The O'Reilly Factor
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Friday, October 18, 2013
The Factor Rundown
Talking Points Memo
Lou's the Boss Segment
Fridays with Geraldo Segment
Factor Follow Up Segment
What the Heck Just Happened Segment
Pinheads of the Week
Factor Tip of the Day
Factor Mail
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Why is the Obama administration not accountable?
"The rollout of Obamacare is a disaster, but the President has not acknowledged that. The woman he put in charge, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, is obviously way over her head, yet she has not been replaced. The whole thing is unacceptable because the Obama administration is spending billions of dollars just to put the program together. The administration has had more than three years to get up and running yet today we have chaos. This is not an ideological play on the part of Talking Points; I was willing to give Obamacare a chance. But now it's apparent that not only is the software not working, but the promises about the cost and accessibility are not coming true. When we elect a president we expect efficiency and we expect clarity - if something goes wrong, tell us. But when there is no accountability and no explanation, that's scandalous. Another example: The Obama administration has never explained why security was so poor in Libya when four Americans were murdered by terrorists. Now we learn there was a White House meeting the day before the murders, but we don't know much about it. When Fox News correspondent James Rosen asked White House press spokesman Jay Carney whether he would make documents available, Carney responded by walking out of the room. This was a pure stonewall! Our own government is becoming increasingly distant from the folks. We the people deserve to know everything that's going on, but we know very little because accountability is in short supply. The powers that be simply will not explain themselves."
Fair Coverage?
The Factor welcomed Fox Business anchor Lou Dobbs, who contended that the decline of accountability was concurrent with the rise of Barack Obama. "Things began to change in 2007 as we approached the Democratic primaries," Dobbs theorized. "The national media embraced Barack Obama and they are now complicit, they are compliant, and there is no sense of urgency about getting a question answered. Accountability depends entirely on a vigorous and independent free press, and we don't have that. ABC, NBC, and CBS are all in the tank for this President." The Factor urged reporters to push hard on the epic failure of the health care rollout: "Why is the Obamacare computer system not ready after three-and-a-half-years? Is that a hard question? They won't answer it!"
Bullied to death
Two Florida girls are charged with being complicit in the death of 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick, who killed herself after being bullied for years on the Internet. Geraldo Rivera entered the No Spin Zone to explain. "Authorities think as many as fifteen other children may have harassed this child," Rivera reported. "This was a gang of cyber-bullies who harassed this child to the extent that she apparently tried to kill herself earlier. She was institutionalized, then she went to an abandoned plant and jumped to her death. One question is about parental responsibility and whether parents should be looking over the child's shoulder." The Factor argued that parents should indeed be held responsible: "If you allow a crime to be committed, if you can stop it but don't, you can be charged. You're an accessory to a crime!"
Helping our Veterans
Sgt. Daniel Barnes, a father of four who lost both legs in Iraq, tried to obtain a high-tech Trackchair through the V.A. The agency wouldn't pay for a chair but Barnes received one after he contacted the Independence Fund. The Factor spoke about the Trackchair project with Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin. "When you and I went to Walter Reed Hospital back in April," Griffin recalled, "you saw the need and you went to Factor viewers. Since then we have raised $10-million and we've been buying three to five chairs a week. Right now we have money in the bank to buy more chairs and we need to get the word out. If any amputees or paralyzed vets think this chair can help them, they need to apply through the Independence Fund. The Fund was started by a pilot and all of his volunteers are either wounded vets or the wives of wounded vets." The Factor lauded the work of Griffin and the Independence Fund: "This is an amazing story coming off the cyber-bullying story, this is an example of the good things that are done."
Food stamp failure
Greg Gutfeld and Bernard McGuirk focused on a new study documenting the vast increase in food stamp assistance. "We are number one in food stamps because our job market looks like number two," Gutfeld quipped. "We can't blame people who are on food stamps, we have to blame a government that would rather grow government than grow the economy." McGuirk added that the food stamp explosion is bipartisan, saying, "The program doubled under President Bush and then doubled again under President Obama, so it's not just a one-party thing." The Factor portrayed the problem as an inevitable side effect of massive government: "There is fraud built into the system, they actually go out and find new people to get food stamps. That's what happens in an entitlement society - you have to keep growing it to justify the tax increases." The boys turned to an Internet music video called "What Does The Fox Say," which has garnered more than 100-million YouTube views. "This is harmless stuff," McGuirk opined. "It has a catchy beat, it's silly, and it's anthropomorphizing animals." Gutfeld concluded, "This is the biggest thing to come from Norway since Vikings."
Actors play the race card..again
McGuirk and Gutfeld returned to name the week's most ridiculous people. Gutfeld went with actor Chris Noth, who blamed the government shutdown on anti-Obama racism. "I was wondering why actors keep doing this," Gutfeld said, "and I have a theory. If you look at Chris Noth, he's never around when there's a Klan rally. Could he be in the Klan? He accuses us conservatives of being racists only by using his own psychological intent. If they can do it, so can we!" McGuirk blasted fans of the NFL Houston Texans, who cheered when their ineffective quarterback was injured and forced out of the game. "This is a disgrace, but it's not just Houston fans - in San Francisco the 49er fans did the wave while an opposition player was laying injured on the field. It's another manifestation of the dark side of sports." The Factor went with the countless anchors and pundits who continually use that dreaded phrase, "Kick the can down the road."
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Viewers Sound Off
Factor Words of the Day
Tom Sheahan, Butler, PA: "The real problem isn't the government shutdown but the fact that the feds have so much control over us. The Founding Fathers did not want this!"

Laura Haupt, Youngstown, OH: "There is little difference between Senators McCain and Reid. How many times do Republicans have to capitulate and compromise?"

Mary Blackwell, Hampton, NH: "Carl Bernstein's RomneyCare reference was wrong. If you don't like RomneyCare you can move out of Massachusetts. With ObamaCare, where are we supposed to move?"

L.J. Perry, Commerce Township, MI: "Bill, half the country is mad as hell. The other half is crazy as hell."
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