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.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
A racial attack in Virginia raises questions of obstruction of justice
Guests: Tavis Smiley

"Last night we reported that two journalists working for the Virginian-Pilot newspaper were assaulted in Norfolk by a group of black men. Marjon Rostami and Dave Forster were stopped at a light when someone threw a rock at their car. When Forster got out of the car to confront the assailant, he was beaten. Rostami called 9-1-1 and then she was beaten by the men. The couple had to get medical attention and missed a week of work. But incredibly, the Virginian-Pilot didn't cover the story until two weeks later! We believe the paper avoided covering the story because of its racial component, but consider what would have happened had a mob of white men descended on a car and beat up a black man and woman. I don't have to say any more, you know what would happen. So why is this case any different? Why isn't it getting national coverage; why isn't the Justice Department on the scene? A bias crime is a bias crime, no matter what skin color is involved. The Justice Department has so far ignored our request for comments, but Attorney General Holder has a responsibility to look into the situation and we will hold Holder to that. This is a major story â?" we can not have Americans of any color being set upon by violent mobs. The Factor will continue to demand justice in Virginia."

The Factor invited author Tavis Smiley to compare the Norfolk beating to the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida. "I think this is a tragic moment," Smiley said, "and we don't want any of our fellow citizens to be subject to this kind of random violence. There are a number of similarities to what happened in the Trayvon Martin case â?" there is the issue of race and there is a police department that bungled the investigation. But Trayvon Martin is dead and it took the national media a long time to cover the story." Smiley went on to theorize that white victims, especially children, generally get far more sympathetic media attention. "It's the white babies who end up on the milk cartons, it's the white babies that networks want to profile all the time. Black babies and brown babies don't get the respect."
Ex-CIA counterterror chief denies Pelosi's assertions
Guests: Jose Rodriguez

Former CIA agent Jose Rodriguez, who led the CIA's counter-terrorism center, insists he briefed former Speaker Nancy Pelosi about waterboarding, even though she has denied any knowledge of enhanced interrogation. "I was the person who led the team on September 4, 2002 to the Congress," Rodriguez recalled, "to brief her and some of her staff about the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah and some of the techniques that were used. She is either confused or she is not telling the truth. No one has to take my word for it... there is a cable that spells out exactly the briefing that we gave Nancy Pelosi. I am 100% positive that she did not raise an objection to it."
Bill Ayers says the American empire is in decline
Guests: Laura Ingraham

Former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers, a respected guest speaker on many campuses despite his violent acts, recently told college students that America is in decline "economically and politically and in some ways culturally." The Factor invited Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham to react. "Much of the radical left has migrated into mainstream institutions," Ingraham groused. "They have an enormous amount of influence in the academy, in Hollywood, and in the overall culture. Look at the speakers who are brought to college campuses to speak and the way textbooks are conceived and written. Bill Ayers is an inflammatory figure, but he's right about one thing â?" America is in decline and we have to decide whether we are going to continue to allow America to be in decline or if we'll do something to turn it around. And I would submit that Ayers likes America in decline, he didn't much like it when we were the dominant power in the world." The Factor added that Ayers went on to say that "we have no right to consume all that we consume and we should just be on the level of Portugal."
Is cheating in the classroom on the rise?
Guests: Grethcen Carlson and Jeanine Pirro

NBC's Dateline program recently aired an experiment in which young children were encouraged to cheat by a young girl who was part of the setup. Culture Warriors Gretchen Carlson and Jeanine Pirro analyzed the results. "The initial moral compass of these kids was to tell the truth," Carlson said, "but the suggestion by the planted cheater changed their minds. The setup on this was that they had the chance to be on a reality TV show, which to me says a lot about our culture today. Kids want to be famous." Pirro criticized the parents who allowed their kids to take part in the televised experiment. "Parents who are willing to risk national embarrassment of their children," Pirro said, "harm the loving and trusting relationship between parent and child. The kids then carry the yoke of being a cheater, which in some cases could wind up being a self-fulfilling prophesy. Parents went on the show because it was their fifteen minutes of fame."
Shocking testimony rocks the John Edwards trial
Guests: Megyn Kelly

According to testimony at the trial of former Democratic Senator John Edwards, his wife Elizabeth dramatically confronted him about his extramarital affair. Fox News anchor and attorney Megyn Kelly laid out the explosive revelations. "An aide testified about an infamous confrontation that these two had," Kelly said. "She found about the affair, she asked for Rielle Hunter to be fired from the campaign, but then he continued the affair. When the National Enquirer came out with a big article proving it, she had a meltdown in an airport hangar. She took off her top, she took off her bra, and she screamed, 'You don't see me any more!' They're proving that John Edwards is not a good man and they're also proving that he was very much in control of his staff." The Factor, obviously disqualifying himself from the jury pool, declared, "I hope they convict this guy."
The Great American News Quiz - Ancient Bands Edition!
Guests: Martha MacCallum and Steve Doocy

Martha & Steve tested their knowledge of long-ago rock bands in the Great American News Quiz. Among the questions: "Which one of Paul McCartney's songs has been dubbed the most covered song in history?" â?¦ "What was the original name of the Beach Boys?" â?¦ "What does President Obama say is his favorite Rolling Stones song?" MacCallum, obviously feeling the beat, smacked down Doocy for the second consecutive week.
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Charles Fuller, Chesapeake, VA: "Bill, I live and minister in the Hampton Roads area and am saddened that I had to learn of the attack on two reporters by a mob on The Factor and not on my local news."

Mary Sorrentino, Virginia Beach, VA: "The Virginian Pilot is a liberal paper. If a white mob had attacked blacks, it would not only have covered the story, it would have exploited it."

Kathleen Maguire, Hanover, MA: "Alec Baldwin cracks me up. He's a big supporter of the Occupiers even as he gets paid for doing 'Capital One' commercials. I love those spots."

Ken Warner, Mesa, AZ: "I thought it was funny that Dennis Miller changed clothes between segments yesterday. I'm just glad he didn't have a wardrobe malfunction."
Book Mentions
Check out the books mentioned during this show.
Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives
by Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
Thursday's Patriot: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who scribbled a quick note to excuse a young boy at his town hall meeting for missing school that day.
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