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.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
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The far-left running wild again
Guests: Charles Krauthammer

"The far-left is becoming increasingly bold and fresh in trying to silence those with whom they disagree...One of the consequences of having a liberal President twice-elected is that the fringe left feels emboldened. It thinks it can do whatever it wants...
"At the University of Southern California, Darry Sragow, who teaches political science, has turned his classroom into an anti-Republican strong-hold, telling students, quote: 'The Republican Party in the last vestige of angry, old white people and that's what it is. Republicans are trying to prevent people of color and people of lower income from voting by requiring voter ID'...
This week, Karl Rove was insulted by protesters at the University of Massachusetts, and Sen. Rand Paul was heckled at Howard University. Also, Rick Santorum was banned from speaking at a high school in Michigan until the Factor intervened. Now students must get a signed permission slip from their parents if they want to hear what the former presidential candidate has to say.
Talking Points continues: "The far-left is intruding on the national discourse, perverting the educational system, and generally behaving as badly as any movement has since the late 1960's. Fair-minded Americans will eventually reject this explosion of zealotry as they always have. But in the meantime, students and others are getting hurt. A disturbing trend that must be confronted."

Krauthammer took issue with the statement in Talking Points that the situation on college campuses is now worse than it was in the 60s. He stated that instead of a fringe protest here and there, in the 60s, radicals took over campuses and kept out conservatives. He described the protesters today as rude and infantile with no impact on national discourse.

The Factor, however, cautioned that a vibrant democracy needs respect for opposing points of view and we're not seeing that on college campuses today. He fears the indoctrination at major universities will change our electorate.

Krauthammer accused President Obama of setting the tone, and cited as an example the President painting people who disagree with him on gun control as uncaring towards children.
Why are colleges hiring radical professors?
Guests: Todd Starnes and Bob Zelnick

Columbia University in New York City has hired former Weather Underground radical Kathy Boudin, who served 23 years for murder.

The Factor questioned why American colleges are hiring radicals. Professor Zelnick contended that when the left feels threatened, it acts up.

Todd Starnes expressed optimism over the conservative students who are starting to speak up, like the student at USC who filmed Professor Darry Sragow with a hidden camera.

But the Factor isn't quite as optimistic - he sees the problem as getting worse and doesn't see a solution.
Will the Senate pass gun control legislation?
Guests: Lou Dobbs

Today, the Senate advanced a bill that would require more background checks on gun buyers and provide more funding for school security. A 15-year-old Chicago girl was shot dead in a crossfire, and Michelle Obama is now making her part of the national debate.

While conceding that the issue is important, the Factor admitted finding gun control boring because it never goes anywhere.

Dobbs opined that he doesn't see the point of gun control because we already have enough statutes to deal with it. He said if gun laws worked, crime would be reduced, but they don't work because criminals are the ones killing everyone.

The Factor argued that gun registration, coupled with stop and frisk, would have prevented the murder of the teenage girl in Chicago. Lou Dobbs was incredulous that O'Reilly wants to apply what he calls "draconian measures" to the Second Amendment.
Poll: Majority of Americans favor legalizing marijuana
Guests: Bonny Forrest and Wendy Walsh

The Factor opposes legalizing marijuana because putting another intoxicant on the market sends the wrong message to children. However, a new Pew Research poll shows that 52% of Americans now favor pot legalization, up from 24% in 1980.

Dr. Forrest attempted to explain the increase in support - she said people born after 1977 don't see pot as a problem, but rather see it on par with alcohol. She also mentioned that baby boomers have also changed their view on the subject, with more and more Americans seeing the war on drugs as a waste of money.

Dr. Walsh agreed, pointing out that plenty of baby boomers have tried marijuana or currently use it so the additional support for legalization is simple math. She insisted that taxpayers don't want to spend money prosecuting pot smokers.

But the Factor held strong on his stance opposing legalization and asserted that putting the legal tag on pot is not good for society.
Jodi Arias Trial Update
Guests: Monica Lindstrom and Jeanine Pirro

The Factor brought viewers up to date on the Jodi Arias trial in Phoenix, where the 32-year-old woman admits she killed her boyfriend, but said she had to do it because he treated her badly.

Ms. Lindstrom laid out testimony by two defense witnesses - a battered woman syndrome and domestic violence expert and a memory loss expert. The Factor, however, stressed that there's no evidence Ms. Arias was in fact a battered woman.

O'Reilly lamented that justice is not being served in this country, as it's too easy to get away with murder. Ms. Pirro concurred and said it started with O.J. Simpson. She talked about the CSI generation, where defense attorneys are now allowed to put out crazy theories without any evidence to support it.

The Factor called the Casey Anthony case even more disturbing than O.J. because the theory put forth by the defense (that the baby drowned in a swamp) was so absurd, it was hard to believe the jury bought it.
Watters' World: Detroit Edition
Guests: Jesse Watters

The city of Detroit, which has been controlled by Democrats for more than 50 years, now owes close to $14 billion. Its former mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, faces up to 20 years on various corruption convictions.

Factor producer went to the embattled city to speak with Charlie LeDuff, the author of "Detroit: An American Autopsy," and a sampling of Detroit residents.

Watters demonstrated how crime, unemployment, arson, and drugs have taken their toll on Motor City. The citizens of the city seem to have no faith in the leadership there, and there's been massive white flight from Detroit in the past couple of decades.
What do you do when someone hurts you?
The victims of violent crime must fight back and hold the criminals accountable in both civil and criminal court, but that almost always takes lots of money. That's why the Factor supports the Alexa Foundation, which was started by a rape victim at Boston University whose family was wiped out financially by helping to prosecute her rapist.
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Tristian Jackson, Cheyenne, Wyoming: "Beckel was right. If you take drugs across state lines, that's trafficking not possession. You owe him an apology."

Tom Rafanello, Coral Gables, Florida: "I spent 35 years in the DEA putting dealers and traffickers in prison. We never went after casual users like Beckel."

Anthony Orfino, Monroe, Connecticut: "The White House concert cost the taxpayer about one cent each. How is that a big deal?"
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