Bill O'Reilly: Truth and the federal government
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By Bill O'Reilly

Now we have yet another story that indicates the federal government is not telling the truth on important matters. On March 22, 2012 the head of the IRS, Douglas Shulman denied his agency was targeting conservatives in an unfair way.


DOUGLAS SHULMAN, FORMER COMMISSIONER IRS: We pride ourselves on being a non-political, nonpartisan organization. What's been happening has been the normal back and forth that happens with the IRS. There is absolutely no targeting.


O'REILLY: Well, now, we know that's not true. Mr. Shulman was misleading everyone. Did he do it on purpose? The FBI should find out because that is illegal. On Friday, the IRS apologized for targeting conservative political groups making it more difficult for them to achieve tax exempt status. Shulman left the IRS in November. And the agency now blames targeting on, quote, "Low level employees".

And then there is the continuing controversy over Benghazi. Today President Obama said this.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: The whole issue of this... of talking points, frankly, throughout this process has been a side show. What we have been very clear about throughout was that immediately after this event happened we were not clear who exactly had carried it out, how it had been -- how it had occurred, what the motivations were.


O'REILLY: The President believes that he and his administration did nothing wrong by telling the world that an anti-Islamic video might have caused the terror attack in Benghazi. But there was at the time strong evidence the video had nothing to do with the attack. The White House, the State Department, both knew that.

So who exactly told Ambassador Rice to deflect the real evidence by raising the video? Who exactly did that? Americans can differ about the importance of these stories. And the liberal press certainly has been reluctant to cover Benghazi. But now that seems to be changing.


TOM BROKAW, MSNBC NEWS: You cannot explain away Susan Rice's performance on those Sunday talk shows in which she said it was not a terrorist attack. It grew out of a domestic demonstration of some kind. She completely underplayed it and rewrote the script with the help of someone we -- I think we deserve to know who that is.


O'REILLY: Well, thank you Tom Brokaw. Of course, we deserve to know who that is if we want an honest federal government. Are we all getting this? President Obama, Hillary Clinton and others defend themselves by pointing to an investigation run by Admiral Mike Mullen and former Ambassador Thomas Pickering which told the world the Benghazi chaos was, again, generated by lower level individuals.

Mullen and Pickering were appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to do the investigation. But they didn't even ask her relevant questions.


SCHIEFFER: Let me understand what you're saying.


SCHIEFFER: You had Secretary Clinton but you didn't ask her any questions and why not?

PICKERING: Because, in fact, we knew where the responsibility rested. She had already stated on a number of occasions she accepted as a result of her job the full responsibility.


O'REILLY: Are you kidding me? The Ambassador simply didn't do his job and he knows it. He is now hiding under his desk having received our invitation to explain. Mr. Pickering has to know that anyone who really wanted to know the truth about Benghazi would have asked Mrs. Clinton a series of specific questions about the terror attack. Anyone would have done that, but he didn't.

So now we have three major incidents that reflect badly on the federal government; the IRS deal, the assassination of the American ambassador in Benghazi and the failure to own up to what happened there. Again, honesty in Washington mandatory, mandatory if we are going to have a truly free country. And that is not a side-show, Mr. President.

And that's "The Memo."

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Transcript Date: 
Mon, 05/13/2013
Transcript Show Name: 
O'Reilly Factor