Hi, I'm Bill O'Reilly. Thanks for watching us tonight. Glad you're with us because we have plenty going on this evening.

The Talking Points Memo is a potpourri of stuff about the war and its offshoots.

Number one. Factor producer David Lewis is just back from Afghanistan, he went on a food drop with the Air Force and we have amazing video. David will join us in a few minutes.

The Factor maintains very good relations with the military and most police agencies around the nation because we believe they are, for the most part, honorable and efficient public servants.   We are willing to give them the benefit of the doubt in many cases while other media outlets are not.

This is a calculated part of the No Spin Zone based upon my experience as a reporter.  I have covered crime extensively and I have a great respect for the military.

But we do look at them with open eyes, as we do with everyone in the Zone.

Including Geraldo Rivera.  We got thousands of letters after his appearance on The Factor last night.

Some of you thought I was too rough on Geraldo, others too easy.  We'll read your mail at the end of the broadcast

The end zone on Mr. Rivera is, whether you like him or not, he is an excellent reporter.   His exposes throughout the years have often been exceptional and he has an affinity for the underdog which I admire.

He did, however, hurt himself in the eyes of many Americans by becoming emotionally attached to Bill and Hillary Clinton and some flamboyant members of the far left like Alan Dershowitz.

I was curious about that, and challenged Geraldo on it. If you missed the interview we will post it on the website.

Most Factor viewers are fair, so I ask you to give Geraldo a chance and objectively listen to his reports from the war front.  

If the past is an indicator, Mr. Rivera's stories will be interesting and at times provocative.  Perfect for the No Spin Zone.

And that's the memo. 

The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day

Time now for "The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day." 

Time now for the most ridiculous item of the day.  You won't believe who I met last night, ready for this...? At a reception for Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, your humble correspondent came face to face with...former President Bill Clinton.

You should have been there, that room hushed when the President turned around and I was standing there eyeball to eyeball. We actually had a pretty interesting conversation about the war and there's no question the guy is very charming. 

He even told me he had my book which of course is the one way to disarm me immediately.

We spoke for about 3 minutes or so and I'm sure many people there thought the word "ridiculous" could be applied.

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