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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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Dishonest Media?
"The American media is heavily invested in a race-driven story line concerning the acquittal of George Zimmerman and is still pounding the drum that somehow Trayvon Martin did not receive justice because of his skin color. There is fury over the verdict in some African American precincts and the far left is trying hard to exploit that. For example, shortly before the verdict I questioned whether 'people will run out and cause trouble' if there was an acquittal. But CNN's website reported that I questioned whether black people would run out and cause trouble. I never said 'black people,' the writer Paul Waldman fabricated that to make me look like a racist. Today CNN corrected the record, but I am perplexed as to why they would allow a radical leftist like Waldman to write for them. He was a 'senior fellow' at the smear website Media Matters, he's a radical zealot. On the subject of extremists, last night on the Letterman program Bill Maher said that if George Zimmerman gets his gun back Casey Anthony should get a baby. The crowd booed because the folks know cheap shots when they hear them. Talking Points believes the tide may be turning in the sad case of Trayvon Martin. I hope so anyway."
Zimmerman Verdict Coverage
Guest: George Stephanopoulos
On ABC's This Week, radio host Tavis Smiley declared that black men in America are "held in contempt." The Factor asked the show's host, George Stephanopoulos, why he failed to challenge Smiley. "When he finished that statement," Stephanopoulos explained, "I said that wasn't the question in the courtroom and I tried to get us back to the matter at hand, which was the verdict. That exchange was preceded by a discussion about whether the Justice Department should bring civil rights charges. I pointed out how difficult it would be to prove that race was a factor." The Factor urged Stephanopoulos to fight propaganda: "I don't think you can allow him to say American society is contemptuous of black men, that's false. When people say these things, you and I have a responsibility to say, 'hold it, I don't see it that way.'"
Controversial Cover
Guests: Kirsten Powers & Kate Obenshain
Rolling Stone magazine has adorned its cover with the image of Boston terror suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Democrat Kirsten Powers and Republican Kate Obenshain opined on the magazine's choice of cover boys. "I thought it was terrible and kind of sick," Powers declared. "If you look at past covers of Rolling Stone they have movie stars or singers or presidents, but this is rewarding and glorifying a murderer." Obenshain denounced the magazine for its description of the story. "Rolling Stone has said that the article is 'heartbreaking and riveting,' but I think the truly heartbreaking and riveting story was the 8-year-old who was killed. There is a tendency of the mainstream media to have some degree of sympathy with terrorists and to blame America." The Factor added that Rolling Stone is in need of attention, saying, "The article makes him somewhat sympathetic because he's from a 'dysfunctional family.'"
Obamacare Preview
Guest: Bob Beckel
Some large labor unions have joined the rising tide of objectors to Obamacare, saying the health care plan will hurt their members. The Factor was joined by The Five co-host Bob Beckel, an unabashed fan of Obamacare. "Jimmy Hoffa and these union leaders are negotiators," Beckel said. "They got a five-year extension to 2018 and now they're trying to get another five years. These guys helped write this thing - maybe Hoffa should have had somebody read it." Beckel laid out one personal reason for supporting the law. "I'm a beneficiary because I had a precondition and I got health care because of Obamacare. 6 or 7 million people are benefitting from it right now." But The Factor maintained that while some Americans benefit, many others are paying a steep price: "This is chaos. The President holds off the employer mandate for a year, the unions don't like it, costs are going up for most people, and businesses are not hiring full-time workers. When you strip it all down, this is an income distribution play."
IRS Scandal Returns
Guests:Carl Cameron

The House is set to begin a new round of hearings on the IRS' harassment of conservative groups. FNC's Carl Cameron provided a behind-the-scenes preview from Washington. "A lot of new incendiary allegations are going to come out," he predicted. "IRS Inspector Russell George will testify about the targeting of conservative groups that absolutely involved headquarters in D.C. Republicans want to know who was involved and what they did, and we expect to hear new evidence that Lois Lerner ordered Tea Party applications to go through a very strict multi-layer review process. We know that Treasury Department officials had increased their visits to the White House, we also know that the White House Chief of Staff and the White House Counsel were aware of the misconduct before it came out. Congressman Darrell Issa claims that Thursday's testimony will prove that Washington was calling the shots."
More on the Zimmerman Verdict
Guest: Dennis Miller
The Factor invited Dennis Miller to opine on the Zimmerman trial. "I don't watch court cases since O.J.," he began, "and this one seemed like a particular minefield because you had guys like Sharpton and Jackson, who deal more in code than people who worked on the Enigma project in World War II. But I assume these six women paid attention and I'll abide by their verdict. The prosecutors did not exactly do a crackerjack job, they were the gang that couldn't shoot straight." Miller also aimed a verbal barrage at Obamacare. "The people who championed it the most all have waivers. When it stinks too much, it's no longer going to be 'Obamacare,' it's going to be 'Bidencare' - they're going to push it over on Plugs McKenzie. I'm hoping the Dems eventually do in Obamacare when they realize you might need a photo ID to participate."
Celebrities Unhappy with Zimmerman Verdict
Guest: Juliet Huddy
Some celebrities, among them Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen, are protesting the Zimmerman verdict. FNC's Juliet Huddy questioned whether they know the facts of the case. "The argument a lot of them are making," she said, "is that justice failed. But race was not on trial and six people on the jury heard the case. These people have a platform to speak out, but are they really doing the research, do they have the facts and do they know what they're talking about?" The Factor gave the celebs the benefit of the doubt, concluding, "They have a right to their opinions, but I draw the line when they start attacking the fabric of the nation."
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Bill Michael, Elizabethtown, KY: "Bill, your Talking Points on how the media is dealing with the Zimmerman verdict was delivered with laser-like precision. That's why the Factor is number one."

Sheila McBride, Raleigh, NC: "O'Reilly, you acted as if you were scared of Tavis Smiley - you didn't interrupt him the way you do some other guests. You were a wimp."

Danny Olivas, Albuquerque, NM: "O'Reilly, you gave Smiley a lesson. The more he talked, the more he revealed himself."
Walk Away, Renee
You can never win in a confrontation with irrational and hateful people, so just walk away and avoid an altercation.
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