The O'Reilly Factor
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Thursday, February 27, 2014
The Factor Rundown
Talking Points Memo & Top Story
Top Story
Impact Segment
Mad as Hell
Kelly File Segment
Ingraham Angle
Tip Of The Day
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Valerie Jarrett Enters the No Spin Zone!
Guest:Valerie Jarrett

"As we have been reporting for years, the root of many social problems in America is the collapse of the traditional family. This afternoon President Obama announced an initiative called 'My Brother's Keeper' to help young African American men who are at risk. The plan is to combine federal resources with funds from private corporations to help the kids. I was invited to the announcement and the initiative is very well-intentioned, but some specific things need to be done. First, you have to teach children at risk to read. If that takes one-on-one tutoring, that's what has to happen. Two, you have to provide mentors to individual children who lack guidance at home. Three, high profile Americans must go on television and the Internet to warn young people that having babies outside of marriage is cruel. There has to be peer pressure not to get pregnant unless you're in a stable situation. Four, the initiative has to get local businesses to hire kids for summer jobs and internships. Children must know about the workplace and what is expected. Finally, American law enforcement has to engage children at risk and convince them that police are not the enemy. If those five things are part of the 'My Brother's Keeper' initiative, I can guarantee you that America will begin to turn the situation around. But if people continue not to make judgments about bad parents, disorderly children, and chaos in the family unit, the problems are only going to get worse. Hopefully the White House has made the first step."

The Factor was joined by President Obama's senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, who elaborated on the initiative. "The president has said we all have a role to play," Jarrett said. "This is not a big government program, in fact the government's role is rather minor. This requires accountability, it requires people to stay in school and work hard, but it also requires the community around them to provide a safety net. The president is telling these young men that they have to work hard." The Factor stressed the importance of changing the culture: "You're going to have to get gangsta' rappers to knock it off and I think President Obama can do it. And then you have to barrage people and make it uncomfortable to have a baby out of wedlock, make it uncomfortable to sell drugs. I want Michelle Obama to come on this program and look into the camera and say, 'You teenage girls, stop having sex and stop getting pregnant.' You'll save a lot more lives if you incorporate what I'm telling you."
My Brother's Keeper
Guest: Ed Henry
Fox News correspondent Ed Henry gave his analysis of the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative. "The seeds of this," he said, "were planted a year ago in Chicago. I was with the president when he was highlighting a program called 'Becoming a Man.' He was visibly moved and some of those folks were at the White House today. The president wasn't just talking about his successes, he talked about his failures, how he barely knew his father, how he used drugs." The Factor again worried that the plan of action may be missing one important element: "You have to get the rappers that these kids idolize to help get the message across, but that was not included in the initiative."
Bad Polling Numbers
Guest: James Carville
A new poll shows that 79% of Americans are dissatisfied with how things are going in Washington and 63% say the country is headed in the wrong direction. The Factor invited Democratic strategist James Carville to react. "I would call these numbers unimpressive," Carville conceded, "but there's a certain lag time when things aren't working. I think the health care law is starting to work, but it won't catch up with the polling until some time in the future. And if the job numbers improve, the president's polling numbers will improve." The Factor reminded Carville, "Take home pay is going down and no president can survive in the court of public opinion when take home pay is going down."
What Makes YOU mad?!
Guest: Heather Nauert
Fox News anchor Heather Nauert joined The Factor to field some letters from irate viewers. One of them, New Jerseyan Tony Stells, is outraged because no one has been held accountable for the attacks in Benghazi. "Some Republican Senators are calling for a special committee to investigate the attacks," Nauert reported, "but this probably won't go anywhere. In the House there are five committees investigating the attacks, but one Republican says there needs to be one select committee." Another viewer, Randy Bahr of Wisconsin, is ticked off because millions of illegal immigrants receive food stamps. "There are about 11-million illegal immigrants in the United States," Nauert said, "and 47% of them receive some sort of welfare benefits. It's important to note that adults don't actually get access to these programs, the benefits flow through the children."
Women in the Workplace
Guest: Maria Bartiromo
Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo, pinch-hitting for Megyn Kelly, opined on President Obama's lament that women make 77 cents for every dollar made by men. She castigated Democrats for using the pay issue as a political bludgeon. "Pay should be based on performance, whether it's a man or a woman. For the last five years we've been hearing that the GOP is against women and it's just not true. But this has worked for the Democrats." The Factor contended that the labor market is basically working efficiently: "I'm not buying this inequality business because if you are not being treated equally in the workplace you can sue the company. Employers are fearful of doing anything that might be considered unfair to women."
My Brother's Keeper
Guest: Laura Ingraham
For one final opinion on the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, The Factor turned to conservative radio talk show Laura Ingraham. "They are going to stick with the teacher unions," Ingraham groused, referring to the administration. "They're going to stick with Planned Parenthood, they're going to stick with all these nonsense policies that make it more difficult for black youths to get jobs in the inner city, and they're going to stick with immigration policies that allow people to be here who undercut wages. All of that hurts young African American and Latino males enormously, but they're ideologically wedded to those positions." Ingraham also predicted that popular singers are not going to alter their destructive messages. "Beyonce and Michelle Obama are best friends, but she now has a music video that is basically pornography. Is this female empowerment? Are these the people who are going to help our at-risk youth?"
Secretary of Incompetence
When you hire someone and their performance is as woeful as that of Kathleen Sebelius, fire them!
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Pam Mikulis, San Diego, CA: "Mr. O'Reilly, your idea to get the president and first lady involved with the problems of black children at risk is great. As a retired school teacher, I have another suggestion. There should be classes in family education."

David, Greenville, TN: "O'Reilly, I'm not your brother nor your keeper. My brothers and sisters are those who obey the Ten Commandments. You and Obama's brothers and sisters are enemies of God."

Doug Farnsworth, Phoenix, AZ: "We should require single parent welfare recipients to attend student-teacher conferences in order to get government payments."
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