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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The Factor Rundown
Politics and Terror
Guests: Bill Daly and Bill Gavin

"There was some confusion surrounding the investigation today, but it looks like authorities are closing in on possible villains in the Boston bombing. On the casualty front, we now know the identities of the three people killed. They are 8-year-old Martin Richard, a third-grader from Boston; 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, a restaurant manager from Medford, Massachusetts; and 23-year-old Lingzi Lu, a Chinese national studying at Boston University. At least 13 other people have had limbs amputated and a number of the casualties remain in serious condition. Please keep all that in mind while digesting the following: Some media people are exploiting the terror attack and others are speculating in an irresponsible way. MSNBC's Chris Matthews said 'domestic terrorists tend to be on the far right,' while Jessica Stern of Harvard implicated the 'far-right neo-Nazi patriot movement.' The worst comes from syndicated columnist David Sirota, who wrote this: 'If you care about everything from stopping war to reducing the defense budget to passing immigration reform, you should hope the bomber was a white domestic terrorist.' This loon hopes that a deranged American killed other Americans so his own political agenda is not scrutinized. It's hard to believe this is the tone of the debate in America today."

The Factor analyzed the Boston investigation with two former FBI officials. "From the amount of evidence and the kind of evidence that is coming in," said Bill Gavin, "I think this will be solved in a relatively quick amount of time. But you have to be careful saying that because I don't want to put the pressure on anybody." Bill Daly laid out the dilemma facing authorities when they identify a suspect. "You can speak to people but once you start pressing them, if they say they don't want to cooperate they have no responsibility to speak with you. And as soon as they say anything that could be used against them, they have the opportunity to lawyer up."
Barney Frank politicizes the Boston bombings
Guests: Kate Obenshain and Kirsten Powers

Former Congressman Barney Frank used the Boston terror attacks to ridicule those who want smaller government and lower taxes. The Factor asked for reaction from Democrat Kirsten Powers and Republican Kate Obenshain. "The timing is very bad," Powers began, "and he is setting up a caricature of Republicans. I'm a Democrat but I can recognize that most Republicans support funding police departments and the FBI, so this idea that there are Republicans arguing against funding law enforcement is not based in fact." Obemshain added that Frank was not an isolated case. "Democrats are trying to score political points off of a national tragedy. And we saw the President do a similar thing after Sandy Hook. Let's focus on the fact that we have grieving people and there are villains on the loose." The Factor ripped Frank's utter callousness: "He's a left-wing bomb thrower, but you shut up until people are buried. He's so narcissistic that he doesn't care about anything but himself and his agenda."
What are the social implications of the Boston bombings?
Guests: Karl Rove

Former Bush advisor Karl Rove, who served in the White House during the 9/11 terror attacks, speculated on the possible ramifications of the Boston bombings. "I hope it doesn't change who we are and how we act," Rove said, "but I hope it does encourage people to recognize that America is filled with soft targets. We have lots of places where terrorists would like to attack if they just want to take innocent lives. If somebody's doing something suspicious, say something because we have a responsibility to care for each other."
Journalists chronicling the aftermath in Boston
Guests: John Tlumacki

Boston Globe photographer John Tlumacki, who captured a dramatic photo of an elderly runner knocked over by the blast, entered the No Spin Zone. "This was my fifth year covering the marathon at the finish line," Tlumacki said, "and your average people were coming across the finish line. There was a loud explosion and the force knocked me back a little bit, then I just reacted instinctually and went forward. I tried not to interfere with the rescue workers, I tried to be as discreet as possible, but in a situation like this you're the eyes for the world and you have to immerse yourself. I did everything I could to chronicle what was happening in front of me, I was literally walking through blood. When I got back to the Globe, the first thing I thought is that I don't want to cover the marathon again. Somebody destroyed a joyous event." The Factor lauded Tlumacki for doing a "great job chronicling the event."
Dennis Miller on the Boston terror attack
Guests: Dennis Miller

The Factor asked Dennis Miller for his observations on the Boston terrorism. "The most interesting tidbit I have gleaned," Miller said, "is from a woman who said that no one is laying claim to this because Barack Obama has proven himself so adroit at targeted drone use that laying claim to things is not the business to be in any more. I don't think you want to be out there saying 'I did that' in a world where the President is better at drone use." Miller also verbally pummeled Barney Frank, who wasted no time politicizing the attack. "Sometimes I find that liberals, in lieu of actual heartfelt empathy, empathize with you intellectually. Barney Frank will tell you that everything he does is for the disenfranchised, but you want to say, 'Can you start your empathy by not being a jerk, can you take a moment and not be so arrogant about your inner voice that you bring it out immediately in the wake of a tragedy like this?'"
"Family Guy" pulls episode about Boston marathon after Internet hoax
Guests: Juliet Huddy

Soon after the Boston terror bombings, an excerpt from the animated show "Family Guy" went viral on the Internet. The clip, which turned out to be doctored and a hoax, showed the lead character winning the Boston Marathon after blowing up everyone else in the race. Fox News correspondent Juliet Huddy elaborated on the ruse. "They took two separate story lines and spliced them together," she explained, "and it does look very convincing. You can take anything on line and splice it together and this was too easy of an opportunity for some sickos out there." Huddy also reacted to the radio host whose minions asked Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick whether the attacks were engineered by the government. "Talk show host Alex Jones is the king of conspiracy theorists and he's been on the air since day one saying this was done by the FBI. It's so sick and this guy's an idiot, but he is on 60 stations and he is considered legit among the crazies."
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Judge Lanny Waite, Logandale, NV: "Bill, in analyzing the Boston terror bombing, you said that you were against the death penalty. Anger rather than justice is a recipe for injustice. But there are sound reasons for the death penalty."

Dan Galvin, Congers, NY: "Bill, are you losing your mind? You add the Obamas' charitable giving as paying their fair share of taxes?"
Earning your trust
On the night of the terror attacks, Fox News crushed the competition, while viewers shunned MSNBC. It's not exactly a tip, but be aware that FNC appreciates your trust, especially in a time of national crisis.
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