The O'Reilly Factor
A daily summary of segments aired on The O'Reilly Factor. A preview of the evening's rundown is posted before the show airs each weeknight.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
The Factor Rundown
Talking Points Memo & Top Story
Impact Segment
Unresolved Problems Segment
Factor Outrage of the Week Segment
Culture War Segment
Back of Book Segment
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Shawn Hornbeck and Oprah
Guests: Fox News analysts Bernard Goldberg & Jane Hall

"The kidnapped 15-year-old appeared with Ms. Winfrey just six days after police freed him from that despicable predator Michael Devlin who entered a 'not guilty' plea today to kidnapping charges. Shawn went missing four years ago. Ms. Winfrey was gentle with him. Oprah told her audience there were ground rules for the interview and she could not ask Shawn on camera why he didn't try to escape from Devlin. Off camera, apparently he told her he was too scared to leave the predator. This case has captivated the entire country and is now becoming political. The far-left smear Web sites have vilified me for raising questions about the situation; the bottom line on this story is that Shawn Hornbeck fell victim to evil, pure evil. And every American parent should use this case to instruct their children on how to confront evil, because sooner or later they will have to. Simplistic stuff like Stockholm syndrome and the like get us nowhere. Shawn Hornbeck is a victim. And he should be helped in every way possible. And American children must be prepared to fight against frightening things. And they must be warned those things are real. All the other nonsense can walk as far as I'm concerned."

Bernie Goldberg said this of the media coverage: "If, God forbid, anything like that ever happened in my family, I guarantee you I wouldn't be on 'Oprah' talking about it. That's something that has happened in this culture that I don't understand and I don't like and I don't feel at all comfortable with." Jane Hall went after the Factor for attacking Stockholm syndrome: "I think you have to draw a distinction between grown-up hostages and the Stockholm syndrome and what we know about child predators. And I think to conjecture as you did at least initially, you did seem to be saying, 'Why didn't this kid escape when he could?' I think it's question a lot of people have. And yet you, as a very prominent person, you seem to be blaming him when in fact he was probably undermined in some kind of mental prison." The Factor took umbrage with the contention that he was blaming the boy: "I'm not blaming him. Just doing a job. My job is to be a journalist. And that's ridiculous. I raised the question that there was an element of captivity that the boy talked about, he didn't have to go to school. He didn't have to do anything but sleep and play video games. And that's true. I haven't said one thing that isn't true."
Outrage over Border Patrol sentence
Guest: United States Attorney Johnny Sutton

As the Factor reported last night, two Border Patrol agents are now in prison for violating the rights of an illegal alien drug runner. The Factor confronted the prosecuting attorney, Johnny Sutton: "Now you understand that many Americans think this is awful. They say the drug runner deserves what he gets, and you shouldn't be doing this to these Border agents. How do you answer that?" Sutton praised the Border Patrol, but defended his work: "We work with the Border Patrol every day. These guys are American heroes. They're unsung heroes in dangerous situations, often by themselves. But not these two guys. What these guys did was shoot an unarmed guy in the back as he was running away. They knew he was unarmed. They knew he wasn't a danger. And instead of reporting it, like you are supposed to do and like any normal officer would do, they lied about it. They covered up the evidence. They started a conspiracy to destroy the evidence. And then filed a false police report." The Factor said there was public sentiment asking for leniency: "Congressman Duncan Hunter has introduced legislation in Congress to get these guys pardoned. And there is a sentiment that they screwed up and the jury found them guilty. But because of the difficulty of the situation, maybe we should cut them some slack. What do you think?" Sutton wouldn't budge: "What I would say is these guys committed very serious crimes. They were not doing their job."
Marijuana and crime in California
Guests: Dave Gascon, former assistant LAPD chief & Steph Sherer, Americans for Safe Access

The Factor attacked California for legalizing medical marijuana: "The State of California has legalized medical marijuana. It seems many of the clinics in San Francisco and L.A. are attracting drug addicts; yesterday federal agents in the Los Angeles area raided 11 pot shops, detaining 20 people for questioning." David Gascon said the problem were the pot shops themselves: "It's free enterprise gone amok. And they've become magnets for criminals and those that would hang around such establishments and really causing a problem with the quality of life and a concern in the neighborhoods. And because they're unregulated, people have seen the incredible profits available and so they've started to spawn all over the place." Steph Sherer, founder of Americans for Safe Access, defended the program: "Here in California we have decided that we have to figure out how to get this medication to people who need it. And L.A. is going through the process right now of regulating those dispensaries. I think what we have to really look at is, as a medical cannabis patient, when your doctor tells you that this is the therapy that's going to help you, you have to have a place where you can get it." The Factor said: "I am sure that there are some sick people who are benefiting by the law in California. There's no question. But when you have the mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, you can't get more liberal than this man, shutting down these clinics in his town because he is saying, hey, people on the block don't want these guys hanging around stoned all day long. It's out of control."
Radio shock jocks and water intoxication death
Guest: Mancow Muller, syndicated radio host

"28-year-old Jennifer Strange, mother of three, wanted to win a Nintendo [Wii game system] for her kids. So she participated in a radio shock jock stunt in Sacramento. She drank two gallons of water and didn't go to the bathroom. The person who held out the longest won the prize. Later that day, Jennifer was found dead from water intoxication. Ten people have been fired at KDND radio and lawsuits are expected to fly." Radio host Mancow Miller said this might be the straw that breaks the camel's back: "This type of radio is dead. And there's a reason it's dying. You know, we're living in important times. And this kind of voyeuristic radio really has died. Most of the really bad stuff has gone to satellite. But it's a dying art form, if it is that. So the truth is that we want something with core values. People are sick of this stuff. In the small markets they can't get any talent, so they do this voyeuristic, easy stuff. I do think these people are murderers. In my opinion these guys are murderers." The Factor complained about lack of oversight: "The lawsuit is going to be unbelievable. There doesn't seem to be any regulation in radio."
Stephen Colbert
Guest: Stephen Colbert, "The Colbert Report"

The Factor welcomed Stephen Colbert: "'The Colbert Report' on Comedy Central is a very successful program that owes everything to me. Each night host Stephen Colbert tries to convince Americans that he is me." Colbert was very excited: "Thank you for having me on. This is an amazing honor. I want you to know that I spend so much time in the world that is spinning all the time, that to be in the no spin zone actually gives me vertigo. I've been waiting my whole life for this, sir." The Factor wanted to know where his royalties were: "Don't you owe me an enormous amount of money?" Colbert said: "If I were imitating you I would. But there's a difference between imitation and emulation. Let me tell you the difference. If you imitate someone, you owe them a royalty check. If you emulate them, you don't. There's a big difference. Check your lawyer." Colbert continued to praise his idol: "I do my show half-hour a night four nights a week. You go five nights a week, an hour, plus 'The Radio Factor.' What are you on? What gives you the strength? Jesus Christ or Pat Robertson's protein shakes?" The Factor responded: "I'm motivated by the fact that you need material, that the more I'm on, the more successful you will be."
Analyzing the "fake news"
Guests: Fox News analysts Bernard Goldberg & Jane Hall

The Factor thought the press fawned a little too much over Stephen Colbert and John Stewart. Jane Hall said, "They're making fun of the news. They're also reaching younger audiences. And they're doing it by an ironic take on the news. And Colbert is actually genuinely funny, as is Jon Stewart." Bernie Goldberg took a leap: "You always run the risk when you try to seriously analyze comedy, because you run the risk of coming off as a doofus. So here I go taking that risk. Years ago the most popular comedy people on television never made fun of other people. They made fun of themselves. We live in a cynical age. And because these guys are wise guys, they're seen as cutting edge. And the media, the old media especially, which is not hip at all, thinks that some of that hipness is going to rub off on them." The Factor was perplexed: "Some people say that young people even get their information from Colbert [and] form their opinions about things Jon Stewart says. And I'm saying to myself, that's crazy."
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Chuck Connell, Louisville, KY: "Bill, I predicted after Senator Clinton said what you predicted she would say that you would gloat. What say you?"

Danny Watson, Hazleton, PA: "Bill, isn't it amazing that the Vermont press is more concerned with attacking you than protecting their children?"

Jim Williams, Colquitt, GA: "Bill, I resented the comparison between the South at the time of the civil rights movement and the current situation in Vermont."

Nick Hubbell, Vermont: "Bill, I'll admit the judicial system her is lenient but this is a great place to live. A couple of poor decisions by judges does not merit thrashing the entire state."

Marney Simon, Wilmington, IL: "Bill, no matter how noble your intentions are, watching your producer shove a camera in someone's face shouting inflammatory questions is nothing more than tabloid television."

Paul Aviles, Bethlehem, PA: "Bill, stop picking on Vermont. It is well known that secular-progressive states like Vermont have a better quality of life than traditional states like Mississippi."