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alternative on the table. >> the deadline for a nuclear agreement on with iran is looming. county white house be trusted of to make a good deal. we will debate that tonight. caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now. eric bolling in for bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. right to top story. stunning developments in the german wings airplane crash. french officials now say the flight's 28-year-old german co-pilot lubots deliberately locked the by lot out of cockpit and crashed the airplane. >> co-pilot due to voluntary abstention refused to open the cabin door to the pilot
he refused to open the cockpit door and actually the button which stars the procedure. >> the co-pilot had no reported ties to extremism. the ceo which owns german wings defended the airline screening process. >> my firm confidence in selection of all pilots training of all pilots, in the qualification of all pilots and the work of all of pilots has not been touched by this single tragedy. >> the airlines pilots reportedly go through a wide variety of psychological and physical testing during their training. but, psychological exams end once they become certified pilots for the airline. tonight, there are still so many questions including whether this disaster was an unintended consequence of post 9/11 anti-terror precautions, apartment ka also known as the cockpit door. joining us now from denver,
aviation expert michael boyd and fort lauderdale seth caplin, editor of airline weekly. mike, let me start with you for a second. a lot surrounding this 28-year-old pilot. the feeling, what you have heard what you have seen and heard from officials in france. last minute suicide or possibly part of a bigger plot? >> no, it's a last-minute suicide. if it is a suicide. i'm not really on board with a lot of this stuff. we know something happened in the cockpit. but,there is a lot 6 things that don't pass the smell test in terms of why he would do it, how he would do it what his motivation was. there is no background yet on this guy. of course, they are going through his sock drawer right now trying to find out what his background is the reality of it is this is a one off. >> why do you say it's a one off? we still don't have answers from the malaysian airline. we don't know what happened there as well. >> precisely. malaysian, we had egyptian. we had airplane a. a japan airlines airplane
over the last 20, 25 years where these things have happened. the very, very rare it doesn't indicate a major problem with pilots. looking back at this man's background and this is a quality airline. got deranged if he actually did this. >> what about you? let's talk about that door, that cockpit door, specifically. you know, it was intended to keep passengers out of the cockpit but it really can't help if you have a rogue pilot, does it. >> eric, you can't on mize for everything. after 9/11, when we put ourselves in that mentality, how do you keep the bad guys out of the cockpit. what about one of the bad guys, may be the case here is in the cockpit. so when you strengthen that door and make it harder for people to get, in you make it a little more likely for something like this to happen. but, you know, let's be
clear, egypt air flight 990 which a lot of americans remember from jfk to cairo that happened in 1999, a couple years before 9/11. it's not as if cock pitted doors were at the time easy to penetrate just that they did, in fact, reinforce. another important thing that could, perhaps, have appreciated this if it is as appears would have been a procedure we have in the u.s. which is where one pilot leaves a cockpit where a flight attendant joins. possible it would are prevented it. >> i keep hearing this all day in the u.s. we have that policy or rule or regulation. if a pilot leaves and there is only one person in the cockpit you have to bring in a flight attendant. what in the world is a flight attendant going to do with a rogue pilot. >> in this case the flight attendant. like a front door in your house. you have the first lock and then you have the dead bolt that nobody could get in perhaps from outside. you know, the pilot pilot engaged that dead bolt.
if this is as it appears right now or fight him to open that door. so it's just another layer, but, certainly you are right. not something that necessarily would have prevented that. having said that already this afternoon, we see one european airline, nor we john unilateral little not waiting for the regulators to mandate it saying it has changed its procedure. air canada as well saying it's going to follow the procedure. would that have prevented us? we don't know. see some airlines on their own getting ahead of the regulators even. >> mike, what about this? what about testing pilots for psychological changes in their being and their life. we don't do this anywhere, do we? >> said egyptian thing. there really isn't any indication where this is going to be necessary. >> how can you say that michael? listen, i have to push back a little bit there are 150 people who are dead right now. we don't know if this guy
had some sort of change in his life, whatever was going on, if he has been radicalized for that matter. we have no way of checking background on pilots who we basically trust our lives with on a day-to-day basis. i would doubt very much with a rorschach test. the real issue here is going forward. keep in mind these pilots get very extensive training. with czech pilots, with similarities, with flying with other pilots, at love those things come out with that don't kid can yourself. a pilot will drop the dime on another pilot if he thinks that pilot. >> fair enough. >> is unsafe. >> if they don't do that i'm not suggesting a rorschach test, suggesting a background test. suggesting we find out we do a little investigation into who they are contacting. we do it no fly list and u.s.a. does it on a lot of americans. why wouldn't we do it with somebody we are entrusting so many lives with? your thoughts on that? >> mike is right. let's face it. pilots as we see are human
beings. they are not a cross section of the world. some people gone through extraordinarily rigorous evaluations before they ever get near the cockpit. so you know it's really having said that of course they are going to review everything a make changes that they deem necessary. really about the protocols. all the millions of flights. cockpit. what do you about it? >> mh 370 is still a big question mark. listen it's -- it doesn't seem like a bad idea to check up on these pilots. at least their mental well being going forward. even occasionally, gentlemen, we have to leave it right there. thank you very much. next on the rundown, even after bowe bergdahl is charged with desertion. the obama administration defends swapping him from five taliban commanders. colonels david hunt look! this is the new asian inspired broth bowl from panera bread.
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in the impact segment tonight. three big topics the bowe bergdahl desertion charges. massive air assault isis in tikrit and growing crisis in yemen. first bergdahl case. life in prison for endangering the safety of his fellow servicemen and five years in prison for differenting his imriewnt in afghanistan. but for some bergdahl defenders he has already suffered enough. >> we don't know the psychological why bergdahl disserted take that and the fact he was incarcerated by the hack cane network and we don't know how he was treated when he was incarcerated there are mitigating circumstances that should be taken into consideration. i personally thinking bowe bergdahl has searched his sentence. i would like to understand more what were the psychological reasons behind his initial desertion and what actually happened to him while he was being held. >> joining us from brunswick, maine fox news military analyst colonel david hunt and from
washington ralph peters a fox news strategic analyst. colonel peters, let me start with you. i'm going crazy when i hear stuff like that. they are already starting to spin it. he has already done his time. really? he has done his time? he disserted his post and maybe put a lot of americans' lives at risk his desertion led to far more american deaths and wounding than you have heard so far, eric. i will explain that later. what i want to hit on is what my military buddies and i are furious about. that is this instant campaign on the part of talking heads, the media and certainly the american left to protect the white house and declare that poor little bowe has suffered enough. listen, bowe bergdahl came home and he is in good health. he has four limbs. he has 10 toes and 10 fingers. he is functional on a day-to-day basis. where is the left's sympathy. where is thed media's sympathy for the soldiers that didn't come home and their families. where is their sympathy for
those soldiers and marines, navy corps men who suffered burns all over theirs bodies. years of pain and lifetime disfigurement. where is the sympathy for all those who suffered grievous wounds and permanent disabilities. some of them search ising for bowe bergdahl. >> where is the sympathy for those guys? i don't feel the love. >> colonel hunt we just put a picture up of six service members who may have died in the search, in the hunt for bowe bergdahl we wanted to do that because we wanted to respect those families. is there any defense of bowe bergdahl whatsoever? >> no, and there is no defense for the way this has been handled. investigation in 2009 in which the united states army in afghanistan said disserter. bergdahl was a disserter. that was changed to nonexisting phrase called duty status unknown. then we have trade them for five terrorists and we do
another by a two star general mistakes and trading for terrorists. we should not skip over the complicity city the department of defense and department of army and this embarrassing thing. 99% of the soldiers serve honorably as ravel just described eloquently. we have had disserters. this is one of them. the army did not handle this thing well at all. >> colonel peters, let's talk about that showed the picture of the five taliban leaders that we traded for bowe bergdahl. we traded those five bad guys now trying to get back in to it the fight for a guy. i'm ggd to read. this quoting bergdahl's emails to his parents i'm ashamed to be an american. the quote that horror is disgusting. what were they thinking trading those guys? >> first of all, bergdahl now well bergdahl was tortured because he was chained by the taliban.
eric, let me tell you how not to get tortured by the taliban. don't did i setter to the taliban. works every time. as far as what the house was thinking i think that's pretty clear. on one hand this is a president none of whose inner circle served the military. they disdain. we who join the military are too stupid. we're about pick jump trucks and beer and god a and all that nasty stuff. on the other hand obama just as determined to close gitmo. those taliban prisoners never could have been released otherwise. he used this excuse. didn't notify congress they were bringing home an american. get a two for and get five taliban chief gospel domes he thought the army would celebrate the return of bowe bergdahl. they are so tone deaf they didn't ask the the army. they just don't understand a military that believes in stupid old fashioned concepts like integrity and honor and duty and country and patriotism. it's beyond the cannon of
team obama. >> colonel hunt let's move on to the next topic. the u.s. is now involved in a massive assault on tikrit. talk to us a little bit about this air campaign specifically what it does with our relationship with the iranians who had been there. are we moving them out of the picture now. >> the air campaign tikrit is absolutely necessary ground forces supplied by iraq weren't working. there is no effective iraqi air campaign. we put a caption on this by saying the iranian backed had to get out of tikrit before we would do it. it will change the nature of the battle. it won't win it. air campaign has to be done because of incompetent iraqi forces. absolutely it helps the shia backed iranian government. there is no question at the same time trying to negative wait with iran over nuclear weapons. >> colonel peters help me out here. there are about 400,000 military personnel between
the iraqi army and peshmerga in the syria iraq area. why can't they control 30 or 40000 isis troops. what am i missing? >> you just hit on a key point and i want to build on what colonel hunt just said. what we should really be alarmed about. we just saw almost 30,000 iraqi troops iraqi shia militia iran backed militia and iranian revolutionary national guard almost 30,000 of them could not dislodge some hundreds of islamic state militants from this relatively small city of tikrit. that tells you about how fiercely determined. how committed the terrorists are and what we all miss when they count the numbers. about commitment. are you willing to die for their cause? we have enemies who are eager to die for their cause. few people want to die for that baghdad government. >> we have to leave it there. we ran out of time. we didn't get to the yemen
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in the personal story segment tonight, is the obama administration defending the indefense cybil with the middle east appearing to spiral out of control and desertion charges leveled against bowe bergdahl obama administration policies seem to be unraveling by the day that's not stopping the white house from doubling down on its defense of its decisions. here is how incoming communications director jen psaki spun the bergdahl situation on the kelly file
last night. >> was it worth it? absolutely. i think that we look at sergeant bergdahl as somebody who served his country as many men and women have, obviously there have been steps taken today or an announcement made today. that will be determined. finance been quite some time since we brought him home and there has been some time for those in the military justice system to take a look at this case and we'll all be the judge of that once that decision is made. >> and with with yes ma'am member in total collapse and on the brink of civil war, the white house still amazing think says it's a model of success for u.s. counter terrorism strategy. >> the president said it's a su say he was wrong and we are trying to fix it. figure it out. we keep going around and around that it's still a model when it's not, right? >> ed, we have been very clear about what we think the strategy can be and that strategy, even in yemen, despite all of the challenges that readily -- that i readily acknowledge
exist there that we have put intense pressure on extremists inside of yemen. it has mitigated the threat that they pose to the u.s. and the west. >> joining me now with reaction dana perino who is george w. bush's press secretary and my fellow co-host of the five. dana, can't they just once say we were wrong? we made a mistake? oops? >> that is not something you are going to hear from president obama and when you are in the white house the white house wants nothing more than to get to you admit a mistake and to apologize for something sometimes it's worth it to take the air out of the balloon and move on. i think though that too much is being -- too much criticism is being leveled at the spokes people because the blame, if you are unhappy with the white house and what the white house is saying, the blame really is at the top, that is would be with president obama. >> fair enough. but, you were there. what do you do if you don't agree with the policy that you are delivering?
you are the spokesperson it doesn't matter what i i think. can i explain what the president is thinking and why he is thinking that way? i wasn't elected to anything. dana perino doesn't matter what i think and what i say. it doesn't matter what they say. there is some sort of unethical behavior going on then that would be different. when we watch josh earnst or jen psaki. >> she doesn't buy into this. >> i do like it when you see the exchange between ed henry and josh earnst because you can see that ed is trying to bait the witness, he is trying to lead the witness to say like come on, why don't you just say that something is wrong? why don't you just do it josh is sitting there thinking i know your game and i'm not going to play it. i think that their biggest problems when i watch what they are saying is the tone i can understand them sticking by the president's decision to bring bowe bergdahl home in exchange
for those five prisoners. i don't agree with that decision but i understand why they are sticking with the president because he is saying to them i still would have done the same thing again. they have to do that. >> what about the rose garden victory lamb? >> that's where there is a problem on two folds. one, as a press person or director you do have the right to raise your hand and say i don't think this is a good idea. it's not just because i disagree with it it's because it is going to be very bad for the president of the united states and our u.s. military and the entire country is going to be upset with us. you can do that it doesn't appear that anybody in the white house said maybe we should have some caution and exercise some restraint here. the other thing is the tone. so when she is asked do you think it's worth it? she goes absolutely. i think that they can show a little bit of concern and empathy for the families whose soldiers are not coming home because they went to look for him and they died trying. i just a little bit more of a serious tone from them could take them a long way.
are they rookies? >> no. it's six and a half years. >> who makes the decision to bring president obama off the golf course to address an american beheading and then decide to let him go back on the golf course? >> i absolutely defend the spokes people again because that comes from the top. if you as a person. >> when you say the top recalls where? >> that's president obama. if he doesn't think that it is going to be -- if he doesn't have any problem with giving a statement about someone who was just beheaded. an american who was beheaded and then hitting the golf course six minutes later. if he doesn't have a problem with it, there is not much a spokesperson can do. >> what is the layer? there has got to be a layer between president obama and spokesperson. the layer of plausible didn't. they don't get involved? >> again maybe they do or maybe nobody tells him. the bottom line is these decisions come from the very top. the president of the united states the person who represent us. he has not represented himself well. however, i believe he is representing himself accurately. >> honestly.
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nuclear program.s as some think. it's not going to happen. anybody standing up in opposition to this has an obligation to stand up and put a viable realistic alternative on the table. and i have yet to see anybody do that. >> but, can we trust kerry and the obama administration to seal the deal that will actually make the world a safer place? joining us now from washington cliff may. president of the foundation for defense of democracies and david a foreign policy advisor to the obama
administration. cliff, let me start with you. did you hear what john kerry just said? we have to distinguish between the iran of long ago and the iran of today. iran what is gotten worse and iran more radical. iran more arab capitols. iran supporting houthi rebels in yemen brought down the government there. iran is worse than it was 10 years ago. at least as it was 10 years ago when the islamic revolution was declared. not just against the shah but it was meant to be a global revolution against export. i'm afraid we know what we are hearing from john kerry bad deal better than no we will go we will take a bad deal. bad deal for many reasons. some would include this something called a sun set clause which in 10 years iran will be welcomed into the nuclear club even if it remains what it is today leading sponsor of terrorism in the world. also what you have there is a one-year breakout time. you have had a former cia
director and former deputy director of the international atomic energy agency saying one year is not enough time to find out if they're violating the agreement and to do anything about it and, thirdly the verification regime is no good because iran will not allow go anywhere verification. >> they never allowed people in there to look. >> they won't now. >> that's a nonstarter. david, why should we -- why would our officials trust iran? >> look. president obama wants to strike an historic agreement. >> good for him. so what? i want to make sure the world is safe and israel is safe and the world is safe. those don't seem to coexist. >> let's back up a moment. sanctions are never meant to be permanent. sanctions are a tool for making a recalcitrant country like iran change its behavior. in this case the president had brought iran to the table because sanctions have worked president should be lauded for negotiating with iran supreme leader middle
of negotiations chants death to america? >> the question was what will the terms of the deal be? if the terms of the deal are strong and iran gives up nuclear am its abouts in return get sanctions eased and we start to normalize relations that would be a positive. we have a moderate moderate. that's a huge cliff. a lot of.;ñcrp ifs the put out there. >> using congress to bring iran to the table. terrible mistake made was in the sanction pressure was relieved and the president has refused even to threaten greater sanctions, crippling sanctions should iran refuse to make compromises and there have not been compromises. in fact, sadly this administration has caved on pretty much every single issue going right down the line. so where we arejaz eocp56>k imnl
century. it's not being called a treaty and the president at the moment appears to want to go around congress, maybe go to the be a surrender of american sacrifice of historical proportions. this will be an historical agreement. i think it will be a moment that will make nuclear proliferation in century much more likely and make the middle east much more chaotic and tremendous defeat for the united states and for the rest in general. >> david, what about you? do you think the american people should have a say in
these negotiations? >> of course they should are a say and congress can pass new sanctions on iran if they want to. we should waited and see what the terms of the proposed deal are going to be. the state department said this week wisely it's not going to rush a deal just because there is a march 31st deadline. what the state department is saying we want a strong deal or we are not going to go forward. that's the white approach. >> why shouldn't there be any deadline? what's the rush to get a nuclear iran? why don't we just apply the sanctions and when it's time, when they want to really come to the bargaining table let our inspectors in. then they come. they don't want to seem to do any of those. >> they are at the table right now and discussions are ongoing. let's see what we come up with. i i agree with you we should push back the deadline rather than sign a bad deal absolutely. part of having a deadline is to put the pressure on iran. >> you have 20 seconds or so, cliff. >> iran is no longer feeling any pressure. congress would like to put pressure on the president.
vowed to veto that the most recent one was fordo. dismantled and research facility only. now it's going to be allowed of so we hear, for enrichment. we are leaving iran a glide path -- the idea that the most important sponsor of terrorism in the world would get nuclear weapons and we would okay it, this is not a smart idea. >> do you know who is sweating the most right now? israel. we have to leave it there gentlemen. thanks very much. how much will americans really care about the hillary clinton email controversy. new emailing how big of an impact it might have on presidential campaign that's ...heartburn. did someone say burn? try alka seltzer reliefchews. they work just as fast and are proven to taste better than tums smoothies assorted fruit. mmm... amazing. yeah, i get that a lot. alka seltzer heartburn reliefchews. enjoy the relief.
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tackle it! ask your doctor now if jublia is right for you. thanks for staying with us i'm eric bolling in for bill o'reilly. and that the factor follow-up segment tonight. the fallout from hillary clinton's email gate. a new poll from cbs news asked americans whether their opinion of ms. clinton had changed in the wake of the controversy. 2 the 9 percent said their opinion of her had gotten worse. 65% of respond dents said it had not changed and 3 percent said it actually got better. email situation. mrs. clinton could face backlash over her comments last year on the bowe bergdahl swap. >> did he make a deal with the devil? on releasing those five taliban? >> i think this was a very hard choice which is why i think my book is so aptly
named. if you look at what the factors were going into the decision of course there are competing interests and values. one of our values is we bring everybody home off the battlefield the best we can. it doesn't matter how they ended up in a prisoner of war situation. >> it doesn't matter? >> it does not matter. we bring our people home. >> joining us now with reaction executive director of the accountability project and from washington, democratic strategist denise fuentes. start with you. the poll shows that even though there is a big email scandal the people's opinion hasn't changed of her. it doesn't mean it's any better or any worse it just hasn't changed. >> right. i think, you know, when you have somebody who has been in the limelight for 30 years and there is tons of his industry and countless controversies, this is sort of, you know people know who hillary is and they have their beliefs about her already. now, the problem here is, if she does run, and if she is
the nominee, which most likely she is because she has raised the most money. who is going to excite the base? that is really the most serious issue that democrats face. low turnout for democrats is dangerous for elections. so, if they are not going to have a primary and if she is not running against anybody else, there to no excitement. if she is the status quo candidate. the base has a really tough time coming out for people that really don't excite them. >> jennice, is some the luster, some the shine coming off the hillary clinton bandwagon? >> no. in fact all the attacks based oning inness are making her stronger. suggest polls even have her at 89% of those polls saying that they will be very proud to have her as their president. and. >> wait, jennice 89% of democrats. >> yes. those are the ones voting for her and independence. let me tell you that even in spite of what happened with the emails and when people taken like ted cruz or jeb bush still have double digit
leads. that lead is still strong in spite of everything going on. i think she is still a pretty strong contender. you point out she hasn't even declared yet. >> she hasn't declared. >> already gotten involved in controversy. email gate. maybe this bowe bergdahl situation maybe bubble up to hurt her as well. >> she is not a moving target. people know what to look for when it comes to hillary. the sooner she declares the sooner she can change that message. maybe she will be able to turn 299% over to her time. bigger problem that she faceside that she is the status quo candidate. having the primary ignites the base. why she mighting polling 89% for democrats right now. can i bet you a million bucks if i had a million dollars that that 89% is not going to turn out and vote for her. that is the issue that democrats face. >> they won't even need those kind of numbers. jennice, i you think of two things. i think of benghazi where hillary said at this point what difference does it make and bowe bergdahl thing hey
we made the right decisions. those are two things that happened under her watch at the state department. boy, if i'm a running against her i just stay on those. >> that's not who matters. who matters is the voter. the voter who is persuadable. if you keep reading and looking at the polls that doesn't register with them at this at this at the end of the day registered perceived her image, does she have the right stuff? does she have what it takes? these things will not factor in at all. >> let's stick with what jennice just said. does she have the right stuff? we keep hearing in emails there could be some link between the clinton foundation raising money and some of the things she did as secretary of state. i mean there is a lot more to this story we don't know yet right? >> we don't know. i don't know if the voters really do care about the link between the -- you know where the clinton foundation. >> how could you not? >> because -- >> -- how could you not say that while she was secretary of state, visiting all these countries on behalf of american corporations, that
a lot of money flowed back into the clinton foundation coffers. >> sure. >> based on some of these deals allegedly. >> what most foundations do receive especially international foundations receive international funding. that's a separate issue. voters care about do i have a job? are we going to war? are we going to go broke do we. >> do you care if countries like saudi arabia or some of the other muslim based countries who have atrocious records with women's rights, do you care that she took some of that money. >> personally i do of course. >> how about you, jennice, do you care? >> as long as the money went to good use, i don't think so. >> you don't care that the money was raised in countries where women's rights are just violated rampantly? >> if those -- if that money went to help a woman anywhere else in the world i'm happy they put that money to good use. we don't have to agree, no foundation has to agree 100% on the donor. on your point on bergdahl i want to say that we should be clear that the decisions
to retrieve people from the field is not made by the secretary of state alone. military, state department the white house based on imperfect intelligence a lot of time. imperfect intelligence and made by imperfect people. you cannot throw that on her either. >> she was secretary of state at the time there are a lot of controversies. >> she began that. >> international foreign policy. >> there is no way one person made that decision you know that. >> got to leave it right there, ladies, thank you very much. quick reminder there are a few more days to get big discounts on bill's killing books all of them are 40% off on bill o'reilly.com. if you become a premium member you get one for free coming up. bowe bergdahl desertion charges. hard look at the coverage. right back with that. you're giving away pie? what would you like, apple or cherry? cherry. oil or cream?
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in the back of the book segment tonight, bowe bergdahl and the mainstream media. here's how the broadcast networks are covering this story now that bergdahl has been charged with desertion. >> bergdahl was the only u.s. soldier missing in afghanistan, so bringing him home was an important part of ending that war. well, the war is winding down but the legal battle over bergdahl is just beginning. >> sergeant bowe bergdahl is facing the possibility of life in prison. he abandoned his post in afghanistan and was held captive by the taliban for five years. well, now bergdahl is being charged with desertion. >> bergdahl did not want to see his parents. and those platoon mates he had left behind began publicly criticizing bergdahl and are
telling us now the charges are not harsh enough. >> but where was the mainstream media all along? joining us now to analyze howard kurtz host of media buzz which airs sundays at 11:00 a.m. eastern here on fox news. howie were they there all along? >> they weren't awol. within 24 hours of the white house announcing bergdahl's release "the washington post" and a.p. and then nbc a couple days later were all reporting on the desertion question and in some cases interviewing fellow platoon members of bowe bergdahl who said he'd walked away from his post. i think part of what went on here, eric is journalists felt bamboozled by the feel-good ceremony and the trotting out the parents and susan rice saying serving with honor and distinction, clearly that wasn't the case. >> they put that story out there originally, they had to. did they follow-up?
i know we follow-up. how the taliban commanders may go back to the fight and have gone back to the fight in some that in mainstream media. >> they did follow-up for a while but as with all stories they tend to fade if they don't have a lot of new information. what was really interesting, eric, is last january when on "the factor" retiring attorney general had information that bowe bergdahl was going to be charged by the army. nbc reported the same thing. the pentagon said it was patently untrue and cnn had kind of a mocking report saying this was an inflammatory fox news segment and anonymously sourced nbc news story. well, doesn't look so inflammatory today. >> not at all. i remember there was a huge uproar after that. colonel schafer if i'm not mistaken. the left stream media and the left threw a huge uproar and colonel schafer said i know what
i'm talking about and now all these months later he's been vindicated. >> i think the turning point was when they went on the megyn kelly show and asked who all here raise your hands thinks he was a deserter. it was viewed as a swift boating, this is not a swift boating of course returning to the orchestrated campaign against john kerry. these soldiers were genuinely upset and outraged they allowed their names to be used in quotes. they went on camera. they were telling the truth they didn't have a political ax to grind. and journalists did their job by giving them the forum. >> what about the tone of these reports? clearly some of the things we talked about earlier in the show was almost like, hey bergdahl has already served his time kind of downplaying the enormity of it. >> well, i don't think the media were as aggressive as they might have been in looking at the initial controversy which is about the swap for the five taliban commanders at gitmo.
and certainly there has been some sympathy for bergdahl because he was held for five years, his lawyer says he was beaten, he was chained to a bed. there was some talk about what kind of long prison term he's going to get. but on the basic question of whether the media didn't buy the white house span and got out and talked to people there about what bowe bergdahl did, i would say the media showed up for duty. >> got to leave it there. howie thank you very much. when we come back mitt romney takes self-reflection to a whole new level with jimmy fallon on the "tonight" show. don't miss it.
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look before show time. looking good. ready for the big interview? >> actually, i'm a little nervous. jimmy's probably going to ask me why i decided not to run for president. what should i say? >> just tell him you enjoy the freedom. you get to sick back, relax, golf all the time, go on vacation whenever you want. aka, be president. [ laughter ] >> good one me. >> well, you know me i love to laugh. ha ha ha ha. >> by the way, i got to ask, are we still scheduled to box evander holyfield? what are we thinking? >> don't worry. it's all in good fun. it's for charity. what's the worst that could happen? >> that's true. i guess it won't be the first time we'd lose to a black guy. [ laughter ] >> now, where was that in 2012? things might be different for us right now.
that's it for us tonight. thanks for watching. i'm eric bolling in for bill o'reilly. please remember the spin stops here because we're looking out for you. breaking tonight investigators seen leaving the former home of a germanwings co-pilot with bags of evidence after he is accused of doing the unthinkable, deliberately flying a jet filled with passengers into the side of a mountain killing 149 innocent men, women and children. welcome to "the kelly file" everyone, i'm megyn kelly. it was just 24 hours ago we firs brought you reports that one of the pilots aboard germanwings flight 9525 had been locked out of the cockpit before the plane went down. in the hours since the news has only gotten more heartbreaking and more disturbing. prosecutors today revealing that chilling evidence taken from the