Monday, November 14, 2005
On The O'Reilly Factor...
Segment Summaries
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Talking Points Memo & Top Story
Hurt feelings in San Francisco
Guests: Todd Chretien, proposition author & Jeff Katz, KNEW 910

"Voters in San Francisco chose to oppose US military recruiting in public schools there. The vote is flat-out disrespectful, in my opinion, to the American military. So on the 'Radio Factor' I said this: 'If I'm the president, I say listen citizens of San Francisco, if you vote against military recruiting you're not going to get another nickel in federal funds. You want to be your own country, go right ahead.' We've posted the entire monologue on Some far-left Internet smear sites have launched a campaign to get me fired over my point of view - the theme is 'O'Reilly is encouraging terrorist attacks.' Unbelievably stupid, but not unusual for these guttersnipes. We're in the middle of a war on terror and these loopy voters do something like this, and I'm not supposed to call them on it? The bottom line - San Franciscans who voted to deny the military recruiters access are working against their own country. Period."

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The Factor was joined by two San Franciscans with dramatically different views on the Radio Factor commentary. Todd Chretien, who wrote the anti-recruiting initiative, explained his objection to the segment. "The people of San Francisco do not think that the war in Iraq is a laughing matter. There are almost 2,100 dead American soldiers. We want the troops home now and the military recruiters out of the schools." Radio host Jeff Katz claimed many in his city harbor a deep hatred of the military. "With the exception of a handful of the uber-leftists, everybody understood that what you said was what America thinks about San Francisco. The reality is that there is an underlying contempt for the military, and an underlying contempt for this country." The Factor maintained that the anti-recruiting measure was an outright insult. "This is a slap in the face of the US military - these men and women are putting their lives on the line to protect us. I don't back down from any of my comments."

Impact Segment
Results of hotel attacks in Jordan
Guest: Emily Hunt, Washington Institute for Near-East Policy

Last week's deadly bombings in Jordan inspired some protests against Al Qaeda, but terror expert Emily Hunt warned that many Arab Muslims continue to empathize with suicide bombers. "Support for terrorism among some elements of the Jordanian population is still very deeply embedded. If al-Zarqawi continues this type of attack on civilians, it will gradually erode his public support, but I don't think we should view this as a watershed moment. No one in the Arab world supports attacks on Muslim civilians, but they continue to support attacks on American and Israeli civilians." The Factor questioned why there is not a Muslim uprising against terror. "The bombers knew Muslims were going to be there, and they walked in and did it anyway. What is it going to take for the Muslim world to understand that Al Qaeda will kill anybody for no reason?"

Unresolved Problems Segment
ACLU vs. Governor Pataki
Guest: Chauncey Parker, New York State Director of Criminal Justice

New York Governor George Pataki has been trying to keep dangerous sexual predators off the streets by having them committed to mental institutions after their jail terms are completed, a strategy that is being challenged by the ACLU. New York Director of Criminal Justice Chauncey Parker said the committals are designed to protect children. "This is meant for the worst sex offenders who are evaluated and found that they should be committed. We're using everything in our power to make sure that people who are this great a threat to public safety don't get out. We knew the ACLU and others would sue." The Factor described New York as the worst state when it comes to protecting children, and singled out Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who has refused to bring tough child predator laws up for a vote. "Sheldon Silver is a villain and probably the worst public servant in the country today. The brutalization of New York's children is on him. I have no idea how he lives with himself."

Personal Story Segment
Teen murderer arrested
Guest: Detective Rod Wheeler

There was a horrendous crime in Pennsylvania over the weekend. 18-year old David Ludwig and his 14-year old girlfriend Kara Beth Borden got in an argument with Kara's parents about a curfew, and Ludwig apparently shot and killed both the mother and father. Detective Rod Wheeler elaborated on the crime. "Apparently this young man shot both the father and the mother, but the question is whether this young girl left with him voluntarily. My sources tell me that this young woman may have known in advance that David was going to bring a gun to the home." The Factor urged other parents to be vigilant. "This 18-year old kept the 14-year old girl out all night. Any father is going to do exactly what Michael Borden did. What we have to get out to all parents is that even if you want to wring the kid's neck you have to keep in the back of your mind that there is the potential for a violent situation."

Factor Follow Up Segment
Right to know vs. national security
Guests: Fox News analysts Juan Williams & Bill Bennett

Many on the left expressed outrage when CIA agent Valerie Plame's name was leaked to the press, but have been silent about the Washington Post's disclosure of secret CIA prisons in foreign countries. Fox News analysts Juan Williams and Bill Bennett gave their views on the apparent double standard. "When this information was leaked about Valerie Plame," Bennett observed, "everybody went nuts. Now we get information that is really covert and there is no condemnation about revealing covert information. This endangers our people because we have CIA people in these countries." Williams argued that the public's right to know takes precedence over secrecy. "You have the CIA operating secret jail sites like a Soviet gulag, and they're doing it without any cooperation with the Congress. There is no oversight. We don't know if there's torture, we don't know what's going on."

Back of Book Segment
Brown U. sex party
Guest: Factor producer Jesse Watters

Factor producer Jesse Watters gained entry to a wild party at Brown University over the weekend, an event he depicted as a scene straight out of Caligula. "I got a ticket on the Internet and went in," Watters explained. "What I saw was pure debauchery. Girls were falling down drunk, and most were wearing just panties and bras. I went to the bathroom and heard guys having sex in the stall next to me. A record amount of people had to have emergency medical care." The Factor criticized Brown for allowing the party on school property. "We don't care what these kids do in their personal lives. But if the school is going to charge $100 for a student government fee and use some of that money for this kind of thing, then the school bears responsibility. You don't have to give them the hall, and the chancellor has to answer for it."

Factor Mail
Viewers sound off
Many of you sent e-mails about the segment with Mary Mapes, producer of the discredited CBS "60 Minutes" report on President Bush's National Guard duty. Some excerpts:

Leonard Larson, Seattle, WA: "O'Reilly, Mary Mapes stood up to your diatribe about her reporting. I'd believe her over Bush and you any day."

Joan Ingram, Metairie, LA: "O'Reilly, interesting interview with Ms. Mapes. She seemed confused and squirmed when you asked about her political affiliation."

Norm MacDonald, Lubbock, TX: "Mr. O, I could not believe you were so soft on Mary Mapes. What a waste of time on an old story."

Michael Guastello, Shawnee, KS: "Mr. O'Reilly, congratulations on your interview with Mapes. You skillfully exposed her liberal bias."