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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Parchments
A Clue in the Missing Airliner Case?
Guests: Ken Christensen & James Loy
"A satellite has picked up floating debris in the Indian Ocean, and some believe it might be part of the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner. We can expect to hear massive speculation about the debris because the media is running wild with the story. The reason is money! The nation's newspapers are in trouble and need headlines, and the network news doesn't want to cover important stories like the IRS and Benghazi. Cable news, which dominates America's prime time, is in a brutal war for ratings. Fox News was the top rated cable channel in the country last week - not just news, but all cable channels! Our main competitor, CNN, understands there is an appetite for the airline story, so it's going wall-to-wall trying to generate interest and get some viewers. MSNBC has stayed the liberal course, they're not really hyped up about the story. But if they can find a way to blame Chris Christie, things may change. The problem with all this is that the press is not what the Founding Fathers envisioned. We receive special constitutional privileges because the founders wanted independent eyes on the government. That concept has been severely eroded, and the combination of cash and politics makes it exceedingly difficult for you to get the truth. There's nothing wrong with wanting to follow the jetliner story, but when the media begins to pander to the audience and fabricate things there's a problem. We're living in a dangerous age when thugs like Putin and the mullahs of Iran could ignite a world war. We need honest and courageous media. Do we have that? You make the call."

For more perspective on the jetliner story, The Factor turned to Admiral James Loy, former head of the U.S. Coast Guard, and aviation expert Ken Christensen. "The most important word in any search is data," Loy explained, "to know what is the last known position or an extrapolated version of that. When you're talking about the south Indian Ocean, the vastness and depth make it an extremely difficult search pattern to put into place. This is also an ocean that is already filled with debris." Christensen laid out the difficulty of searching while piloting a large plane. "You want to get low so you can see any floating debris, but then when you turn you have 75 feet of wing hanging out there that you don't want to scrape on the water."
Putting Pressure on Putin
Guest: Ed Henry
President Obama, who has placed sanctions on individual Russians, will be in Europe next week to push for more international pressure on Russia. The Factor spoke with FNC White House correspondent Ed Henry, who will be in Europe to cover the confab. "Our key European allies are going to hash this out," Henry reported, "because the first round of sanctions by the U.S. and the EU were seen as being weak. The U.S. feels it has some leverage because Putin has been trying to get into the club. He doesn't want to be seen as a thug, he wants to be a player on the world stage." Henry shifted to ObamaCare and the looming March 31st enrollment deadline. "The administration says 5-million people have enrolled, but a bunch of people have not paid. If you don't pay, you don't have insurance and you're not really enrolled." The Factor criticized the White House press apparatus for its opaqueness: "It's astounding that every time you ask Jay Carney a question, he doesn't know and he refers you to the Geico lizard."
Unintended Consequences
Guest: James Carville
As predicted in Tuesday's Talking Points Memo, Russia is threatening to end its efforts to help diminish Iran's nuclear capabilities. The Factor invited Democratic strategist James Carville to evaluate the effectiveness of President Obama's sanctions against Russia. "The Russians have never cared what we thought," Carville opined, "and I don't think they're going to be swayed by our sanctions, which are pretty tepid. The Europeans have much more at stake than we do, so the G7 meeting in the Netherlands is a good thing. I would like to see a big push to help the Ukrainians." The Factor contended that America's apparent weakness is emboldening the world's villains: "The perception is that President Obama can't stand up to Putin. The Chinese see that, the Iranians see that, and the North Koreans see that."
What Makes YOU Angry?
Guest: Heather Nauert
Fox News anchor Heather Nauert responded to emails from peeved viewers, among them Marion von Gease of Colorado, who is ticked off by the round-the-clock jetliner coverage. "CNN has pretty much been wall-to-wall," Nauert observed. "I just watched for four hours and there was one report, which lasted about one minute, that was not related to the missing airplane. I watched four hours just so you wouldn't have to." Another viewer, Della Shafer of Kansas, is annoyed because 100-watt incandescent bulbs are no longer available. "This was an effort that started during the Bush administration," Nauert said, "to get our light bulbs to be more energy efficient. U.S. businesses can no longer manufacture or import incandescent bulbs."
Where is Flight 370?
Guest: Megyn Kelly
If it turns out that 227 passengers died on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, how will their families be compensated? The Factor posed that legal question to attorney and anchor Megyn Kelly. "The families are in a better position when it's an international flight," she said, "because the international treaty is very good to families. It requires the airline to pay $175,000, and the passengers' families can also sue on top of that if they claim the airline was reckless. These families are almost certainly going to get $175,000 each and then will almost certainly try to sue Malaysia Airlines. They'll probably sue Boeing as well." The Factor responded, "That would be a shame because Boeing didn't have anything to do with this."
Children at Risk
Guest: Laura Ingraham
A rapper named Kid Cudi recently denounced his peers for demeaning women and promoting violence, saying, "It's holding us back as a culture, as black people." Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham elaborated on the story. "Kid Cudi was brought up on the industry by Kanye West," she reported, "and he worked with Snoop Dogg. But when you go after their bread and butter, which is the gutter approach to subjects and language, I think he's going to find out that he kicked a hornet's nest. You're probably going to see some retaliation." The Factor lauded Kid Cudi for taking on the powers that be in the hip-hop world: "He should be respected for doing this, he's telling the truth and few other people will. I guarantee you that Kid Cudi will be attacked because there's a lot of money in this."
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Mike Phillips, Playa del Carmen, Mexico: "O'Reilly, why the vendetta against the airline coverage? It's not hurting anyone, and you are using a cheap ploy to look above the fray."

Penelope Abby, Lake Balboa, CA: "O'Reilly, you and Miller are not funny! Lux the cat was just defending himself against the family."

Laura Barnett, Roswell, GA: "Best Miller segment ever. When he said Lux was going to sue the family, I almost broke my spleen."
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