Scott was on the O’Reilly Factor tonight, with guest host Michelle Malkin. I got home two minutes too late and missed it. Did some of our readers catch Scott’s appearance? Let us know what you thought.
The topic was a bust in Minneapolis a couple of days ago, in which 25 people were charged with operating brothels in the Twin Cities and in Austin, Minnesota. The defendants imported women illegally from Mexico and Central America, and held them in what has been described as a state of slavery. Eighteen of the defendants are illegal immigrants, as are the prostitutes and most of their clients. The bust opened a small window onto a subculture of criminality.
The story is a sickening one, but some aspects are needlessly so. The investigation and arrests were the product of a collaboration involving federal agencies, Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the St. Paul Police Department. Notably absent was the Minneapolis Police Department, notwithstanding the fact that most of the brothels were in Minneapolis. The city sent out emails to reporters explaining why it was AWOL: as a matter of policy, Minneapolis does not participate in investigations of illegal aliens. If the perpetrators of these crimes had been Americans, the Minneapolis Police Department would have been all over them. But apparently, the fact that they are illegal immigrants immunizes them in the eyes of Minneapolis’s authorities.
Another disgusting aspect was the press conference at which the arrests were announced, which Scott attended. U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose presided, and credited the federal and state law enforcement agencies with the work that led to the cracking of the prostitution ring. But the television and newspaper reporters who attended couldn’t be bothered with the criminal prosecution at hand. Rather, they bombarded Paulose with questions about Alberto Gonzales and Monica Goodling. I’ll leave it to Scott to elaborate if he sees fit, but I would say that several of our political pathologies are on display here.
SCOTT adds: Most of the reporters at the press conference focused their questions on the indictment consistent with the ground rules of the press conference. Jean Hopfensperger’s Star Tribune story on the indictment, for example, evidences her interest in the investigation and the substance of the horrendous crimes charged in the indictment. At the press conference Hopfensperger asked about the involvement of murdered St. Paul Police Officer Jerry Vick in the origin of the investigation.
There were two notable exceptions to the professional demeanor of most of the reporters in attendance. One of the two was KARE 11’s Scott Goldberg, whose story evidences his other interests, if not his rudeness. I forget the other, but he too was a piece of work almost up to the Goldberg standard. Let’s call him the Goldberg variation.
Hot Air has posted an excerpt of my segment among the highlights of Michelle’s appearance for O’Reilly here. My review: Michelle was terrific.
JOHN adds: Through the miracle of DVR, I caught the show after the second time around. Scott did an excellent job. The guy on opposite him was a marvel of incoherence. He seemed to be under the impression that the feds had broken the prostitution ring by randomly searching local churches. He was evidently an apologist for something, but it was never clear what.
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