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By: Steve - May 24, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: President Obama trying to reassert his authority. The biased and crazy Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: In a major foreign policy speech today, the President put forth that his administration is winning the war on terror, although he does not use that phrase.Then Ben Stein, an economist and former aide to President Nixon was on.
Stein said this: "Something's clearly wrong here, because you don't have a top IRS official pleading the Fifth Amendment if there's no likelihood that a crime was committed. Also, the idea that the President is not responsible for his top aides or the Department of Treasury is just ridiculous. They say all this conspiring was going on but somehow he was kept out of the loop. This is just the Nixon playbook minus all the foreign policy achievements."
Then the liberal Professor Marc Lamont Hill was on to discuss it.
Hill said this: "There is not only plausible deniability in the case of President Obama, but it is quite reasonable to assume that he really didn't know, which is not to excuse his behavior after he found out. The American people do not want a White House, either Democrat or Republican, that targets political groups based on their beliefs. I don't think that's what Obama was attempting to do, but the right has attempted to paint this as some Nixon-like moment."
O'Reilly pointed out that Hill is not exactly an unbiased observer, saying this: "You and Bob Beckel are giving the President the benefit of the doubt because you're both supporters of the President. But I'm in neutral as far as President Obama is concerned and if evidence points to the fact that he did know and he's covering it up, then he's through."
Now that's funny, O'Reilly said he is neutral as far as President Obama is concerned, yeah and I'm Donald Trump too. O'Reilly is as biased as Hannity or Limbaugh in his attacks on President Obama.
Then Laura Ingraham was on to talk about two home-grown Islamists, that butchered and killed a British soldier in London.
Ingraham said this: "This was so shocking, and people in London are worried for their safety. They're concerned that they have a whole separate group of people who are not assimilated and are prone to radicalization and jihadist sentiment. There is an adamant refusal on the part of new Brits to accept British tradition and values, which is setting up a clash of civilizations."
O'Reilly (who claims to never speculate) speculated that this week's murder could be a turning point, saying this: "The United Kingdom has been very lenient with Muslims, but most of them have not assimilated, they speak their own language, they have their own customs. I think there's going to be real violence there unless the British authorities really start to clamp down on these jihadists."
Then attorney Jack McMahon, who represented abortionist and convicted triple-murderer Kermit Gosnell was on.
McMahon said this: "I was complimentary to the jury because they did their service, but I don't believe that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania established that the three fetuses were born alive. You have to remember that they were injected with a drug in utero and the purpose was to cause fetal demise."
McMahon also said this: "A 13-year-old girl would come in with her mother, crying and with no place else to turn. She would beg him and he thought it was the right thing to do, to help that girl at that particular time in her life. In his mind, Dr. Gosnell did not kill live human babies."
The biased right-wing pro-life O'Reilly protested, saying this: "These babies will never ever exist on this planet because he killed them!"
Then Megyn Kelly was on to analyze the revelation that the FBI obtained a warrant and scrutinized the emails and phone records of Fox News correspondent James Rosen.
Kelly said this: "James is a great reporter, and here's what irritates me about this situation. I have no problem with the government investigating leaks of national security information, but in order to get at James' records and not notify him they said he was part of a 'criminal conspiracy.' A lower level judge approved the warrant but there was no reason not to give James notice."
O'Reilly then called for the firing of Attorney General Eric Holder, saying this: "Holder has to explain this and of course he is not going to be able to, so he should go!"
Then the right-wing stooge Adam Carolla was on, and he slammed the liberal Bette Midler, who applauded the IRS for singling out conservative groups for especially harsh treatment.
Carolla said this: "I've seen her specials where she goes out on stage dressed as a mermaid, so we're taking political advice from a giant fish! The hypocrisy bothers me because obviously if it was a Republican administration going after Planned Parenthood she would eat her own fish tail. We have our team, they have their team, but we want the game played without corrupt officials."
O'Reilly pointed out that Midler is not typical of the left, saying this: "Most liberal Americans are not condoning the IRS situation, most of them are condemning it. But she is standing alone, thanking the IRS for persecuting conservatives."
Carolla also took aim at local officials in Los Angeles, who want to serve breakfast to ever more schoolchildren.
Carolla said this: "I did some checking into this, and you can get a sack of oatmeal that has more than 100 servings for $18, so you can feed your own kid for under a quarter. The bigger problem is the indoctrination into the system - we are pulling 6- and 7-year-olds into a system that basically says, 'Your parents won't take care of you, we'll take care of you.' In 20 years these kids are going to want us to cater their weddings."
What a jerk, somehow he is opposed to feeding poor kids breakfast at school. Hey Carolla, there is a spot in hell waiting for you. And O'Reilly has this idiot on the air every week, so he is just as bad as Carolla.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Ethnicity and fairness. Billy said this: "Strive to be fair to every ethnic group, but don't be afraid to criticize when there is an ongoing pattern of bad behavior."
Jon Stewart vs Bill O'Reilly Part 23
By: Steve - May 24, 2013 - 10:00am
During Wednesday night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart confronted his Fox News friend Bill O'Reilly over the intensity of their focus on the Obama administration's recent scandals, asking if there's some kind of sexual arousal or joy in the Fox offices over the Associated Press spying and IRS scrutiny of tea party groups.
After five years of constantly being at "DEFCON 1, red alert, the president is a Marxist who's destroying the country," Stewart began. "You finally have a few things that really look worth investigating. Is it joy? Is it sexual arousal? What is the feeling over there?"
O’Reilly ignored him, saying he's been "too easy" on President Obama and now he's getting criticized by his more conservative colleagues. "This is serious business with the IRS because it looks like the president just simply doesn't know what's going on within his administration," O'Reilly said.
Stewart suggested that it seems like the administration wants Obama to have a case for "plausible deniability," which is what all Presidents do, but O'Reilly countered with this: "The president sets the tone, like you set the tone for this program."
He added that, in his "educated speculation," Obama's enforcers likely decided to "scare the tea party" after the 2010 elections by asking them more detailed questions when they applied for tax exempt status as social welfare groups, a category widely abused by political groups that engage in attack ads funded by anonymous donors.
So much for that no speculation rule (and I only deal in the facts lie) O'Reilly claims to go by.
Stewart then asked O'Reilly again, "What's the feeling over there?" But again, O'Reilly dodged the question, demanding Stewart pronounce his employer's name. "Where I work. Say the words!"
"Uh, the Savak? What is the, the Shah's secret police organization?" Stewart joked. "So you're over there in hell. I'll say the organization: Sauron. The eye of Sauron."
He also said this: "There's this sense they have been singled out purely because of their political beliefs. To be profiled like that, It's just to be lumped in with people based solely on one fact, it's unfair, is all I'm saying. It'd be like, if somebody committed an act of terror and we took their whole religion and we lumped them all in for special singling-out."
O'Reilly countered that he supports profiling Muslims because they've committed "over 14,600" acts of terrorism. "I'm just doing the math here, if they keep mounting up, maybe you do a little bit of profiling."
"So 14,000 is the limit?" Stewart asked. "How many shootings are in this country?"
"I'm not quite sure," O'Reilly replied.
"I think it's like 30,000," Stewart said. "30,000 deaths between homicide and suicide. Do you think we should start profiling?"
"Of who?" O'Reilly asked. "Dead people?"
"No, the people with the guns," Stewart said. "It raises above your 14,000 threshold, is what I'm saying."
The Wednesday 5-22-13 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - May 23, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: The IRS scandal getting even more intense. The biased and crazy Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: Today the woman in charge of IRS department of tax-exempt organizations refused to testify in front of the House Oversight Committee. Lois Lerner is still on the job, but she should be suspended immediately. Yes, she has the right to remain silent, but she does not have a right to hold a job that has paid her about $750,000 over the past four years.Then Bob Beckel was on to talk about Lois Lerner's decision to invoke the Fifth Amendment.
Beckel said this: "She started by saying she didn't break any laws, but then she took the Fifth, and that's a problem. Are we to believe that nobody suggested to her that conservative groups should be looked into? Do I believe Obama did that? Absolutely not, but there are people around him who may have done it. She should be suspended."
Beckel also insisted that President Obama deserves the benefit of the doubt, saying this: "I know Barack Obama, I've met him seven times, and this is a smart guy. Do you think he would tell the head of the IRS to look at these Tea Party groups? Of course not."
O'Reilly said this: "I don't think Obama would be foolish enough to order the IRS to target Tea Party conservatives, but his surrogates would be that stupid. And if he knew about it and didn't take any action, that is big trouble for him."
Then the fake Fox News Democrat Kirsten Powers and the Republican Kate Obenshain were on to talk about the Department of Justice targeting journalists.
Powers said this: "The President said he makes no apologies for what they did, and he hasn't said a word about James Rosen, so he's not too up in arms. He picks up the phone and calls people if they've been insulted by a radio host, but he hasn't spoken out on the government's thuggish tactics against journalists. Attorney General Holder and the President don't look very good right now."
Obenshain said this: "It's very clear that this was an executive level decision and Holder had to be involved. This shouldn't come as a surprise, but it is an atrocity and a scandal of serious proportions. The White House and the Department of Justice have made the determination that they're going after journalists."
Except there is no evidence at all that it was an executive level decision, but O'Reilly let her get away with saying it anyway. O'Reilly then predicted Attorney General Eric Holder will resign over this.
Then James Rosen and Carl Cameron were on to talk about the two Muslim extremists who attacked and killed a British soldier in broad daylight on Wednesday in London.
Rosen said this: "I just got off the phone with the British Embassy in Washington, and they are not calling this 'terrorism' just yet. But these two men attacked someone just a few blocks from a military barracks and then were shot themselves by armed British police. They are now in the hospital and this could be a terrorist attack."
Cameron said this: "Ibragim Todashev was being questioned Tuesday by the FBI about his friendship with the dead Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Todashev and Tsarnaev were both suspected in a triple murder in Boston and last night investigators thought Todashev was ready to sign a statement, but apparently he flew off the handle and pulled a knife. An FBI agent shot and killed him."
Then Lou Dobbs was on to defend Apple for avoiding billions in taxes. Apple CEO Tim Cook was grilled by a Senate committee this week and accused of avoiding taxes on profits earned overseas.
Dobbs said this: "This is a complicated issue, and complicating it further is that Tim Cook has promised that he's going to distribute $100 billion to his shareholders. Because interest rates are so low, he will borrow that money rather than bringing it back from overseas. But it's crazy what Senator Carl Levin is doing by attacking a successful business - Apple has 600,000 employees here and they pay their taxes, more than $6 billion last year."
Wrong Dobbs, Apple Used Low-Tax States, and Foreign Tax Havens to Dodge $2.4 Billion in Taxes Last Year. Apple used an intricate financial set up utilizing low-tax states in the U.S. and offshore tax havens has allowed it to skirt billions of dollars in American taxes over the last decade.
By setting up financial offices in states like Nevada (which has no income tax) and routing other profits through Ireland, Luxembourg, and nations in the Caribbean, Apple avoided an estimated $2.4 billion in American taxes in 2011 alone.
Apple's American tax rate was 9.8 percent in 2011. Its global tax rate was just 3.2 percent and has been in the single digits for the last decade. Its profits are skyrocketing. The amount it pays in taxes, however, has barely budged since 2007. And on top of all that, Apple is lobbying Congress to lower the corporate tax rate, as they set record profits and only pay a 9.8% tax rate now.
Then Dennis Miller was on, which I do not report on because he is just a has-been unfunny right-wing hack comedian, and O'Reilly does not have a liberal comedian on for balance.
Then Jesse Watters was on for his waste of time weekly segment, he headed a few miles south to lower Manhattan, which is Obama country, and asked some folks about the current controversies. A few of their comments: "I don't think it's really like a huge scandal" ... "He seems like a good guy" ... "There's no way to be an honest President of a dishonest country" ... "Obama brought us back from the darkness."
And of course O'Reilly called them all clueless and uninformed far-left loons, while never asking any far-right Americans about what they know about Republicans who are in office. Who are even less informed than left leaning Americans.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: A culture war victory. Billy said this: "Tip your ten gallon hat to Texas lawmakers, who have done the right thing by passing a law that says school districts can not stop anyone from saying Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah."
Krauthammer Hypocrisy On Taking The Fifth
By: Steve - May 23, 2013 - 10:00am
Recently Charles Krauthammer attacked IRS official Lois Lerner for planning to invoke the Fifth Amendment during congressional hearings on IRS scrutiny of conservative groups, a change from his previous support for a Bush administration official doing the same.
A May 21st Los Angeles Times article reported that Lerner, "a top IRS official in the division that reviews nonprofit groups," will invoke her Fifth Amendment rights and not testify before the House Oversight Committee due to an ongoing criminal investigation and to avoid possible self-incrimination.
On The O'Reilly Factor, Krauthammer responded to O'Reilly's claim that Lerner's invoking the Fifth Amendment was evidence that the IRS controversy "was really building," saying that it was not unreasonable to infer that her decision was evidence "that there is a lot the Obama administration has got to hide and they are very worried."
But Krauthammer's claims conflict with statements he made during the George W. Bush administration. In a March 9, 2007 column, Krauthammer declared that invoking the Fifth Amendment was former Bush White House Chief of Staff Scooter Libby's right.
In other words, Krauthammer is a right-wing hypocrite with double standards, depending on whether you are a Republican or a Democrat.
Krauthammer even defended Libby, claiming that the controversy around the reveal of former CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity was a case of "memory lapses," casting doubt on the testimony of former NBC host Tim Russert, and dismissing the potential criminality of Libby's action.
Krauthammer's statement also differs from other Fox host claims. About two hours after Krauthammer's O'Reilly Factor appearance, On the Record host Greta Van Susteren - who holds a law degree from Georgetown University - said in an interview with House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) that she would advise Lerner to invoke the Fifth Amendment because the Department of Justice opened a criminal investigation.
She said this:
VAN SUSTEREN: You know, if I were her lawyer, I'd advise her to take the fifth too, because the Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation and she does -- I mean, there is a risk that she says something tomorrow.And btw, here is the real truth. She is taking the fifth because she's being sued in several civil cases. Her testimony is already covered in the investigation report that the House members already have. So anything that she says in that dog and pony show could be used against her in the civil cases. That is why her attorneys have advised her to take the fifth.
Invoking the Fifth Amendment is not evidence of anything. And invoking your fifth amendment rights is not allowed to be used against you by any court.
The Tuesday 5-21-13 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - May 22, 2013 - 11:00am
There was no TPM, instead O'Reilly did the top story called: Deadly tornado devestates central Oklahoma. John Roberts, who spent the day in Moore, Oklahoma, was on, he reported that the most devastating story involved an elementary school.
Roberts said this: "Nine children died, seven of them at an elementary school a few blocks from where I'm standing. Any loss of life in a tragedy like this is heartbreaking, but when it's children it's particularly heartbreaking. You send your child to school in the morning thinking it will be a safe place, but then that safe place is suddenly rent asunder by a tornado. Children were told to take shelter in the hallways and hug the walls, but the walls came tumbling down."
Roberts also said this: "We came across one person who said they're done with Oklahoma, but all the other people we talked to, people whose homes were blown away, are staying."
Then the biased right-wing hack O'Reilly attacked Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse for blaming it on "global warming." Did O'Reilly have a fair and balanced debate with guests from each side, haha, of course not, he had the right-wing stooge Joe Bastardi from the Fox weather center on to slam Whitehouse.
Bastardi said this: "There have been major tornadoes before, and the charts show major tornadoes have been decreasing over the years. They reached their peak in the 50's, 60's, and 70's. It's almost like ambulance chasing. Senator Whitehouse seems to be ignorant of the fact that his own state of Rhode Island was hit four times by tornadoes in the 1950's."
And Bastardi seems to be ignorant of the fact that it's not just how many tornadoes you get, it's how powerful they are, and they have been more powerful, which he totally ignored. Global Warming is real, and yet O'Reilly and Bastardi want you to think it's not. In fact, it's ridiculous and biased to even have Bastardi on to discuss it, especially when there was no Global Warming expert on for balance.
Then the biased right-wing stooge Charles Krauthammer was on to talk about President Obama, with no left-leaning guest for balance. Making it just another one sided right-wing propaganda segment by the right-wing hack O'Reilly.
Krauthammer said this: "Last week the President was asked whether anybody at the White House knew about the IRS activities, but the President gave a very lawyerly and peculiar answer. He deliberately dodged the question, and we now know that he knew at the time that his staff did know about it. What he said wasn't a lie, but it was a deliberate suppression of the truth from a man who leaks that he is only interested in everybody coming out and saying what they know. Why didn't he say what he knew when that question was asked?"
And Bush did the very same thing every day for 8 years, but neither one of you right-wing stooges ever said a word about it. In fact, you put a spin on it and defended it, you biased jerks.
Then the biased right-wing stooge Bernie Goldberg was on with his assessment of how the media is handling the various administration scandals. And of course no left-leaning guest was on for balance, just Goldberg spewing out right-wing propaganda.
Goldberg said this: "The big story is how the 'mainstream media' cover scandals in general. If it's a Republican scandal, it's covered as a scandal, but if it's a Democratic scandal, it's covered as, 'How are these cynical Republicans going to take advantage of this for political points?' In other words, the story isn't the IRS abuse, it's how the Republicans will seize on it!"
O'Reilly suggested that many reporters have skewed priorities, saying this: "You can do a legitimate sidebar on the Republicans taking advantage of the story, which they are, but the main story has to be whether this is credible."
Which is just laughable, coming from a biased hack like O'Reilly, who works at Fox News where they are all biased to the right. If you live in a glass house you should not throw stones, and O'Reilly lives in a glass mansion.
Then Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle were on to talk about Fox News correspondent James Rosen, who had his private emails read by federal investigators who were looking into leaks.
Wiehl said this: "The FBI had a warrant that gave them 30 days, but they read emails spanning four months. They claimed they were going after Rosen because they were worried about classified information being disclosed."
Guilfoyle accused the judge who authorized the warrant of legal overreach, saying this: "This is unauthorized, it's illegal, and it's an infringement on a reporter's legitimate interest in obtaining information. James Rosen was just doing his job!"
And if this happened under Bush to a reporter at MSNBC you all would excuse it and say it was ok because they were trying to find out who was leaking top secret information to someone in the media.
Then Oklahomans James and Micah Moody, whose home was destroyed by Monday's tornado were on to discuss it.
Micah said this: "The sirens started to go off, so we got into the storm shelter. I think I cried more than my three children because it was terrifying. When we came out there was screaming and yelling and hysteria at the school across the street. I ran over there to see if I could help and I had the privilege of carrying a little girl out of the school."
James Moody recounted how he made it home after leaving work, saying this: "The highway was shut down so I started meandering through local streets until I got about a quarter-mile from the house. I ran the rest of the way to the house and then, when I saw my children and my wife, I knew everything was okay and they were safe."
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Eliminate ear pollution. Billy said this: "You can avoid sounding ignorant if you eschew clichés such as, 'at the end of the day,' 'there's no there there,' and 'it is what it is.'"
But if you really want to eliminate ear pollution just stop listening to O'Reilly and all his biased right-wing guests.
Another Racism Story O'Reilly Has Totally Ignored
By: Steve - May 22, 2013 - 10:00am
In Colorado, Blacks Make Up 4 Percent Of The Population But 100 Percent Of Death Row.
In March, Colorado came close to becoming the 19th state to abolish the death penalty, but the bill failed after Gov. John Hickenlooper voiced opposition and suggested a possible veto. A few months later, Colorado's death penalty is still firmly in place, and the state is poised to complete what would be only the second execution in 45 years (the last was in 1997).
Few dispute that Nathan Dunlap committed a horrific crime and murdered several people at a Chuck E. Cheese. But judges, university professors, and other prominent state leaders are urging Gov. Hickenlooper to commute Dunlap's sentence, both because crucial errors that defined his trial may have led him to get a harsher sentence than others, and because killing anyone under the perverted state system would be a miscarriage of justice:
-- All three people on death row are black men. In a state that is only 4.3% African American, Colorado's death row is 100% African American.
-- All three men on death are from the same one county, out of Colorado's 64.
All three men committed their crime when they were under the age of 21.
-- Two law professors who studied Colorado's application of the death penalty concluded it was unconstitutional, after finding that prosecutors pursue the death penalty in less than one percent of the cases where it is an option, and that the state failed to set clear statutory standards for distinguishing between the few who are executed and the many who commit murder.
"It appears that race, geography and youth largely determines who gets the death penalty in Colorado," wrote a group of NAACP leaders in a letter urging Gov. Hickenlooper to grant clemency. They note that not a single black juror served on the panel that sentenced Dunlap to death.
In addition to the injustices that define the Colorado system, a group of former Colorado judges also point out that Dunlap's bipolar disorder and psychotic tendencies were not even mentioned at trial. In fact, according to their letter, Dunlap's lawyer told the jury that there was no explanation for his violence.
The judges add that "no clear evidence exists that the death penalty deters violent crime. What it does in our current system, as in this case, is to drain our judicial system of millions of dollars as mandatory appeals drag on for decades."
Studies have shown that the death penalty does not lower the homicide rate. In fact, the murder rate is lower in states without the death penalty. Hickenlooper says he continues to wrestle with the death penalty, and whether to commute Dunlap's sentence.
Fox News Proves How Biased They Are Once Again
By: Steve - May 21, 2013 - 10:00am
Fox News continued to push for a special prosecutor following reports that the White House chief counsel knew of an IRS investigation but did not inform the president, a claim that ignores the legal and political problems raised by involving a president in an ongoing investigation.
On Fox News Happening Now, contributor Nina Easton reported that White House chief counsel Kathryn Ruemmler knew about the investigation into claims that the IRS delayed approval of nonprofit status to conservative groups.
After host Jon Scott asked why Ruemmler would know about the investigation and not inform Obama, Easton claimed a special prosecutor should be assigned to find out if the White House was being dishonest about when the president had been informed.
But Easton's call for a special prosecutor ignores the actual reason the president was not informed, to avoid the appearance of influencing an independent investigation.
The conservative Wall Street Journal even quoted two former White House officials who pointed out that the White House counsel made the right decision to allow the investigation to conclude before informing the president.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew was notified in a March 2013 meeting with the Treasury inspector general for the IRS that an audit was "forthcoming," according to the Treasury Department. But at that meeting, the inspector general didn't provide details of his findings, the Treasury said.
Jack Quinn, who served as White House counsel under former President Bill Clinton, said Ms. Ruemmler's office acted correctly in not sharing the information directly with the president.
If she had instead got "involved and called people over to the White House for a full briefing to know all the details, you know what we'd be talking about now? We'd be talking about whether she had tried to interfere with the IG's investigation," Mr. Quinn said.
John Podesta, a former White House chief of staff under Mr. Clinton, said this: "The worst thing is if you do anything that is perceived to be interfering with an independent investigation especially if it isn't fully complete. That gets you in such trouble your head spins."
So at Fox Obama is damned if you do and damned if you dont, and of course they spin it to make Obama look bad. Even though they did the right thing, and the same thing a Republican administration would have done.
Despite Scandals Obama Approval Rating Stays The Same
By: Steve - May 20, 2013 - 10:00am
A new poll shows that the smear campaign by O'Reilly, the Republican party, and all of Fox News over the recent scandals have not hurt President Barack Obama's approval rating at all.
The poll, from CNN and ORC International, found that 53 percent of Americans approve of the job President Obama is doing, while 45 percent disapprove. This number remains virtually unchanged from polls taken before the scandals hit.
The poll was taken on May 17 and 18, and has a +or- 3% margin of error.
According to a Gallup poll taken in early May, the president's approval rating was 50 percent. SO if you compare it to the Gallup poll the Obama approval rating actually went up 3 points.
The CNN poll also found that 71 percent of Americans believe the actions of the IRS employees who targeted tea party groups were unacceptable. However, 60% said they trusted the president's statements on the issue.
Additionally, it was revealed that the Justice Department had subpoenaed phone records from the Associated Press. The White House also faced continued scrutiny on the attacks in Benghazi.
And none of it has hurt the President at all. Which must drive O'Reilly, the GOP, and Fox crazy. Because they have spend thousands of hours covering the scandals for nothing, haha.
What it also shows is that most people who watch Fox are Republicans, so they have no influence on the national polls. Basically it means the right-wing stooges at Fox are preaching to the choir, and that just because they report on it does not mean the rest of America will care, or believe what they say.
O'Reilly even has the #1 rated cable news show, that he claims is so powerful, and yet all his right-wing propaganda about Benghazi, the IRS story, and the AP story, has done nothing to hurt President Obama with the rest of America.
GOP Sources Edited Benghazi E-Mails To Suggest Cover-Up
By: Steve - May 19, 2013 - 11:00am
Here is a story the great so-called journaalist Bill O'Reilly has totally ignored, and you will never see reported by him or anyone at Fox News.
Since September, O'Reilly and the Republicans have claimed the Obama administration covered up the truth about the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, by altering the talking points Susan Rice used on the Sunday morning talk shows. To bolster the story, Republicans misquoted or significantly embellished the emails officials used to draft Rice's remarks, the CBS Evening News reported Thursday.
CBS News Major Garrett confirmed that it was a GOP source who leaked the altered emails.
The miscast quotes affect at least two emails that include a State Department spokesperson and a White House deputy adviser -- the two parties GOP lawmakers insist were trying to engage a cover-up on behalf of the Obama administration to protect the president's chances of re-election.
A leaked email adds new language to State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland's email, including a specific reference to al-Qaeda:
The penultimate point is a paragraph talking about all the previous warnings provided by the Agency (CIA) about al-Qaeda's presence and activities of al-Qaeda.The actual email read:
The penultimate point could be abused by members to beat the State Department for not paying attention to Agency warnings.A leaked email written by deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes suggests that he asked for the final draft to remove references to warnings about specific attacks, a demand made by the State Department:
We must make sure that the talking points reflect all agency equities, including those of the State Department, and we don't want to undermine the FBI investigation.But the actual email did not mention the State Department:
We need to resolve this in a way that respects all of the relevant equities, particularly the investigation.Since the congressional hearings last week, the White House on Wednesday released a hundred pages of emails from after the consulate attack. The full versions undermine already-thin accusations that this is a White House scandal.
Bill O'Reilly Came In Dead Last In Don Imus Guest Poll
By: Steve - May 19, 2013 - 10:00am
Don Imus from the Fox Business Channel ran a poll on his website asking who he should have as a guest, and guess what, Bill O'Reilly came in dead last, here are the choices.
1) Bo Dietl - 32.7%
2) Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong - 29.8%
3) Neil Cavuto - 29.1%
4) Bob Beckel - 7%
5) Bill O'Reilly - 1.2%
Yes you saw that right, O'Reilly only got 1.2% of the vote, which was a total of 61 votes. And notice that the liberal Bob Beckel got far more votes than O'Reilly, which is pretty bad when a liberal beats you out in a vote on a conservative news network website poll.
That means even the people who watch Don Imus on Fox hate O'Reilly so much they would rather see an interview with the liberal Bob Beckel than O'Reilly.
The Friday 5-17-13 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - May 18, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Grilling the IRS. The biased and crazy Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: Today the House Ways and Means Committee questioned fired IRS commissioner Steve Miller and one of his deputies. The IRS has admitted it unfairly targeted conservative groups for years, although Miller said he didn't know much about it.Then businessman Frank VanderSloot was on, who was audited by the IRS soon after he contributed $1 million to help Mitt Romney.
Vandersloot said this: "My life changed on April 20, 2012, when eight of us were singled out on the Obama campaign website. The website said we had 'less than reputable' records and had been 'on the wrong side of the law,' which certainly wasn't true. Blog sites and 'journalists' started repeating those messages, I started losing customers, our phone lines lit up, and all hell broke loose."
VanderSloot also said this: "In June of 2012 I got my first letter that we were going to be audited. Then I was audited by the Department of Labor and had two other audits by the IRS. But there were no penalties, no fines, and they owe me a large refund!"
Now let me say this, of course it is wrong for the IRS to target people based on what political party they are in. But both sides do it, and when Bush was in office liberals were targed for audits, they just did not get caught back then. O'Reilly and Fox act like only liberals did it, when they know conservatives did it too when Bush was in power.
Then Lou Dobbs was on to talk about Sarah Hall Ingram and the IRS having the power to oversee Obamacare.
Dobbs said this: "We should be very concerned, because she was actually the person in charge of the tax-exempt division at the IRS during much of the time when these egregious acts were committed. She's now in charge of implementing the Affordable Care Act. If the President were going to fire some people, you would have thought she would be the first person on the list. This is an absolute validation of every fear we ever had about what this administration is about."
Then O'Reilly said that polls show that about half of Americans are closely following the Benghazi and IRS scandals, so he had a Factor producer Dan Bank hit the streets to ask folks about the controversies, he discovered that many people had never even heard of Benghazi.
And O'Reilly lied, because the polls show that only 44% of Americans are closely following the Benghazi and IRS scandals, which is not half, it's less than half.
O'Reilly said this: "There's no question that we the people are becoming distracted. When you spend most of your leisure time tweeting, gaming, or on the cell phone, you don't have much time to absorb information. It's no surprise to me that half the country has no clue about how the Obama administration is running things. And many of those people don't care."
Earth to Bill O'Reilly, most Americans who work for a living do not have time to watch the news. They are working, doing things with their family, and in their little bit of off time they go out and do things. A lot of people are not spending all their time tweeting and talking on cell phones. It's called working and living, and you are clueless.
Then Geraldo was on to talk about the Los Angeles school board, who voted to stop suspending students who display "defiant behavior" in the classroom.
Geraldo said this: "Students will not be ejected from the building, but they can be put into kind of a 'rubber room.' The theory is that if you send these kids out on the street during the school day they'll go back to the gang and you'll have an exacerbated situation. So as long as the student is not a threat to himself or other students or the teacher, there has to be some kind of mid-level punishment that stops short of getting them out of the building."
O'Reilly ridiculed the school board and its defenders, saying this: "So it's better to have them polluting the building and infecting the other students than suspending them for a few days? This was done in L.A. because most of the suspended kids are minorities, so the school board is saying we surrender, we're going to let these kids do what they want."
Then the two right-wing stooges Greg Gutfeld and Bernard McGuirk were on to evaluate a ridiculous new study that claims physically powerful men tend to be more politically conservative.
Gutfeld said this: "Almost all professional athletes are conservative, because team sports rely on results, where A + B = C. If you're a liberal, A + B = Racist. Guys who lift weights are generally more conservative because they actually see results and every action hero is a conservative."
Which is just laughable, most professional athletes are conservative because they are wealthy who want tax cuts and the Republican party supports tax cuts for the wealthy.
McGuirk said this: "Exhibit A in all this is the whiny, pencil-necked wimps on MSNBC. To paraphrase the great Charles Krauthammer, real men to do not suck on the teat of big government. We've had Charlton Heston, John Wayne, and Ronald Reagan, while they have Woody Allen, Jon Stewart, and Bill Maher."
Now read this, O'Reilly, Gutfeld, and McGuirk are right-wing hacks that are lying to you. What they did not tell you is the study was widely misinterpreted, mostly by conservative-leaning outlets.
The Daily Mail's article claimed that "men who are physically strong are more likely to have right wing political views," and that "weaker men more likely to support welfare state and wealth redistribution." Neither of those claims is fully supported by the study.
Then they returned for a 2nd segment to name the stupidest people of the week. Who of course were all liberals, because O'Reilly, Gutfeld, and McGuirk are all Republicans.
Gutfeld picked White House mouthpiece Jay Carney, saying this: "He is our generation's Eddie Haskell, he'll say anything to Mrs. Cleaver. This guy used to be a reporter, now he's an apologist, and the transformation makes a sex change operation look like a wart removal."
McGuirk selected the men and women who are signing up to colonize Mars, saying this: "78,000 people have signed up, and when I read that I thought this is great, this is a good way to thin the herd. It's a one-way trip."
O'Reilly picked the art lover who paid $1.9 million for a portrait called "Bea Arthur Naked, saying this: "$1.9 million could buy 127 Trackchairs for our amputee veterans, but this idiot wants to pay that amount of money to look at this painting every day."
Gutfeld added this comment: "This means my watercolor of Lou Dobbs in a Speedo is going to get $5 million!"
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: The family that plays together. Billy said this: "Parents and grandparents, now is the time to start organizing activities that will force your children and grandchildren to participate in a family activity."
Less Than Half Of Americans Following Benghazi News
By: Steve - May 18, 2013 - 10:00am
O'Reilly said Benghazi is an important story to most Americans, and his proof, he said he got 3.3 million viewers for his show the night of the Congressional hearings, so that means the people care about the story.
But he ignored the fact that he gets about 2.9 million viewers a night, so that means only 400,000 extra people watched his show that night to see what he was reporting on the hearings. And it turns out most of those people lean to the right, not to mention the Pew poll shows that interest is split along party lines, Republicans care, Democrats do not.
Pew Poll Information -- The Benghazi hearings are drawing intense interest in Washington. In the rest of the country, not so much.
A new poll by the Pew Research Center says only 44% of Americans are paying attention to congressional hearings on administration actions surrounding the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya.
That number is "virtually unchanged from late January when Hillary Clinton testified," Pew reported. "Last October, 61% said they were following the early stages of the investigation at least fairly closely."
The Pew survey also said that Americans "are deeply split" over how the Obama administration and congressional Republicans are handling the investigations, largely along party lines:
"40% say the Obama administration has generally been dishonest when it comes to providing information about the Benghazi attack, but 37% say they have been generally honest. And when it comes to the GOP-led investigation, 36% say Republicans have gone too far in the hearings, while 34% say they have handled them appropriately.
"Not surprisingly, these reactions divide cleanly along partisan lines. Among Republicans, 70% say the Obama administration has been dishonest and 65% say the hearings have been handled appropriately. Among Democrats, 60% say the hearings have gone too far, and 62% say the administration has been honest."
O'Reilly Ignores Report About Deficit Shrinking
By: Steve - May 18, 2013 - 9:00am
(Reuters) - The U.S. budget deficit this year will be $203 billion lower than previously estimated, the Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday, citing rising tax revenues and higher contributions from government-run mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
The CBO, updating forecasts made in February, said it now forecasts a $642 billion deficit for fiscal 2013 compared with a previous estimate of $845 billion.
Since the recession ended four years ago, the federal budget deficit has topped $1 trillion every year. But now the government's annual deficit is shrinking far faster than anyone in Washington expected.
The agency forecast that the deficit, which topped 10 percent of gross domestic product in 2009, could shrink to as little as 2.1 percent of gross domestic product by 2015 - a level that most analysts say would be easily sustainable over the long run.
"Revenues have been strong as the economy has outperformed a bit," said Joel Prakken, a founder of Macroeconomic Advisers, a forecasting firm based in St. Louis.
And O'Reilly has ignored it all, because he is a partisan right-wing hack who has said many times that Obama is doing a terrible job on the economy, and that Obama is also adding to the deficit at a record pace. Even when the facts show the exact opposite, the economy is improving and the deficit is going down fast.
Jon Stewart Responds To Criticism From O'Reilly
By: Steve - May 17, 2013 - 11:00am
And as usual, he makes O'Reilly look like the dishonest right-wing hack he is. On Monday's Daily Show, Jon Stewart said he "caught a little flack" last week from his "TV husband and weekend squash partner Bill O'Reilly."
O'Reilly called out Stewart for citing a University of Maryland study that found during George W. Bush's presidency, U.S. diplomatic targets were attacked more than 50 times, resulted in 13 American deaths. While only three cases were brought before Congressional hearings.
O'Reilly said that when one "studies the study, many of the cited attacks" occurred in Iraq during the war. "That is true," Stewart said, "if by many you mean eight."
Stewart added this: "Eight out of 54 - how is that many? By that math, you Bill O'Reilly, have many viewers who are not bedridden and catheterized."
Your move, O'Reilly.
Earth to Bill O'Reilly, eight out of 54 is not many, it's a few, which is more than 2 and less than 10, idiot. And what's really funny is this, O'Reilly was trying to make Stewart look bad with his criticism, when in fact all he did was make himself look bad by trying to claim eight out of 54 is many.
Kirsten Powers Proves She Is A Pretend Fox News Democrat
By: Steve - May 17, 2013 - 10:00am
Powers said this on the May 13th edition of Fox News Special Report with Bret Baier:
POWERS: "Nobody Thought Obama Called Benghazi A Terrorist Attack."Which is a ridiculous and dishonest statement, and something you would expect to hear from O'Reilly, Hannity, or Limbaugh, not a so-called Democrat.
Once and for all, here are the facts:
September 11, 2012 -- 9:42 p.m. -- Armed men begin their assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
September 12, 2012 -- 5:15 a.m. -- Attackers launch assault on a second U.S. facility in Benghazi. Two former U.S. Navy SEALs acting as security contractors are killed. They are identified as Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
Some time on September 12, 2012, President Obama made a statement on the attacks from the Rose Garden at the White House where he specifically called it a terror act.
Here is a direct quote from his statement taken from the actual transcript at www.whitehouse.gov, that Powers could have easily found in 2 seconds with a simple google search.
Obama statement on the Benghazi attacks from 9-12-12:
OBAMA: No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.Earth to Kirsten Powers, President Obama called the attack an act of terror, the very next day after it happened, in a national speech that was on every news network in America, you fricking moron.
You have proven to be a fool and a partisan Fox News hack, and as of today I will no longer list you as a Democrat in my guest list count. You are a biased and fake Democrat, and a total loser. You should just change your party to Republican and get it over with, you are a moron.
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