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Wednesday, March 9, 2005
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Paying off Ward Churchill?
"According to a report in the Denver Post, the University of Colorado may pay Ward Churchill to leave the college, which would set off an outcry if taxpayer money is involved. Legal experts say Churchill can't simply be fired for his traitorous statements--he's protected by tenure and the First Amendment. He can, however, be dismissed for 'falling below minimum standards of professional integrity.' It would seem a strong case could be made that Churchill's scholarship is based on nothing more than insane ranting and that his copying of another person's paintings and selling them is well beyond any academic standards. Talking Points has said all along that Churchill should not be fired simply for speech, no matter how insane. That would set a dangerous precedent and would give the radical professor martyr status. But clearly the man has brought disrepute to the university and his value as an educator is greatly diminished. In the end Churchill is going to lose, but not as much as the University of Colorado. There are 52,000 students at the university, many of them embarrassed and angry. The final act in this awful display is just days away."

Feds investigate hip-hop industry
Guest: Johnnie Roberts, Newsweek

According to Newsweek Magazine, the FBI is investigating criminal activities in the "hip-hop" music industry. "They're looking into crimes that have occurred," reported Newsweek's Johnnie Roberts. "They're looking at some unsolved murders, the inflow and outflow of money and they're looking at the entourages around some of these artists. They clearly are concerned about the violence that has left hip-hop music bloodstained for a long time." The Factor again expressed concern that this segment of the music industry is corrupt and riddled with violence. "I'm getting the feeling there's a criminal enterprise alongside the legitimate enterprise. This rap and hip-hop industry is a dirty world. I don't know any other show biz industry where people get shot."
A Federal Court out of control?
Guest: Fox News chief judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California has issued some controversial decisions. The Court overturned the child molestation conviction of a man because his six-year old victim was too distraught to testify. The Ninth Circuit also ruled that a company can not ask an employee if he or she is in the country legally. Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano said the first ruling makes sense because the alleged molester wasn't given an opportunity to challenge his accuser. But Judge Napolitano skewered the court for ruling that companies can't ask employees about their immigration status. "It makes no sense at all. It's a typical knee-jerk liberal opinion that says because there is discrimination against immigrants, because they're afraid they might be kicked out of the country, we're not going to force these people to reveal if they are immigrants."
Pro-life & gay rights alliance?
Guest: Maine State Representative Brian Duprey

In Maine some gay rights advocates have joined forces with anti-abortion activists. What brought them together is a bill that would prevent women from terminating a pregnancy based on the predicted sexual orientation of the fetus. The bill's sponsor, Brian Duprey, told The Factor, "If they ever do find a gay gene I feel abortions will massively increase because women will not want to give birth to a gay baby. A gay group decided to join forces with me, and I'm happy to have them aboard." The Factor suggested that Duprey's bill is actually an anti-abortion measure disguised as a gay rights initiative. "What you've done is clever. To try to limit abortions in the state of Maine, you've enlisted gay rights groups. You're using them as interference to deflect criticism about abortion."
Guest: Author & journalist Paul Sperry

According to a new book called "Infiltration," Islamic terrorists their sympathizers have penetrated various agencies of the federal government. "We've got Muslim moles and sympathizers working in the FBI," claimed the book's author Paul Sperry. "One source told me the translation unit in the FBI is a veritable mole house. We've got them working as chaplains in prisons, which is the top recruiting ground for Al Qaeda. They're even working at the Department of Homeland Security with top secret clearances. We've allowed this to happen because of two words--political correctness." The Factor was somewhat dubious, but added it is a scandal if the story is correct.
Michael Jackson trial update
Guest: Attorneys Laurie Butler & Shawn Chapman Holley

With Michael Jackson's accuser on the stand, trial attorneys Laurie Butler and Shawn Chapman Holley joined The Factor with an update on the trial. Holley said the young boy, who was 13 when Jackson allegedly molested him, has thus far provided credible testimony. "Things look great (now) under questioning by the prosecution, but I can guarantee you that after the defense gets through with this young accuser, things will look very different." Butler said the case may hinge on whether or not the trial judge allows testimony from another boy who Jackson allegedly molested in the past. "That will be the key ruling in this case. If he lets that evidence in, it's going to be death for Michael Jackson." The Factor argued that this case will come down to whether the jury believes Jackson's alleged victim. "I believe this whole case is going to come down to this accuser on the stand right now. If his story holds up and if the defense can back it up with physical evidence, Jackson is in big trouble."
Opinions on Dan Rather
Guest: Author Mike Walker

Dan Rather has left his CBS news anchor chair. Mike Walker, author of a book called "Rather Dumb," noted the newsman is now being criticized by some of his former colleagues, including Walter Cronkite. "It's payback time," Walker said. "Jealousies run deep in this business. But Walter Cronkite really surprised me. We talk about him as a dignified man, and he has turned on Rather. I think it's because Rather blocked him from ever coming back as a guest on the CBS Evening News." The Factor expressed a measure of sympathy for Rather, who is going out on a sour note. "Rather is a guy who made a lot of enemies, and they're piling on now--Cronkite, all the "60 Minutes" guys. Do they have to grind their heels in his throat?"
Book Mentions
Check out the books mentioned during this show.
Rather Dumb: A Top Tabloid Reporter tells CBS How to Do News
by Mike Walker

Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington
by Paul Sperry

Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws
by Andrew Napolitano

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