Monday, November 12, 2012
On The O'Reilly Factor...
Segment Summaries
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Top Story
What does the resignation of David Petraeus mean for you?
Guests: Lt. Col. Ralph Peters

The Factor began Monday's program with Fox News analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, who opined on the resignation of CIA boss Gen. David Petraeus. "It appears that the White House is lying again," Peters alleged, "just like it was lying about Benghazi. The important detail is the timeline, who knew what and when. It has emerged that Attorney General Holder knew months ago about the investigation, and it strains credulity to believe that he did not tell his good friend the President that there could be a breaking sex scandal involving the CIA director. This was beautifully engineered to make sure the President was unstained by all of this." Peters went on to question Petraeus' judgment. "Every successful man has known a Paula Broadwell, but the smart guys don't return the calls. If you're a sucker for that, you're not fit to run the CIA."
Talking Points Memo
Is traditional America gone for good?
"Emotions are still running high after last week's presidential vote. My pal Dennis Miller believes traditional America has been vaporized, that it's gone for good. I've given that a lot of thought and I disagree with him. I believe traditional America can come back, but it will take a very special person to make that happen. It was an entitlement vote this year; American families earning less than $35,000 a year broke big for the President, so it's clear that left-wing ideology did not win the day for President Obama, big spending on federal programs did. Many in the media would have us believe that liberal ideology was confirmed by this election. It was not. On paper, the stats look hopeless for traditional Americans, but they can be reversed. The key question going forward is whether the secular-progressive movement is good for Americans, regardless of their ethnicity or economic conditions, and the answer is no! Minorities are more affected by poverty because the traditional family unit has broken down. But rather than trying to reverse that, secular-progressives want more entitlement spending. On the abortion front, rather than trying to discourage taking the lives of millions of fetuses, the secular-progressives have created a mythical 'war on women.' Abortion zealots want the procedure on demand, no matter how late term, and are stridently opposed to counseling before this life-ending procedure is undertaken. Abortion is settled law in the USA, but it should be discouraged because human DNA is present upon conception. Ask yourself this question: Should America be a country where potential human life is terminated for convenience? And the federal government is going to demand that citizens who oppose abortion pay for it? What say you, Planned Parenthood? If Mitt Romney had spelled out what the secular progressive movement is all about and how President Obama enables that, he would not have lost 71% of the Hispanic vote. I believe the majority of Americans can be persuaded that the far left is a dangerous outfit bent on destroying traditional American and replacing it with a social free-fire zone that drives dependency and poverty. But so many of our politicians are cowardly that the truth is rarely heard."
Impact Segment
Are secular progressive policies damaging the nation?
Guests: Mary Katharine Ham and Juan Williams

Juan Williams and Mary Katharine Ham evaluated the Talking Points Memo and the assertion that secular progressives have damaged the nation. "You're a little off target on this one," Williams said. "There are a lot of older Americans who say this is not the America they grew up in, but you can not demonize the new folks in America and make them out to be America's problem. People across the board said Romney shares their values, but they said Obama cares about 'people like me.'" Ham contended that a charismatic conservative messenger will be able to turn the tide. "We have reached a turning point of sorts, but that does not mean that there won't be an electoral victory in the future for people who are to the right of center. You are correct that it will take a special person, just as it took a special person in Barack Obama to bring the left to where it is right now."
Unresolved Problems Segment
Food stamp use surges to new record
Guests: Michelle Fields and Anahita Sedaghatfar

More than 47-million Americans are now receiving food stamps and the number keeps growing. The Factor analyzed the issue with conservative writer Michelle Fields and liberal attorney Anahita Sedaghaftar. "President Obama has created a lot of welfare spending," Fields said, "and he essentially bought this election through welfare spending. Federal spending has increased for welfare by 32% and the problem is that this is supposed to help people get on their feet, but it's becoming a way of life." Sedaghaftar posited that many women opted for President Obama for reasons other than welfare spending. "We're in a bad economy and people need help, but I don't think that's the deciding factor in why single women voted for Obama. He got the women's vote because he supports issues that matter to single women, such as women's health care and equal pay."
Weekdays with Bernie Segment
Media coverage of the resignation of David Petraeus
Guests: Bernie Goldberg

The Factor asked Bernard Goldberg to weigh in on the David Petraeus scandal. "My first reaction," Goldberg said, "was that I don't want to know about this, it's a private matter. Then I thought he has access to secrets so it's an important story, and then I thought somebody ought to tell that to Bill Clinton, who also had access to top secrets. If there's any good news that comes out of this, it's now that sex is involved, maybe the mainstream media will show a little interest in Benghazi. I'm not interested in this story except as it pertains to policy such as Benghazi." The Factor pointed out that President Obama may finally face some legitimate questions this week: "There will be a press conference Wednesday and it will be interesting to see how aggressive the media is. I think this is the first press conference the President has held since he graduated from law school."
Back of Book Segment
Adam Carolla weighs in on the resignation of Petraeus and the election of Elizabeth Warren
Guests: Adam Carolla

Adam Carolla began his segment with his take on David Petraeus. "I don't mind a guy who cheats, that just means he has testosterone. But the part that makes me nervous is that this guy's the director of the CIA and he can't keep this liaison secret!" Carolla also explained why Elizabeth Warren's victory in Massachusetts makes him livid. "She gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention where she told everybody that the system is rigged against them. It's a horrible message to send to people in this country and it's the cornerstone of the Democratic Party." The Factor added, "Elizabeth Warren is a classic liberal who believes American society is basically unjust."
Tip Of The Day
Ideal getaway
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Factor Mail
Viewers sound off
Jake Ferro, Macon, GA: "Bill, you again let the folks down. You could have helped throw a tyrannical ruler out of office."

Vito Bracciodieta, Jensen Beach, FL: "Bill, I was one of the 21% who said you were unfair in the election coverage. You seemed to favor guests who favored Romney."

Ron Castetter, Beaumont, TX: "Bill, you really do love President Obama."

James Jacobs, San Diego, CA: "Bill, you are not fair because you attack Obama way more than Romney."