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Looks like the final battle has begun in Iraq. A woman POW has been rescued out of Nasiriyah. We're going to have those stories.
Our military analysts are standing by. But first, I've got to tell you about this Talking Points Memo because if you're not angry about this, you'll never be angry about anything. OK?
The war at home rages on, as well. That is the subject of this evening's Talking Points Memo.
Another outrage in The Los Angeles Times. But before I get to it, I have to tell you that I am not a fan of that publication. It has attacked me personally and I took it personally. So in the interest of full disclosure, I'm not an objective source here. However, the facts in this case do speak for themselves.
In a column today entitled, "Terror as the Ultimate Excuse," radical Times writer Robert Scheer compares the killers in Saddam's Fedayeen to the American patriots who fought the British in our revolution.
Scheer writes, and we quote, "How easy to forget that our own war for independence was largely fought by 'irregulars' condemned as terrorists by the British because they would snipe from behind scattered trees rather than fight from the tight formations that were the civilized form of warfare in those days."
Now, as far as I know, the American patriots did not hide behind women and children, did not execute other Americans who remained loyal to crown and did not murder and torture, as the Fedayeen has done for years. Yet Mr. Scheer has the audacity, the sheer audacity, pardon the pun, to denigrate the patriots by comparing them to Saddam's killers.
But Scheer's column gets even worse. He actually calls America a terrorist nation. "America's is a long history of covert action, political assassinations, special ops, anti-democratic coups and dirty tricks that are, even today, being used in Iraq. And we claim that the end of U.S. policy are so noble that even clearly illegal means, such as a preemptive invasion, are justified."
Can you believe this guy? Scheer omits the fact that the blood of Americans has freed millions of people all over the world.
In addition to defeating Hitler, Tojo, the Soviets and scores of other totalitarian villains, the people in Kosovo would still be getting murdered and raped if we had not stopped Milosevic, the people of Israel would have been driven into the sea a long time ago if not for American help, and the people in South Africa would still be enslaved by apartheid if not for American economic sanctions against that racist regime.
Now, Robert Scheer is simply not worth anybody's time. He's a weasel. But The Los Angeles Times is another matter. That paper has gone way over the line. Next to Scheer's column today -- next to that column -- is another column excusing the behavior of Peter Arnett.
And on page one of the Times is this headline, "As Bombs Fall, A Song Rises From the Mosques. Baghdad prayer callers answer attacks by singing, their voices carried by loudspeaker in hopes of rallying the city."
Well, isn't that nice. Singing hymns in the face of American bombs. The good people of southern California really have a problem. The L.A.Times is the only paper in that town. It has a strangle hold on the nation's second largest city.
And Talking Points believes the Times has abused its power by failing to provide balance and accuracy in this very vital time in the U.S. The Times is owned by the Tribune company in Chicago. We have set up an Internet funnel directly to that company. If you go billoreilly.com, you can write your own column to the Tribune company brass. After all, if a guy like Scheer can condemn this country and denigrate for what it stands, then he can be held accountable by you.
And that's The Memo. Go to billoreilly.com [to write to the Tribune company].
The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day
Time now for "The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day"...
Madonna's new video apparently is full of anti-American images, like the singer lobbing a hand grenade at the president. So now Madonna says she doesn't want that video shown in America.
In addition to the Bush scene, Iraqi children are portrayed as being victimized by American violence. All this to support a recording by Madonna called "American Life."
To be fair, she says she supports our troops and is praying for them, but this kind of propaganda can only hurt her country, which is, of course, ridiculous. Madonna is just about through anyway.