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.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
The Factor Rundown
Talking Points Memo & Top Story
Weekdays with Bernie
Impact Segment
Factor Followup
Law & Order
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Crimes Against Humanity
Guest: Lt. Col. Ralph Peters

Talking Points laid out the case for why America must act when dictators commit crimes against humanity.

"For eight years, President Obama expressed indignation over crimes against humanity and did attack evildoers with drones," The Factor said. "But the problem is getting worse worldwide, and now it's up to President Trump to see if he can control it."

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (ret.) then joined The Factor to respond.

"Now, we cannot be the world's policeman," Peters said. "But we have to be the world's referee. Calling the fouls and imposing penalties when necessary because no one else can do it."
Trump & Syria
Guest: Bernie Goldberg

Bernie Goldberg joined the program to discuss President Trump's decision to use military force against Syria last week.
"I am glad he was moved by those images and did what he did," Goldberg said. "I am thrilled that he did what he did. But here's legitimate commentary also and not Trump-bashing. This is an impulsive man. That is why he tweets the way he does. That is why he responds to criticism the way he does. Now he's president, not citizen Trump. He watches television, he sees images and he wants to do something about it. I am thrilled that he did. But acting impulsively while satisfying is not a substitute for well-thought-out foreign policy. And we don't know what that foreign policy is."

The Factor disagreed.

"I think you're being a bit unfair here," The Factor said. "It is clear that Donald Trump conferred with the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon people and the military people. It's clear that that happened."
Disturbing Refugee Incident
Guests: Juan Williams & Lisa Booth

The Factor began describing a disturbing crime involving refugees:

"In Idaho two refugee boys from Eritrea, an African country, and one boy from Iraq have been charged with sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl in Twin Falls.

"The boys ages 14, ten and seven are pleading guilty.

"Authorities say they had been in the USA for less than two years. The sentencing date is being kept secret by the court.

"Now this is obviously very troubling, and it does not have anything to do with the general policy of resettling refugees. Anyone condemning an entire group is being desperately unfair.

"The story made huge headlines in Idaho, but has not been covered nationally because of that very reason. The press wanting to protect, the refugee community."

The Factor asked Juan Williams for his thoughts on the press coverage of the terrible incident.

Juan said it warranted local coverage, but not national because it didn't illustrate a larger point about an issue in the country.

"I think it's clear to everybody it's a reprehensible act, disturbing as you said," Williams said. "The question becomes then once you move beyond the local news value and as you say, the folks out in Idaho played this big, got lots of ink to use your language, then it becomes a matter of news value."

Lisa Boothe disagreed.

"Yes, I would cover it because I think there is a broader conversation about both immigration and refugees in the country more broadly and I think the media tends to side with the left on issues of immigration and also refugee populations," Boothe said.
Susan Rice Surveillance Controversy Update
Guests: Malia Zimmerman & Adam Housley

The Factor brought on reporters Adam Housley and Malia Zimmerman to update us on the investigation into Susan Rice's potential involvement in surveillance on the Trump campaign

"We've been told, Bill, that members of the Intelligence Committee say the investigation is expanding right now," Housley said. "They say, they're looking into allegations for other Americans, including politicians, as possibly unmasked and had their information collected ... similar to what they did with the Trump team. They're also not going on a record at this point, they say due to the fact this was an ongoing investigation."

The Factor then asked Zimmerman about the FBI's role in the investigation.

"You know, there's a big question about the FBI's role in this, and, you know, there is concern in the House about just general how the FBI is handling the case," Zimmerman said. "We spoke with some members of the House Intelligence Committee who said, they're very frustrated with the FBI, so I'm not sure how much of an active role in terms of what the FBI is actually investigating."
Passenger Nightmare on United Airlines
Guests: Kimberly Guilfoyle & Eboni Williams

The man who was controversially forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight has felony convictions on his record.

But attorney and Fox News anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle said his past won't be admissible in court if he tries to sue United.

"They are not in my opinion going to be able to justify bringing in anything about the man's background or prior felony convictions because it's simply not relevant," Guilfoyle said.

Eboni Williams then discussed the Trump administration appealing an injunction on its travel band to the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Williams said the Trump administration had a better chance of success in the Fourth Circuit than at the Ninth Circuit, where there's also an appeal pending.

"It's going to be a different temperament than what we saw in the Ninth Circuit," Williams said.

But Williams said the case will likely eventually wind up in the Supreme Court.
Trouble in the Air
Guests: Greg Gutfeld & Bernard McGuirk

Gutfeld and McGuirk weighed in on the United Airlines controversy.

"You know, but we have to understand, flying is not part of our evolutionary toolkit," Gutfeld said. "We're in a silver tube 35,000 feet in the air, the pressure drops, air must expand to fill the space. I'm talking about flatulence. This is a huge problem for some of us."

McGuirk also shared his observations.

"Hate flying, despise it," McGuirk said. "Aside from crying babies we're sitting next to a smelly fat guy or sitting on a tarmac for three hours, we've all done that but actually one time I tried to board and they said I was inappropriately dressed wearing a tank top, flip-flops, yoga pants and they made me change."
The Importance of Vacation
"Often around this time of the year I grab some vacation because it's spring and it's Easter time.

"Last fall I booked a trip that should be terrific. Not going to tell you what it is but I will have a full report when i return.

"Now here's The Factor Tip of the Day, if you can possibly take two good trips a year, it will refresh your life.

"We all need R&R, but put it to good use. Plan it, so you don't run into horror on the road.

"All of us deserve a break so make sure you take yours."