The O'Reilly Factor
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Friday, May 10, 2013
The Benghazi story heats up
"If there is one guy you would not want to be today, it is White House spokesman Jay Carney. The press grilled him over charges that the White House altered the initial CIA reporting of the Benghazi attack to downplay the organized terrorism angle and play up the spontaneous anti-American demonstration angle. Mr. Carney said the White House did nothing wrong, Ambassador Susan Rice did nothing wrong, and the whole controversy is being generated by Republicans for political reasons. But ABC News is reporting that there were 12 different versions of talking points on Benghazi and the final version eliminated references to Al Qaeda and affiliated terror organizations. What Jay Carney attempted to do was convince the world that there was initial confusion about who attacked the American ambassador and killed him, and that the White House was acting responsibly in avoiding placing direct blame. But Ambassador Rice did place blame for the attack on the anti-Islamic video. Summing up, there is no admission of wrongdoing by the Obama administration, there are charges that the Benghazi controversy is politically motivated, and there will be no release of emails that might clarify the situation."

The Factor welcomed ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl, who broke the story that the Benghazi talking points went through a dozen iterations. "Jay Carney was under fire today," Karl said, "and these were the toughest questions I've seen him face. But he is a loyalist who defends the administration consistently." Karl outlined the inconsistencies in the White House version of what transpired after the Benghazi attack. "What we heard from the White House in November was that neither the White House nor the State Department made anything beyond stylistic changes to the talking points, but we've now clearly seen that there were dramatic changes to the talking points." The Factor urged the administration to come clean: "It was the White House and the State Department, working together, that made these edits and misled the world. We need to find out who in the White House drove this, whether it was the President or somebody else trying to protect him in a reelection campaign."
Did the Obama Administration purposefully mislead the world on Benghazi?
Geraldo Rivera entered the No Spin Zone with his take on the Benghazi affair and the administration's initial claim that an anti-Muslim video was to blame. "They did that for tactical advantage to win the election," Rivera theorized. "I don't think there is a crime at the heart of this, but it is deeply disturbing. Jay Carney, a fine fellow who is very loyal to the President, was an extremist today. He seemed extremely uncomfortable because the administration spun this as something it was not." The Factor predicted that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be the biggest loser in the scandal: "Even though he doesn't know it, Jay Carney basically threw Hillary Clinton under the bus today. He was saying it was the State Department, and Hillary Clinton will have this around her neck for the rest of her political life."
How does Lou Dobbs feel about the new immigration bill?
Fox Business anchor Lou Dobbs, who has been scrutinizing the proposed new immigration reform legislation, laid out his objections. "Tell me how many immigrants will be given legal status," Dobbs demanded. "How can you possibly pass a bill giving status when you don't know how many people you're giving it to? And how much will this cost? I want a cap on the number of illegal immigrants who are given status and a rational analysis of the cost and the impact. This should be in the national interest!"
Should Jodi Arias get the death penalty?
Convicted killer Jodi Arias has stated that she would rather be executed than serve life in prison. Former ABC News correspondent Tim O'Brien argued that putting Arias to death would be a bad idea. "In our system," he said, "the defendant doesn't get to choose what the punishment is. She can no sooner have her sentence determined to be the death penalty than she can have herself sentenced to ten years in a Caribbean villa, but she could tell her attorneys not to put on any defense and to let the state have its way. There is a question as to whether she is competent to make that call." The Factor contended that Jodi Arias deserves a fate worse than death: "I oppose the death penalty because human life is sacred and another person doesn't have the right to take it. I would punish Jodi Arias and others who murder to hard labor, which is worse than death. She shouldn't be able to just sit there and watch TV."
Chris Christie mocks himself in new online video
Friday regulars Greg Gutfeld and Bernard McGuirk opined on a "humorous" video in which New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appears with various celebrities. "Everybody now thinks they can do a skit in their own workplace," Gutfeld said, "and that it will actually be funny. Chris Christie is naturally funny when he's talking to people in town halls and he doesn't need to do this stuff. But having said that, I wouldn't mind having a Republican nominee with a sense of humor." McGuirk was far less charitable in his critique. "This is like an unfunny NBC sitcom, which is actually redundant. This was weaker than Chris Christie's knees and if I want to watch unfunny fat people I'll watch The Biggest Loser or a Michael Moore documentary." The Factor flatly declared that Chris Christie "wants to run for president."
Pinheads of the Week featuring Judge Judy, Bill Richardson and Mother's Day
Gutfeld and McGuirk returned to name the week's most idiotic people. McGuirk went with former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who said Republican Senator Ted Cruz should not "be defined as a Hispanic" because he is a conservative. "The idea that if you are from a certain heritage you have to follow a certain orthodoxy is offensive and un-American. Ted Cruz's father came as a penniless kid from Cuba and Bill Richardson's father was a wealthy banker who sent little Billy to prep school." Gutfeld explained why his pinhead of the week is writer Kate Lombardi. "She claims Mother's Day is sexist because it reinforces gender stereotypes. Complimenting motherhood basically ticks off feminists, and if you're a writer all you have to do is add 'this is sexist' to any topic and you have a story." The Factor singled out the folks who actually believed that President Obama nominated Judge Judy to the Supreme Court. "If you don't know what you're talking about, be smart enough to know you're dumb and don't say anything!"
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Amy Henderson, Ormond Beach, FL: "We are following the Benghazi story but we agree with Bernie Goldberg. Many Americans are not interested. What can we do?"

Phyllis Gronski, Grand Blanc, MI: "Bill, I wept during your interview with Sean Smith's mother. I will be praying for her on Mother's Day."

Rojo Hoyes, Jalisco, Mexico: "For years, people from my village would go to America illegally but come back. Now they are leaving hoping to get amnesty and never come back."
A special Mother's Day gift
If your mother is troubled and genuinely not a good parent, you might consider a Mother's Day gift of forgiveness.
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