The Ed Show | November 29, 2010
>> i'll get their take on dr. laura 's new gig. and righty talkers why do they get free rein of whatever they want to say on the air? the latest wikileak. peter king wants to declare wikileaks a foreign terrorist organization . and the nonpartisan southern poverty law center has classified the conservative christian family research council as a hate group for the anti -- for their anti-gay views, for more go to bill press and also michael medved . both syndicated, nationally syndicated radio talk show hosts. gentlemen, good to have you with us tonight. dr. laura , let's do the in-house business first. bill press, she gets a deal. wa does this mean?
>> yeah, ed, you said it, al sharpton said it, look if you or i, ed, either one of us, said something like that we would had been fired in a new york second. there's a total double standard for the right wingers, the more racism, the uglier they are. the more jobs they get, the more contracts they get. as al said, it's disgusting. i don't want to kick anybody off the radio. but -- and she's got the free speech to say whatever she wants . she doesn't have the right to say that kind of ugly talk on the radio.
>> okay, she didn't -- first of all she apologized for using the "n" word. if you actually listen to what she said, it was stupid, badly handled. she was talking to a woman who was married to a white guy, who felt very uncomfortable at some family gathering and she was trying to inquire what it was that made the woman feel uncomfortable.
>> but what can we expect in the future, michael ? she said i'm so overjoyed to be in an arena to expand my format, what's that mean?
>> i think what she's talking about is the last time were launched a jihad against dr. laura .
>> no, no, no.
>> no, no --
>> this time the "n" word, michael . come on don't defend the "n" word.
>> she's not going to use the "n" word. she apom guised for it. look when jesse jackson --
>> michael 11 times.
>> when jesse jackson used the term hymie town and go get money from hymie he apologized and it was fine. i defended jesse jackson .
>> michael , come on.
>> jesse jackson is a more important public figure than dr. laura .
>> the point is it's not just dr. laura , it's also rush limbaugh . i mean the racism you hear from these guys and they get away with it.
>> total double standard .
>> do you believe that political speech should be censored, bill? i assume you don't.
>> well a difference between hate speech and political speech.
>> listen --
>> a difference between hate speech and political speech, is hate speech is a speech that encourages violence. and never engaged in that and rush's never engaged in in that.
>> you would not use that long.
>> absolutely not.
>> i would not. ed would not. there should be standards across the board for --
>> i agree.
>> final question on this issue. michael medved are you saying that you think that dr. laura will never use the "n" word on satellite radio .
>> absolutely not. is she will never touch the "n" word.
>> you know what --
>> and by the way, you can go -- nah, nah, nah, if she ever does.
>> she can say whatever she wants .
>> true free speech . well, i just think that there's a double standard . but of course she's going to be in an area where she can say -- and she can use the "f" bomb if she wants to. the wikileaks a huge embarrassment for the state department . hillary clinton 's come out and made a statement, but probably one that was caught -- caught everybody's attention. a congressman from new york, peter king . theories.
>> if american lives are at risk and every top military fwhoshl have said that and then we have to be serious. go after them for violating the espionage act and the reason they say foreign terrorist organization because they're engaged in terrorist activity . their activity is enabling transports --
>> bill press, what do you think? are they foreign terrorist organization ?
>> look, i have a different take on, this ed. i mean they're not al qaeda . nair not a foreign terrorist organization , as far as i'm concerned. you know what that means? that means that we can hunt them down and assassinate them anywhere in the world. that means that we can send drones against them. we could waterboard them. i've yet to see, read a lot of that stuff, yet to see any real damage done or any real harm to the united states . i think the american people have a right to know what our government is up to.
>> i don't think that the american people have a right to private diplomatic channels. look, any government to conduct diplomacy needs to have a fair assurance of privacy. now, are they rightly classified as a terrorist organization ? no. to me it cheapens the designation terrorist, which again should be reserved for people who are involved in --
>> so king is wrong.
>> yes king is wrong, of course he.
>> aren't you gentlemen, as i am intrig intrigued. we've got countries around the world that ought to think that we should be taking care of the iranians and we can't make anything in america anymore but we could sure be the police agent.
>> some agreement between israel and move of the arab states .
>> why the somalis bombing the americans.
>> again, that's the agreement between israel and the arab states is recognizing that only the united states is powerful enough to do something and god-willing it won't be military about the iranian nuclear threat.
>> the only problem with nease wikileaks is i think that the state department is embarrassed by some the things that were said about sarkozy or angela markell and whatever and that's the way that people gossip. big deal .
>> so there's no security threat whatsoever? agents being exposed and conversations, you lose your credibility in dealing in diplomacy, when you know you have a conversation with somebody and you don't know if it will end up?
>> what i would say is our security is directly threatened by iran developing nuclear weapons and making those weapons available to terrorist organizations , like their clans hezbollah and hamas. that is a very, very real security threat. and to the extent that the wikileaks make it much more difficult to assemble a coalition against iran, yes, it's a serious setback.
>> i don't think it does make it more difficult. i think, listen, if we got into their cables find out that they were saying some kind of uncomfortable things maybe about american leaders. so what people understand that.
>> people will say anything that they possibly can about president obama , what else is new.
>> you got it.
>> good have you with us