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, October 1, 2012
The Factor Rundown
Talking Points Memo & Top Story
Impact Segment
Campaign 2012 Segment
Rollin' with Carolla Segment
Weekdays with Bernie Segment
Back of Book Segment
Factor Mail
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Presidential debate preview
Guests: Brit Hume

"The upcoming presidential vote is all about cash! Barack Obama wants to redistribute income, regulate the economy from Washington, and generally set up a 'socially just' economic system that guarantees outcomes. Those who are getting other people's money tend to support the President, but these folks may be short-sighted. If the USA continues to run up staggering debt, our economy will collapse and the dependent will get hurt the most. The United Nations is proposing a global tax on billionaires; one percent of their wealth would be given to the UN to disperse throughout the third world. It's not going to happen, but that's what many people want to see - wealthy people being forced to give up their assets to a controlling power. The problem with that is that the controlling power is often corrupt, inept, and/or apathetic. How about the USA? The more money Washington gets, the more waste. So when you hear President Obama saying the rich aren't paying their 'fair share,' that's code for, 'We want as much money as we can get and we'll dole it out as we see fit.' When Americans vote in November they will be voting for one of two things: the free marketplace, capitalistic approach espoused by Mitt Romney, or the social justice, 'spread the money around' approach championed by the President. America is a changing country, and that's why in this bad economy President Obama is hanging tough."

The Factor asked Brit Hume to preview Wednesday's debate in Denver. "The public expects President Obama to win," Hume said, "so I suppose Mitt Romney benefits from lower expectations. But the history of these things is that debates don't tend to change the trajectory of a presidential race very much. If you're a Romney fan, you're looking for something that would change the apparent course of this election. A debate could change things, but it doesn't happen often." The Factor suggested that this year could be the exception to that rule: "The Rasmussen Poll has the President up by three, but when people are asked if they are 'definitely' going to vote for their guy, 43% say yes for Romney, but only 42% for Obama. So there is some swing area there and if Romney can fluster the President, he's going to pick up those votes."
Was there a political cover-up in Libya?
Guests: Pat Caddell

Conservatives are accusing the mainstream media of ignoring the Obama administration's conflicting stories after the assassination of Lybia Ambassador Chris Stevens. Former Democratic strategist Pat Caddell, among the most vocal of press critics, entered the No Spin Zone and expressed his outrage. "Everybody is doing this and it's conscious," Caddell declared. "It's a purposeful and conscious effort to suppress news that might hurt Obama. We've had bias in the press for many years, but it's gotten worse and now we have a press that is actively engaged in the reelection. On this issue we are seeing a press that is not telling the American people the truth." The Factor lamented that many Americans are blissfully ignorant: "Unfortunately, the folks don't care about this story. The folks who are watching 'Dancing With The Stars' and the NFL don't care about the Libya story and the Ambassador."
Allen West releases a shocking politcal ad
Guests: Mary Katharine Ham and Juan Williams

Republican Congressman Allen West has created an ad that contrasts his military history with his opponent Patrick Murphy's 2003 arrest for drunkenness and assault. The Factor asked Fox News analysts Juan Williams and Mary Katharine Ham to evaluate the ad's fairness. "All's fair in love, war, and politics," Williams said, "and this is an example. It's an effective ad because if you view it in isolation it says one man served his country, the other guy was drunk in a bar. But it ignores the fact that Murphy was a 19-year-old college freshman." Ham praised the ad's effectiveness. "This is well done, it's entertaining and it looks good. In this TMZ world, if you have a goofy mug shot from fewer than ten years ago it's going to get used." The Factor pithily encapsulated the issue: "West is a hero, whether you like him or not. The other guy is not."
Arnold Schwarzenegger in the hot seat on "60 Minutes"
Guests: Adam Carolla

Adam Carolla scrutinized the "60 Minutes" interview in which Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke about his illicit affair with his family's maid. "Schwarzenegger has said he's set for life money-wise," Carolla pointed out, "so I don't know why he's doing this. I live in California and I can tell you who else got screwed by Arnold Schwarzenegger - the good people who live in California." Carolla then posed a rhetorical question. "How surprised is Maria Shriver? She's a Kennedy, you don't think she saw this coming? He's an athlete, an actor, and a politician, so of course he's going to have extra-marital affairs." Finally, Carolla, who grew up in a family that received food stamps, excoriated the program's vast expansion. "There are 46-million Americans on food stamps," he groused, "and if you cut out 40-million of those, do you think they'd go hungry? I'll leave 6-million for people who are desperate and can't work."
Are the presidential polls rigged?
Guests: Bernie Goldberg

Some Romney supporters are complaining that major polls are over-sampling Democrats and therefore favoring Barack Obama. The Factor asked Bernie Goldberg to join the fray. "The part that absolutely baffles me," Goldberg said, "is that I have no idea if the polls are reliable and Mitt Romney is really losing. I don't believe the polls are 'rigged,' but one day I see a poll saying that Mitt Romney is losing in every single battleground state, then I hear Dick Morris saying Romney will win by 7 or 8 points. If Mitt Romney wins big and the final polls don't reflect that, there's going to have to be some kind of investigation." The Factor theorized that most polls probably give President Obama a slight advantage: "I understand that internal Republican polling says they are falling behind, particularly in Ohio. So I don't think the major polls are crazy wrong, but I think they favor Barack Obama by one or two points."
Mitt Romney's biggest mistake of the campaign
Guests: Charles Krauthammer

Charles will be here to tell us Mitt Romney's biggest mistake of the campaign.
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Charissa Dvorak, La Fontaine, IN: "Mr. O, where I come from if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck! The president is a socialist."

Brad Watts, Kentland, IN: "Bill, your comment to Geraldo that voters should do what's best for the country not just themselves was great. We must vote 'we' not 'me.'"

Gayle Bertolucci, Acworth, GA: "Most people on unemployment do not consider it a 'free ride.' I spend hours every day trying to find a job. And I get taxes taken from my unemployment checks."

Penny Fox, Millersville, TN: "Bill, adding Gutfeld and McGuirk to the Factor is the best thing since Miller Time."

Mark Turner, La Center, WA: "Gutfeld and McGuirk? The Factor is becoming 'Jersey Shore.' Aren't you better than that, Bill?"
Killing Kennedy hits the shelves
Tune in or set your DVRs! Bill will be promoting "Killing Kennedy" Tuesday morning on Good Morning America, the Don Imus show, and Fox and Friends.