First the background: When President Bush defeated Al Gore in 2000, some Americans thought Bush stole the election and the hatred set in.
Then 9/11 happened and most Americans supported the president when he aggressively went after Al Qaeda and their enablers.
Then came Iraq, again most Americans supported the action — but the far left did not.
Subsequently the Iraq war became extremely difficult and the far left became increasingly strident and bitter towards Mr. Bush.
And even though things are getting better in Iraq, that bitterness is still in play.
So now we have a situation where some Americans are putting all of us in danger because they hate Mr. Bush so much.
First, last summer the FBI in Seattle wanted to question two men who were seen on a ferry acting suspiciously. The bureau asked the Seattle media to publish pictures of the men. The Seattle Times and most TV stations did, but the Seattle Post-Intelligencer would not.
The men remain at large The FBI is still looking for them. But the Post-Intelligencer remains unrepentant.
And not only that, two weeks ago when a man was arrested with explosives on the steps of a San Francisco church, Dorothy Parvaz — an editorial person at the Seattle P-I — actually wrote she could understand the man's hatred toward religion.
Off the chart nuts.
We asked Seattle P-I publisher Roger Oglesby to comment. He would not. So 'Factor' producer Jesse Watters went to him:
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
JESSE WATTERS, FOX NEWS: Jesse Watters with FOX News. How are you?
ROGER OGLESBY, SEATTLE P-I PUBLIHSER: I am fine.
WATTERS: Hey, you didn't cooperate with the FBI and publish those photographs for those guys on the ferry? Do you think that was a responsible decision?
OGLESBY: I'm afraid I don't have anything to say to Mr. O'Reilly. Thank you very much.
WATTERS: Are you proud of that decision, sir? I mean, they still haven't found these guys.
OGLESBY: Thank you, guys.
WATTERS: So these guys are still on the loose. You don't have anything to say about this, sir? Roger, do you think it's responsible to have a columnist who says that church...
OGLESBY: You're on my property, sir. You mind getting off?
WATTERS: Do you think it's responsible to have a columnist that says that church is a repressive institution? There was no balance, sir, on that at all. Do you agree with that?
(END VIDEO CLIP)
By the way, the Hearst Corporation, which owns the Seattle P-I, will not comment either.
Example No. 2: Texas billionaire Mark Cuban, who owns the Dallas Mavericks, has financed a movie that portrays American soldiers in Iraq as murderers and rapists.
There is no question this film will incite anti-American hatred around the world, but Cuban doesn't care and has lashed out at me for reporting the situation:
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MARK CUBAN, 'REDACTED' EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Well, this guy's never seen the movie, but he's out there threatening Mark Cuban, if you really move, I'm coming after you. Like it really hurts, right, you know. But at the same time, there is every bit of me that just wants to say, Bill O'Reilly is a moron.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
Okay — this is for you, Mr. Cuban: I would never sit through a movie that shows American troops raping and murdering a 14-year-old girl... ever.
While you're "Dancing With the Stars," sir, hundreds of thousands of brave military people are risking their lives so you can do the mambo without fear of some terrorist blowing you up. Your arrogance is horrifying.
During World War II, President Roosevelt might have incarcerated Mark Cuban and General Patton would have slapped the tar out of him. But today, Cuban's anti-American actions are ignored in many quarters. That must change.
So I am asking Dallas Mavericks ticket holders to bring signs to the arena that say "Support the Troops." Very simple: "Support the troops." In that way, Cuban might get the message.
And if any movie theater in your neighborhood shows this vile film "Redacted," let's stand in front of the theater with the same sign: "Support the troops."
Even if you disagree with the Iraq war, even if you dislike President Bush, no loyal American should support an enterprise that incites hatred against America.
For some reason, Mark Cuban has a grudge against this country. In a free society he's entitled to that. He's not entitled to put our troops in even more danger.
And that's The Memo.
Pinheads and Patriots
On Sunday, Lord and Taylor department store chain ran a 2-page ad in The New York Times. The ad addressed the good things about Christmas. It was a terrific display. Lord and Taylor CEO Jane Elfers is a patriot. We applaud American corporations who are respectful of the Christmas tradition.
On the pinhead front, our pals at the L.A. Times for editorializing support of that far-right nut group, the Westboro Baptist Church, which tries to disrupt military funerals because they think God is punishing America.
The Times said this group is entitled to freedom of speech, no matter how many people are damaged. This, of course, is insane, and the courts agree. The Westboro Baptist Church recently lost a court case and now is to pay the father of a dead Marine $11 million.
The editorial writers at the L.A. Times are, of course, pinheads.
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