Linda Stasi, New York Post & Randee Dawn, Hollywood Reporter

ABC's "Prime Time Live" is preparing a segment about Fox's "American Idol," alleging that "Idol" judge Paula Abdul became romantically involved with a contestant. Two veteran entertainment reporters joined The Factor with more on this network brawl. Linda Stasi of the New York Post said the alleged liaison might not be as bad as it seems. "I think it'll be a huge scandal, but she's not a judge. She gives opinions, but it's the viewers who vote. I think 'Prime Time' should get back to serious issues." Randee Dawn of the Hollywood Reporter agreed that this is not a major revelation. "The allegation is that she coached him and gave him information about how to behave on the show. It's ethically questionable, but they should tell us real news." The Factor maintained that a sexual relationship, if proven, would be a black eye for "American Idol" and the Fox network. "If one of the three principals is fooling around with a contestant, that's not right. I don't care what Paula Abdul does, but I don't want her doing it while the show is in production. You've got to be upfront, even in an entertainment vehicle."
Back of Book Segment
Michael Jackson trial
Guest: Harvey Levin, Celebrity Justice

Harvey Levin of Celebrity Justice, who has been reporting on the Michael Jackson case, joined The Factor with the latest news. According to Levin, Jackson has been dealt a blow by the judge's ruling to allow evidence taken from Jackson's ranch in 1993. "There were some materials seized during a raid at the Neverland Ranch. Some of the books have naked pictures of young boys, and the prosecution wants to show that Jackson had those photos." Levin said the most damaging prosecution witness will take the stand next week. "He's a record producer who was privy to a lot of phone conversations with Michael Jackson. He kept a journal and wrote everything down, and prosecutors say he's going to say there was a conspiracy that Jackson was in on. Prosecutors believe he could be the most powerful witness. So this is really heating up."
Factor Mail
Viewers sound off
Many of you expressed strong opinions about Deanna Allen, the 19-year old US soldier who was discharged for mud wrestling while serving in Iraq. Some excerpts:

Michael DeVillez, Albuquerque NM: "Bill, as a Vietnam vet, I think the persecution of Deanna Allen shows political correctness run amok. What she did was Sunday School stuff compared to what we did."

Mark Paules, Santa Fe, NM: "Military discipline must be maintained if our nation is to win the war on terrorism. I feel sorry for the young woman, but she must pay a price for her indiscretion."

Barb Dorgan, Oak Lawn IL: "That young woman put her life on the line in Iraq and had a right to blow off steam. The real villain is the person who gave the pictures to the media."

James Johnson, Long Island NY: "As a member of the armed forces, I am appalled at the embarrassing conduct of those soldiers. I hope everyone understands this is an isolated incident."

Books Mentioned

Rethinking Life and Death: The Collapse of Our Traditional Ethics
by Peter Singer