January 15, 2008

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Progressive radio talk show host Ed Schultz went on The O'Reilly Factor (Why, Ed? Why?) to give his views on the Democratic half of the presidential slate. Never one to pass up the chance to bring up past stupidity, when the talk went to John Edwards, Billo brings up the ridiculous assertion he made when John Edwards was on that there are no homeless veterans.

ES: I think (Edwards') message is strong and he has tremendous conviction, but I think he needs a little bit more material than just the "Two Americas" talk, he got to get a little bit deeper...

BO: Well, we're still looking for all the veterans sleeping under the bridges, Ed, so if you find anybody, let us know, because that's all the guy said for the last three nights...

ES: Well they're out there, Bill. Don't kid yourself.

BO: They may be out there, but there's not many of them out there. Okay? So if you know where one is, Ed...

ES: Well, actually...Now, wait a minute...one in ..

BO: Ed, Ed. If you know where's a veteran, sleeping under a bridge, you call me immediately, and we will make sure that man does not do it. Is not there.

Ed should know that Bill would never allow him to complete a sentence that has facts in it. After all, this is FOXNews, and facts aren't actually part of their demographic. But here at C&L, I'll repeat BillW. from the earlier John Edwards post:

In 2006, approximately 195,827 veterans were homeless on a given night—an increase of 0.8 percent from 194,254 in 2005. More veterans experience homeless over the course of the year. We estimate that 336,627 were homeless in 2006. …

But I'm intrigued by Billo's challenge. I don't know if he's speaking for Fox News or just using the royal "we", but I'd like to know how Billo plans to make hundreds of thousands of vets "not do it." It shouldn't be too hard to find a homeless vet in NYC, where The O'Reilly Factor is taped. Wouldn't it be great to have them show up to FOXNews HQ to thank Bill in advance for helping them?

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