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Friday, September 8, 2006
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ABC 9/11 film & torture allegations
Guest: Attorney Jonathan Turley, George Washington University

"Many Factor viewers have pointed out that few Democrats had any problems with the distortions in Michael Moore's propaganda film or the outrageous TV movie about the Reagans, which CBS ultimately declined to air. But some on the left are now outraged over distortions in ABC's upcoming movie about 9/11. That is called partisanship. But since you can't justify bad behavior by pointing to other bad behavior, I applaud ABC if it edits out any fictional words attributed to real people, no matter who they are. I don't object to the movie if it's honest, but it's not for me. I do, however, really object to real life people putting us all in danger. And that's what's going on over this torture issue. The editorial director of, Dick Meyer, writes, "'I've said to people we don't torture. And we don't.' That's what President Bush told Katie Couric yesterday.The President's statement here is beyond doublespeak and above spin. It's untrue. We've been lied to and we are still being lied to by the President." Meyer fails to provide evidence of this charge. What's he talking about? Is keeping people awake for long periods of time torture? Has the USA gouged anybody's eyes out? Meyer would not appear on "The Factor" to explain. Thus, I can only conclude that he is an irresponsible partisan who should not be running any responsible news organization's website. Ironically, The Wall Street Journal answered Meyer today, even though its editorial writers hadn't seen his inflammatory column. The Journal puts forth, "The demagogues alleging senseless `torture' at `secret' overseas prisons have now gotten a proper reply. It appears a substantial number of plots were foiled because of the CIA interrogation program. They included attacks not only in the U.S. but on targets such as a U.S. Marine camp in [Africa] and the U.S. consulate in Karachi [Pakistan]. Mr. Bush said that information from the [interrogation] program played a role in the arrest of `nearly every' senior al Qaeda member in U.S. custody." Now the Bush haters simply will not accept that, but the fact is that the USA has captured a number of terror killers. And tough interrogation is the reason why."

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Jonathan Turley, Constitutional Law professor at George Washington University explained his objection to rough interrogation: "I object to it because we're fighting for something. We're fighting for something other than our hides. We're fighting for something we believe in. If we start to embrace the tactics of countries like Pakistan, then al Qaeda has won. They changed us." The Factor told Prof. Turley his views were theoretical, and not grounded in the real world: "You're theoretical because no American wants to torture anybody, I mean nobody wants to do that. But if you have the decision to make, the decision is thousands will die unless you get information. And you're not getting the information, then you have to make the decision. And I'm telling you the executive officer of this country, the commander in chief of the armed forces, President Bush or whoever the next president would be, should be allowed to make that decision. And you say no. I will say if I dunk this guy in water that I can save thousands of lives, I am going to dunk him in the water and you are not."
Analyzing Dick Meyer's statements
Guest: Fox News analyst Marvin Kalb

The Factor had this to say about Dick Meyer's column: "Dick Meyer, the editorial director of, called President Bush a liar and accused the USA of using torture against suspected terrorists. Meyer provided no evidence to back up his remarks, and my problem is not that he called Mr. Bush a liar. I think that's disrespectful, but he didn't put any back up at all. And to me, it makes CBS News look bad partisan and unfair." The Factor brought in Fox News analyst and former CBS journalist Marvin Kalb for some perspective on Dick Meyer's statements. Kalb explained the changing nature of journalism: "The news business as you well know has changed radically in the last 10, 15 years. I think there has been a deterioration in some of the standards of American journalism. But there's been that deterioration around the world, caused in part by changing economic circumstances and a radically new technology. And people today think that they have a right to say just about anything that they'd like. The sense of responsibility is often not there."
Gov. Schwarzenegger apologizes
Guest: Fox News analyst Linda Chavez

The Factor revealed a little bad press dogging California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger: Arnold "has apologized after a remark he made to his staff was leaked to The L.A. Times. Apparently last spring, the governor was speaking about Bonnie Garcia, a Republican assembly woman. And his remarks were being taped. He said, "She is very Puerto Rican or the same thing as Cuban. I mean, they are all very hot. They have the, you know, part of the black blood in them and part of the Latino blood in them." The Factor asked Fox News analyst Linda Chavez for her reaction: "I'm not offended. I think this is much ado about nothing, frankly. The thing that offends me is that you have private conversations which really nothing offensive is said. And then it becomes almost a front page news story. And everybody starts talking about it. It's gotten so we can't say anything to anybody about anything." The Factor insisted the tape must have been leaked by someone in Schwarzenegger's inner circle: "The person who leaked it wanted to embarrass Schwarzenegger. Sometimes they record the meeting so that they'll have their ideas - I guess it's a brainstorming thing - on the record. It's not for public consumption. Somebody had to get a copy of the tape. And the only person who could have done that would have been somebody in the inner circle of Schwarzenegger."
Parent arrested for attacking child
Guest: Chuck Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle

A 36-year-old man has been charged with misdemeanor child abuse after body slamming a 13-year-old football player who delivered a late hit on his son. The Factor had this to say: "I say this is my philosophy, we can't condone this behavior unless you are there protecting your child. This was a game, the referee threw the flag. That's going to happen in football, you will get roughed up illegally and you have to be like that's the way it goes. If you don't punish him, it's anarchy. That is the danger." Chuck Nevius, a reporter with the San Francisco Chronicle, agreed but still sympathized with the father: "Well I say I understand it because I am a parent and I have been through this. I don't think I would condone what he did. I have seen my kids knocked over and it's hard to not have that urge. But he has to control himself." The Factor asked Nevius, "What is it about the American parent now that obsesses, they have to go not to only the games but to practice and if they are roughed up, they are ready to go. What is it?" Nevius said, "We have people out here in Little League that have a pitching and hitting coach at $60 an hour. It is parents that can't leave their kids alone to be kids."
Steve Irwin funeral; 9/11 memorial
Guest: Geraldo Rivera

Geraldo Rivera had this to say about CBS' 9/11 movie: "Terrible, terrible. How can you put dialog in people's mouths? It risks the same thing that the Reagan film did. You distort history and say you're honoring history. This is a historical fact that we all lived through. This is a historical fact we're still living through." The Factor said history will be distorted if it can increase the entertainment value: "This happens all the time. It happened in the Reagan movie, Michael Moore made millions of dollars doing this, it's just garbage." Geraldo had this to say of the death of Steve Irwin: "You know, you stick your head in a lion's mouth often enough, occasionally the lion's going to bite you. The danger is much more visual than real. If you know what you're doing, you can make it look a lot more dangerous than it really is. But if there's a man-eating beast, he occasionally is going to eat a man."
Anne Heche's mom speaks out
Guest: Author Dr. Nancy Heche

Ellen DeGeneres will host the Academy Awards next February. She is a successful talk show host and famous for her lesbian relationship with actress Anne Heche. Dr. Nancy Heche, Anne's mother, has written a new book called "The Truth Comes Out". The Factor greeted Dr. Heche: "I don't think I've ever seen a person with as much heartbreak as you've had. Your husband led a secret double life as a bisexual, and he died of AIDS in 1983. You had one child die from a birth defect, another daughter die of brain cancer. Your only son was killed in a car accident, and then you had a conflict with your daughter, Anne, about the lesbian relationship." Dr. Heche said one of the reasons she wrote the book was because of the way she treated her daughter after finding out about her lesbian relationship: "Our home was torn apart by the homosexual world, and I thought the homosexual world had done me wrong. And so I thought, "Did Anne forget this? Did Anne forget what happened?" And it was such a blow to think that I was going to go back into dealing with that. And honestly I hadn't even dealt with it with my husband. I have come a long way, which is, again, part of the book. My heart has changed a lot."
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Many of you are still angry about the former president of Iran speaking at Harvard and other places.

Roberta McDonagh, Ketchikan, AK: "The insurgency in Iraq would have been quelled a long time ago if Iran hadn't fueled it. So how can we be allowing the enemy to speak inside this country?"

Luis Rodriguez, Williamantic, CT: "While many bad things happened while Khatami was president, he did not have much power. He tried but he couldn't stop them."

Mario Gambarducci, East Haven, CT: "Hey, Bill, my son just graduated from Harvard and gave me a logoed shirt from there. Now I won't even wear it."

Samantha Lee, Melbourne, Australia: "The USA is rotting from its core. You have lost dignity by allowing Khatami to speak."

Nedra Chapman, Salisbury, NC: "Bill, you are much easier on the eyes than Katie Couric. I wish her well, but when I want news I come to you."
Book Mentions
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The Truth Comes Out
by Nancy Heche