Monday, June 8, 2009
On The O'Reilly Factor...
Segment Summaries
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Talking Points Memo & Top Story
Liberalism and human rights
"The state of liberalism in America is confusing, to say the least, especially in the human rights arena. For example, after 9/11 the USA waterboarded three high-ranking Al Qaeda big shots, getting life-saving information from them. Yet some liberals still insist that America is a 'torture nation.' But when a liberal cause is shown to be brutal, left-wing reaction is something else. Investigators in Kansas have presented strong evidence that late-term abortion doctor George Tiller destroyed viable fetuses for trivial reasons, but the New York Times actually called Tiller a hero. The waterboarding of heinous terrorists who participated in mass murder is called barbaric, but the destruction of thousands of late-term fetuses for casual reasons is called heroic! So who is really looking out for human rights here? The New York Times and their acolytes, or those of us who want to save as many lives as we can, both inside and outside the womb?"

The Factor invited Fox News analysts Mary Katharine Ham and Juan Williams to react to the Talking Points Memo. Ham accused many "progressives" of selective indignation. "Their outrage over human rights abuses is usually a function of who is doing the abusing. The more white, patriarchal - or Israeli - the 'oppressor,' the more outrage they come up with. Even though George Tiller was a white male, they see him as a helper to oppressed women." But Williams argued that liberals are showing respect for the rule of law. "Late-term abortion is legal in Kansas where Dr. Tiller was practicing medicine, but torture is illegal. What I think is hypocritical is when you have someone who says they care about life, but they kill a man in his church!" The Factor accused Williams of hiding behind legalities: "Juan, I gave you four minutes to explain the left's outlook on human rights, and you couldn't do it. Some in the liberal crew simply will not admit what is true if it goes against their orthodoxy."
Impact Segment
Journalists sentenced to 12 years in North Korea
American reporters Laura Ling and Euna Lee, charged with illegally entering North Korea, have been sentenced to twelve years of hard labor. The Factor asked former Speaker Newt Gingrich to assess the situation. "You have to wonder what is going on in the North Korean government," Gingrich began. "The dictatorship suspended the 1953 armistice, theoretically putting us back in the state of war, and they have fired missiles and set off a nuclear weapon. There's something happening that we don't understand, and President Obama has very limited options. The long-term strategy is to figure out how to replace the regime." The Factor questioned the sanity of North Korea's dictator. "There's no question that Kim Jong-il is trying to start a confrontation with the USA. He's crazy, and I don't have a good solution."
Factor Follow Up Segment
New details in death of David Carradine
Last week's death of actor David Carradine in Thailand has ignited a controversy as to whether the cause was suicide, murder, or autoerotic asphyxiation. The Factor asked two law enforcement gurus about the bizarre case. "I think Thai authorities looked at the crime scene," surmised former detective Pat Brosnan, "and put one and one together. There were fishnet stockings, there was a rope tied around his neck and genitals, and there were statements from his previous wives that he had a history of deviant sexual behavior." Sex crimes expert Stacy Dittrich agreed that Carradine's death was caused by his search for autoerotic pleasure. "There are so many indicators inside that hotel room and statements by his ex-wives. We're not talking about a guy who is just hanging from a belt, there are numerous indicators that make this a slam dunk. If there were someone else in that room there would be DNA and fiber evidence."
Unresolved Problems Segment
Phila. police decline to charge group of vigilantes
A group of Philadelphia residents chased and beat a man who was suspected of raping an 11-year-old girl. Police have decided not to charge the attackers, a decision endorsed by Philadelphia resident and Factor regular Marc Lamont Hill. "Violence against women goes on constantly," Hill said, "and typically it goes under-investigated and under-prosecuted. People need to understand that violence against women is unacceptable, and this is one way to make that happen. I don't think the people who beat the hell out of a child rapist should be charged." The Factor expressed shock at Hill's support of vigilantism: "You're talking about anarchy. This guy hasn't been charged and he could be completely innocent. I wouldn't mind those people tackling the guy and waiting for the police, but they were beating him with a stick!"
Culture Warriors Segment
Britney Spears, in your face: How should we react?
The Factor welcomed Culture Warriors Margaret Hoover and Gretchen Carlson, who evaluated a "Jack in the Box" ad that jokes about a woman and menopause. "People are taking this a little too seriously," Hoover declared, "and America needs to lighten up. Menopause would not be joked about were it not for the baby boomers, who have actually allowed us to talk about life stages." Carlson lauded the ad as "hysterically funny." The Warriors moved on to Britney Spears, who exposes herself in some newly released photos. "This isn't even interesting," Hoover said, "and I'm not sure why she would release these unflattering photos right now." But Carlson suggested that Spears may be turning over a new leaf: "I don't know if she actually released these photos because I think she's making a turnaround. Her father is back in her life and he's taking charge, and I'll bet that she didn't release these." The Factor questioned why "our society just doesn't say 'enough' and walk away from these people."
Back of Book Segment
Reality Check: New approval ratings
The Factor began Reality Check with a new poll that asked Americans about Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Vice President Dick Cheney. "34% like the Speaker, 50% do not. As for Cheney, 37% like him and 54% do not. So it's just about a tie." In Oklahoma, state officials were less than responsive to demands that they investigate the sentencing of a child rapist to just one year in prison. The Factor's check: "Governor Brad Henry will not return our calls and Attorney General Drew Edmondson told us he is 'too busy' to investigate. Both Henry and Edmondson should rethink their apathy." Finally, CNN co-founder Reese Schoenfeld claimed that FNC's growing audience tunes in "to hear the ranters and ravers." The Factor's check: "Mr. Schoenfeld's analysis is simplistic and erroneous; more than a few audience surveys show that Fox News viewers cut across a wide spectrum, as do Fox News analysts. The bottom line is that we're more interesting than our competition, which is why people watch us."
Pinheads and Patriots
Sarah Palin & Tony stagehand
Monday's Patriot: Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who took part in a New York City walk to raise money to fight autism. And the Pinhead: The stagehand who dropped a large piece of scenery on the head of rocker Bret Michaels during the Tony Awards.
Factor Mail
Viewers sound off
Linda Thompson, Spencer, OK: "O'Reilly, I applaud you for investigating Judge Bartheld. He is certainly not protecting our children."

Jim Wilmoth, Palmyra, VA: "Bill, actions like those taken by Judge Bartheld and D.A. Miller are the reason vigilantism exists."

Judy Anderson, Toronto, Canada: "Bill, I love your show and want you to get your facts straight: Canada is pulling its weight in the war on terror."