Tuesday, December 11, 2012
On The O'Reilly Factor...
Segment Summaries
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Talking Points Memo & Top Story
Hate speech in America
Guests: Monica Crowley and Alan Colmes

"The Factor is now going to 'out' media people and others in the public arena who use hate speech, we're going to name names and challenge people who are using hateful discourse in this country. But we have to be careful because we do believe in freedom of speech and we do respect robust debate and satire. Let me give you an example: On Saturday Night Live, actor Jamie Foxx was promoting his new movie and said, 'I kill all the white people in the movie, how great is that?' Some were upset by Foxx's monologue, but I did not see anything hateful in his commentary and I do not believe Jamie Foxx wants white people dead. Hate speech is designed to marginalize and harm an ideological opponent, a business rival, or someone else the hater doesn't like. Also, if you can't win the debate, hate speech is a cheap way to retreat. Labeling someone a 'bigot' or a 'racist' or a 'homophobe' is a kind of violence; you want onlookers to join you in harming the person you are defaming. That's why we are on this campaign, and we are going to let you know exactly who the offenders are in very vivid terms."

Fox News analysts Alan Colmes and Monica Crowley opined on the Talking Points and Jamie Foxx's Saturday Night Live monologue. "The part I found offensive," Crowley said, "was when he said how he gets to kill white people in his movie. Let's say this was a white actor saying, 'In my new movie I get to kill all the black people.' There would be outrage, which points to the double standard." Colmes interpreted Foxx's monologue as legitimate and amusing satire. "He's making fun of racial stereotypes and whites can do the same thing. I don't see it as different and I thought it was very funny." However, Colmes did call out sportswriter Jason Whitlock, who has repeatedly spewed racial invective. "When Whitlock compared the NRA to the KKK he was wrong. I might agree with him on the gun control issue, but I think he stepped over the line when he did that."
Impact Segment
Right-to-work showdown in Michigan
Guests: Governor Rick Snyder

Michigan's Republican-led legislature has passed laws enabling employees to work without being coerced to join a union. The Factor spoke about the right-to-work laws with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. "This legislation is about freedom to choose for workers," Snyder said. "This isn't about the relationship between employers and unions, this is not about collective bargaining, this is about the relationship between unions and workers. This is about freedom to choose - if workers see value to joining a union, they should be excited and they should join. This also means more and better jobs for Michigan. Companies would not come to Michigan because we were not a right-to-work state."
Factor Follow Up Segment
Why won't Christians stand up to the war on Christmas?
Guests: Pastor Robert Jeffress

The Factor has questioned why so many Christian leaders are passive when secular forces assault Christmas and other holidays. Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress entered the No Spin Zone with his explanation. "A lot of Christian leaders have the wrong idea about Jesus," Jeffress preached. "They see Jesus as this wimpy guy who walked around plucking daisies and saying nice things, but never doing anything controversial. The fact is that Jesus did confront his culture with truth and he wound up being crucified for it. Another reason is that pastors don't like controversy, they're afraid of losing church members and getting involved in lawsuits. Wimpy pastors produce wimpy Christians, which is why we're losing this culture war." The Factor again urged religious leaders to join the fray: "School boards and other people who are under assault by the secularists know they aren't going to get any pressure from the Christian communities. For example, we haven't seen pastors in Rhode Island confront the Governor."
Stossel Matters Segment
Stossel investigates science vs. God
Guests: John Stossel

John Stossel, who hosts an upcoming Fox Business special called "Science vs. God," revealed that he is a reluctant atheist. "I guess I am a heathen," Stossel confessed. "I'd like to believe in God and I envy those of you who do, but I tried and I can't get there. Religious people are happier, they find more purpose in life, and I would love to be a believer. So I'm eager to hear some nuclear physicists who deeply believe in God explain how they get there, maybe I'll get convinced. We'll also have other scientists on the show who will challenge them." The Factor conferred earthly absolution after Stossel's nationally televised confession: "If yours is a sincere belief, I don't think anybody on earth has the right to criticize you. Conscience is conscience."
'Is it Legal?' Segment
How is pot legalization impacting DUI laws in Colorado and Washington?
Guests: Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle

Marijuana has been legalized in Washington and Colorado, but the latter state has not laid out exactly what constitutes driving under the influence of weed. Legal analysts Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle elaborated. "The problem in Colorado," Wiehl said, "is that legislators did not pass a law saying what it means to be driving stoned. If you're swerving and cops have reasonable suspicion to pull you over, you can be prosecuted if a blood test reveals that you are under the influence of drugs. But there is no baseline for what is legal and what is illegal." Guilfoyle reported that Colorado will likely specify exactly what constitutes driving while drugged. "They have to change the law and they'll reconsider it in January. They'll specify an amount and then it will become illegal after they vote on it." The Factor urged Colorado lawmakers to rectify a dangerous situation: "Right now Willie Nelson can get into his van as high as a kite and do anything he wants. He can't be charged with drugged driving because there isn't any law."
Back of the Book Segment
How much should the wealthy pay in taxes?
Guests: Charles Krauthammer

President Obama and many others insist that wealthy Americans must pay their "fair share," but what does that mean? The Factor posed that question to Charles Krauthammer. "The whole question of what's a 'fair share' is a liberal's question," Dr. K asserted. "Taxation is not a moral issue, it's a question of necessity - how much is needed to pay for the roads, the bridges, and to raise the armies. In an ideal world, the 'fair share' of taxation is zero. The Founders had zero income tax, they taxed customs and transactions. They never had a conception of what's 'fair.' But when you ask, as liberals do, what is a fair share, the idea is that government has a moral claim on your earnings."
Factor Mail
Viewers sound off
Charlene Richards, St. Louis, MO: "Sadly, racism will never be eradicated as long as there are people like Jason Whitlock who continually stir the pot. Unfortunately there are many who take turns stirring."

Dr. Marlene Bensch, Livonia, MI: "Bill, as you read Jason Whitlock's response to your invitation to appear on The Factor, I couldn't help but think that he demonized you because it was easier than admitting he was scared."

Jeremy Shouse, Littleton, CO: "Bill, Whitlock was wrong to call you a plantation owner, but correct in identifying you as a mere television entertainer."
Tip Of The Day
Capital gains
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