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Immigration Reform Bill Defeated in Senate; Will Chavez Help Iran with Gas Crisis?; Psychiatrist Makes Sense of Paris Hilton
Aired June 28, 2007 - 19:00:00 ET
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GLENN BECK, HOST (voice-over): Tonight, it was D-Day for the immigration bill again.
SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV), MAJORITY LEADER: We gave it the old college try.
BECK: I`ll tell you the ins and outs and what happened.
And Hugo Chavez hits the road, spreading his hatred of America to anybody who will listen. Yes, it`s the summer of hate.
Plus, Paris speaks her mind.
LARRY KING, HOST, "LARRY KING LIVE": What`s your favorite Bible passage?
PARIS HILTON, HOTEL HEIRESS: Hmm.
BECK: Not really a lot there. But I`ll tell you why the real criminals in the story might just be her parents.
All this, and more, tonight.
BECK: Hello, America.
Ding-dong, the witch is dead. And here`s the point tonight. No matter how hard the White House, senior senators, lobbyists, tried to push it through, the immigration reform bill had the same chance of passing in the end as I do of co-hosting a show with Barbra freaking Streisand on NPR. It ain`t going to happen. And here`s how I got there.
This bill is a Frankenstein monster from the very beginning. It was cobbled together and stitched together by the mad scientists in Washington who are serving somebody`s interest, but it sure doesn`t seem like they`re serving your interests.
Finally today, the Senate put it out of its misery in a 46-53 vote that essentially made sure this bill will never see the light of day.
After the vote, Senate -- Senator -- he`s a Republican, Jon Kyl from Arizona, summed up the feelings that I`ve been talking about for weeks like this.
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SEN. JON KYL (R), ARIZONA: And it`s a sad commentary in America today that many Americans have lost faith in their government. The only group that has poll numbers less than the president these days is the United States Congress. Americans don`t believe that their government is representing them, is acting on their behalf. The polls show it.
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BECK: Senator, I couldn`t agree with you more. But can you really blame us, honestly? Here`s a taste of what was wrong with this immigration bill. It has one day amnesty. Once the bill was enacted, illegal aliens could have applied and received probationary legal status immediately with just a 24-hour criminal and terrorist background check.
I`ve got to wait 72 hours before I can buy a gun, and my records don`t have to be checked in some foreign country. But illegals can do it in 24 hours? Wait a minute. What`s up with that?
It also had tax amnesty. The bill didn`t require illegals to pay any back taxes. It only required illegals to pay a $2,000 fine. Excuse me, Mr. IRS Agent, can I not pay my taxes for two years and then only pay a $2,000 fine? Yes, didn`t think so.
It had weak enforcement measures. And -- and really, only required that a few thousand more Border Patrol agents were hired, but not deployed.
Remember that fence along our southern border with Mexico? We had -- this bill stipulated that only half, 370 miles, of the already authorized 700 miles of border fence be built. Excuse me, I think we need a bigger fence, not a smaller one, Washington.
It called for weak employer verification, with no serious fingerprint digital system required. Two senators, including Barack Obama, thought the I.D. verification was still a little severe.
The bill provided for temporary guest workers, who would have been required to eventually leave. That is, if there was any way to actually enforce it, because, well, there`s still no entry or exit system in place.
The bill would have relied on the trust of criminals. Yes. It`s estimated that 30,000 illegal immigrant gang members are already here in the United States, trafficking in drugs and guns, and those undocumented thugs would get a special visa if they just signed a little piece of paper, a renunciation of gang affiliation. Oh, I promise, I`m -- those bad gangs, I`m not part of them anymore. Why don`t you save the paperwork and just make them cross their hearts, hope to die and stick a freaking needle in their eye?
And last but not least, the Heritage Foundation estimated this amnesty bill would have cost the American taxpayers $2 trillion. I mean, all this fun stuff in one bill, and it still didn`t pass? What a shock.
But even with all of the common sense reasons why this immigration reform -- reform bill should not have made it into law, tonight, here`s what you need to know.
Politicians don`t like to take no for an answer. Be warned: all this bull crap from this bill`s going to find its way into other bills. That`s just the way Congress and politicians roll. It`s up to we, the people, to keep watch, keep them honest and keep our borders safe.
Now, there`s no more leading authority on this congressional debacle and just how badly it`s hurting our country than Lou Dobbs, host of "LOU DOBBS TONIGHT" on CNN.
Lou, always a pleasure.
LOU DOBBS, CNN ANCHOR: Good to be with you.
BECK: The -- the wheels started coming off of this Harry Reid wagon with Senator Obama, who actually went to weaken the Employee Verification Act, right?
DOBBS: Right. And you have Senator Baucus, Senator Tester, a number of people who could not figure out what in the world they were doing, whether they`re voting on cloture, trying to get an amendment tabled, not tabled, not understanding where the tabling was killing it and whether that was good or bad.
BECK: It was bizarre.
DOBBS: Well, the Democratic leadership in the Senate distinguished itself for complete incompetence, ineptitude and deceit throughout the entire process.
BECK: So the phones were shut down. I think this is -- I think this is a first. The phones were shut down at the Capitol. And yet, this thing didn`t fail with an overwhelming vote. That`s impossible.
DOBBS: Well, 14 votes on cloture, while not overwhelming. But out of 100 folks, that`s a pretty good margin, by my count, especially when they have prevailed in an earlier vote Tuesday.
So I`m thrilled that enough senators showed the character, the capacity and commitment to the national interest, for a change, to actually defeat what would have been a devastating piece of legislation.
BECK: You`re more of an optimist on this than I am, then. Because I look at this, and I see -- you know, look, eagles fly high, but weasels never get sucked into jet engines. Why were so many people...
DOBBS: I`ve got to think about that.
BECK: Think about that one. Why are so many weasels being -- being willing to be sucked into a jet engine? They were willing to buck the system.
BECK: And for what agenda? What was driving this?
DOBBS: I truly believe that what we will remember this day for -- you know, one of my favorite quotes of the day, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who as far as I`m concerned should be -- I hope the voters of South Carolina come to their senses.
He said this: "Remember this day if you vote no." I think every American ought to remember this day, because for the first time in a long time, Glenn, the American people actually heard their voices being heard...
DOBBS: ... in the United States Senate. And there are not many examples of that happening.
BECK: And it was weird that it took so much to get them to -- to listen to us.
DOBBS: I think most people in this country, working men and women, their families, actually believe their so-called elites, whether they`re in academia, they`re in media, politics or business. There`s always been a trust between the people and those folks, that the elites will look after their interests.
So they`ll pay attention to Paris Hilton, Anna Nicole Smith, watch "American Idol", whatever it is, in peace, but no more, because they know these rats are going to sell them out to corporate America, special interests, ethnocentric interests, in a heartbeat. That`s changing.
BECK: So when somebody like Graham says that, or Chertoff says, hey, we`ve lost our $4.4 billion, do they now have a scapegoat when we`re hit by the next terrorist attack and say, well, you know, they had an expired visa. They came across the border, but we tried to do something, but you wouldn`t do anything.
DOBBS: This sorry excuse for a secretary of homeland security, Michael Chertoff, the fact that he has not secured these borders, the fact that he would suggest that $4.4 billion is the difference between securing our borders and our ports and not, is reprehensible.
This man has spent the last few weeks lobbying Congress instead of running the departments that provide for our security. And the fact is that most recently, the evaluation of the coordination of his departments shows that he is a complete blunderer.
And his department heads are blunderers. They`re not coordinating. Here we`re almost six years after September 11, and this administration has the temerity, the outrageous ignorance to say that the only way to secure these borders is with a guest worker program?
This excuse for a president doesn`t even know we have eight existing guest worker programs.
BECK: But tell me how you really feel.
DOBBS: I will. This is something that really gets me going.
BECK: Here`s what -- here`s what really gets me going right now. Is they are going to -- Republicans and Democrats, and we`re doing something...
DOBBS: Two of my favorite parties.
BECK: I love these guys. In a half hour I`m going to get into this a little bit deeper. But they`re now going to go after talk radio.
DOBBS: Oh, yes.
BECK: Now they -- the only reason the phones ring is because talk radio is lying to people.
BECK: And they`re going to silence the voices of America.
DOBBS: Imagine this. Senator Trent Lott and Senator Dianne Feinstein, about as far apart in the American political spectrum as you can imagine, both come together on -- get ready -- comprehensive immigration reform, that devastating piece of nonsense they call legislation, and bringing back the Fairness Doctrine and doing something about you guys and gals and talk radio.
And let me say -- let me just say this as clearly as it can be said. Without talk radio, over the last decade, tens of millions of Americans would never have had their voices heard by anyone in this political process. And if you permit it, it`s all on us.
BECK: God help us. Lou...
DOBBS: Good to be with you.
BECK: Thank you. Always good talking to you.
Coming up riots in Iran have gotten so heated they have caught the attention of President Tom`s partner in crime, Hugo Chavez. Could he be riding to the rescue? Nothing but bad news when these guys get together. We`ll have the latest details.
Plus, the long awaited Paris Hilton interview. I`ve been waiting. I don`t know about you. I know Lou`s been waiting.
Doing more harm than good usually. But that is not the case this time. It`s a little different.
Also, it`s a phone! The Apple iPhone is about ready to debut. Judging by the lines for it, you`d think God himself was going to call you up in the middle of the night.
And I am proud to announce that tonight`s show is brought to you by the Sleep Number Bed and Select Comforts. Sleep Number today. Find one at a Select Comfort store near you.
BECK: Coming up, I don`t know if you`ve heard, but talk radio rules the world specifically conservative talk radio. So as your leader, I`m telling you to stick around for some very important information about how some Democrats on the Hill want to knock me from my lofty throne. Come on. I`ll explain in tonight`s "Real Story".
Iranian gangs now set fire to gas stations in Tehran, following President Ahmadinejad`s announcement that citizens in the oil-rich Iran would be subject to fuel rationing.
Now, I can see why that would be upsetting to Iranians, but wouldn`t burning down gas stations only result in less gas? I`m just saying.
Anyway, this development is both good news and bad news. The good news is if the people of Iran get cranky enough they might finally do something about their oppressive regime. However, the bad news is, history has proven that evil empires run out of gas, and that`s when they`re the most dangerous.
What makes this bad news even worse is Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. He`s on his summer vacation, crashing with some of his bad-guy buddies, like Russia`s Vladimir Putin, before stopping by Mahmoud`s place. I hope he gets the T-shirt and slippers.
The speculation is that, while he`s talking arms deals, he might also bail Iran out of their gas crisis with his little Citgo.
No matter what Hugo`s business is in Iran, I don`t like these two spending too much time together. When they start plotting, I don`t know, it`s my sixth sense tells me, I see dead people.
Gal Luft from the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security.
Gal, is Chavez going to bail Ahmadinejad out with Citgo, do you think?
GAL LUFT, INSTITUTE FOR THE ANALYSIS OF GLOBAL SECURITY: That`s very possible. You know, a lot of people talk about Ahmadinejad as a Hitler in the making, and, you know, every Hitler needs a Mussolini.
So probably Hugo Chavez is the Mussolini. You know, he`s a buffoon. He`s -- he`s aligned ideologically with Ahmadinejad, and the two guys are up for a lot of mischief.
Now, what Chavez can give Ahmadinejad is -- is refining capacity. Remember that Iran has a lot of oil and a lot of gas. But they don`t have enough refining capacity. That`s why they import almost 50 percent of their gasoline. And that`s why we have all the trouble now with the gasoline there.
And what Hugo Chavez can do is provide him with the refining capability and ship gasoline into Iran if the situation there gets out of control.
BECK: Well, you know, you said something else that was a little disturbing, too, you know. The world perceives him as Hitler, Ahmadinejad. And you could say that Mussolini is Chavez.
But really, Hitler was the power in Germany. It doesn`t matter what Mahmoud Ahmadinejad -- I mean, having Ahmadinejad in charge is actually a good thing in the west, in only one way. We know exactly the face of evil. We have -- he has announced to the world what their real intentions are.
The ayatollah may, you know, brush him aside and put a moderate in, but nothing will really change, will it?
LUFT: Of course. Ideologically the ayatollahs are very silent. They`re not as explicit as he is. And in a way, you`re right; it`s good that we have someone like him that, you know, calls a spade a spade and speaks his mind the way that Ahmadinejad did.
But if he becomes a liability he`ll be pushed aside and someone else who is more representative will be put in power. But the real deal are the ayatollahs, and as long as ideology is in control, as long as those ayatollahs are behind the wheel, nothing will change.
BECK: Gal, the -- the foresight of those in Iran in some ways is remarkable. They are -- they are already -- they have a system to get cars turned over to natural gas for $50. And all you have to do is pull up into a place. Am I right?
LUFT: Yes. I mean, it`s amazing, you know. They have their plan for energy independence. While we are becoming more and more dependent on oil coming from corrupt dictatorships all over the world, the Iranians have declared a five-year plan to convert their fleet to run on natural gas.
And they have a lot of natural gas. They don`t have a lot of gasoline, but they have the second largest reserve of natural gas in the world.
So the way it works in Iran is you have about 100 conversion centers throughout the country. You can drive in your car in the morning, pay $50 for the conversion, and you get your car several hours later, capable of running on natural gas.
And it`s amazing that, you know, when you put your mind into something, you`re willing to put money behind this, you can become energy independent.
BECK: And the world has an opportunity right now. But this one, though, is closing rapidly, with the riots that are going on right now, where is India? Are they -- are we pressuring some of these countries like India to stop selling them gasoline?
LUFT: You know, India supplies nearly 20 percent of Iran`s gasoline needs, imports. So, you know, I think we have the right to come to India now and say, look, we`ve given you the nuclear deal. We`ve given you a lot of trade agreements, and we`ve been pretty helpful in helping your economy and national security concerns. Address them, and I think that we`ll be getting back from the Indians is they`re not reciprocating.
So I think that it`s time to put pressure on the Indians. It`s time to put pressure on the Europeans and ask them to cut their energy deals with Iran. Companies like Royal Dutch Shell that is contemplating a big deal with Iran. All those -- all those companies need to hear from us, and we need to use our economic power to bring down the -- break the economic backbone of the mullahs` regime.
BECK: Money doesn`t talk, it screams. Gal, thanks a lot.
Coming up, check it out: Hilton. Paris speaks and the world hung on her every word. Is she a spoiled celebrity or a reflection of us? We`ll find out.
Plus the iPhone is almost here. I`m almost giddy. The release of the new gadget is creating a frenzy. We`ll take you outside to the Apple store in Manhattan with Stu, my radio producer, to show you the insanity, coming up.
BECK: Well, after a life-changing three whole weeks in jail, Paris Hilton gave her first extensive interview, and it won`t be her last, to CNN`s Larry King, where she discussed a number of serious issues including her new-found faith.
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KING: Are you -- are you a religious person?
HILTON: I`ve always been religious. I went to Catholic school as a child. And I`ve always had a sense of spirituality. But even more so now after being in jail.
KING: Did you read the Bible in jail?
KING: What`s your favorite Bible passage?
HILTON: Hmm. I don`t have a favorite.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BECK: I love that. I know, Paris, picking a favorite Bible passage, that`s like choosing among your favorite sex tapes. Which to chose, which to chose? It`s such a Sophie`s Choice, isn`t it?
Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and author of "Living The Truth".
Doctor, how are you?
I saw this thing last night. I`m wondering -- I`ve been wanting to get your opinion on this al day. I love this. She said she changed. And when asked, you know, what do you want to change about yourself, she said this. Watch this.
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BECK: What don`t you like about Paris Hilton? What`s a personality trait Paris Hilton would change?
HILTON: When I get nervous or shy, my voice gets really high. I`ve been doing that ever since I was a little girl. And that`s the one thing that I don`t like that I do. I like when I talk in my normal voice. But sometimes I go down, and that`s something I`m trying to change about myself.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BECK: Yes. That`s deep stuff. Isn`t it?
DR. KEITH ABLOW, PSYCHIATRIST: Very deep. But you know what, Glenn, I don`t think we want our drug of choice, and right now Paris Hilton is our culture`s drug of choice, to come with, you know, a book on philosophy. If she goes down rather easily for the American psyche, because she`s not a complicated girl.
BECK: Yes. You`ve got to be careful on your phraseology. I`m not going to repeat it.
But so she said that her illness was -- was claustrophobia. And apparently, jail cured her of that, because she had it in the beginning and then she didn`t have it anymore.
ABLOW: This isn`t like any kind of claustrophobia I`ve ever treated, because apparently being confined actually makes it go away, when it should -- by all accounts, it should make it much more severe.
So we call into question whether that was the proper diagnosis. Perhaps you she got a bum steer from a clinician.
BECK: So do you think -- I mean, what is it going to take her to bottom out, if her deep thought about herself in jail is, "I don`t like the way my voice sounds"? Good heavens, could this woman actually bottom out? Is there a bottom for her to hit? Or is this all there is?
ABLOW: Well, listen, you know what, there`s never all that there is at this level of surface kind of communication. You know, Paris Hilton, at some point in her life, but it might be 5 or 10 or 15 years, or when her own daughter takes exception with the kind of mothering she provides her, may have to say, "Hey, did money substitute for love in my life? Why wasn`t I able, after all, summon one quality about myself that I`d like to change? It was my voice."
ABLOW: But again, we can project everything on this girl, because she`s a blank slate. So you watch her sex tapes, and, you know, it titillates the American public. You see her style and you want to wear it.
BECK: I`m just saying. Keith, we`ll talk to you again tomorrow. I want to talk to you a little bit about what it means that we`re watching her. What about us?
Up next, why the Democrats` latest cry for equal time is less about fairness and more about power and money. I`ll explain next in tonight`s "Real Story".
BECK: Coming up, I hear the kids these days are all tingly over this iPhone thingamabob. But can it live up to the hype? More importantly, what dope could I find to wait overnight in a line full of tech geeks to buy one for me? Oh, I have that answer in just a bit.
But first, welcome to the "Real Story." Recent headline declared, "Young Americans are Leaning Left," and it cited a new poll as evidence. In it, they found that Americans between 17 and 29 years old have, quote, "continued long-term drift away from the Republican Party." Unfortunately, since this article and poll were done by "The New York Times," the key information seemed to be buried a little deeper into the story, six paragraphs. And if you got that far, you would have found out that 28 percent of this group identifies themselves as liberal, while 27 percent say they`re conservative. Wow, a whole point difference? That`s quite a lean, especially if you`re considering that the margin of error in the poll is 4 percent.
The "Real Story," assuming that, you know, you didn`t need more confirmation than "The New York Times" itself leans more left than young Americans is that the politics of our youth work in cycles. They`re always changing, kind of like the climate. Young people in 1972 were the only group to give a majority of their vote to a Democrat, George McGovern. That worked out well, huh? In 1976, youth voters gave Jimmy Carter 55 percent of their vote, which, you know, they were young, let`s cut them some slack. And in 1980, they split equally between Reagan and Carter. By `84, they had swung the other way, were in Reagan`s corner. In `92, they swung back to the Democratic side, strongly favored Clinton over Bush. By `96, they finally wised up and got sick of both parties and went independent.
Any politician or party looking to stake their future on the ebbs and flows of the youth vote should take some caution, because the only thing more in doubt than how they`ll vote is if they`ll vote at all. Despite all of the efforts, you know, the Vote or Die campaign, most young voters apparently choose to die, because their turnout rate for presidential elections is still under 50 percent.
Ben Shapiro, author of "Brainwashed," Ben, when you look at this poll and you see how everything is broken out, social values, they`re more conservative than the adults. No, social values, when it comes to gay marriage, they are more liberal, right?
BEN SHAPIRO, AUTHOR, "BRAINWASHED": Yes. I think people my age, you know, people from the 17 to 29 group, which was what was polled here, tend to be fiscally conservative, sort of foreign policy hawkish, and then, when it comes to social issues, I think that they`re very much to the left. So...
BECK: And you can understand that. They`ve been pumped this through the media and everything else for years and years and years, so they were kind of raised differently than the older generation. But when it comes to things like the Iraq war and was Bush wrong, they are more hawkish.
SHAPIRO: Yes, boy, I mean, the Democrats should be surprised here. It`s very interesting. The people who are polled here, the 17 to 29 group, actually thought that the United States military had a better chance of success in Iraq than the general population did. Now, this certainly goes against all the trends and certainly goes against all preconceived notions about people my age, that we really believe in this "Peace Now" movement, that we`re 1960s generation redux. We certainly aren`t.
BECK: You know, I love this. I mean, this is "The New York Times" looking for a story: 58 percent say they are paying attention earlier to the presidential election. Well, we`ve never been doing it this early. Of course there are more people paying attention. What were they, just sitting home staring at a poster of John Kerry? I mean, come on. Things have changed.
SHAPIRO: You didn`t have a lot of people who are sitting around in 1942, you know, thinking about the 1944 election. But, you know, things have changed, and things have started real early.
And I thought that maybe the funniest thing about this poll was the idea that people were looking very closely at this campaign. Then you had a poll question about whether people thought that they would vote for someone who had used cocaine, and they said, by vast majorities, no, and yet they said the candidate that they were most enamored of was Barack Obama, who has admitted to using cocaine. So clearly they`re not following all that closely.
BECK: Yes, thanks, Ben.
Next, by now you`ve probably heard of the fairness doctrine. That`s the old FCC rule that required radio broadcasters to provide equal time to both sides of political issues. When it was abolished back in 1987, you know, it was when America realized that, unlike, let`s say, in 1949, broadcast radio wasn`t the primary way people got their news anymore. Since then, Congress has tried and failed twice to bring the fairness doctrine back. But now some top Democrats and Republicans are hoping the third time is the charm.
Here is Senator Dianne Feinstein.
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SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D), CALIFORNIA: Well, in my view, talk radio tends to be one-sided. It also tends to be dwelling in hyperbole. It`s explosive. It pushes people to, I think, extreme views without a lot of information.
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BECK: Well, we can`t stand for this. Rise up, America! It`s time to storm the castle! I mean, come on. If people who are listening to radio were just zombies who go around doing whatever talk radio hosts say, then why is Dianne Feinstein`s party in control of Congress right now? Because I don`t know a lot of hosts that were for that.
The "Real Story" is, there is nothing fair about the fairness doctrine, unless you believe that our little free market experiment has failed. Sure, there may not be equal time when you listen to Rush or Sean Hannity or me, but why is radio locked in a vacuum? You want the other side? Watch Keith Olbermann. He`s got it every night. Go take classes at any university in America. Read "The New York Times" or any one of 10,000 left-wing blogs.
Democrats are right: The media is not balanced. The liberal point of view is far more prevalent. These people say they`re targeting talk radio because the frequencies are owned by the public. Please. So are broadcast TV networks. Are you going to get all the journalists to be 50 percent conservatives? I don`t see anybody arguing that Rosie O`Donnell should be balanced out by Ann Coulter, do you?
Besides, if they`re owned by the public, then shouldn`t the public decide what they want to hear? And their votes are already in. Air America was tried, and it failed. The real reason they`re coming after talk radio is because our listeners get involved. They don`t just listen to the news; talk radio listeners act on the news. It`s important to them.
News flash, Washington: If the people calling your switchboards, who you dismiss as zombies, they`re not just talk radio listeners, they`re Americans. They are your constituents. Maybe instead of trying to find a way to stop them, you should pick up the phone and start listening to them. I`m just saying.
Congressman Jeb Hensarling, how are you, sir?
REP. JEB HENSARLING (R), TEXAS: I`m doing great. How are you, Glenn?
BECK: Very good. I`m actually concerned about, you know, my whole business opportunities and my future and, you know, my country`s future, as well. How serious is this?
HENSARLING: Well, I don`t know. You have several very senior Democrat senators, including Senator Durbin, Senator Feinstein, Senator Kerry, all saying they want to bring back the fairness doctrine. If there`s anything that`s patently unfair in America, it`s resurrecting this thing dating back to 1929.
BECK: I have to tell you, Congressman, blood shoots out of my eyes. I heard an interview today from some liberal who said, you know, Americans in talk radio just have not given liberals a chance to speak out. And I heard John Kerry say that we slowly squeezed the life out of liberals on talk radio.
Excuse me? What do you call Air America? Air America was put on -- I was taken off of stations so they could "balance the format," and they failed every time. I was number one. They`d come in at number 14. They`re no longer on the air, and I am. It`s all the free market system.
HENSARLING: Well, freedom works, and this is the free market system. They`ve had their chance. They`ve had lots of people to finance these operations. For whatever reason, liberals don`t want to listen to talk radio. It`s a free country.
BECK: I think they get -- for some reason, they`ve already got Hollywood. I mean, let`s go start with the universities. Why don`t we just take private -- I mean, public universities and require that 50 percent of every professor, every school, 50 percent, they are conservatives.
HENSARLING: Well, Glenn, you bring up an excellent point. I mean, when are the liberals going to give us half of Hollywood? When are they going to give us half of academia and even half of the network television shows? And so what they`re doing is, they want to trample on the First Amendment, the greatest guarantor of our freedom and democracy, all in the name of trying to shut down talk radio. I mean, it`s just horrendous.
BECK: I`m afraid that Republicans are going to join in on this, of course. I mean, you have Trent Lott already saying this. Republicans, now that talk radio -- you know, it can`t be counted on by the Republican Party to, you know, help, you know, help carry water for you -- I`ve never carried water for the Republicans. I just want the right answer. I don`t care if it comes from a donkey or an elephant. I`m afraid the Republicans are going to join this chorus, because talk radio is freedom of speech and you can`t count on it.
HENSARLING: Well, all I can talk about are the 105 members of the Republican Study Committee, the conservative caucus in the House, and I don`t think you`ll see one support trampling on our First Amendment rights. And, listen, from time to time, our Republican conference needs to be slapped into shape. And so, certainly, voices like yours being raised and talking about things like illegal immigration, like too much spending, that`s helpful. That`s helpful.
BECK: Good. Congressman, thank you very much. And keep up the fight, brother.
HENSARLING: Thank you. I will.
BECK: That`s the "Real Story" tonight.
Coming up, the iPhone frenzy full effect. We`ll tell you why, take you right outside the Manhattan Apple Store for an update on the -- I mean, it`s darn near full-fledged hysteria, coming up.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
BECK: Apple always does it. Every time they come out -- and you`re all excited, because they run the commercials...
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Coming June 29th, Apple`s new iPhone, loaded with features, and easy to use.
BECK: What`s next?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Coming June 29th, it`s iPhone 6.0. It makes calls, goes on the Internet, faxes, sends Morse code, finalizes tax returns, doubles as a portable MRI, plays digital music, fixes moral dilemmas, cleans ear wax, cures inoperable tumors, dances, and, in three separate test cases, it even impregnated women who previously had their tubes tied. It`s iPhone 6.0.
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BECK: You know they`re going to do it. This iPhone is going to be out for 10 minutes, and there will be a new version by about 9:15 tomorrow night. Joining me now is somebody who`s actually seen one of these things, Steven Levy. He is a columnist from "Newsweek."
Steven, you pulled this out of your pocket, and it is smaller than I thought it was. It`s very thin.
STEVEN LEVY, "NEWSWEEK": That`s right. Apple are fanatics for making devices that feel good in the hand, they look good. Slim is huge with Apple. They`re always trying to make things, you know, not paper thin, thinner than a pencil. And they`ve done this.
BECK: It is really -- it is really nice. I played with it for a few minutes before we went on during the commercial break. And I wasn`t sure if -- I`m an Apple freak. I love Apple, but I always -- I wait for the next version, because really, they do release them, you know, one right after another. You`re like, oh, come on, man.
LEVY: Well, you`ve got to get on the carousel sometime.
LEVY: You know they`re going to come out with a better one, but if you keep waiting, you`re never going to get any of them.
BECK: I`ve heard rumor that the new one, that the next version is coming out at Christmas, is that true?
LEVY: You know, their secrecy is unbelievable. Look, either it`s going to be this Christmas, next Christmas, next spring. There`s going to be another one.
BECK: So is it worth the hype? Show it. Take me through it.
LEVY: All right. So, you know, this is it. So there`s one button. You know, Apple, Steve Jobs, the CEO, is a fanatic for the fewest controls the better. This one has one button. All the button does is take you back to this screen. So there`s four main applications. There`s actually a phone on here, believe it or not. And, you know, you can go to your contact list or you can, you know, dial phone.
BECK: And I will tell you that I dialed -- can you bring up the keyboard? I dialed the digits here a second ago.
BECK: And I really -- I like buttons and really like the way this works. It`s very, very smooth, didn`t make a single error.
BECK: Yes. Do you have problems with that?
LEVY: You know, I`m not a great typist to begin with, so what I have to do -- the keyboard asks you to trust it, because it guesses what word you`re typing. And if you make a misspelling, it will say, "Actually, you wanted to type this word." And it will even look into your contact list and have your own personal dictionary that it builds to try to figure out what you do. And it`s pretty good at that.
BECK: This is smarter than I am.
LEVY: Yes. So here`s the e-mail. And so you respond to an e-mail. Our coverage is here.
BECK: What is the worst thing about it? I`ve heard that it`s slow.
LEVY: Yes, we`re getting a little slowness now. So we`re not on wi- fi, which runs really fast. We`re on the Edge network. And in some cases, it gets kind of slow there. So if you type something, you know, you get this keyboard that comes up.
BECK: Oh, I see. That is way too small. Actually, it`s not bad.
LEVY: You get used to it. You start off with one finger and then you graduate to two thumbs, the BlackBerry style. And it`s fallen in with me after two weeks. I`m getting...
BECK: Really? I mean, this is made for people that have had their fingers, like the Chinese women with their feet...
LEVY: People with all thumbs have an advantage here.
BECK: ... where they wrap your fingers.
LEVY: One thing that really dials people -- so everyone tries to get phones with a lot of great music on it. You know, the iPod in the iPhone is really great. And it`s actually, in terms of the interface, I think it`s actually tops the iPod. So you can play music.
BECK: Is that music is coming from that?
LEVY: Yes, it`s got a speaker, right.
BECK: Holy cow. OK, I`ve got to wrap up, but, Steven, thank you very much for sharing. It is on sale tomorrow.
Now we have to take a look at regular people and ordinary people doing remarkable things. Today, we go to Washington, D.C. -- yes, we found some remarkable people there -- a woman who was forced into prostitution at the age of 14, now dedicated her life to saving other victims, including helping to pass legislation to protect them. She`s today`s "CNN`s Hero."
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TINA FRUNDT, "FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE": Men, women and children are being sold each day for somebody else`s profit. I think when we hear about trafficking, we automatically think about what goes on overseas. However, our own children in the U.S. are being out every day at 9, 10, 11 and 12 years old.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Sometimes they beat you. They make you go out there, make you stay out all night. They really don`t care. You can be 9 years old, and you can work for them.
"ANGELA": People are raped and beaten into submission to do it. You can be killed, and it wouldn`t really make a difference to other people, because other people would think of you as just a prostitute.
FRUNDT: My name is Tina Frundt. I`m a survivor of child trafficking within the United States at the age of 14. In my situation, I was a child, and a grown adult, who was then in his 20s, started paying attention to me, telling me how beautiful I was, picking me up from middle school.
I found out that he was actually a pimp by going with him to another state. Some of the things I went through was the manipulation, the violence, and the abuse. I went through it, so that`s why I think I`m so dedicated to helping others.
I`m the director of outreach for Polaris Project, and I fight to end human trafficking. I don`t want what happened to me happen to somebody else. What we do is offer services for women and children who want to get out.
Basically, our outreach program started two-and-a-half years ago. We go out to the street and hand out information. We actually go into the courtroom and do outreach. We take clients of all ages. Our youngest client has been 9. The oldest so far has been 40.
Please get the number, call, anytime, even if it`s just to talk. Our lines are 24 hours a day.
I think, in this job, you have to love what you do and have a passion for it, because it`s not a job to me. It`s my life, and I couldn`t imagine doing anything else.
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BECK: During the break, I was playing some more with the iPhone, and it is pretty darn cool. I don`t know if I`m going to wait in a long line with those crazy "Windows Sucks" people, you know, but I did send somebody out to the Apple Store here in midtown Manhattan. It`s my radio producer, Stu. Hello, Stu.
STU BURGUIERE, "GLENN BECK" CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Glenn. You`re missing out. The excitement is just overwhelming down here right now. As you can see, it`s just absolutely riveting, because I`m down here in the sweltering heat, not covering people buying phones, but covering people waiting in line to buy phones.
BURGUIERE: And you can just imagine the television history that is occurring down here right now.
BECK: Sure, sure. What`s the hype like there, Stu? What`s the line like?
BURGUIERE: Well, the ridiculous thing here is, if you look at it, you know, you`ve got about 22 people here. And I`d say about 80 percent of them are just professional line-sitters. You know, they were in line for "The Phantom Menace" and now they`re here. That`s their gig.
BECK: What does that guy have, a rocking chair he brought out?
BURGUIERE: Yes, we`ve got rocking chairs. We`ve got bands. Half of them, Glenn, are sponsored. They`ve got like advertisements sitting on chairs, and they`re just basically sitting here -- they`re not even here for the phone. These people aren`t buying phones. I saw the person from the company walk by and talked to them just to show the ad more. They`re not buying phones.
BECK: You`re kidding me.
BURGUIERE: It`s a bizarre like media event. There`s about 22 people here and about 317,000 media people interviewing them every nine seconds. And I`m boycotting that for this program. No interviews.
BECK: And what have you heard about the phones themselves, Stu?
BURGUIERE: Glenn, absolutely nothing. I do know that it makes phone calls and there`s apparently a calculator also included in the package, which is fascinating.
BURGUIERE: And I don`t know, like, right now, we`ve got this whole line, and basically what will happen is this line here that you`re seeing will funnel in towards into Apple Store up here. You`ll go down the staircase. You`ll get an iPhone. You`ll walk out the front door, then you`ll walk to the side, and join in another line where you`ll wait for the genius bar to show you how to use it. So that`s essentially how it`s going to work.
BECK: Holy cow.
BURGUIERE: And the good thing is, though, Glenn, you`ve got basically a double experience here. You get to hopefully get an iPhone, and then also you get to experience what it`s going to be like waiting for a doctor if we get universal health care. So it`s kind of like you get the best of both worlds.
BECK: Yes, that`s good. That`s good. Thanks a lot, Stu.
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