The O'Reilly Factor
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
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Fox News under attack... again
"You may remember that last year the White House declared war on Fox News, saying we were irresponsible in our reporting and biased against the administration. Now the war is being resurrected, not by President Obama but by some of his acolytes. With the November election looming, Democrats are in a tough spot - the economy is not getting much better and the voters are angry. So a smokescreen is needed to mask reality, something to drive attention away from the economy and other problems. If you visit the left-wing websites, the rhetoric is pretty much all the same: 'Fox News lies,' 'Fox News is a propaganda arm of the Republican Party.' In the past few days we've seen that rhetoric expand to TV, with even former President Carter claiming Fox News 'distorts everything.' Since the war on Fox News failed the last time around, it's a bit perplexing that it would be resurrected. The troubling reality is that the USA is suffering economically and President Obama's leadership is being questioned. That's what's in play and all the partisan bloviating in the world will not change that."

The Factor asked political strategist Dick Morris to analyze the war on FNC. "The issue is not so much why they're going after Fox News," Morris said, "the problem is that there's nothing else they are saying. The Democratic Party is approaching this election with absolutely no message. Not a single Democratic candidate is out there saying the economy is good or the stimulus package is working or Obamacare is good. They're all saying 'I didn't vote for this and I didn't vote for that.' The whole idea is to throw as much negative as you can." The Factor tried to explicate the anti-Fox vitriol: "Some people are telling me that if they can make Fox News the villain, it will mobilize voters. It's really the Democratic Party running against Fox." Gazing into his crystal ball, Morris asserted that Christine O'Donnell can definitely win the Senate race in Delaware because of her unquestioned fiscal conservatism.

For another point of view, The Factor welcomed Democratic strategist Jane Fleming Kleeb. "The reality is that Democrats love to hate Fox News," Kleeb said, "and Democrats are looking to fire up the base, so you guys are the perfect enemy to do that. It's a good short-term strategy, but it's not a good long-term strategy. I get nasty emails from 'progressives' for coming on Fox News, but I like discourse in politics. If Democrats consider Fox News the enemy, they should come in here and debate the issues." The Factor contended that Fox-bashers are shooting themselves in the foot: "Jimmy Carter doesn't help himself by going out and saying Fox News lies and then being afraid to come in here and back it up. President Carter looks like a coward and people think he's a crank."
Jon Stewart in the No Spin Zone
The Factor was joined by Comedy Central's Jon Stewart, who confessed to being somewhat disenchanted with President Obama. "People feel a disappointment," Stewart said. "There was a sense that Jesus will walk on water, but now it's like he's just treading water. I thought we were in such a place that we needed a more drastic deconstruction of the powers that be. I've been saddened to see that someone who ran on that idea that you can't expect to get different results with the same people and the same system has kept in place so much of the same system. I completely agree with the sentiment that he ran as a visionary but he has led as a functionary." Stewart elaborated on his upcoming "Rally to Restore Sanity" on the National Mall. "People tell me they don't feel represented by the extremities, and that the real voice of the people has been muted. We're trying to find that thin sliver of America between 'pinhead' and 'patriot.'"

Returning for a second segment, Jon Stewart discussed his new book "Earth: A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race." "The overarching theme," Stewart said, "is that this is a comprehensive guide to how we got here, all that we accomplished while we were here, and how we are leaving. Your books are polemics; this book is written in humor." Stewart suggested that Bill has become a voice of reason and sanity. "You've been overtaken by an extreme version of you. You're like 'Fox 1.0,' and 'Fox 2.0' has jumped over you. Quite frankly, I think deep down inside you can't believe what you unleashed. On this network you're left wing." The Factor reminded Stewart that "you and I are going to be slugging it out in the book stores."
Dennis Miller on Jimmy Carter
The Factor turned Dennis Miller loose on Jimmy Carter, who characterized his administration as very successful. "He was a genius, wasn't he?" Miller joked. "I know it was only a one-term presidency, but it was so noxious that it had a linger to it. I think of the Carter presidency as a fart in a Smart car - it's there, it's not going away and it's not pleasant. In the rear view mirror Billy Carter is starting to look like the savant in the family, and Jimmy Carter is marked in perpetuity as the worst president - he was a mindless hack." Miller also revealed that, were he in Delaware, he would pull the lever for Christine O'Donnell over Chris Coons. "I've condensed it down to a bumper sticker - 'bewitched vs. bewildered.' And I'm going to go with Andora because the other guy thinks everybody's cauldron should be exactly the same size. She's a little flaky to me, but somebody's got to run a tighter ship in Washington."
Did you see that?
FNC's Juliette Huddy viewed a political ad in which North Carolina Republican Renee Ellmers speaks out against the proposed mosque near Ground Zero. "She's really not doing so well," Huddy said, "and when you're back there in the weeds you have to pull out all the stops. Her opponent hasn't come out and said anything about the mosque, so the tactic is to go after him for saying nothing. But some people say she's desecrating this hallowed ground by using this as an issue." Huddy also reported on the new movie "Christmas With a Capital C," which dramatizes the left's war against Christian symbols. "This isn't so much a 'Hollywood' film," Huddy said, "it's done by a studio that does Christian entertainment and there's a happy ending for Christians. But Newsfeed, which is affiliated with Time magazine, had a really snarky review of it."
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Jimm Grimm, Richmond, IN: "Bill, I am a tea party member and you described us perfectly. The president pretends he doesn't understand the movement but he does. That's why there's desperation."

Kyle Cavanes, Long Beach, CA: "What Charles Krauthammer and Karl Rove don't understand is that tea party voters are not interested in electing liberal Republicans. They want principled Republicans."

Scott Moroz, Port Jervis, NY: "If marijuana were legalized, incidents like the mother giving her two year old pot would be far less."
Mel Tillis & Paris Hilton
Wednesday's Patriot: 78-year-old country singer Mel Tillis, who sang "Everybody Loves Bill O'Reilly" on the Fox & Friends After The Show Show. And the Pinhead: Paris Hilton, who was denied entry to Japan because of her drug history.