Slip of the Tongue

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You know our show is live and we have no 5-second delay. Last night we got caught — or rather Jim Hammer did. Sorry, Jim — it's every man for himself! Jim became passionate about what he had to say and out popped the word "bull@$*#" to describe what he thought about something. I received many e-mails about it — they are posted below.

Incidentally I spoke to Jim after the show and he was a bit distressed, but I calmed him down. I pointed out that no one died and everyone — I bet — has heard it before. In other words I teased him (and added, like a bratty sister would, "I am glad I didn't do it!" Of course now I may have jinxed myself!) The e-mails I posted about Jim's slip are all randomly chosen.

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Now for the e-mails:

E-mail No. 1

Hi Greta,
If you show George Smith's blood again I think I will puke. It's repulsive! I love your show and watch it every night, but am tired of seeing his blood. Thanks.
Gerri Busby
San Antonio, TX

E-mail No. 2

I'm just wondering why Bob Woodruff and his photographer are at the Bethesda Medical facility and they are not in any branch of the service. Who is paying for the medical bills?
Darrell Stiving

ANSWER: I think I read some place that ABC is paying. When someone's life is in jeopardy — whether it be at war or in a car accident in the middle of the USA — I hope we worry more about helping than who is paying.

E-mail No. 3

I do not blame Mr. Entwistle at all for not coming back here — after seeing what the media, jury, Amber Frey, Gloria Allred, Mr. Geragos and the prosecutor did to Scott Peterson. With the knowledge I have I would say stay there.
I can understand how the jury believing that Connor escaped Laci's body through the gap in her body, but how they could believe that almost a full-term baby could escape a post partum uterus the size of about nine inches is beyond me. A uterus is designed to have water in it to protect a baby (did not shrink because of water) so that uterus did not get the small except through the birth of Connor and contractions. The prosecution put no evidence on how that happened, so I would say those bodies were placed at the bay to frame Scott Peterson.
Alice Auch
Helena, MT

E-mail No. 4

I find the phrase "lawyered up" as annoying as "person of interest."
Grace DePasquale

ANSWER: I don't like the phrase either. We should not insult people who exercise constitutional rights. Guilty people are not the only people who get lawyers... so do innocent people.

E-mail No. 5

Dear Greta,
I have been trying to see if Neil has a wedding band visible. In one of the latest videos when he entered the car with his parents, it appears he has a wedding band but trying to get a clear picture on the TV is difficult. Can you tell by stilling the video I mentioned above if his wedding band is still on? If his wedding band is still on, it would hint there may be some innocence. A person who hated his wife and child enough to kill them, would remove a symbol of those he disliked so much.
Ed Parker
Young Harris, GA

E-mail No. 6

I read where the chief of police of Washington said the two women should not have been arrested to start with, as he couldn't find anything the law to arrest them for, so now who is right and who is wrong in this dog and pony show.
I also understand whoever doesn't agree with President Bush on his Iraq deal is considered helping the terrorist. I don't agree with a lot of the things coming out of Washington, is sure as hell don't make me helping the terrorist as I have two sons fighting in this was (if I was a few years younger I would be right beside them too) I gave this country 20 years of my life to keep this country it free, so people could have freedom of speech, religion and a lot of other things other countries don't have.
I think if you cable new people would awake up and smell the coffee and roses every now and then you would find some of the smell is not so good at times. But I know you all have your ratings to worry about vice good solid news reporting.
This is what I call freedom of speech.
John Moore
Gulfport, MS

E-mail No. 7 — The next e-mails relate to Jim Hammer's passionate argument on the air last night:

No offense taken. Nice to hear someone put something in plain simple English.
Joe Viera
Glendale, AZ

E-mail No. 8

Whatever he said is bull$#@*, Greta.
So, Jim gets to say it! Why can't I? Tee Hee

E-mail No. 9

Looks like you may need the 3-second delay as talk radio uses, LOL.
Great show!

E-mail No. 10

Hooray for Jim Hammer and his slip of the tongue on his "B.S." comment — am still laughing. Give him a raise! Was unintentional, but so very human. It was just so natural. The panel with Pirro excellent — now need Fieger too and no show can touch you.

E-mail No. 11

Has your tech staff set up a delay of a few seconds and a bleeper button for the show? I figure that has been in the works since Bernie said "friggin," and the powers-that-be at FOX must have worried about what he would say next. If there is an FCC fine because of what Jim said last might, maybe the rest of the legal panel can take up a collection to help pay it! But seriously — I certainly understand the need to control what is said on TV and have no problem with restrictions and fines for violations, but I hope people don't get too upset about Jim's slip. To me, that falls into the category of "Sh__ happens" — just like when Joan Rivers recently gave the finger on QVC. She was telling a joke about how to react to people you don't like, and I believe the gesture was spontaneous.
I still think that the next time you do a live show at midnight Eastern Time, you should have Jim as your only legal analyst. If he is in California, he won't be up too late, and it will give him a chance for good-natured revenge against the good-natured anti-prosecutor comments by Bernie, Jeff Brown, et al.
Melinda Romeo
Cleveland, OH

E-mail No. 12

Please don't let Jim get kicked off the panel. He is an impassioned man. It was a slip up and he apologized. Just had to put in my two cents....
Dianna D. Barbee

E-mail No. 13

Hi Greta,
Love the show and the panel. Hope Jim Hammer is not banished for last night. He showed he is just like all of us, human and he seems like a nice guy, too.

E-mail No. 14

Obviously Jim Hammer came back to work before he was over being sick and he was still delirious. Since he is from prosecution side and always pointing fingers at others that make mistakes, he should have some accountability for this. Maybe have mock trial with the other panelists. Bernie could defend him and Ted could prosecute. If he is found guilty wash his mouth out with soap. Funny.

E-mail No. 15

What a Freudian slip! He couldn't have put it any better. Thanks for the laughs! You got have him on every night!
Jamil Facdol
Atlanta, GA

E-mail No. 16

Dear Greta,
I watched your show on 2/2/06. Besides thinking that Entwistle is indeed guilty — and trying to
figure out who is gullible enough to buy his cock-n-bull story — I must say to Jim Hammer that I loved what he said and the way he said it! I was hooping and hollering saying "Hell yes, Jim tell it like it is!" I say to him Bravo! Good show, old chap!
Lesley King

Finally, these articles caught my attention:

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A 36-year-old lesbian has filed a state complaint against a doctor and physician's assistant alleging she was given literature condemning homosexuality as "sinful and sexually impure" after a routine appointment.

Jamie Beiler, formerly of Kissimmee, saw physician's assistant Dawn Pope-Wright on March 11, 2005, for a bronchitis checkup because her normal doctor was on vacation, according to a Jan. 27 complaint filed with the Division of Medical Quality Assurance.

Beiler's sexuality was noted in her medical file, but unmentioned during the appointment, her lawyers said.

When she opened up an envelope Pope-Wright left at the checkout counter, she was shocked to find photocopied pages including Bible verses that denounced homosexuality and asserted God can help her change.

"The information that Ms. Pope-Wright gave to Ms. Beiler was derogatory and offensive, and completely disrespected her right to dignity and privacy," the complaint says.

Also named in the complaint is Dr. John R. Hartman, who allegedly deflected Beiler's concerns when she complained to the office.

Two telephone messages left at Hartman's office, one with an office manager, during business hours were not immediately returned. An office employee said Pope-Wright no longer worked there, and she couldn't be otherwise reached by The Associated Press.

Lawyers Karen Doering and Shelbi Day, who co-authored the complaint on Beiler's behalf, also filed a similar one with her insurer, Cigna HealthCare. The health care company also did not immediately comment.

Doering, senior counsel for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said Pope-Wright was inappropriately using her job to distribute religious and political beliefs.

"It was just a routine follow-up visit," she said. "It had absolutely nothing to do with her sexual orientation."

• Alleged burglar stuck in rooftop vent six hours

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Fire-rescue officials in Orlando say employees opening a convenience store this morning found a man stuck in an oven that goes to the roof.

Authorities say he had been trying to burglarize the store and had been stuck there overnight. Investigators said Lonnie Shields climbed into a small vent on the roof of the New City Mart at about 2 in the morning and wasn't found until workers arrived at about 8.

Shields is charged with burglary of a structure.

Orlando Fire Chief Greg Hoggatt described Shields as banged up, crunched up and uncomfortable when pulled from the pipe after spending six hours in it.

• Hooters opening Las Vegas casino just off the Strip

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hooters is opening its first-ever casino and hotel just off the Las Vegas Strip.

The eatery that parlayed chicken wings and busty waitresses in skimpy outfits into an international restaurant chain begins its grand opening tonight (Thursday).

The festivities kick off with a private party, "orange carpet" arrivals and fireworks. Officials say it'll run through the weekend.

The 696-room property has nine restaurant-bars and is a revamp of the old Hotel San Remo — across from M-G-M Grand. The operators hope the chain's "delightfully tacky, yet unrefined" brand attracts those looking for casual entertainment in an expensive area of the Strip.

They also hope to attract some of the 61 (M) million customers that Hooters draws to 400 restaurants around the globe each year.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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