Friday, February 7, 2014
On The O'Reilly Factor...
Segment Summaries
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Talking Points Memo and Top Story
Handling the Truth
"This has been a very interesting week as the country continues to digest my interview with President Obama. All I was trying to get at was the truth, but some people cannot handle the truth, so let's cut through the fog. On immigration, the Republican Party says it will not try to get reform this year. 68% of Americans want a pathway to citizenship, so the truth is that Republicans are hurting themselves. On ObamaCare, the truth is that it's still chaos. Right now the health care law is hurting more Americans than it's helping. How about the IRS? The truth is that the agency did target conservative groups and misuse its power. On Iran, the Obama administration is doing the right thing. The truth is that if you don't engage the mullahs they'll develop nukes anyway. On Benghazi, the truth is that the powers in Washington did not control the situation before, during, or after. Did the president participate in a cover up? We don't know. And on social justice and poverty, the truth is brutal. 10% of Americans will always be poor because they are irresponsible. 5% of the population is poor through no fault of their own and should be helped, but a nanny state is not going to help the poor. Some of them will abuse the entitlements and some will settle for the minimum. That doesn't mean we shouldn't try to help, but it does mean we should have discipline in the process. And that's the truth!"

The Factor followed up with Sabrina Schaeffer, head of a conservative group, and media analyst Steve Adubato. "On the issue of the poor," Adubato said, "it sounded like you're saying, 'They're going to be the way they are, we can't help them.' The truth I see is that we have no choice but to provide them drug and alcohol assistance, to provide child care to women who want to work. I don't write them off." But Schaeffer implied that liberals are damaging the very people they claim to champion. "One of the worst things is that President Obama and others in the Democratic Party perpetuate myths. The one that bothers me is the 'wage gap,' that women are in poverty because they only make 77 cents for every dollar made by men. And on health care, the administration knew all of these problems existed, but they just didn't want to admit it."
Fridays with Geraldo Segment
An Insult?
During last Sunday's White House interview, The Factor pointed out that President Obama was once a community organizer in Chicago. Geraldo Rivera entered the No Spin Zone to register a strenuous objection. "This was a culture clash," he said, "it was almost as if you were two equals with opposite worldviews coming together for a confrontation. It was the president of most white guys in America - that's you - and Barack Obama, the president of almost everybody else. The discussion didn't have the decorum and deference and respect you pay that office. When you say to the President of the United States, 'You're a community organizer from Chicago,' that's like me saying to you, 'You're a Carvel ice cream salesman from Long Island. The offense was profound and to watch it was unsettling to me." Obviously, The Factor took issue with Rivera's analysis: "President Obama didn't take offense to that, and I was very respectful to him I respect him and the office."
Lou's the Boss Segment
ObamaCare and Income Inequality
Fox Business anchor Lou Dobbs analyzed a new report showing that America's poorest 20% will benefit from ObamaCare. "They'll see their income rise by about 6%," he said, "but the report is important because it also says that every other income group will have to pay more. The president assured us that the health care law would tax the top five or ten percent, but it turns out that people start getting hit at $21,000 a year." Dobbs also opined on the recent volatility in the stock market. "I would advise investors to be very cautious, this is a period when we're watching markets soar and collapse. It's not the time to be involved in trading."
Personal Story Segment
Controversial Rock Star
The Factor asked rocker Ted Nugent, a strident right-winger, whether he has been shunned by other musicians. "There has been some friction over the years," Nugent said, "but they've come around. I guess they put down the dope and they realize that I'm just a Detroit guitar player who stands up for the right thing." Nugent also paid homage to The Beatles and Paul McCartney on the 50th anniversary of their first visit to America. "Paul McCartney was being interviewed years ago in Detroit and the interviewer asked him what he thought of the 'Motor City Madman' Ted Nugent. McCartney went into a tirade about how I'm a coward because I slaughter innocent animals who can't shoot back. But where would any of us be without The Beatles and the incredible gifts of Paul McCartney?" Finally, Nugent put forth a passionate anti-drug message. "After 50 years of rock and rollin' and holding gifted musicians in my arms as they died, you can't convince me that it's a victimless crime or individual choice."
What the Heck Just Happened Segment
Two Hot Topics
A magazine writer actually criticized Jerry Seinfeld for featuring mostly "white males" on his Internet show. The Factor invited reaction from Bernard McGuirk and Gretchen Carlson, who sat in for Friday funnyman Greg Gutfeld. "Seinfeld's show parodied Jewish culture," McGuirk said, "and if he had black people on and parodied black culture he'd be accused of racism." Carlson also denounced the racial bean counters. "This has permeated culture to the point where you have reporters asking Jerry Seinfeld about this. It would be like saying the show 'Girls' should have more boys on it." McGuirk also weighed in on Jay Leno's final Tonight Show. "It was moving and I'm sorry to see the guy go. It's a big blunder on NBC's part, they're bringing in a younger guy because their shallow mindset puts a premium on youth."
What the Heck Just Happened Segment
Pinheads of the Week
Returning to name the week's greatest pinhead, Carlson went with Nancy Pelosi, who claimed ObamaCare gives Americans the freedom to pursue their dreams. "She's making it sound like people will suddenly find their passion," Carlson said, "but I'm not for people just sitting home and collecting subsidies instead of going out and finding a job." McGuirk singled out New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is refusing to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade because parade organizers don't allow gay banners. "This controversy peaked in the early 90's but now he's bringing it back, so the regression of New York City has begun. I support gay rights, but this is a private event that honors St. Patrick. Bolshevik Bill de Blasio is being a religious bigot." The Factor chose Speaker John Boehner, who shut down immigration reform legislation. "I believe Boehner is secretly a Democrat because it's always the 'party of no.' This is handing a big gift to the Democratic Party by driving away Hispanic voters."
Factor Mail
Viewers Sound Off
Brian Gabavics, Oshkosh, WI: "Bill, you are dead on about the president's mindset. From his point of view many things don't really matter because the end justifies the means."

Linda Gamel, Albuquerque, NM: "Bill, it was disconcerting to hear you and Megyn being so unprofessional by joking about the problems in Russia. What were you thinking?"

Chris Parker, Seattle WA: "O'Reilly, who appointed you drug czar? You are obsessed with marijuana."
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