D.L. Hughley Breaks the News

Season 1 Episode 15

March 7 2009

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Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Mar 07, 2009 on CNN
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March 7 2009
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Scheduled guests include Republican Senator and Presidential candidate Ron Paul, actor Jamie Farr and authors Frank Schaeffer, Lynnette Khalfani-Cox and Neil Strauss.

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      • D.L.Hughley: Now one of your first books was "The Game" and it was about picking up women and then you go to "Emergency" about survival. How do you go from one book like that to another?
        Neil Strauss: It's not that big of a leap. I was raised in the city, my dad worked behind a desk, my friends played Dungeons and Dragons, I never learned about life. So when it came to meeting women, I was a lonely guy in New York, I'd go two years dateless. So I kind of had to immerse myself in the secret community of pickup artists to learn that. So it's all about survival skills. You've got to breed and you've got to survive and replicate.
        D.L.Hughley: "Emergency". From picking up women to surviving disaster. They're almost the same thing.
        Neil Strauss: Pretty much.

      • D.L. Hughley: (Discussing Jamie Farr's character in "Cannonball Run 2" and how Arab-Americans were offended by it) Isn't that a little bit -- that's got to be a little bit insulting, wasn't it?
        Jamie Farr: When I took -- well, actually, if you remember correctly, Klinger, the character on "MASH" was also of Lebanese-American descent. So Larry Gelbart, who created the character, did that on purpose because one of the first comedians he ever wrote for was Danny Thomas. That was sort of a payback. When Al Ruddy, who was the producer of "Cannonball Run" movies came to me, as a comedy actor, I didn't look at it from the standpoint, was I insulting Arabs. I looked at it from the standpoint, this was a part and is it was comedic. So I took it and had some fun with it. But I took some heat after I did the movie by some of the writers who were insulted by my -- by my performance. Of course, I played other parts that a lot of people were insulted by.
        D.L. Hughley: Right. I know, I did "Soul Plane" so, come on.

      • D.L. Hughley: Why then are men like Rush Limbaugh and a woman like Ann Coulter so tremendously popular? Why then? It makes me as an American go, this is how a large percentage of the country feels.
        Frank Schaeffer: No, I don't think so. I think if people read my book, they're going to see that the religious right started with good intentions, and then was manipulated by very crass people who have taken it in a different direction for personal gain. Today you have about 20 million people who buy all of Ann Coulter's books; watch Rush Limbaugh; send money into the televangelists. It's all the same people. The fact of the matter is, there are 300 million of us. There's no 20 million of us. The truth is I failed every math class. But somebody in the audience will tell us what the percentage of 20 million of 300 million. It's not a big percentage. It's just a loud percentage. This is the drunk on the subway making trouble in the car for all of the people on the subway. There are 100 decent citizens on there, there is one ass in the front that's molesting women. That's the Republican Party now in terms of the loud car.

      • Frank Schaeffer: (When asked about Republicans views on President Obama) Rush Limbaugh's telling the truth when he says he wants him to fail. These people are ideological enough that they would rather take our whole country down and be proven right than be patriotic Americans and stand up and do the thing that every American ought to do right now, which is support the president, whether you voted for him or not.

      • Ron Paul: We spent over a trillion dollars a year maintaining an American empire but nobody wants to give up on the empire, not even this new administration. They're pursuing the Bush policies in the Middle East and are not cutting back. And yesterday he gave a speech on the House floor, and I literally bet the troops will not be out of Iraq in 2011, because the -- we're going to have a big amnesty and we're going to have 56 military bases. Believe me, that is very offensive to the people of Iraq.
        D.L. Hughley: Ron, you are -- you are too human to be Republican.

      • Ron Paul: Right. We elected the Republicans to back up from big government and they doubled the size of everything and ran up the deficit. So we spent too much, we borrowed too much. And then we started putting pressure on the fed. The fed acts on their own and they started inflating, that is creating credit out of thin air, they're the ones who really caused the boom and really bring about the bust. After the depression ended after World War II, the spending went down two-thirds and taxes went down one-third, and that's when the depression finally ended in the late '40s.
        D.L. Hughley: The amazing thing is you almost -- you don't seem like a Republican to me that I have ever heard. You seem so reasonable. No, honestly, you really do. You seem to make sense, which I don't attribute to very many politicians.

      • D.L. Hughley: We are back with Republican Congressman Ron Paul. Ron, you ran for president. When you dropped out, you did not back John McCain. Obviously, you have some issues with some members of your party, right?
        Ron Paul: Yeah, when they don't live up to their promises, if they call themselves fiscal conservatives and then they double the size of the budget and the deficit, then I can't with a clear conscience support them.

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