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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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Talking Points Memo & Top Story
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Weekdays with Bernie Segment
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Lying Epidemic
Guest: Glenn Kessler
"Any court officer in America will tell you that lying under oath is an epidemic in this country, and in our daily lives we can count on being lied to almost every day. Enter the Washington Post, which runs a column called 'Fact Checker,' where writer Glenn Kessler analyzes the accuracy of what powerful people say in America. This week the Post announced its top falsehoods of the year, and President Obama owns three of them. One was his 'If you like your plan' promise, another was the President's claim that Capitol Hill janitors were having their pay cut, and the third was his claim that he called Benghazi an 'act of terrorism' the day after it happened. Also on the falsehood list was the NRA saying President Obama's 'kids are protected by armed guards at their school.' The Post also cites falsehoods by Darrell Issa, Michele Bachmann, John Kerry, and Jeb Bush. Some of those falsehoods were mistakes, but some were outright distortions. No lie, it is a disturbing situation."

The Factor welcomed the aforementioned Glenn Kessler, whose column keeps an eye on truth-stretching politicians. "I find something to write about every day," he said. "I try to look at what's in the news, what are people talking about, and I use the column to explain the intricacies of Washington policy-making. I also try to untangle the rhetoric that politicians use." Kessler added that he is obviously not the most popular guy in Washington. "I've never gotten a thank you note from the White House, and one person told me I am not very well-liked there. I have given 'Pinocchios' to Jay Carney and he's obviously not too happy about that." The Factor lauded Kessler for his fair and balanced approach: "The Washington Post has the reputation of being a left-leaning paper, but you seem to be down the middle."
Lying Epidemic
Guests: Alan Colmes & Monica Crowley
Monica Crowley and Alan Colmes also opined on the tendency of politicians, particularly President Obama, to prevaricate. "There are lies and there are misstatements," Colmes said. "You have said that you didn't think that President Obama lied, he just did not want to know the truth. A lie has to be an intentional intent to deceive." But Crowley insisted that the President indeed lied, especially regarding the Affordable Care Act. "He said over and over that if you like your health plan, you can keep it. But there is evidence that he knew all along this was not true. The policy people in the White House tried to prevent him from making this emphatic statement, but the political people intervened." The Factor added that those health care promises affected millions, saying, "The President's deceit or falsehoods have impacted negatively on the folks, and he is now perceived by the majority of Americans as not being an honest guy."
Christmas Spending Spree
Guest: Bernie Goldberg
Bernie Goldberg entered the No Spin Zone and took issue with the idea that there is a "war on Christmas." "I agree with you that it's absolutely silly to call it a 'holiday tree,'" Goldberg began, "and I also agree that it was needlessly offensive for atheists to put up a sign in Times Square saying, 'Who Needs Christ in Christmas?' But I don't think there is a war on Christmas and I don't know why my Christian brothers and sisters get so worked up over this. Almost all of us wish you nothing but the merriest of merry Christmases." The Factor reminded Goldberg that Christmas has some very real enemies: "Nine years ago, when we started this reportage, some major corporations forbade their employees to say 'merry Christmas.' We outed those companies and they reversed those policies. And the ACLU has spent an enormous amount of money trying to terrorize school districts, saying you can't have Christmas carols or wreaths. So this wasn't a mythical 'war on Christmas,' it's real. And we won."
Calling Out the Factor
Guest: John Stossel
Immediately after Bernie Goldberg disputed the "war on Christmas," Fox Business host John Stossel argued with The Factor over marijuana legalization. "I don't think anybody should smoke pot all day long," he averred, "but adults have the right to get stoned. I think freedom is good for the country and banning it is bad for the country. Do you want to go back to alcohol prohibition? You're like Carrie Nation, who went into bars with a hatchet!" The Factor pushed back by pointing to marijuana's perils: "You're demonizing me, but you're ridiculous. What about when you have a society that has unlimited freedom to ingest marijuana and bad things happen? We're already seeing marijuana DUIs way up in Washington State, which puts you and your family in danger. When you smoke marijuana, you do it to get stoned, and I don't think mass intoxication is good for the country."
Outrage in Texas
Guest: Lis Wiehl & Kimberly Guilfoyle
Despite killing four people with his pickup truck while intoxicated, 16-year-old Texan Ethan Couch was sentenced to just 10 years of probation. Legal analysts Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle elaborated on the story. "This kid's father is a millionaire," Wiehl reported, "and he had everything. The defense argued that this boy was pampered his entire life and couldn't figure out right from wrong. But four people are dead from this!" Guilfoyle lamented that Judge Jean Boyd's ruling is not subject to appeal. "The District Attorney's office is stuck with this sentence. But he's on probation and if he violates that, he can do up to ten years behind bars."
Charles Krauthammer
Guests: Charles Krauthammer
The United Nations reports that income inequality, while declining in much of the world, is on the rise in the United States. The Factor invited Charles Krauthammer to opine. "Things are much worse today in terms of inequality than they were 30 years ago or 100 years ago," Dr. K stated, "but the question is what are the causes. Part of it is globalization where there is a premium on education. That's a place where you could really intervene with policy, but the Democratic Party and the teachers unions have had a stranglehold on the system, which has left students in the inner city with a lack of opportunity. It's disgraceful that the well-off, the limousine liberals whose kids are in wonderful private schools, deny vouchers to poor kids in the ghetto." The Factor agreed, but also focused on the American family. "It is absolutely true that the main component of a child's education is parents, and the government can not legislate responsible parenting. I don't like the teacher unions either, they cover for a lot of bad people, but it's the disintegration of the home that is driving the underclass."
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Reed Fulton, Briston, RI: "Bill, you can take on the far left loons all day long, but don't try to take on libertarians or Stossel. It's a battle that can't be won."

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