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.
Monday, March 11, 2013
The Factor Rundown
Righteous Anger
Guests: Juan Williams and Mary Katharine Ham

"There are some things you can not change without over-the-top action and that's where the concept of 'righteous anger' comes in. It's interesting watching the anti-Fox media try to exploit the shootout I had with Alan Colmes last week; these hacks flailed around trying to diminish me and this network. The reason I got angry with Colmes is that he refused to acknowledge President Obama's refusal to cut federal programs. As Alan well knows, the U.S. debt is heading towards $20 trillion, which could very well lead to a depression. So in order to get everybody's attention, I got angry with Colmes, and I believe my anger was absolutely justified. A couple of other examples: Congressman Barney Frank denied screwing up the federal mortgage agencies Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, so I let him have it, and Geraldo and I got into it over the subject of criminal illegal aliens. All Factor viewers should know one thing about me - I'm not in business to make money or to accumulate fame, I'm here to look out for you. Right now the President is not solving the budget chaos because he does not want to cut federal spending, that's the truth. The spinners are lying to you and that makes me angry, so you saw that and you will most likely see it again in the future."

The Factor asked Juan Williams and Mary Katharine Ham to opine on the occasional need for anger. "There are moments when it's justified," Williams said, "and I think about some of the stuff you've done defending children from perverts and abusers is deserved righteous indignation. Now we're talking about the federal budget, and when you stand up and make the case I listen. But I don't think it helps you when you yell, 'Liar,' or when you call people B.S. agents. That diminishes attention from the substance." Ham concurred that outbursts of anger have a legitimate role in political discourse. "I think it's healthy now and then and it's hilariously hypocritical for those on the left to get all up in arms about righteous indignation. That is their stock in trade for every issue, it's used as a tool to bully people into ignoring the facts."
Nancy Pelosi: Obama has always been respectful of Republicans' views
Guests: Karl Rove

Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi has claimed that President Obama has always been "very respectful" of the opposition, a notion that Fox News analyst Karl Rove eagerly slapped down. "She's living in an alternative universe," Rove said. "The President came into office and in one of the first meetings he had with House Republicans, he cut off Eric Cantor by saying, 'I won.' The following month he told Republicans he wanted to work with them on health care reform; his next meeting with them was 51 weeks later when he tried to bludgeon them into supporting a bill they had no input on. He attributes ill motives to his opponents, saying they either want to protect tax breaks for gazillionaires or ruin the economy."
Chuck Hagel meets Afghan President Hamid Karzai after security threats, political friction
Guests: Brit Hume

Newly-confirmed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's visit to Afghanistan was marred by bombings and anti-American remarks by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. FNC's Brit Hume analyzed the situation. "The worry that a lot of people have about this," he reported, "is that this behavior by Karzai will only hasten President Obama's rush for the exits. Karzai's comments infuriate Americans and make it easier for the President to abandon the effort." The Factor worried that Afghanistan could wind up being another Vietnam: "About 2,200 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan and we've spent a half-trillion dollars. We're trying to do two things - deny the Taliban sanctuary and bring a semblance of civility and democracy to this backward nation. I think we're going to fail on both of those."
How can the Catholic Church rebound from crisis?
Guests: Lanny Davis

As Catholic cardinals meet in Rome to select a new Pope, The Factor asked Fox News contributor Lanny Davis how the church can recover from the child abuse scandals. "People want more openness and more facts about what happened," Davis said, "and I have a feeling that the conclave is addressing that very issue as they select a new Pope." The Factor lamented that fewer Americans identify themselves as religious, saying, "Secular progressives are overjoyed because once you have a declining church attendance you have a more secular nation." Davis agreed that religion is a cornerstone of America. "It's a great loss to our nation if we have a more secular country, our nation was founded by people who mentioned God and who believed in religion. I don't like the fact that our country is turning away from that."
The Denver Post attacks The Factor
Guests: Bernie Goldberg

Fox News' Jesse Watters recently confronted Colorado Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino, who has been blocking a version of Jessica's Law. Soon after that interview, the Denver Post denounced The Factor for describing Ferrandino as "openly gay." Bernie Goldberg entered the No Spin Zone with his take on the controversy. "You were not attacking Mark Ferrandino's sexuality," Goldberg said, "you were saying that this powerful politician supports civil unions and marijuana legalization, but he's against Jessica's Law! But here's where I think you were wrong - I don't think you should have mentioned that he's openly gay. What does his sexuality have to do with it?" The Factor answered Goldberg's question by pointing out that Ferrandino has been passionately promoting pro-gay legislation while blocking Jessica's Law: "You have to get behind the motivation of the man, and his motivation is very narrow. There are only a couple of things he feels passionate about, but he apparently doesn't feel passionate about the kids."
Glenn Beck in the No Spin Zone
Guests: Glenn Beck

The Factor asked Glenn Beck to critique the notorious shootout with Alan Colmes over the budget deficit. "I was shocked," Beck joked, "and I thought this is a broadcaster who is not in control of his feelings, I was a little disappointed in you. Some might say I was in the other room cheering, but nobody you can trust. I like Alan, but he's wrong on this. Everybody is in such denial, we have this overwhelming debt and we are printing money."
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Warner Dunn, Nacogdoches, TX: "Bill, you should take some credit for the president finally meeting with Republican leaders. Your debt coverage has sparked controversy all over the country."

Joe Wind, Tracy, CA: "Bill, I love the fact that you are putting heat on the president for the spending. But Mr. Obama will not be deterred. He will stall until he gets a Democratic Congress."

Dean Somers, Afghanistan: "I am stationed at Camp Clark close to the Pakistani border. We watch The Factor every day over here. Thanks for all you do, Mr. O."
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