The O'Reilly Factor
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Monday, April 22, 2013
The Factor Rundown
Unanswered questions in the Boston terror bombing
Guests: Maria Cramer and Bryan Bender

The Factor began Monday's show with the latest on the terror bombings. Boston Globe correspondent Maria Cramer recounted details from the Thursday night shootout that left one suspect and one officer dead. "The brothers came across MIT police officer Sean Collier," Cramer reported, "and for reasons that we do not understand they opened fire on him. They hijacked a Mercedes Benz, drove it into Watertown, and then released the owner, who left behind a cell phone, allowing officials to track the vehicle to Watertown. There was a very dramatic shootout and the older brother Tamerlan emptied his gun on an officer. Police were able to capture Tamerlan, but as they were trying to handcuff him, his brother Dzhokhar ran over him. Dzhokhar ditched that car and ran into the night, and then there was then an all-night manhunt with hundreds of officers walking around Watertown in the pitch black."

Globe reporter Bryan Bender added new information about Tamerlan's widow Katherine Russell Tsarnaev. "She is apparently living with her parents in Rhode Island and we know the FBI visited her parents' home at least three times Sunday." Bender also reported that 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains hospitalized with severe injuries. "Apparently he is communicating and he has answered some written questions, but he's in pretty bad shape."
Politics and the Boston terror situation
Guests: Juan Williams and Mary Katharine Ham

"Even while the two suspects were at large, people like Barney Frank were politicizing the Boston terror bombing. And incredibly, some in the press were doing that as well - a female reporter asked Jay Carney if a U.S. military action in Afghanistan was also 'a form of terrorism.' This woman had the nerve to equate military battlefield action with the bombing of civilians in Boston. And here's something even more provocative: Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw said America's drone attacks have inspired 'enormous rage.' So let me get this straight, Tom. We shouldn't use drones to attack Al Qaeda leadership or Taliban terrorists in the mountains? So how exactly would you fight the war against terrorism? I challenge Tom Brokaw to come on this broadcast, but he will not do that. We have a cadre of Americans who don't feel the USA has a right to defend itself. Every decent person laments civilian casualties, but in war that happens. So it's time to knock off the nonsense! The war on terrorism is real, the dead and wounded in Boston are real, and this ridiculous left-wing moral equivalency is insulting."
The Factor invited Juan Williams and Mary Katharine Ham to join the fray. "You're right and I don't understand what these people are talking about," Williams said. "There's a big difference between an act of terror, which is what happened in Boston, and an act of war when the U.S. uses drones to go after terrorists. Some of these terrorists insinuate themselves into civilian communities hoping that the United States will not go after them, and the Pentagon makes an effort to avoid any injuries to civilians." Ham also took issue with those who make excuses for terrorists. "The path they're going down is not just to make this horrible moral equivalency argument, but it's also to consider the grievances of those who are killing 8-year-olds in the street with bombs." The Factor concluded with a message to Tom Brokaw, whose book 'The Greatest Generation' lionized World War II soldiers: "Hey, Tom, did you ever hear of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, or Dresden? The Japanese weren't thrilled when they saw hundreds of thousands of civilians dying."
Did the FBI miss a chance to stop Tamerlan Tsarnaev?
Guests: Brit Hume

Despite its heroics in tracking down the Tsarnaev brothers, the FBI is being second-guessed for missing earlier clues about older brother Tamerlan. Brit Hume entered the No Spin Zone with his analysis. "Based on what we now know," Hume said, "certainly the FBI needs to explain itself. A lot of questions need to be answered about exactly what the Russians told us about this guy and what he said when he was questioned by the FBI. How did he get out of the country and back in without the FBI knowing about it?" The Factor compared the situation to that of the Fort Hood shooter: "This is similar to the case of Major Nidal Hasan where the Bureau didn't take really strong action because they were afraid and they didn't want to offend Muslims."
Boston bombing suspect charged, could face death penalty
Guests: Alberto Gonzales

The government has decided against charging surviving suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as an "enemy combatant," so he will be tried as a civilian. The Factor was joined by former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who concurred with the decision. "The White House has made a calculation," Gonzales said, "that they can bring this person to justice and also get the information that may prevent future attacks. There are challenges with the designation of 'enemy combatant' when you're dealing with an American citizen." Gonzales added that authorities have a powerful bargaining chip with the threat of the death penalty. "He has information that we want and we have something he wants, which is his life. So there's the possibility that we'll get the information we want."
Is the media doing a good job covering the Boston Marathon bombing?
Guests: Bernie Goldberg

After absorbing a week of media coverage of the Boston bombings, Bernie Goldberg handed in his report card. "Covering breaking news while the facts are changing second-by-second is not easy," Goldberg stated, "and we should be aware of that. But CNN was bragging about its 'exclusive' and how they were the first one to have the story of a capture. They got it wrong and so they deserve to take a hit, but only up to a point. There were many other news organizations that got many things wrong. But not one reporter concocted these stories, every single mistake came from supposedly credible sources in law enforcement."
Carolla's take on the Boston terror attack
Guests: Adam Carolla

The Factor asked Adam Carolla for his headline on the past week. "The headline is just how good a city Boston is," Carolla declared. "One woman ran the marathon and then worked a 40-hour shift as a surgeon, and other people ran into danger when there could have been a third bomb. That just doesn't exist in Los Angeles and it just says a lot about Boston and the people who live there." Carolla also urged Americans to openly face the threat of militant Islam. "They hate our culture, they hate our way of life. They hate that our women's boobies get bigger, our swimming pools get deeper, and we're building skyscrapers and bridges. Allah is supposed to take care of all this decadence, but Allah never does, so they take it upon themselves."
Aiding the wounded
You can help the Boston bombing victims by contributing to The One Fund Boston, which is accessible at
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Michael Kisber, Memphis, TN: "Bill, you did a great job on Friday giving us all the facts. The story was very confusing but you were concise and to the point. I am a fan for life."

John Dawson, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia: "Bill, I was wondering how many Japanese and German students were given visas to come to the USA during World War II."