Wednesday, November 29, 2006
On The O'Reilly Factor...
Segment Summaries
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Talking Points Memo
Generosity in America
"A new book called 'Who Really Cares' says conservative Americans give 30% more money to charity than liberal Americans. Also, religious people give four times more than secular people. Talking Points believes it's all in the philosophy. Conservative and traditional Americans tend to be Christian, and the basic command of Jesus was 'help the poor.' Religious Jews and Muslims are also called upon to give alms. So religion drives charitable giving. Secular progressives are essentially non-religious and believe the government should be the driving force behind generosity. S-P's also believe the world revolves around individual gratification, and that often takes a lot of money. So there's less inclination to give their personal funds to the poor. I could be wrong about this - secular progressives and liberals may give less to charity for reasons I don't know about. But conservative Americans are far more generous to the downtrodden than their liberal counterparts, and Americans are the most giving people on the planet."

Related: Book Says Conservatives Give More To Charity
Top Story
Liberal anger
Guest: Alan Colmes

Despite victories in this month's elections, some liberals still seem infused with anger. Actor Danny DeVito, for one example, grossly insulted President Bush during an incoherent rant on "The View." The Factor condemned DeVito for his boorish behavior. "This was grossly disrespectful. DeVito hates Bush, and I think that buffoonish act was driven by anger. It was designed to demean and humiliate the president, but it wound up demeaning and humiliating Danny DeVito." But FNC host Alan Colmes came to DeVito's defense. "I don't think it's appropriate to show up inebriated, but he was not angry. He seemed to be having a good time, he was doing humor. But are there liberals who are angry? Yes. Some people are justifiably angry about where this country has gone in the past six years."

Related: Drunk Danny Devito Bashes Bush On 'The View'
Impact Segment
How 50 bullets were fired
Guest: Bo Dietl, former New York City homicide detective

New York cops are being criticized for firing more than 50 shots in a few seconds, killing 23-year old Sean Bell. Former NYC detective Bo Dietl contended that firing that many shots can occur quickly and with good reason. "These things happen so fast, and I saw cops die because they didn't fire their guns fast enough. Let's investigate this, let's not make it a racial thing. You have to look in the minds of those officers that night. What was in their minds when they were firing all those bullets? They may have believed they were in a gun battle." The Factor also demanded a thorough investigation. "The press seized upon this as an overreaction right away, and so did the mayor. We want the grand jury to hear this, then we want a just verdict."

Related: NYPD Shoot-out Procedures
Unresolved Problems Segment
Celebrities and justice
Guest: Attorney Lauren Lake

Rapper Calvin Broadus, a.k.a. Snoop Dogg, has been arrested for the third time in the past three months, this time for felony drug and weapons charges. Attorney Lauren Lake, who once represented Snoop Dogg, portrayed her client as misunderstood. "He's a young man who obviously likes to smoke marijuana and unfortunately feels like he needs to carry a gun. But he's a good-hearted young man who coaches a little league team. He is a humble individual who makes mistakes." The Factor questioned whether Snoop Dogg receives preferential treatment. "Just because you do nice things and coach a little league team doesn't mean you should be walking around. A poor person wouldn't get away with this, and this guy is giving the finger to the system. If I were the judge, I would put him in jail for a long time."

Related: Rapper Snoop Dog Busted, Again
Factor Follow Up Segment
Followup on Judge Myer
Guests: Victim's mother

As reported previously, Missouri Judge Larry Meyer sentenced Kenneth Slaght to probation, even though Slaght was convicted of raping his 9-year old step-granddaughter. In a Factor exclusive, the little girl's mother spoke about her daughter's ordeal. "She hasn't said a lot to me about what happened, but her behavior changed, she got angry. She struggles, but she is getting counseling and she is getting better." The victim's mother also gave a personal message to Judge Meyer: "He needs to rethink what he has done. If this was his 9-year old daughter, how would he feel? He wouldn't want this person walking around. I would love to meet him face-to-face and ask him why he did what he did." The Factor also urged Judge Meyer to step up and defend himself. "It's another inexplicable sentence, and the judge has some explaining to do. I can't imagine this happening to a 9-year old girl."
Personal Story Segment
Barney Frank lashes out
Guest: Congressman Barney Frank

In an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Congressman Barney Frank accused host Chris Wallace of asking one-sided questions. Frank joined The Factor and explained his anger. "I didn't accuse Chris of being unfair, but I thought it was unbalanced. He asked questions only about peripheral parts of the Democrat agenda, and people were getting an inaccurate view." Turning to a specific policy issue, The Factor posed a question to Congressman Frank: "Secular progressives, and I believe you're one of those, believe the government has a responsibility to take money from the affluent and give it to people in entitlements. Do you believe in income redistribution?" When Frank began his answer by accusing the Bush administration of favoring the rich, The Factor said he was dodging, which led to another outburst from the congressman: "Stop being a silly, would-be district attorney, Bill. If you want to do that go to law school. I came on this show to have a coherent conversation." Finally, Frank settled down and recommended a top tax rate of 39%.
Back of Book Segment
John Stossel: "Cheap in America"
Guest: John Stossel, 20/20

Finally, ABC's John Stossel spoke about his "20/20" special report "Cheap in America." He described an experiment that compared the generosity of liberal San Francisco and conservative Sioux Falls, South Dakota. "We asked the Salvation Army to set up their buckets in both cities at the most crowded location. San Franciscans have twice as much money, but people in Sioux Falls gave about twice as much. Religion is the biggest predictor of generosity. Religious people are more likely to give their time, their money, they're even more likely to give blood." The Factor added that many on the left consider themselves virtuous. "Secular progressives or liberals won't like to hear this because they say 'we feel for the poor and downtrodden and mean conservatives don't care about them.' That's the class warfare game."

Related: Who Gives and Who Doesn't?
Factor Mail
Viewers sound off
Some of your e-mails took issue with The Factor's choice of adjectives. Some excerpts:

Robert Angell, Newark, NJ: "Mr. O'Reilly, calling Boulder D.A. Mary Lacy an 'idiot' was not the Christian thing to do."

Jeffrey Owens, Minneapolis, MN: "The city of Chicago is stupid? The Colorado D.A. is an idiot? Sounds like the 'no tact zone.'"

Vincent Satriano, Montgomery, NY: "Bill, thanks for calling things as they really are. That's why you have such high ratings."