What Really Matters in the Presidential Race
By: Bill O'ReillySeptember 21, 2015
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It is downright sad watching the left-leaning media beat up all the Republican candidates because they don't embrace the liberal P.C. litmus test.

You could be the most brilliant problem-solver on the planet, but if you don't support Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter, and Global Warming, you are not worthy.

And now it's ridiculous Muslim stuff that the media is propelling.

Meet the Press 9/20/15

CHUCK TODD: "So do you believe that Islam is consistent with the Constitution?"

BEN CARSON: "No, I don't, I do not."

CHUCK TODD: "So you?"

BEN CARSON: "I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that."


NIHAD AWAD:  "And we ask, Mr. Ben Carson, to withdraw from the presidential race because he's unfit to lead and because his views are in contradiction with the United States Constitution."

Give me a break.  Dr. Carson believes that Islamic tenets don't line up with the Judeo-Christian philosophy on which the country was founded.  And he's not allowed to say that?

Well here's a bulletin.  Unlike many Muslim countries, we have free speech in America.  And Carson's opinion shouldn't disqualify him from anything.

All of this P.C. fog has shrouded important issues, like the new Census report released last week.

It says median income for working Americans is 6.5% lower than it was in 2007.

That means only one thing: President Obama's economic policies have failed.

Democrats will never admit that, but facts are stubborn things. 

Under Mr. Obama, poverty and income inequality have become worse in America, especially in the minority precincts, while salaries for working folks are down.

But the liberal media is largely ignoring that fact, instead trumping up dopey stuff about Muslims.

And then there's foreign policy.

Almost a year ago, I spoke with former Obama Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta:

October 7, 2014

LEON PANETTA: "We govern either by leadership or crisis.  And today we are largely governing by crisis."

O'REILLY: "Look, when you say, when President Obama says and you agree with him here, that arming Syrian rebels who we don't even know much about is going to blunt the ISIS fanatics.  Guys like me say that's just bull.  That's not going to happen."

And it didn't happen.

Again last week, another very telling story was downplayed.

It seems that the Defense Department, despite having $500 million to train anti-Assad Syrian rebels, has failed dismally.

Senate Armed Services Committee hearing - 9/16/15

SENATOR DEB FISCHER (R-NEB.): "We've heard reports about the attacks on those individuals when they were reinserted back into Syria.  Can you tell us what the total number of trained fighters remains?"

GEN. LLOYD AUSTIN, U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND: "It's a small number. And ah...The ones that are in the fight is we're talking, four or five."

Four or five men?  That's all the Obama administration has in the field right now?

Unbelievable.  If that sounds like a Saturday Night Live skit, you are correct.  Hogan's Heroes could have done a better job.

But the national media is barely covering the story because it makes the liberal president look bad.

All the Republican presidential candidates should know they are not going to get a fair shot with the media.

And they had better stop answering loaded questions about Muslims, physical appearances, and who has more pep.

This country is devolving quickly and it has nothing to do with Muslim political candidates, a phony war on women or global warming.

It has everything to do with staggering incompetence.

And that's the memo.