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Monday, February 24, 2014
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New Info about Benghazi
Guest: Karl Rove
"If you believe the left in this country, as well as Hillary Clinton, the assassination of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi is an old story. But why did the White House mislead the world about the terror attack? That question remains unanswered. If the president and his reelection campaign deceived the voters, that is a subversion of our democracy. But nothing has been proved so far. The Benghazi story is similar to Watergate, which is why we all should be paying attention. I am not comparing Richard Nixon to President Obama, but I am saying that we need to get to the bottom of the story. Over the weekend, the woman who did mislead the world, former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, said the information she provided 'turned out to be less than 100% correct.' That is an understatement, to be sure. Mr. Obama's supporters would have you believe the whole thing is being cooked up by right-wing people who despise the president. But as an American, I want to know what happened. So Leon Panetta, the former Secretary of Defense, must testify under oath whether or not he told President Obama it was a terrorist attack on the day the murders happened. Incredibly, Panetta has not been asked that question under oath and the House of Representatives should do so. That is the key to knowing if the Obama reelection campaign and perhaps the president himself used deception in the murder of our Libyan ambassador. Every patriotic American should want to know what happened there."

The Factor followed up on the Benghazi story with FNC analyst Karl Rove. "Last year Leon Panetta testified in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee," Rove stated, "and he said this was not a demonstration, it was a terrorist attack. But he may not want to testify about what he told the president, it's a high bar to get a member of the president's cabinet to reveal what they said inside the White House. I think they should focus on getting testimony from Mike Morrell, the former deputy chief of the CIA. He's a very bad actor in this - he was the guy who weakened the 'talking points.'" But The Factor reiterated the importance of eliciting testimony from Leon Panetta: "You're not going to implicate the president unless you have someone telling him face-to-face that it was a terrorist attack. Panetta is the man."
The Internet and You
Guest: Mary Katharine Ham
The Factor has posited that the Internet and connectivity can be dangerous and nefarious, while Mary Katharine Ham has argued the exact opposite. She returned to the No Spin Zone to defend her position. "I do not want to go back to the days," Ham said, "when there was a paucity of sources from which to get information, when there were three networks and some newspapers. While I also acknowledge that abuse can be a problem, the Internet makes your life richer and easier in a thousand ways." The Factor contended that the Internet is more consuming than any previous technology: "The amount of information you can access through the machines is a good thing for the world, but millions of Americans are escaping from the real world by creating their own network. The addiction is creating people who are flawed."
Gay Athletes
Guest: Jim Gray
Jason Collins has become the first openly gay player to suit up in an NBA game, while gay football star Michael Sam will soon be drafted into the NFL. The Factor asked Fox News contributor Jim Gray whether the two pioneers will be harassed by fans. "People are so much more tolerant and accepting," Gray surmised, "so I don't think they'll get anything near the type of taunts that were directed at Jackie Robinson. They'll get taunts, but it will be based on their performance on the field, I don't think it will be about their sexuality. They'll get it on Twitter and on the Internet, but not in the stands, so these guys should avoid Twitter and stay away from the blogs." The Factor wasn't quite as sanguine, saying, "I go to a lot of sporting events and I hear the most vile and disgusting stuff leveled at the players."
Can Christianity Make a Comeback?
Guest: Mark Burnett
With a much-anticipated movie called "Son of God" about to be released, The Factor spoke with the film's producer Mark Burnett. "We are the noisiest Christians in Hollywood," Burnett said, referring to himself and his wife Roma Downey. "There is no way we won't say what is true, that Jesus is God, and we are hoping people will find Jesus through our movie. The last time there was a movie on the life of Jesus was in 1965." Burnett said that he and Downey are treated respectfully in Hollywood. "We've been so welcomed, we're very authentic with our faith, and we get along with everybody. We socialize with a lot of people."
News Overseas
Guest: Bernie Goldberg
The Factor asked FNC Bernie Goldberg why there has not been more news coverage of the deadly chaos in Venezuela and Ukraine. "When we watch a news story," he opined, "we ask how it will affect me. We know how ObamaCare affects us, we know how taxes affect us, but we don't really know how Ukraine affects us. Complex foreign stories don't really lend themselves to the debate format that cable television news has made so popular, and news organizations have closed down a lot of overseas bureaus." Goldberg added that Americans used to be far more interested in foreign news. "Despite the fact that we live in an information age and there are far more outlets, in a lot of ways we are shallower than we used to be. We are more interested in being sociable than in being knowledgeable. So if we don't care about America, we sure aren't going to care about Ukraine."
Food Stamp Abuse
Guest: Jesse Watters
Last week FNC's Jesse Watters tracked down 29-year-old Jason Greenslate, the Californian who has boasted about his life as a surfer dude on food stamps. "You can portray this however you want," the moocher told Watters, "but we're all about playing music. That's my job and food stamps give me the opportunity to focus on my career. Do I have to apologize for the way the system is set up?" Watters then explained just how easy it is for an unprincipled vagabond to obtain food stamps in San Diego. "You don't have to do anything," he reported. "You just show up, prove you live there, have a birth certificate, and that's it. Jason gets $190 a month, he's gaming the system, but he doesn't see it that way."
Factor Words of the Day
Viewers sound off
Jon McPalen, Burbank, CA: "O'Reilly, were you wearing a skirt when you interviewed Daryl Hannah about the Keystone Pipeline? She walked all over you."

Mary McLemore, Pike Road, AL: "I'm sure Ms. Hannah means well, but she appears not to understand reality. Canada is going to produce the oil and sell it. We can either profit from that or not."

Phil Rilett, Indio, CA: "O'Reilly, I heard your Talking Points about California's high taxes and fees. I can't really disagree, but being scolded by a New Yorker about taxes takes some cojones!"

Bonnie Davis, Hatfield, PA: "Swimsuit edition? Looked like the bare butt edition to me. Glad to hear Laura speak up against the sleazy influences being thrown at kids today."
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