Wednesday, February 19, 2014
On The O'Reilly Factor...
Segment Summaries
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Talking Points Memo & Top Story
The Climate Change Strategy
Guest: Kirsten Powers
"Things are not going too well for the Obama administration, so the president must raise his positive profile. Enter 'global warming,' a fervent liberal cause. On Sunday Secretary of State John Kerry described 'climate change' as 'perhaps the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.' He is setting the table for an all-out campaign where all severe weather in the USA will now be blamed on 'global warming.' President Obama picked up that theme when he visited drought-stricken California, saying that a changing climate makes droughts 'more intense.' We know of no scientific evidence that California's drought is an offshoot of global warming, but there is evidence that the world is getting hotter, even though the rate of warming is slowing down. Talking Points has maintained that no one knows for certain what causes climate fluctuations, but every human being who cares about the earth should want it to be cleaner. Unfortunately, countries like China and India don't care and they're polluting the planet at a record rate to make money. President Obama can't stop that. So if the USA punishes its own people by holding up the Keystone Pipeline, which will create jobs, it would be foolish. The Obama administration understands that it can get a favorable response from the left by pushing the 'climate change' agenda, and will up the ante to obscure other problems like the economy and ObamaCare. That is called politics."

Continuing on the same theme, The Factor reported that billionaire Tom Steyer is spending tens of millions of dollars to push a liberal "climate change" agenda. Democrat Kirsten Powers entered the No Spin Zone to opine. "I think it's great," she said, "because this is an important issue. If he wants to give money to candidates who focus on this issue, I don't have a problem with it. Even if you don't believe that climate change is caused by human beings, we can all agree that carbon emissions can cause pollution, so it's a laudable cause to reduce that." The Factor was not as sanguine regarding Steyer's motivation: "He's trying to buy Democratic success by spending $100-million. I agree that we should all promote policies that make the planet cleaner, but they have to be sane policies, not policies that punish Americans. The president is playing politics with the issue, he's not looking out for the folks."
Impact Segment
Playing Golf Amid a Drought
Guest: Ed Henry
Just after his ominous warnings about the California drought, President Obama played golf on courses that were built on the desert and guzzle millions of gallons of water. Fox News correspondent Ed Henry reported on the apparent hypocrisy. "I like to golf on desert courses," Henry confessed, "but I don't go out there and give speeches before the round saying that we have to worry about the drought. This was probably a communications miscue, just like this White House allowed the president to go out and say signing up for health care would be as easy as buying something on Talking about the drought and then playing on courses that are guzzling water is not a great communications idea."
Factor Follow Up Segment
Ignorant America?
Guests: Dr. Chuck Williams & Dr. Danielle Allen
Following up on recent polls showing that most Americans are ignorant of history and civics, The Factor spoke about the perils and the promise of the Internet with psychologists Chuck Williams and Danielle Allen. "Technology never made anyone do anything," Allen declared, "it's a question of what you bring to it. There's something called the 'Harry Potter Alliance' that uses technology and social media to direct kids' attention to bigger issues, and there are studies showing that video games help with cognitive skills." But Williams contended that the negatives of constant connectivity outweigh the positives. "There can be great opportunities for young people to access information, but when students are disrupting my course they're not following the situation in Ukraine, they're probably looking at Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber. It's been my experience that this is mostly a distraction and it's pretty clear that we don't have young people who don't know how to communicate or how to express their feelings." The Factor concluded, "There are four studies showing that young Americans are over-reliant on texting and emailing, while academic scores and social measures go way down."
Personal Story Segment
Controversial Organization?
Guest: Kelly Parisi
The Factor was joined by Kelly Parisi, a spokesperson for the Girl Scouts of America. She explained why the organization sent a Twitter message about Texas pro-abortion gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis. "We sent the tweet out," Parisi said, "but it was really inviting our followers to join a conversation about who should be added to a list of newsmakers. There were many people on the list of all political persuasions and ideologies, but some individuals and groups have portrayed this as an endorsement of political candidates. We did not make any commentary about Ms. Davis and we did not endorse anybody." Parisi also defended the Scouts against more general charges that the organization promotes liberal causes. "We are a non-partisan and non-political organization, we stand behind girls and we don't bring our politics into the organization."
Miller Time Segment
Ignorant America?
Guest: Dennis Miller
Dennis Miller, never accused of ignorance himself, opined on his fellow Americans and their general lack of knowledge. "We have become emotionally eloquent but intellectually less so," he groused. "We deal in feelings, not in facts, and that's because our schools went all touchy-feely. I think our schools should give a basic menu of reading, writing, arithmetic, geography, and history. But that's now how the way things work now, it's all about feelings. At the end of the day, if you mention the Battle of Hastings to people, they look at you like you're from another universe." Miller also joked about a new reality show that features people meeting and dating while totally nude. "As fat as this country is, they won't have to blur anyone's genitals because there will be a 'modesty overhang' coming down from their waist.'
Back of Book Segment
The Best of The Factor in LA
The Factor concluded Wednesday's show with some highlights from previous visits to Los Angeles. There were clips of Bo Derek and Lee Majors explaining their conservatism, Ed Asner elaborating on his liberalism, Mel Gibson on his religiosity, as well as conversations with Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, James Arness, Steve Allen, Mike Farrell, and Hugh Hefner.
Tip Of The Day
It's About (Your) Time
Because your time is a prized and precious commodity, don't let anyone waste it with blather or nonsense.
Factor Mail
Viewers sound off
Renee Bevevino, Katy, TX: "Mr. O'Reilly, President Obama's philosophy is that this nation needs a fundamental transformation. He wants us to be equal to every other nation. He does not believe in American exceptionalism. I am stunned that you denied this to Monica Crowley."

Mark Storey, Newnan, GA: "Bill, getting upset because your guests state their opinions makes you look small."

Livio Andreatta, Benton Harbor, MI: "Hey, Bill, that interview with Dr. Cohen was an example of conversation. We learned something from that thought-provoking debate."

Dennis Bowers, Middlemarch, New Zealand: "Cohen used logic and you used emotion and fear, O'Reilly. Putin has done more for world peace during the last five years than Obama has."