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you're not good in yankee stadium. bill: "the o'reilly factor" is on. tonight: >> there is growing concern among some g.o.p. leaders that controversial commentators and far-right conservatives have hijacked the message. bill: is that true? katie couric says people like rush limbaugh and sarah palin are actually hurting the republican party. glenn beck has some thoughts. >> jaryd seems load to admit that msnbc has a bias. bill: cnn campbell brown hammering the white house over hypocrisy concerning fox news. we will have an update. >> a shot was fired at my house where i live. shepard: cnn commentator lou dobbs says he and his family are in danger because of his opinions. we'll tell you all about that. >> they have now fired a shot at my house while my wife was standing next to the car. bill: caution. you are about to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now.
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[captioning made possible by fox news channel] captioned by the national captioning institute >> hi, i'm bill o'reilly, thanks for watching tonight. sarah palin entering the national arena that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. a new cnn poll says 71% of americans do not believe sarah palin is qualified to be president. just 29% say she is qualified. even among republicans. 47% do not think the governor should be president. certainly the media is driving that opinion. >> as political reporters there is some concern among g.o.p. leaders that controversial commentators and far-right conservatives have hijacked the message. people like rush limbaugh and sarah palin appeal to the base and you certainly need that base to win elections, but in an age when 42% of americans call themselves independents you can't win with just the base either. bill: now talking points believes this is a fascinating
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story. there is no question mrs. pay insulin a star and her upcoming book will be a number one best-seller. to promote the book she is going on oprah, another high profile programs. and it is here where the governor has a huge opportunity. if sarah palin comes across as a problem-solver, a sincere conservative and person who looks out for the folks, she can begin to turn the credibility issue around. there is no question mrs. palin did a good job running the state of alaska. we have examined her record up there and found she lowered taxes and challenged the good old boy network so she does have political skills. the problem is she didn't come across well on ms. couric's program and with abc anchor charles gibson. she looked tentative and did not assert herself in those national interviews. so, now, she has a second chance. now, i'm hoping governor palin comes on the factor. we'll put her in a position to speak directly to you. no slight of hand. no gotcha agenda.
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each if she doesn't appear here, the governor must put forth her philosophy in vivid terms and be able to come up with solutions to complicated problems. i hope she does because this country needs charismatic politicians and new voices. mrs. palin is a working mother, regular person, someone who has tremendous potential. this isn't a party play. i couldn't care less about the g.o.p. we're north in the ideological business on the factor. but i am concerned because america needs more leadership. there is simply not enough people looking out for you, the folks. sarah palin has captured america's attention. it will be interesting to see if she can turn around the credibility factor. and that is the memo. now for the top story tonight. reaction from none other than our pal glenn beck, the author of another, another book. another one. the christmas sweater, a picture book. >> it will be our fourth -- assuming this does well, this could be our fourth number one best seller of the year 12 months. bill: in three weeks. you and gingrich every three
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weeks. >> i'm just saying we are machines. bill: you don't sleep. you just type. >> no. bill: all right. now i have a beef with you. each day on your program which i'm watching more and more now, you lay out in your blackboard some very interesting things. i mean you make some comparisons between the founding fathers and -- >> -- you watched tonight. bill: yeah, did i. >> thank you. bill: you're welcome. but at the end of all of that exposition, which is interesting, i say well who does beck think can turn the country around? and what say you? >> i wish i had an answer for that, bill. i haven't seen them yet. i keep looking for a george washington to appear. the indispensable man. he is the man who didn't want to serve. they asked. you know, got to the constitutional convention he was like ok, guys, i have served enough. i just want to be arm father. i just want to go back to mt. vernon. they convinced him it wouldn't survive without him. i'm hoping we can find someone
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like that. bill: we have 100 senators and almost 500 congressman. >> they stink on ice. bill: all of them? >> the two-party system, again i go back to george washington. he warned us on this. he said it would just become about money and corruption. where are the senators? where are the representatives that are standing firm and not against the other party but the corruption in their own. this system either has to change from the inside, which is why we started the refounder's project. i have nine people now inside the capitol building that are senators and congressman on both sides of the aisle that are willing to stand not against the other party but their own party. nobody knows who they are and they blot whistle on corruption. bill: they call you up on a special phone saying this is what is going on, beck. go get them. >> um-huh. bill: let's take sarah palin. i think she is a fascinating woman. she gives one of the best speeches i have ever seen. do you agree? >> yeah.
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bill: she captures the nation, particularly women. we don't know this woman. she is governor of alaska. nobody knew her. she comes across a real person. she is attractive. she seems to be able to runt state of alaska pretty well, which is true. >> true. bill: so, then, she gets into the big-time and mccain puts her on the ticket and she runs up against the media and she doesn't do well in the interviews. >> bill, as i have learned this year, i have been in the radio business for 30-some years, but i have never been -- i have never gotten do you the buzz saw like i have this year. it's a different world. have you been through it for years and years and years. there is nothing that can prepare you for that. and i think what happened was sarah palin got up into this media. and i think coming from alaska you know folks are folks. no, they are not. no, they're not. i think when her own party started throwing her under the bus, i think she walked into a buzz saw. now, i say that knowing that soon we're going to find out if
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that's true or not. she is either going to have gravitas now -- because now she has had time to learn from experience what really goes on in washington and what really goes on in the media. and she has had time to prepare. if she now comes out and she's wishy washy on things, if she doesn't understand things, well now she clearly is not qualified. bill: you say make or break as i do, this book tour coming up, this either puts her back big time as a contender for the presidential election -- >> -- i will tell you i think she is extraordinarily bright. her leaving alaska, everybody said was. bill: i think it was a smart move. >> smart move. i think she is also positioning herself for a third party. by the time this election runs around for the president, i'm sorry, but unless the republicans and the democrats wake up, a third party will win. bill: you think a third party can organize themselves to 2012? i think that's pretty fast. >> what everybody in washington and the media misunderstand is
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there doesn't need to be a lot of organization. bill: got to be a lot of money though. 100 million. >> i will tell you that that is the question. can you have enough money? i think people will put their last time up if it's somebody that they think will clean up the mess in their own party or clean up the mess in all -- bill: if obama fails, if he fails, then it's going to be open season. i mean obama will get the nomination but i think hillary couldn't even challenge him on the democratic side. if things don't get better. >> if he fails, if things are like this. bill: although the economic thing today was good. so you can't sanchts the economic thing was not good. that is because -- bill: it was good. >> you know why? because of cash for clunkers. that's what ticked it the other way. it is. bill: whatever it did, psychologic. >> psychologic, i agree with you. bill: what do you think of mitt romney? mitt romney i know a bittle bit.
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did he a good job in massachusetts. republican. did a good job saving the olympics out in salt lake city. he looks to be a guy who knows what economics are. ok? i don't think he is going to run up a trillion-dollar deficit. >> no. bill: is he very articulate but his mormonism has hurt him. and you are a mormon, too? >> yeah, i know. that's crazy. talking about diversity. bill: do you think that rahm any is -- romney is a guy that could capture your support? >> he had it, kind of, only because my main issue last time around was the economy. and he may be the only guy who could be able to help. however, romney is a great ceo. he'll broker deals. he will get it done. he will never say anything that will throw it out of whack. however, what we need is not a guy who is going to make deals. we need a guy who will go in there and cut, cut, cut.
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bill: a reformer. >> we need a reformer. i'm not sure romney is that guy. although i have respect for him, what did he in salt lake is amazing and he is a smart dude. bill: glenn beck, everybody, buy his 15 books. they are all over the place. i'm number 3 in bold fresh audio and you are number one. >> may i? 10 seconds? bill: go ahead. >> bill and i have something to announce next week. bill: we are not getting engaged. not having it next on the rundown, controversy in congress. we will have a report upcoming.
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bill: in the factor follow-up segment tonight the nfl rush limbaugh controversy has now reached congress, if you can believe it the house judiciary committee is holding hearings on head injuries in the national football league but as part of that exposition, congressman steve king from iowa grilled nfl commissioner roger goodell over rush limbaugh. >> i don't think anything that rush limbaugh said was offensive, but with fergie and with jlo they have, between the two of them, alleged that the cia are terrorists and liars, they have promoted sexual abuse of women, they have used the "n" word, verbal pornography, recreational drug use, et cetera, and they are owners of the dolphins. are you prepared to level the same charges against ferguson guy and jlo or are you prepared to apologize to rush limbaugh today. >> my comments at the annual meeting were directed at
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specific comments he made about donovan mcnabb. i made the point and i will make it again here today that the nfl is about bringing people together. it's about unity. and that we do not move towards divisive actions. >> you said the comments that rush made specifically about donovan i disagree with very strongly. >> i do. >> so you are speakly directly. >> i think donovan mcnabb is an outstanding downman and quarterback and has nothing to do with the color of his skin. bill: we believe mr. limbaugh was punished for will he mat free speech. he thinks donovan mcnabb is overrated. i disagree with that but so what? provocative opinions are allowed in america. also, i don't believe the comparison between jennifer lopez and fergie who did buy into the miami dolphins franchise are valid in mr. limbaugh's case. this is about the nfl being frightened because some black players simply don't like limbaugh. mr. mcnabb being one of them. so commissioner goodell is correct when he says
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mr. limbaugh's presence would be divisive. however, the league still made the wrong decision. this is america. no one should be punished for speech that is not hateful rg liable columbus or irresponsible. limbaugh should not have been denied economic opportunity. on another front campbell brown on cnn continues to make valid points about the white house fox news situation. interviewed valerie jarrett on tuesday and it did not go well for ms. jarrett. >> do you think fox news is biased? >> of course they are biased. >> of course. >> do you also think that msnbc is biased? >> well, you know what? this is the thing. -- actually, i just don't want to generalize all fox news is biased or that another station is biased. i think what we want to do is to look at it on a case-by-case basis and when we see a pattern of distortion we will be honest about that pattern of distortion. >> you only see that at fox news? that's all you have spoken out about is fox news. >> the administration has said
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very clearly we are going to speak truth to power. bill: last night ms. brown continued her analysis stating. this i am stating what i think is the obvious here. jarrett seems load to admit that msnbc has a bias. that is where i think the white house loses all credibility on this issue. just as fox news leans to the right with their opinionated hosts in prime time, msnbc leans left. i don't think anyone at fox or msnbc would disagree with that in fact, both fox news and msnbc are doing quite well in the prime time ratings by doing partisan opinion. bill: well, the white house is not having to answer to ms. brown's analysis, so the obama administration comes off as exceedingly partisan and unfair not where any administration wants to be. but we hope that this thing is dying down. directly ahead, the culture warriors on president obama saying he is teed off because he has no privacy. that report, the warriors after
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bill: culture warrior segment tonight, two hot topics including president obama getting a bit irritated with all the criticism of his personal life. as you may know, some people say mr. obama should give up golf because the nation is at war in
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afghanistan. you may president bush stopped playing golf because of the iraq war. also the president still a bit miffed, teed off, pardon the pun over criticism that he caused a ruckus by taking his wife to a broadway show. apparently while it was a while back it's still an issue for the president. in an interview with a "new york times" magazine he said, quote: bill: here now the culture warriors fox news analyst margaret hoover and "fox & friends" host gretchen carlson. -- believes the president is whining. do you? >> come on, i think in any marriage you need to have date nights. any woman who is married knows you need to work on the
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marriage. in this particular situation, he maybe should have chosen a less extravagant kind of a date night. bill: but she wanted. >> i don't care what she wanted. bill: you don't care what she wanted? >> she could have also acquiesced to less extravagance during a time of war and economic crisis and everything that was going on at that time. too much attention was put on the date. bill: you don't care what michelle obama thinks? put yourself in barack obama's shoes. >> i said she should have had empathy for the situation he was in as president. bill: she clearly wanted to go to a broadway show, carlson. the president is going to say i don't care what you want he should be less extravagant? not going to happen. >> nice conversation as a married couple saying because of the situation and the press we're going to get from, this maybe we should choose a less high profile date. bill: do we have wizard of oz music for carlson? >> for what? bill: what say hoover?
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>> miffed him? really? welcome to the heavy burden and responsibility of the presidency of the united states. i mean, yeah, what you do is going to become a political issue. so you just can't be burrenned by it i have no sympathy. that's the way it goes. bill: he is like that. i mean, president obama he is like that. he doesn't like something, he doesn't let it go. but i sympathize with obama here. i absolutely do. the guy has got to live his life. i mean, give up golf because we have an afghan conflict? i want the president to have some relaxation. i want his mind to be clear. i want him to go out on a date with his wife. and if his wife wants to see a broadway show, more happiness to them. i think all this carping is stupid. it's petty, it's ridiculous. i think that the american public should let them live as man and wife, leave them alone. >> that's how i started. bill: ok, carlson? ok, hoover? >> that's how i started my discussion. what did i say? marriages are a work in progress.
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bill: you said you didn't care what michelle obama thought. it's an outrage. >> marriage is a work in progress. bill: don't you hate that work in progress stuff? >> i don't know. i'm not married yet so that's up to you two. >> you will find out, it's a work in progress. >> i was going to say if he can't take the shuttle i think he should let his corporate ceos take their corporate jets. bill: now we have a very serious story for the warriors tonight. in connecticut west of hartford, there is a father who wants to honor his 23-year-old son james goodell, i think i'm saying his name correctly, who was killed on 9/11. the father, hoover, wants to put what on the memorial? >> he wants to put murdered by muslim terrorists. bill: he wants to put on the memorial in the town of canton murdered by muslim terrorists because that's what he was. that's what james, 23 years old was, murdered by muslim terrorists. but the town says? >> we don't want to offend
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muslims. and so the town. bill: there are not muslims there? they are all preppies. >> there is a muslim family there. they don't want to offend the single muslim family. my suggestion is that the single muslim family isn't radicalized. they are not islamic supremacist, the ones responsible for murdering his son. bill: the town doesn't want to do it, carlson. >> right, i think if we look at other 9/11 memorials it doesn't say murdered by muslim terrorists. just like oklahoma city, timothy mcvey, i have been to that memorial. i covered his execution it doesn't say at the oklahoma city memorial murdered by domestic terrorist. i think it's more important here to put the plaque up, honor his son. none of us can relate to the pain. bill: if i'm the father of a son killed on 9/11 and there is a memorial marking the occasion, why not say what happened for future generations because that memorial will be up forever.
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you know, why not tell them what happened? if i'm a muslim family, an american muslim family, hoover, and i'm law abiding and americans, that doesn't bother me. killed a lot of people. people i don't have a beef. they did. ok. go. >> what we need is more reformed muslims to speak out against the radicalized of islam. that would be fabulous. for the sake plaintiff goodale. i think is he absolutely right in reminding people because there is 9/11 amnesia out there now. forgetting that 9/11 happened wanted to kill our way of life. he is out there trying to remind remind -- bill: son's memorial and i'm behind you. you, carlson, of all people. >> i'm the p.c. person. bill: political correctness. that's exactly what this is.
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>> i was going to say usually i would be on the other side of this. i feel it's more important to get some sort of a memorial up. >> we'll march into connecticut. we will all go up there and tell the guy put it up. >> think at the site of the world trade centers they will say murdered by muslim terrorists? bill: if they did? would i have a beef with it? no. >> i feel it's more important to get the plaque up so we can remember this child. bill: but i'm saying to you, the town should give in and should stop the political correct madness and if we have to charter a bus and go up there, we may have to do that. >> i will be first on board. culture warrior bus. kent, connecticut. coming your way. >> that's a scary prospect. bill: it's a beautiful -- especially this time of year with the foliage very new englandy. i think this is another example of political correctness. i'm sensitive to the one muslim family. i don't want anybody bothering those people. what happened happened. if you are going to memorialize
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what happened, then memorialize what happened. culture warriors, everybody, thanks very much. if you are watching michelle obama and i know do you every night. i don't disagree with her. >> not what she was saying. >> new poll says most americans are now dissatisfied with the direction of the country. not good news for the president. laura ingraham on the president's date night. hear what she has to say. controversial video contest involving obama care. whoa. we hope you stay tuned for those reports. chloe is 9 months old.
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bill: personal story segment tonight. halloween is on saturday as you know. i hope all of you have a good time. safe, not nutty. there are many words associated with the eve of all hallow. we asked our palma reena, the author of the big book "hot for words" there is morina there with the glasses, to run down a few halloween words for us. bill: halloween, everybody, for halloween i requested you be here. >> thank you. bill: i have halloween words and we will begin with halloween. >> halloween is actually short for all hallow even or the eve of all saints day. so even means eve where evening comes well as well. many times ago there was a celtic festival when people celebrated the end of winter and the start of summer like the life ends and the death starts. so they would dress up like ghosts. and then pope george ii -- no,
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the third, wanted the catholic church to have some fun, so he changed the all saints day from may 15th to november the 1st. bill: let's go to trick or treat. >> you think about it it should be treat and treat. >> die a trick and you will treat me with some sort of candy. >> trick or treat, smell my feet. >> i got a rock. >> so a long time ago when halloween was brought to america in 1930s, kids would dress up in costumes and since they were in disguise, they would threaten homeowners to give them treats or candy. bill: say, look i will burn your house down unless you give me mr. good bar. >> or throw toilet paper all over their house. it's kind of like a modern shakedown. bill: modern shake down. >> in russia it's popular. bill: it was like ok, pal, you want your car tomorrow? >> stick them up. stick them up.
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bill: ok, jack-o-lantern? >> jack-o-lantern? that's a funny one. it actually comes from the irish. and it was an old irish tale about the jack. he was a very mean guy. not you, bill. you are irish, right? >> i am. >> his name was jack answered likes to play tricks on people. one time he tried to trick devil and devil limed on the tree and couldn't climb back down because he draw a cross on the tree. he told him i will let you down if you promise not to take my soul when i die. so when jack dies, did heaven did not take him or hell even because devil keeps his promise. stuck between heaven and wind chill coals walking around and it turned out in a carved out turnip. bill: carved out turnip not a pumpkin. >> turnips are popular in ireland. bill: i'm going to throw my pumpkin away and get a big
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turnip. let's go to nightmare. >> have nightmares? bill: i have them almost every day, morina, sure. i come in and do the factor and that bad. >> have mercy. >> sexually comes from the old english. it means incubus. incould you bait. that's the devil or goblin that would suffocate you in your sleep. basically when you have nightmare you wake up and you short of -- you are of breath. because the monster is trying to steal. bill: nightmare is named after cob blin. >> goblin. bill: finally werewolf. >> man wolf. >> what are you looking out the window for? >> the were part comes from the anglo-saxon language which means man and wif a wife.
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used to be a married. even unmarried woman was called wife in anglo-saxon times. bill: it's a little confused. >> it's a little confused. i think werewolf still exists. ♪ bill: there is a great line in young frankenstein when they say to marty feldmanner with wolf and -- ware wolf. >> and goes werewolf. >> why are you talking that way? >> i thought you wanted to. bill: happy halloween when we come back. laura ingraham thinks barack obama is whiny again. she doesn't like the barack obama contest on the web site. wait until you see ms. laura. she is next. quality and reliability...
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bill: thanks for staying with us. i'm bill o'reilly in the week in review from the angle segment tonight. ms. laura is listening with interest to the culture warrior segment where the president came off a bit miffed that his private life is controversial. ms. ingraham joins from us washington. are you call the president a whiner over this? >> i think it's great it sounds like a terrific marriage and have a lot of fun and they like to have a lot of fun together. that's a given. we all love that however, there are a lot of people out there, and i'm one of them, who thinks that the obamas, to some extent, use different things, whether
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it's michelle's vegetable garden, biceps, clothes, cover of vogue, cover of prevention, cover of women's fitness and now this tour deforce article in this "new york times" magazine called the obama's marriage they know how to use this for p.r. advantage. there is a loft cynicism out there about delivering on a campaign promise to take her to a broadway show. people thought, look, how about your promise to deliver jobs? that's the thing we are really most worried about here. that's how i look at it. bill: all right. look, i am sympathetic to the president as i was sympathetic to george w. bush, bill clinton, whoever is in the oval office. these guys work an enormous amount. you know that because you used to clerk for a supreme court justice. you have know how intense and how much they work. they have got to be able to have some vehicle to rec create and if mrs. obama wants to go see a broadway show and barack obama promises her after the campaign we'll do it, i don't think that's anybody's business and
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die not begrudge them at all. >> no, but we have to hear about it no, what you are missing we had to hear ad nauseam about the promise. >> there was carping about it. >> no, there was carping, bill, because we are in an economic slowdown at the very least and they were calling it on the verge of the depression and so they send the big, you know, they lock down new york city which costs an enormous amount of money and causes working people an enormous amount of grief. obviously, they should have fun and do things they want. look, he golfs every weekend. she is out and about in washington all the time. i'm always getting stopped by motorcade gridlock in washington, d.c. they are out and about, believe me. i don't think they have a lot of standing to say we don't get out enough. they were in copenhagen, london, paris, africa. come on. bill: there is a pettiness that comes in in partisan politics that i don't like. >> no, no. bill, let's talk michelle though for just a moment because this article on sunday. bill: talk about barack and i know you have an interesting point about michelle. we have a good segment it with
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you tonight. >> ok. bill: the thing that disturbs me about barack obama is he never let's this stuff go. this happened a long time ago. it's a picayune thing. he is right but, you know, let it go. let it go. >> well, they don't let it go against fox news. they don't let go on this. they want everyone to love them 24/7. if you don't love them and go outside the family, then, frankly, they will treat you like they treated fredo in the godfather. they will not be happy with you. bill: are you saying you are going to get a bullet in the back of the head in lake tahoe? is that what is going to happen to you? i will save you. that will not happen to you. laura: you are nicer to them than i am. i am more worried about critics. bill: i'm not worried about me. you saw what happened this their do you know tried to get me in new hampshire. >> that's right. they did knock you around a little bit. you pushed back. bill, on this issue with the "new york times" article though, what we're missing in all the carping about the date night, which satan general issue, i agree. what we're missing though is
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that michelle is being propelled through this incredibly sophisticated p.r. push when i have been talking about as the ralph dazzle for many months now. she something propelled because she is popular, right? they are using her celebrity, her beauty, her glamour to push substantive ideas. in this article they point out even though they say she is not a co-president, she is uncomfortable with that she actually has a very serious role in the supreme court picking that will be going on in this administration. so, she had a hands on role in that. she has now a hands on role in health care, giving speeches on health care. she is taking the puls of main street for barack obama. they refer to her as his inter prettier on what's happening in wreath wall street. bill: sounds like a co-president from me. bill: didn't get it from laura bush but did get it from
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hillary. she is going to be involved. i want to plate folks a montage of a contest on obama care. this appears on the barack obama web site, the campaign web site, sponsored by the democratic national committee. roll the tape. [heart beat] >> years from now i will be diagnosed with leukemia and i will die because we couldn't afford health care. >> a year from now i will break my leg and my parents will have to sell our house because we couldn't afford health care. >> three months from now, i'll need surgery, and my parents will go bankrupt because they couldn't afford health care. ♪
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bill: support of public option so the government will take over the health care industry. i didn't have any problem with that except for the kids. i don't like the kids being used for political propaganda. the flag thing, you know. >> it's only the flag, whatever. bill: look, you are right. it does desecrate the flag. it does, it does. >> bill, this is the flag. this is the american flag. is there nothing that we can respect now? is it -- it's so cliche first of all to walk all over the flag. so this doesn't surprise me one bit. if they're not complaining about people wearing flag lapel pins as cheap patriotism they are trashing the flag. these people will use the flag as they claim others use it when they're actually protecting it so i find that to be just typical lefty stuff and despicable but the children, i would agree with you. a little kid saying i'm going to get leukemia? it's -- i know everyone says everyone uses kids. i think if republicans did
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something using children saying like my grandmother is going to get pushed down a hospice chute in two years if obama his way, they would be screaming, probably rightly so. bill: you and i agree exploiting children for political purposes and that is exploiting children feeding them lines i'm going to get leukemia and die. >> who are the parents? that's what i want to know. bill: parents are nuts. >> obama's group. remember. tell boot people that that's his group. bill: that's the troubling thing it does show up on the president's web site. barack i think it is. >> he needs a sister moment. even though it's a contest and people say what does it matter? it's the symbolism that matters. that's a very dark view of america we see in the finalists of that contest on health care reform. god, america is a horrible place where people don't help each other. and everything. bill: that's the way they view it. >> america is a dark, dark mean ugly place. bill: as always, reality check
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up next tonight starring dead celebrities and jay leno exploiting the fox news-white house controversy. right back with check.
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bill: back of the book segment tonight, reality check where the truth sets us free twice a week. check one, good news and bad news from president obama today the economy grew at 3.5% in the
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third quarter. that cheered the white house. saying the stimulus package with s. why. 52% americans believe country is heading in the wrong direction. just 36% like what's happening. the direction question last april was tied at 43%. so erosion is occurring as well. in the same poll, the afghan question came up. 5% of americans support the president's decision to take his time in deciding troop levels in afghanistan. 37% believe he should have made the decision already. on the question of sending the troops over there, 47% say yes, 43% oppose, 10% not sure. check three. recently i interviewed on the factor. lively exchange but dawkins didn't much like it. >> well, some of them are i mean, if there are debates between two intelligent and --
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effectively. but if they are conducted between an intelligent, educated person on the one hand and bill o'reilly on the other, they are probably not, no. have more intelligent people television interviewers rather than will o'reilly as a start. that might not be great for ratings, i suppose. become less influenced by ratings. bill: are you kidding me? less interested in ratings? that's like saying there is no god. ridiculous. i think the guy is obsessed with me. check 4, direct tv is running this ad. >> richard? is this your coat? bad guy, don't do it? bad guy in a little coat. >> i'm having tons of fun when i could be at home watching direct tv. no matter what i want to watch it's in sweet beautiful hd. but, no, i'm stuck with either
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cable or that. >> what's happening? >> never gets old. bill: some fans of the late chris farley are angry direct tv is supporting -- you can make the call on that. check 5, jay leno continues to mime the fox news white house deal. >> the obama administration recently said that the fox news organization is not a respectable news organization. there is a lot of fighting going on between them. it is clear the president doesn't like them. take a look what happened with this fox reporter over the weekend. >> where does the house bill stand over that air blower behind you? good morning. >> good morning. it's actually a weed whacker, bill, hopefully they will finish soon. [loud weed whacker] >> she didn't blink an eye. this is going to end.
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i can feel it committed liberal joy behar has a cable program where she talks to other committed liberals like author gorbedel as always joy suspect with president obama. >> is he a little too smart for the country in a certain way. i mean, after bush, i don't know if the country could take the shock of such a smart guy. >> well, they didn't. they only elected president who is speaking as one intelligent, well-educated man to his fellows. well, they never heard anyone like that. i'm a war-time president. you gotcha? i'm a war-time president. i couldn't jump into the screen fast enough to kill him off. that's one murder that i missed not committing. >> well, too late anyway. bill: now, can you imagine? can you imagine someone saying they would like to kill president obama? but it's ok for videl to say
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that about mr. bush and ms. behar says yes, it's too late for that? unbelievable. check 7, ladies and gentlemen, the man bat. ♪ [ghostbusters theme song] ♪ ♪ ghostbusters ♪ something strange ♪ in your neighborhood ♪ who you gonna call? ♪ ghostbusters. bill: the man bat is really a guy named remi jallard a professional prankster. he almost got his jaw broken by one guy. that is reality check. pinheads and patriots on deck tonight starring lou dobbs. wait until you hear this. p and p moments away. . .
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i love kids! i'm responsible. ahhh! [squeak squeak] stop, stop! ahhhhh! whoa! being a parent's a lot of work. sid: [laugh] ha ha, no, stop, stop. bill: time now for "pinheads & patriots." a studio in new york gave us this lovely ceramic "factor" pumpkin. steven, the owner of the studio, made this. people there are patriots. on the pinhead front, cnn commentator lou dobbs having a tough time with security. >> three weeks ago this morning a shot was fired at my house
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where i live. this shot was fired with my wife not 15 feet away. and we've had threatening phone calls that i decided not to report, because i get threatening phone calls. now it's become part of a way of life. the anger, the hate, the vitriol. but it's taken a different tone where they've threatened my wife. they've now fired a shot at my house while my wife was standing next to the car. it's become something else." >> this is a very serious matter. it's devastating to the families involved. these are pinheads who will hurt people with whom they disagree. it's disgraceful and it's illegal, and it ought to stop. and finally tonight, a couple of notes -- tomorrow i will appear on "the view"'s halloween edition. they wanted the scariest guy around. they made the right choice. "the view" tomorrow for me. also, the bill o' christmas store opens on monday.
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