Tuesday, September 24, 2013
On The O'Reilly Factor...
Segment Summaries
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Talking Points Memo & Top Story
President Obama the Tough Guy
Guest: Charles Krauthammer

"Speaking at the United Nations today, the President was very clear that he believes the U.N. has been wimpy when it comes to confronting situations like Syria. Mr. Obama is saying to the world that the tyrant Assad is a child-killer who has violated human rights laws. Talking Points agrees, but also well understands that the U.N. just doesn't care whether Assad killed children with gas. Most countries don't want to take any military action at any time for any reason. Nevertheless, the President warned the United Nations that there would be consequences if Assad does not give up his chemical weapons. He also warned that Americans are getting fed up at having to do all the heavy lifting. We have spent trillions of dollars, and thousands of our brave military men and women have been killed or injured trying to bring some sense of justice to the world. I know you left-wing kooks don't believe that, and if you want to think your country is villainous, go right ahead. But history backs me up! Talking Points believes the United Nations is a largely cowardly body, a bunch of pencil-pushers who could not care less what happens in the world. Turning to Iran, the President said Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Iran in the hope that they will stop their nuclear program. The bottom line: The President's speech was too long, but there were some good moments. Will anything get done at the U.N.? Probably not, especially with Russia and Putin holding veto power."

The Factor asked Charles Krauthammer to evaluate the President's U.N. appearance. "It was a very weak speech and a flaccid speech," Krauthammer declared. "It doesn't take courage to denounce the U.N. for inaction - it takes being nine years old and having your eyes open, so I don't give him any credit for that. President Obama said we have to make sure that Assad is keeping his commitment in Syria and there have to be 'consequences' if he doesn't. But then he said if we can't get an agreement, it will show that 'the U.N. is incapable of enforcing the most basic of international laws.' That is meaningless! Everyone knows the U.N. doesn't enforce international laws - it never did, it never will. It's childish to think the U.N. will act."
Impact Segment
Defunding Obamacare
Guest: Charles Krauthammer

Returning for a second segment, Krauthammer analyzed the Quixotic effort by Senator Ted Cruz to defund Obamacare. "He's going to lose," Dr. K predicted, "and this will be remembered as a diversion. It will have no effect on Obamacare, it won't shut down the government, and its only effect is to needlessly split Republicans in the Senate. This is playing into Democratic hands - everybody is on our side on Obamacare, but we're talking about Cruz because he is pulling this stunt." The Factor theorized that Cruz is paving the way for a presidential run: "This is a brilliant move because he's trying to take over the conservative wing of the Republican Party, he wants to shape the party into what he thinks it should be."
Stossel Matters Segment
A Mean Country
Guest: John Stossel

A study indicates that most Americans believe there is a 'civility problem' in American and it is getting worse. The Factor very civilly asked John Stossel for his opinion. "Give me a break," Stossel began. "Your show is not civil, I watch your show because you're not civil to people. The first time I was on this show you said, 'Tell the truth for once in your life' and called me a 'pinhead.' We have differences and it's good that we argue about them. This is nothing new - Thomas Jefferson's supporters called John Adams 'a blind, bald, crippled, toothless man.' There's always been incivility in discourse, and I say 'good.'" The Factor differentiated between disagreement and discourtesy: "I agree that 'edge' is good and people should be effervescent in their conversation, but not rude and not trying to hurt other people's feelings."
Personal Story Segment
Killing Jesus Controversy
Guests: Pastor Robert Jeffress and Father Jonathan Morris

"Killing Jesus" hit the bookstores Tuesday and is already creating a stir among scholars and historians. The Factor discussed the book with Pastor Robert Jeffress and Father Jonathan Morris. "What's going to drive secularists crazy," Jeffress said, "is that you let Jesus tell the truth about himself. You don't sugarcoat the fact that he claimed to be God and the reason he got himself crucified is that he claimed to be God. Your book fits a bigger narrative, that secularists are out to destroy Christianity because it's the last barrier between them and the secular society they want to create." Morris added that "Killing Jesus" refutes a modern academic view of Jesus. "There are going to be people, mostly academics, who are going to reiterate a 'reconsideration of the historical Jesus.' It's a view looks at any source that believes in Jesus as the son of God as not trustworthy. You did a good job and a service to people."
'Is it Legal?' Segment
Three Big Stories
Guests: Kimberly Guilfoyle and Lis Wiehl

Legal analysts Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle examined a lawsuit filed by ten black men, all former American Idol contestants. "They claim discrimination," Wiehl reported, "saying they were always booted out by the producers. I think this case will be thrown out because a judge will not consider them employees." Guilfoyle turned to another lawsuit, this one filed against Michael Jackson's concert promoter by the singer's family. "The family potentially wants $1 billion dollars," she said, "and they presented experts who said Jackson would have had a long and lucrative career. I think the family will prevail in proving that the concert promoter negligently hired a bad doctor." Finally, the legal duo took up the case of New York City public school teacher Damian Esteban, who was nabbed with 20 bags of heroin. "A judge has reinstated him," Wiehl reported, "because it wasn't proved that the 20 bags of heroin had anything to do with his ability to function in the classroom."
Back of the Book Segment
Bush Defends Obama
Guests: Monica Crowley and Alan Colmes

President Obama has been criticized for his frequent golf outings, but President George W. Bush has come to his successor's defense. "I think he ought to play golf," Bush told The Golf Channel, "because I know the pressures of the job." The Factor teed up the story for Alan Colmes and Monica Crowley. "President Bush played golf in the early stages of his presidency," Crowley said, "but after 9/11, when he committed troops to harm's way, he stopped playing. It's bad optics for President Obama to play golf and totally inappropriate." Colmes found himself in the uncustomary position of praising President Bush. "George W. Bush has always been respectful of this President, unlike Dick Cheney or Donald Rumsfeld. President Bush has great respect for the office and has not gone after President Obama on anything."
Tip Of The Day
Factoring Out The Factor
The aforementioned study showing that most Americans feel the country is becoming less civil also found that 52% of the folks say the "general tone" of Fox News is civil, while 37% say the network is uncivil. A jocular tip to the pollsters: FNC's civility quotient may be far higher if The Factor is excluded.