From the Bill O’Reilly website:Talking Points Memo & Top Story
The Truth About Vermont
Guest: Joe McQuaid, Publisher of the Manchester Union Leader
“Vermont is one of ten states that have rejected Jessica’s Law, which imposes harsh prison terms on child predators. The law was beaten down by state representative Bill Lippert, who instead drove a law through that imposes just five years for child rapists. But Bill Lippert is tough on one group – those who would discriminate against transgendered people. Lippert championed a bill that prohibits any bad behavior toward those who change their sex. Talking Points supports that legislation, but it’s not nearly as important as Jessica’s Law. Lippert turned us down for an interview, but Factor producer Jesse Watters went to Vermont and confronted Bill Lippert, who said this: ‘You people don’t even begin to know what the truth is … we have the strongest law in the country against sexual predators.’ That’s simply a lie. Bill Lippert is lying, and child predator statutes in most states will prove that. The moral of the story is that many Vermonters have no idea how they lost their state, which used to be traditional. But lost it they have.”
The Factor was joined by Joe McQuaid, publisher of New Hampshire’s most influential newspaper. He analyzed the stark difference between his state and neighboring Vermont. “Our transplants came to New Hampshire to flee higher taxes, most from Massachusetts. The people in Vermont came from New York, and they like having this little green state without a lot of people, a place they can control. Vermont is the most liberal state in the union – when people try to give a speech on the conservative side in Vermont, they get shouted down.” The Factor complained that Vermont is a one-party state. “There are no conservative papers or conservative anything in Vermont. This guy Lippert torpedoed Jessica’s Law, and if Vermonters don’t vote him out it’s a total surrender.”
The interview in Montpelier and the aftermath:
JESSE WATTERS, FOX NEWS PRODUCER: Why did you pass that transgender identity bill and kill Jessica’s law?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What is this?
BILL LIPPERT, (D), VT STATE REP.: We don’t know what you are talking about.
WATTERS: The transgender identity bill you guys just passed. Seems like the priorities are a little strange.
LIPPERT: I passed an anti-discrimination bill to protect transgender people in Vermont. And I’m proud of that. What’s your problem?
WATTERS: What about Jessica’s law?
LIPPERT: Who are you with?
WATTERS: I’m with “The O’Reilly Factor” with FOX News.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Go home!
WATTERS: What about 25 mandatory minimum for child rape.
LIPPERT: We have the strongest laws in the country against sexual predators.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You are out of here!
WATTERS: Mr. Lippert, are you OK with a guy getting probation for sexually assaulting a four-year-old?
O’REILLY: He obviously, Lippert, don’t have the strongest laws. They’re very weak laws regarding child predators. Now, that confrontation happened last weekend. We played the whole thing on Monday. Today the Rutland Herald newspaper, a corrupt enterprise, ran a column that said, quote, “So why would FOX News ambush Bill Lippert, one of the most respected members of the legislature? The answer is as simple as it is unsettling. Lippert is gay. Bigots like Bill O’Reilly have the right to free speech but Vermonters also have the right and responsibility to stand up to intolerance. Go home, indeed, Mr. O’Reilly. Hate has no place in Vermont.”
Well if hate has no place in Vermont then the Rutland Herald has to shut down right now. “The Factor” never mentioned Bill Lippert’s private life in any way. It was never an issue.
So what the Rutland Herald did was change the subject from the failure to pass Jessica’s law, designed to protect children, to accusing me of homophobia. Doesn’t get more hateful and dishonest than that.
Now the Rutland Herald needs to be held accountable for that. So I’m going to give you some information and I hope hundreds of thousands of Americans will contact this newspaper. This is a culture war issue.
The editor of the Rutland Herald is Randall Smathers. His phone number is 802-747, like the plane, 6121. 802-747-6121, ext 2279.
Now if you can’t write it down we have it on our Web site. If you do call Mr. Smathers please be polite. If you are not polite, if you curse, if you harangue, you will hurt the children. Remember, this is about protecting the kids. This is about Jessica’s law.
The e-mail for the Rutland Herald is firstname.lastname@example.org. Now the reason I’m asking you for help in this situation is that the Rutland Herald is a corrupt, dishonest enterprise. It’s enabling bad politicians like Bill Lippert to do what they do. This is a Vermont issue but it’s also an American issue and the folks need to fight back against this kind of corruption.
So you make the call, pardon the pun. If you feel the way I do, that the Rutland Herald is despicable, let them know. It’s a small thing in the culture war but it’s important.
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