The O'Reilly Factor
A daily summary of segments aired on The O'Reilly Factor. A preview of the evening's rundown is posted before the show airs each weeknight.
Monday, February 13, 2017
A Stunning Display of Dishonesty from the National Press and Radical Left
"Last week about 680 undocumented aliens were arrested by ICE officials. Many of them have already been deported. The coordinated raids targeted aliens who had committed crimes, mostly felonies. 75% of those taken into custody had convictions, including homicide and child rape. Many of the arrested non-felons were associated with the criminals. But those facts have largely gone unreported by the American press and by the radical left, which is actively misleading you. Congressman Ruben Gallego said Donald Trump is going after 'the maids, the moms, the people that are working in the shops instead of going after the hardcore criminals.' The false news reporting actually reached the level of hysteria. We could find no headlines in major newspapers that bannered the fact the raids were targeted at illegal aliens who had committed serious crimes. That's not press bias, that's blatant dishonesty. And here's another example. In 2013 the Obama administration removed more than 434,000 illegal aliens, the highest number in history. Did you see any anti-Obama demonstrations? Did you see any screaming headlines in the national media? But the illegal immigration issue has been set up by the media to demonize Mr. Trump as a racist and a brutalizer of the poor. That's what's really going on here and it is flat out disgraceful. If the federal government cannot remove aliens who commit serious crimes, then we do not have an effective federal government. Yet the far left and the press, knowing full well that the ICE raids were directed at dangerous people, chose not to report that. We have now reached a low point in American journalism. As for the far left, they are people who do not want any immigration enforcement. They want open borders. They want alien criminals protected. They want anarchy. Why? Because they do not like America as it stands right now. It is important for all citizens to know you are not getting accurate information, and there is a radical element in this country that wants to destroy it. If this continues, there will be a breaking point."

The Factor spoke about the raids and the media coverage with syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette. "I wrote about the 3-million deportations carried out by the Obama administration," Navarrette said, "but I couldn't get a lot of liberals in the media to join me on the front lines. Barack Obama kept saying they were deporting 'gangbangers' or 'criminals,' but that wasn't always the case. Now it's surreal to watch them as if they've suddenly awakened and are seeing people deported. What's new is the liberal outrage." The Factor reiterated, "The Trump administration is targeting criminals."
More on the ICE Deportations
The Factor continued with retired ICE special agent Claude Arnold. "This was mass hysteria," Arnold groused, "with people reporting what was not really happening. In fact, this was a fairly routine operation, the same kind that was carried out throughout the Obama administration. The coverage caused hysteria in these local communities. It's all politically motivated, they're trying to characterize the Trump administration as being heavy-handed."
Personal Attacks Against Trump
The far left is ramping up its assault on President Trump, routinely describing him as a liar, a psychopath, and a latter-day Nazi. "It's clear this will all have a coarsening effect," Dr. K lamented, "and younger people will grow up in an atmosphere where this kind of invective is the norm. But this is not totally new - George W. Bush received as much abuse as any president I have ever seen. So many people on the left were attacking him in ways that were deranged. That set in after the Iraq war, so it was a reaction. But today Trump has only been in office for three weeks, there is a visceral reaction to him and he feeds back into it with his own invective. He makes it worse, he gives people a positive incentive to do it more."
Business and Anti-Trump Politics?
Some retailers have stopped selling products that carry the Trump name. Leslie Marshall and Katie Pavlich examined the business aspects of Trump-hatred. "It's very clear that the Ivanka Trump brand is suffering from the 'Grab Your Wallet' campaign," Pavlich reported, "which is essentially a liberal mob that goes after brands and the retailers who sell that brand. It's not good enough for liberals to just disagree, they want to destroy the livelihood of people. If stores continue to sell these products, there will be picketing outside and threats and intimidation." But Marshall actually defended the anti-Trump forces. "I don't think it's intimidation, I think it's extremely democratic. People are saying they lost at the ballot box so they will use their wallets and purses to win as consumers."
Criticizing President Trump
Taking Trump Derangement Syndrome to a new level, actress Meryl Streep laments that she is under attack by 'armies of brownshirts.' Brit Hume was not amused by Streep's obvious Nazi reference. "I think she was signaling to the audience in the room," he said, "that she is courageous for taking on Donald Trump and that she's been subjected to this Nazi-like behavior. It's not uncommon these days to hear these veiled or not-so-veiled references to fascism and Nazism in relation to Donald Trump. It's spectacularly ill-uninformed and nearly hysterical, but there is a lot of it out there. Even some of Trump's conservative critics are using terms like 'autocrat.'"
Watters' World: Climate Change Edition
On one of the coldest days of the winter, Jesse Watters hit the frozen streets and asked some people about climate change, the phenomenon formerly known as 'global warming.' Here's what some of the bitterly cold - and sometimes just plain bitter - folks told him: "It's a national security issue because we will have climate refugees" ... "It's not a big issue" ... "It's freezing and snowy and cold, it's not a big deal" ... "We'll be under water" ... "Whatever we can do, we should do." Back in the studio, Watters explained the genesis of his particularly ugly furry hat. "You can buy that at Chubbies," he revealed, "which is a website that sells really short shorts and really furry hats."
Viewers Sound Off
Factor Words of the Day
John Norton, Brazoria, TX: "O'Reilly, you said the Trump administration should have explained the policy better. The law as written does not require that."

Bob Powell, Amenia, NY: "Bill, after hearing your reporting, I am supporting Wounded Warriors again."

Simon Forbes, Sydney, Australia: "Hi, Bill, first time viewer. Thought your interview with President Trump was first class. The way the news media should be."
Severely Wounded, Eternally Grateful
An Indiana veteran named John Riggle wrote to express his deep gratitude for his high-tech TrackChair. Keep John and his severely wounded colleagues in mind and pay a visit
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