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Thursday, August 27, 2015
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Killing Innocents
"After the brutal murders of reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward in Virginia, the liberal press reacted in a predictable way, calling for stricter gun laws and more mental health monitoring. Sadly, there is no way any country can stop disturbed individuals from killing people. It is worth noting that Chicago and Illinois have ultra-strict gun laws but cannot stop the gang violence that has brought shame to that city. There is a rise in nihilism and a decline in spiritual belief. A person practicing nihilism believes in nothing but his or her own desires. Those folks have no loyalties, no purpose outside of their own gratification. In 40 years of covering the news, almost every killer I've reported on has been a nihilist. There is no question that America is now turning away from spiritualism and embracing the culture of 'me.' Since 2007, Americans describing themselves as Christian have declined almost 8%, while those who believe in no religious doctrine have risen almost 7%. In many media precincts, religious folks are mocked. That message is seeping in, especially to younger Americans. The killers in Colorado, Charleston, Connecticut and Virginia were all young men who had few restraints. If you do not believe in anything, anything goes. So the next time you hear a pundit saying gun control or stricter mental health monitoring is going to stop senseless murders, you are being deceived. Only a society that insists all human life is valuable and a mass media that promotes that will begin to see a turn-away from violence. It's all about the philosophy of loving your neighbor, not the myth that a centralized government can prevent barbaric behavior. It can't."

The Factor asked mental health professionals Keith Ablow and Karen Ruskin for their opinions. "The truth is that psychiatry has strayed from its spiritual roots," Ablow began. "Good psychotherapy is meant to restore people to the best of themselves, but they also have to believe that there is a higher plan for them. Once you love yourself, you can love other people. But if you can't do that, your empathy can be shattered and anything goes." But Ruskin vehemently disputed any connection between the lack of spirituality and evil. "When it comes to homicide or suicide," she said, "there are many cases where people are spiritual and they kill others! Being spiritual does not mean that you are mentally healthy and will not commit murder." But when The Factor challenged Ruskin to name a spiritual mass murderer, other than jihadists, she was unable to come up with a single example.
Jorge Ramos vs. Donald Trump
The Factor spoke with columnist Ruben Navarrette and immigration activist Enrique Morones about the confrontation between Donald Trump and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos. "You are right about Ramos," Navarrette declared. "He is trying to be an activist and a journalist, but blending the two is not working. He clearly overstepped his bounds and Trump acted appropriately in removing him and then bringing him back to field his questions. Jorge Ramos should at least have disclosed that his daughter works for Hillary Clinton." Morones, on the other hand, stood up for Jorge Ramos and his actions. "Jorge Ramos is a great newsman, he has the ear of the Latino community and he is a strong advocate for justice. It is not uncommon for a journalist to ask a question, even if he has not been called on."
Hillary & Biden
Now that Joe Biden is apparently getting ready to enter the presidential race, FNC correspondent Ed Henry reported the latest from the Clinton campaign. "They are worried about Biden," he said, "and they are also frustrated. She is trying to be nice, but she is struggling over how to respond because of the tragic death of Joe Biden's son. This makes it very difficult to navigate, and Politico is now reporting that Bill Clinton is furious at the idea that Joe Biden might take this away from Hillary Clinton. Biden is seen as squeaky clean and more trustworthy than Hillary Clinton in every poll." The Factor concluded, "Bill Clinton shouldn't be mad at Biden, he should be mad at President Obama, who seems to be saying Biden should go ahead."
Mobile Addiction
A new study claims that hundreds of millions of people around the world are addicted to their mobile devices. Fox Business host Kennedy and FNC's Katie Pavlich opined on those findings. "The worst thing about this," Pavlich quipped, "is that more Americans are addicted to their cell phones than coffee. I'm addicted to my phone, but I think that comes with the territory because it is part of our work. It's how we conduct business in the world." Kennedy actually lauded the burgeoning reliance on technology. "This is fantastic! I wouldn't call this addiction, it's not the same thing as making meth in your bathtub. If you are addicted to drugs, you are not participating in society." But The Factor, obviously in the minority in this segment, worried that machines are dominating too many lives: "Urchins used to go out and play sports, but now they're in their basements playing stupid games. And adults aren't any better!"
TV Criticism
Television critic David Zurawik, who has blasted The Factor for treating Donald Trump with kid gloves, entered the No Spin Zone to buttress his argument. "What bothers me is the way you interview Trump," he declared. "You ask good and legitimate questions about deportation, but then at the end of the interview, you say, 'Donald, I'm just afraid you're going to deport me.' And then Donald gives you sort of a verbal hug. Your fans take cues from you politically, and you were saying that Donald Trump's deportation talk isn't that serious." But The Factor defended that flip exchange with Trump: "After a tough interview, that was just a throwaway line. No one has been tougher on Trump than me."
Most Important Stories
When The Factor asked FNC's Dana Perino to identify the week's most significant story, she did not hesitate in picking the possible entry of Joe Biden into the Democratic race. "Ever since President Obama won reelection," she said, "the only person we have been talking about on the Democratic side is Hillary Clinton. But her numbers keep going down and Joe Biden has decided to get into the race. He asked President Obama for his blessing, and after it was given that was leaked to the press. That's a big deal." Turning to foreign affairs, Perino cited the report that Pentagon officials are providing President Obama with overly-optimistic assessments. "There is an investigation into whether military analysts have been providing the White House with rosier scenarios about the fight against ISIS than reality. People should know the truth."
Viewers Sound Off
Factor Words of the Day
Emilio Guerra, Miami, FL: "Trump and Ramos are two sides of the same coin: egomaniacs who put themselves ahead of the country."

Rod Smith, Las Vegas, NV: "O'Reilly, your analysis of Jorge Ramos was fair. He is a special interest activist who was there to disrupt the press conference."

Rick Stockum, Wadsworth, OH: "Bill, your analysis was off base. You injected bias against Ramos."

Carlise Johnson, Guatemala: "Making charitable donations a litmus test for a political candidate is a disservice to folks who do tons of volunteer work."
Bill's 'Criminal' Past
Now that the statute of limitations has expired, Bill confessed that he used to sneak into Shea Stadium to watch his beloved New York Mets. He also advised against following in his footsteps, at least in that regard.
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