The Friday 3-30-12 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - March 31, 2012 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Cable news inciting racial violence? Crazy O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: It was pathetic last night watching prime time cable opinion programs whip up the Trayvon Martin case to dangerous levels. The media is exploiting the death of 17-year-old Trayvon by convicting the man who shot him, George Zimmerman.
Let's step back for a moment: What if the Florida special prosecutor decides there's not enough evidence to prosecute Mr. Zimmerman? MSNBC and CNN to some extent have a vested interest in seeing Zimmerman punished because they've already found him guilty on the air. So they're not going to respect any verdict but guilty, and they will tell the American public that racial injustice has been done if there's not a conviction.
That could very well lead to violence as we saw in the Rodney King case in 1992. Leading the charge to convict Zimmerman is Al Sharpton, who has a daily program on MSNBC and has already found Zimmerman guilty. Same thing with CNN commentator Roland Martin.
So you can see that racial animus is already being stirred up on national TV and the media companies should be held accountable if any violence breaks out. Pundits who have no idea what happened that night are putting innocent people in danger with commentary based on emotion, not facts.
What's pathetic is watching O'Reilly ignore all the facts to spin the story for the police and Zimmerman. And as I wrote Friday, this is just laughable. O'Reilly convicts people on tv all the time, and yet now he is angry that the media is saying Zimmerman is guilty of murdering the Martin kid, even though the evidence points to lies and a cover up by the police and Zimmerman.
Not to mention, they are simply reporting the story, and some of the pundits are giving opinions that the man should be arrested, that is not inciting racial violence or convicting him on tv, it's journalism, and in fact it's the same kind of journalism O'Reilly does all the time.
And btw, why is O'Reilly reporting on what the media is saying about the story. O'Reilly should mind his own business and report on the story the way he wants to.
Then O'Reilly had the biased right-wing Mike Huckabee on to agree with him and back him up. Huckabee said this: "The police ought to be trying to sort out what are the facts, but instead they're having to protect a whole lot of innocent people and patrolling trying to prevent riots. This is a disaster in the making and the media is largely responsible for fanning the flames. It's bad enough that a 17-year-old unarmed young man was killed and the focus ought to be on the tragedy of his death."
Earth to Huckabee, the police are part of the problem, because it looks like they tried to help Zimmerman cover up a murder, you idiot! Just look at the police station video, it shows the police and Zimmerman lied.
O'Reilly once again denounced MSNBC and its corporate parent, saying this: "Al Sharpton answers to NBC News, and if this doesn't come out the way he wants it to, then he's going cry 'racism' and people are going to do damage."
And btw, notice that O'Reilly did not have any liberals on to comment on the story, just right-wing stooges that he knew would agree with him.
Then Karl Rove was on with his assessment of health care reform after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments. Rove said this: "This was a bad week for the Obama administration. There were lots of tough questions asked by the judges and while you have to take that with a grain of salt, there were a lot of questions that the government didn't have a good answer for. I'd say the individual mandate goes down and there is probably a lot of discussion at the Supreme Court as to whether or not to bring the rest of the bill down with it."
Rove then turned his attention to the Republican primary battle, saying this" "There are three states voting on Tuesday and they have a total of 98 votes. If Romney wins Wisconsin, the campaign will be irretrievably set in one direction. Wisconsin is the key one to watch."
Earth to Rove and O'Reilly, it's over and has been for a long time. Romney is going to win it as I predicted over a year ago, and he will then pick Marco Rubio to be his running mate. When I am proven right, remember you heard it here first, and I am not even a paid political pundit.
Then O'Reilly actually had a liberal on the show, Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich was asked about the future of Obamacare. Kucinich said this: "I think Justice Kennedy will be the pivotal vote here, and right now I think it's a jump ball. If it goes down, it's a disaster for 50-million Americans who aren't going to know what kind of health care they'll have. The President tried health care reform within the context of a for-profit system, and if it goes down it will certainly be a political defeat. But the election will be determined by the overall economy."
And if it does go down with a 5-4 vote it will not prove anything, except that the 5 conservative judges did not want to give Obama a win on this one. But you can bet if a Republican President had passed the same health care bill those 5 conservative judges would have voted 5-4 to uphold it.
Then Leslie Marshall and Janine Turner were on to talk about Jenna Talackova, who wanted to compete in the Miss Universe contest but was given the boot when officials discovered she is a transsexual. Marshall said this: "What determines whether or not you're a woman? Is it that you're born a certain gender, is it your DNA, or is it your genitalia? I believe she has a right to compete, but my problem is that she lied when she was asked whether or not she was born a woman."
Turner argued that pageant officials have the right to ban Talackova, saying this: "The Miss Universe pageant is a private organization and they can set the rules they want to set. They say anyone entering the contest has to be a naturally born woman. A transgendered woman puts a naturally born woman at a disadvantage in a pageant like this - men have streamlined legs and they can augment their breasts."
O'Reilly suggested that any truly fair beauty pageant would dictate that "no enhancements" be permitted.
Then Lou Dobbs was on to discuss whether lotteries are a net benefit to society. Dobbs said this: "About 60% of the money raised through this goes to the lottery winners, and most of the rest goes to the designated purpose, which in most states is education. It's a pretty good proposition, and nearly all of the winners of the big jackpots have been working men and women."
Dobbs contended that the truly regressive tax is the levy on gasoline, saying this: "Why in the world are we going after the oil industry at a time when we have high prices? There is no more regressive tax than forcing people to pay higher prices for gasoline. It takes a huge chunk of money out of folks' personal disposable income, it's as regressive as it could possibly be!"
And finally Greg Gutfeld and Arthel Neville were on for dumbest things of the week. Neville picked the Maryland cops who stopped a guy dressed as Batman, saying this: "At first you think how dumb do you have to be to drive around in a Batman suit in a Lamborghini, but it turns out he's a good guy. Lenny B. Robinson is his name and he dresses like this to visit sick kids in the hospital to make them happy."
Gutfeld singled out Kuwait authorities who meant to play the Kazakhstan national anthem but instead played a faux version from the movie Borat. "I feel so bad for Kazakhstan. Why didn't Sasha Baron Cohen go after some place like Belgium?"
O'Reilly picked the Turkish 'Mad Men' who used footage of Adolf Hitler in a TV ad for shampoo, saying, "People are so stupid that they don't understand that you can't use a mass murderer like that for any reason."
Then the highly edited Factor mail, and the lame as ever pinheads and patriots nonsense. O'Reilly Ignores Dick Morris Being Reprimanded By Fox News By: Steve - March 31, 2012 - 10:00am
Veteran journalists and media ethicists say Fox News failed to adequately respond to the Dick Morris attempt to auction off a tour of Fox studios at a Republican fundraiser, with several calling for his suspension. With O'Reilly (who has Morris on the Factor at least once a week) and Bernie Goldberg who does a media bias segment with O'Reilly were silent about it all.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Morris had been paid to speak at an event for the Republican Party of Lake County, Florida, and had auctioned himself off for the group's benefit as a personal tour guide for a visit to Fox News in New York.
Bill Shine, the network's executive vice president of programming, subsequently reached out to TVNewser to state that Fox had "reprimanded" Morris and that the tour had been canceled.
But the network has apparently taken no further action against Morris, a paid Fox contributor who has a long history of conflicts of interest related to his Fox appearances. The day after Shine told TVNewser Morris had been reprimanded, he appeared on The O'Reilly Factor.
Fox's response drew criticism from news veterans and media critics, who argued that Morris' offense tarnished Fox's reputation and should have resulted in more severe punishment.
"What does it take to suspend Morris?" said David Zurawik, television critic for the Baltimore Sun. "To me, it is crazy that they don't either suspend him or kick him off the air for good. Is there anybody in the media you can think of who has less of an ethical compass? You have to ask yourself, why do they let him get away with this? He is really a sleazy operative."
Zurawik, who teaches media ethics at Goucher College in Baltimore and has previously defended Fox News from criticism, also questioned the impact on the network's credibility to continue having Morris on the air.
"The larger issue is I really do think this hurts Fox in this regard. They like to present Bret Baier as the face of who they are. Morris, I really think, in many ways is the face of Fox," Zurawik said. "He is a dirty political operative intensely partisan with a history of alliances that on a good day would be called sleazy. And yet they keep putting this guy on the network. I would urge people, don't think of Bret Baier, think of Dick Morris."
Eric Deggans, media critic for the Tampa Bay Times, also expected stiffer punishment for Morris.
"It is kind of surprising that they haven't disciplined him more because, on its face, it seems like it is crossing a huge line," he said. "As a news organization you would think they would be concerned about that."
Marvin Kalb, a 30-year veteran broadcast journalist and former host of Meet The Press, also called for harsher punishment.
"A reprimand is one thing, a suspension another; and if Fox cares about its brand, then it should choose the latter to make its point," Kalb wrote in an email. "I am not sure if Morris cares that much about hurting Fox, but Fox should care a lot about its reputation by making it clear that Morris is not above the ethical guidelines that generally govern a contributor's conduct on and off the air."
And if someone at MSNBC did what Morris did for the Democratic Party, O'Reilly would call for him to be fired, but when Morris does it at Fox O'Reilly not only ignores the entire story, he does not call for him to be fired. The Thursday 3-29-12 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - March 30, 2012 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Media frenzy continues in Trayvon Martin case. Crazy O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: Many pundits are demanding that George Zimmerman be arrested for shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin to death in Florida. Add Oprah Winfrey to that list - she claimed 'there hasn't been a questioning of what actually happened.'
It is certainly a tragedy that Trayvon lost is life, but saying there hasn't been a 'questioning' is simply absurd. The Florida special prosecutor is investigating the case and knows far more about it than Oprah or any other TV analyst. Talking Points believes Florida will get to the bottom of what happened and take the appropriate legal action.
When it comes to the pundits, I'm angry about the rush to judgment. That's what's wrong with the media in this country - no longer do facts matter, accusations are enough to condemn folks. The press wants the story and doesn't care who gets hurt in the process.
No media observer knows exactly what happened the night Trayvon Martin was killed, yet there they are bloviating all over the place, exploiting the death of a young man, and inciting violence against the system.
O'Reilly is just a biased right-wing joke. Billy said he is angry with the pundits about the rush to judgment, and that the media should not convict anyone on tv. When he does the very same thing and more than they do. In the Casey Anthony case O'Reilly convicted her on tv, and flat out said she was guilty.
So he had a rush to judgement and he convicted her on tv. Making him the biggest hypocrite in the world. Not to mention, he was wrong and she was found not guilty, but even after the not guilty verdict he still said he thinks she was guilty. And I could report on 5 or 6 other cases where O'Reilly rushed to judgement and convicted people on tv, making O'Reilly a sad pathetic biased jerk of a massive hypocrite.
Then O'Reilly had Benjamin Crump, an attorney representing Trayvon Martin's family on. Crump said this: "After 33 days you would think there would at least be an arrest. The lead investigator didn't buy George Zimmerman's story, he said it wasn't credible, but the state attorney and the police chief overruled him. The only reason the state stepped in was because of the media and the public, and we will hopefully have a dialogue asking how this investigation could have happened like this. There is more than enough evidence to effect an arrest."
O'Dummy then urged Crump and everyone else to let Florida authorities conclude their investigation, saying this: "You're putting forth the family's point of view and you have the right to do that, but the rest of the media is making judgments based on stuff they don't know. So why don't we all just pull back and let the system work? I want justice in this case."
Which is laughable, because if O'Reilly wants justice why is he ignoring all the important news in the story and not reporting it.
Then Laura Ingraham was on with her take on the Trayvon Martin shooting. Ingraham said this: "The degree to which some have exploited this, is really reprehensible and repugnant. There's an elderly couple who are afraid to leave their house because their home address was tweeted by Spike Lee, who incorrectly thought it was George Zimmerman's address. To say this is a statement on how 'racist' America is, is just outrageous."
Ingraham also speculated on the Supreme Court's next move on Obamacare, saying this: "The justices will meet Friday to talk about the case. A vote will be taken, but it doesn't mean that's going to be the final vote. They can still change their minds, and the entire law could be struck down or partially struck down."
Then the Culture Warriors Gretchen Carlson and Jeanine Pirro were on to discuss whether marijuana and prostitution should be legalized. Carlson said this: "I say no on pot because it's addictive and leads to more serious drugs, but I'm a little squishy on prostitution. It would still be demeaning to women, but maybe I could be convinced to a certain degree."
Which just goes to show how stupid she is, because pot is NOT addictive and people can quit using it any time they want.
Pirro, a former prosecutor, argued that prostitution should be legal, saying this: "The women involved are often the victims of sex trafficking, they're illegal immigrants who have nowhere to go. We absolutely should legalize prostitution, but not marijuana! Kids who use marijuana are twice as depressed as other kids."
And of course O'Dummy agreed that legalizing weed would be a grave error, saying this: "I don't want marijuana legalized because I believe it's psychologically addictive and it would send a message to children that it's okay."
Which is just funny, because for one thing nobody cares what O'Reily thinks about it, and second, everybody who wants to smoke pot is already doing it, legal or not, so the argument from these 3 right-wingers is ridiculous.
Then Factor producer Jesse Watters spent last weekend at a gathering of atheists in Washington. A few of them opined on what happens when we die: "How can I be worried about something I don't believe in?" ... "When you die you're going to be dead" ... "I'm really hoping I can be a skeleton in a science lab so I can hang around naked."
They also had some thoughts on how we got here to begin with: "An amalgamation of matter due to gravity that collected on itself" ... "Evolution, big bang" ... "We don't necessarily know how life exactly started. But if every time we were stumped in science about something that bugged us and we just threw up our hands and said, 'Oh, God did did,' we'd still be in the Stone Age."
Back in the studio, Watters reported that a few of the atheists were less than friendly, saying this: "They were heckling me, but I was raised as a Quaker and I believe in non-violence, so I didn't knock anybody's head off. These were hard-core activists - when they withdraw money from the ATM, they take the bill and cross out In God We Trust."
Then Pastor Robert Jeffress & Father Edward Beck were on to talk about an interview with The Factor, Catholic prelate Timothy Cardinal Dolan said he would never tell Catholics how to vote. But Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress put forth another view.
Jeffress said this: "Secularists have done a great job of brainwashing Americans and even Christians, into thinking that pastors and churches should have no involvement in politics. That is ludicrous! It is because Martin Luther King Jr. got involved in politics that we had a civil rights movement, and without pastors leading the way there wouldn't have been an abolition of slavery. If pastors are not at the forefront of leading for moral change, who is going to be?"
Catholic priest Edward Beck directly confronted Jeffress on one of his past statements, saying this: "When you were supporting Rick Perry, you referred to Mormonism as a 'cult.' Now you're probably going to support the very man whose religion you defamed publicly. If you hadn't come out supporting someone individually, you wouldn't be in this predicament right now."
And finally Martha MacCallum & Steve Doocy were on for the stupid Factor News Quiz that is not news and nobody cares about.
Then the highly edited Factor mail, and the lame as ever pinheads and patriots nonsense that nobody cares about. Another Anti-Republican Poll O'Reilly Has Ignored By: Steve - March 30, 2012 - 10:00am
O'Reilly sure loves to report polls that show some so-called bad news for Obama, but somehow Mr. fair and balanced never seems to report any polls that show even more bad news for Republicans like Mitt Romney.
A record high 50 percent of registered voters hold an unfavorable view of Mitt Romney, according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.
Only 34 percent hold a positive view, which is the lowest score for a top presidential contender since 1984. The former Massachusetts governor trails President Obama by 19 points in popularity.
Obama also leads Romney in favorable ratings among independents and political moderates. The former, in particular, customarily is a decisive swing-voting group in presidential elections. Half of independents see Obama favorably, 15 points ahead of Romney.
Romney's negative rating among independents, at 52 percent, is a new high for him in this group.
Obama's rating among moderates is more broadly positive, 61-34 percent favorable-unfavorable. Romney, by contrast, has a net negative score among moderates - more see him unfavorably, 48 percent, than favorably, 35 percent, with 18 percent undecided.
And btw, Obama's favorability rating is 53 percent. But you never hear a word about that poll from O'Reilly, because it shows that the people like Romney less than Obama. Russell Simmons Said The Geraldo Apology Was BS By: Steve - March 30, 2012 - 9:00am
And before I report what Simmons said, I have to say I agree with Mr. Simmons that the Geraldo apology was BS.
Rap, fashion and media mogul Russell Simmons is a friend of Fox News Channel CEO Roger Ailes. He is also a friend of Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera. But he can only take that friendship so far.
In a blog post on his Global Grind website, Simmons takes issue with Rivera's apology yesterday over the hoodie comments he made last week, saying this:
SIMMONS: Geraldo, your apology is bullshit! Your apology is nothing but a defense of a racist, backward thing you already said. And I am yogi, so I never say anything like this, but I have to say it like it is. It is a non-apology apology that continues to blame the victim for their appearance.
You're always playing your stripes of having been an activist, which has inspired me throughout the years, don't now try to play to cheap seats. It's like telling women not to wear skirts because they could get raped. That's what you just did.
It's freaking horrible. It's inexcusable. And you're my friend, my friend for many years. I have a great amount of respect for you, but zero respect for your apology and for what you said.
And Geraldo is also a fool for saying it, not to mention he said it on the Factor and O'Reilly never said a word about it. Stupid O'Reilly Does Not Even Understand A Gag Order By: Steve - March 29, 2012 - 10:00am
After giving the story limited coverage last week O'Reilly has devoted much more time to the Trayvon Martin controversy this week. Not surprisingly, with the increased O'Reilly attention has come an increase in the amount of misinformation regarding the killing of the unarmed Florida teen.
Discussing the story Tuesday night with an attorney for the Martin family, O'Reilly focused on recent news reports that Martin had been suspended from school prior to being killed by a neighborhood watchman.
O'Reilly thought that information was relevant in terms of how the case went down because "in the beginning Trayvon was portrayed by sympathetic media as somebody who was just an innocent victim walking around."
Of course O'Reilly did not explain how a school suspension invalidated the idea that Martin was just an innocent victim walking around the night he was killed. But as more and more information came out about the victim, the Fox host wondered if it wasn't time for a gag order:
O'REILLY: So again, I don't want to try the case on television, but in your opinion, counselor, in your opinion, representing the family, is all of this necessary or should there be a gag order on the case and just let justice, you know, go underground?
But with that STUPID comment, O'Reilly basically admitted he was missing the central point of contention in the Martin story, which is that there is no case because nobody has been charged with a crime.
I guess O'Reilly does not understand that gag orders are issued by judges in connection with specific, pending court cases. How can there be a gag order with regards to Martin when there is no legal proceeding because nobody has been arrested?
The entire reason the Martin story has generated headlines this month is because the person who shot the teen hasn't been charged with a crime.
And yet O'Reilly still wonders if an imaginary judge overseeing the non-existent prosecution of Martin's killer should issue a gag order. The Wednesday 3-28-12 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - March 28, 2012 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Poll shows Fox News & O'Reilly are the most trusted news sources. Crazy O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: From time to time through the presidential election, The Factor will give you a 'power index' charting the rise and fall of those who have influence over our lives. Right now President Obama's power position is falling; rising gas prices are the main reason, but the Obamacare hearings are hurting the President as well.
Mitt Romney is pretty much staying stationary - he will be the Republican nominee, but Americans have not warmed to him. And here's some interesting news - a new Suffolk University poll asked this question: 'What TV news or commentary source do you trust the most?' Fox News won big at 28%; CNN was second with 17%; NBC News was third with 10%.
That signifies a tremendous power shift in the media. No longer does the left have a stranglehold on news and information. Ready for another shock? The poll asked which political reporter or analyst you trust the most. Your humble correspondent won by a whopping 25% over the second-most trusted person, Diane Sawyer.
And here's my favorite part - I tied with Jon Stewart among Democrats! As you may know, this is a 'no gloating zone,' but when my old pals in Levittown see this poll they will have a collective heart attack. The bold, fresh guy is now the most trusted commentator in the land. Simply stunning!
Then Dick Morris was on to slam Obama. O'Reilly mentioned a poll that says more than two-thirds of Americans disapprove of the President's performance regarding gas prices. O'Reilly asked Dick Morris what President Obama can do to bring prices down.
Morris said this: "The first thing, obviously, is drilling, because you can dramatically increase the global supply of oil by letting the American industry go for it."
"The second thing is that we have an 18 cents per gallon gas tax, three-quarters of which is used for highway and bridge construction. I favor a one-year moratorium on highway and bridge construction, which would save 14 of the 18 cents on the gas tax."
"Third, it used to be that only oil industry people could invest in oil futures, and we should reinstate that ban on speculators who are now 70% of the market."
"And the fourth thing is that the price of gas is not going up, the value of the dollar is going down - we should stop printing money!"
Then O'Reilly had Attorney Faith Jenkins & political commentator Jasmyne Cannick on to talk about the Florida high school students that walked out of class to protest the Trayvon Martin shooting, looted a Walgreens store; meanwhile, director Spike Lee tried to send out the home address of the shooter to his Twitter followers but actually sent the wrong address.
Jenkins said this: "People should not be doing this. That's not what this case is about and it really distracts from the real issue, which is what happened to this teenager in Florida. We need people to say not only that we want justice for Trayvon, but also to condemn behavior that is inappropriate."
Cannick said that widespread anger is not just because of this shooting: "Trayvon Martin was the straw that broke the camel's back, but there are Trayvon Martins in Los Angeles and Atlanta and all over America. It's the frustration of years and years of being racially profiled, and the years of mothers and fathers telling their sons what they can and cannot wear."
Then O'Reilly had Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the most powerful Catholic in America on to talk about President Obama. Cardinal Dolan expressed his displeasure with President Obama's insistence that Catholic institutions include birth control in their health care plans.
Dolan said this: "It's a tough battle and our opponents are very shrewd. They've chosen an issue that they know we are not very popular on and that's why we have to be very vigorous in insisting that this is not about contraception, it's about religious freedom. We can't back down from this fight."
Cardinal Dolan also urged his flock to get involved in politics, saying this: "The Catholic Church wants its people to be players in American politics. 28% of Americans are Catholics, and the church wants to have a say about the direction of our beloved country through them. But I would never myself say don't vote for a particular candidate."
Then O'Reilly had the body language bimbo Tonya Reiman on, which I do not report on because it is a garbage non-news segment. And Dennis Miller was on next, which I also do not report on because Miller is only on to make jokes about liberals, with no liberal comedian on to make jokes about conservatives.
And finally Juliet Huddy was on for the did you see that segment. Huddy watched a clip of Madonna gyrating and pouting in her new video, which has been declared off-limits for kids under 18. Huddy said this: "Your children can not look at this video, because she looks hot and there are men wearing tights. There's writhing and grinding and all sorts of stuff, but I admire her. She's incredible - she's 53 years old, she dates young men, and look at her body! I love you, Madonna."
So then O'Reilly said this: "Madonna is such a pinhead!"
Then the highly edited Factor mail, and the lame as ever pinheads and patriots nonsense. Trayvon Martin News O'Reilly Failed To Report By: Steve - March 28, 2012 - 10:00am
O'Reilly claimed that there was no probable cause to arrest George Zimmerman in the shooting case of Trayvon Martin. Which is just ridiculous when you consider the kid was shot to death, and that is more than probable cause.
Now we have a story that the lead investigator in the Trayvon Martin shooting wanted a manslaughter charge against the shooter George Zimmerman, which O'Reilly never reported.
ABC News reports that the lead investigator in Trayvon Martin shooting wanted a manslaughter charge against the shooter George Zimmerman. The lead investigator, Chris Serino, stated he was unconvinced by Zimmerman's version of events according to an affidavit he filed the night of Feb. 26.
His recommendation for a manslaughter charge was overruled by state attorney Norman Wolfinger, who subsequently removed himself from the case.
And the great (haha) so-called fair and balanced journalist Billy O'Reilly is ignoring it all, proving that he is not only not fair and balanced, it proves he is not a journalist, and that he is as biased as it gets. The Monday 3-26-12 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - March 27, 2012 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Black Panthers get involved in Trayvon Martin case. Crazy O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: Last week we told you that we would not try the Trayvon Martin case on television, as some other news operations are doing. We showed restraint in the Duke lacrosse 'rape' case and we were correct, while most other news organizations were guilty of irresponsible reporting.
But we have to examine the Martin situation because it's a nationwide story. Today there were rallies planned for at least twelve American cities, all of them in support of the slain teenager and his family. A TV station in Orlando interviewed a man who says he witnessed the confrontation and saw Trayvon Martin 'beating up the other guy,' and apparently the police believe there was some kind of physical confrontation before the young man was shot.
The reporting on the case has been hysterical in some precincts, and once again MSNBC finds itself in a controversy, with host Al Sharpton leading rallies and calling for the arrest of Zimmerman. Other news agencies have also crossed the line, and even very liberal TV critic Eric Deggans has acknowledged that Zimmerman is not being treated fairly. The situation is being inflamed by the Black Panther Party, which says it will award $1-million for the 'capture' of Zimmerman.
Every fair minded American should want justice in the case, and if Mr. Zimmerman acted with reckless disregard he should be held accountable. Working against him is the fact that he called the Sanford police department 46 times in the last 15 months; obviously the man was aggressively looking for criminal activity. Also, the Associated Press is reporting that Trayvon Martin was suspended from school for drug activity.
This is one big mess and news agencies have a responsibility, morally and professionally, to practice restraint. Jacking up ratings is one thing, but putting people in physical danger is something else. The Factor will continue to cover the story responsibly and honestly, and we will find out what happened. That's what we did in the Duke case and that's what we'll do here, because that's what 'fair and balanced' is all about.
Now that's funny, O'Reilly is saying he is fair and balanced. In fact, it's just laughable. Because O'Reilly and his show is as biased as a person and a show can get. He always takes the Republican side on every issue, and he has 95% Republican guests on to agree with him. If that's being fair and balanced I'm Donald Trump.
Then Mary K. Ham and Juan Williams were on to weigh in on the Trayvon Martin situation. Williams said this: "Florida authorities have now reported, that Martin did not have any juvenile record. You said Zimmerman should be held accountable and if he acted recklessly that should be determined in a court of law. That means he really should be arrested."
Ham complained that some people are using this tragedy to advance a political agenda, saying this: "This has become a 'national conversation,' but the bottom line is that national conversations are not really about having a conversation - they're often used as tools to get all sorts of things done by politicians and activists. We saw that in the Duke lacrosse case."
O'Reilly endorsed the state officials who have taken control of the situation, saying this: "Florida has taken this away from the Sanford police and assigned a special prosecutor, which is exactly the right thing to do."
Then the far-right Bernie Goldberg was on to evaluate the media's coverage of the Martin situation. Goldberg said this: "The hypocrisy and the sanctimony of the national press and the civil rights establishment is appalling."
Goldberg also said this: "If Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by another black teenager, President Obama wouldn't have weighed in, Al Sharpton wouldn't be holding rallies, and the media would not be running this on television for hours. Liberals in the media like to show their good racial manners, they don't shine a spotlight on dysfunctional behavior in some black neighborhoods, and that's also how the civil rights establishment wants it because they don't want to air dirty laundry in front of the whole nation."
Earth to Goldberg, duh. That's because they are black and they are trying ti stand up for black people, you right-wing moron.
Goldberg then singled out the New York Times for bad reporting, saying this: "George Zimmerman is half Hispanic, and the Times refers to him in print as a 'white Hispanic.' If Zimmerman won a Nobel Prize for Medicine, I guarantee you he wouldn't be called a 'white Hispanic,' but they need the word 'white' to further the story line, which is 'white vigilante kills unarmed black teenager.'"
Speaking of the New York Times, Rick Santorum confronted a Times reporter with a curse word (B...S...) and demanded that he stop lying. O'Reilly had Brit Hume on to discuss it. Hume said this: "Santorum was talking in broad terms about Obamacare and Romneycare, and he said Romney would be 'the worst candidate' of all the Republicans to put up against Barack Obama. Jeff Zeleny of the New York Times asked him about that and I don't think it was wrong for a reporter to ask a question. Santorum, probably out of fatigue and exasperation, reacted as he did."
The Factor suggested that Santorum was probably fed up with how he's been portrayed, saying this: "I agree with you that Santorum was probably fatigued, but he does believe that the press takes his stuff out of context and portrays him as a zealot."
So basically Hume and O'Reilly were doing damage control for Santorum, O'Reilly even said the media misrepresents what Santorum says and what kind of Republican he is. Which is laughable, and this is coming from the so-called Mr. fair and balanced. Santorum is a far-right loon, and if you defend and spin for him you support him, which is exactly what O'Reilly is doing.
Then O'Reilly had Caroline Fredrickson on to discuss the Supreme Court arguments over ObamaCare. O'Reilly said this: "I believe the Court will strike down the individual mandate by a 5 - 4 vote because the original intent of the Constitution was to allow the states to decide these kinds of issues. To force every American to buy anything is way beyond what the Founding Fathers envisioned federal power to be."
Which means he admits the Supreme Court is biased, because it will be a 5-4 ruling.
Caroline Fredrickson of the American Constitutional Society said this: "When the Founding Fathers adopted the Constitution, they put in the Commerce Clause specifically so Congress could regulate interstate commerce. It's completely within the power of Congress to pass this legislation and to attempt to provide reasonable regulation. This legislation does not require people to buy health insurance; it imposes a penalty for those who don't buy it."
Growing very impatient, O'Reilly accused Fredrickson of "playing semantic games" and described her arguments as "specious."
And finally in the last segment O'Reilly had his totally biased Factor Reality Check. That I do not report on because it's a joke, it's just O'Reilly (by himself) putting his right-wing spin on something someone else said.
Then the highly edited Factor mail, and the lame as ever pinheads and patriots nonsense. O'Reilly Says He Might Be An Idiot Over Health Care Ruling By: Steve - March 27, 2012 - 10:00am
On the Monday Factor show crazy O'Reilly said he will "Apologize For Being An Idiot" if the Supreme Court upholds the Obama Health Care Reform Law.
Now who wants to bet me that even if he is wrong he will never admit to being an idiot. O'Reilly Calls Racist Chant A Sporting Arena Taunt By: Steve - March 26, 2012 - 10:00am
It's official, Bill O'Reilly just will not admit there is any racism, because he said the chant of "where's your green card" during a basketball game was not racist, and simply a sporting arena taunt. Which is just laughable, and it shows that O'Reilly is an idiot.
Here is what happened, and what O'Reilly said about it. During a recent NCAA men's basketball tournament game, members of the University of Southern Mississippi pep band harassed a Puerto Rican native on the opposing Kansas State team as he was about to shoot free throws. A local NBC affiliate reported this:
When freshman point guard Angel Rodriguez stepped to the free throw line in the first half, some members of the band began to chant, "Where's your green card?" Rodriguez is a Puerto Rico native.
Then on his March 23 Fox News show, Bill O'Reilly said it was just "hazing" that is typical at college sports games and called it "stupid, immature," and a "taunt." He said this:
O'REILLY: Whatever the complexion of the player is, and Jackie Robinson on in, you're going to have varying degrees of immaturity, sometimes viciousness, directed at the opposing team.
So, "where's your green card" -- people thought that was cute and funny. I don't see that as a reflection of anti-Hispanic bias in the United States. I see that as a stupid, immature, sporting arena taunt. That's all.
O'Reilly was taking issue with Rep. Luis Gutierrez's comments on the incident, which Gutierrez described as "hatred and bigotry" in a speech on the House floor. Gutierrez said this:
GUTIERREZ: The issue is why people think it's OK to treat Latinos as if they are second-rate Americans. Why so many people seem to think that being Latino means being a suspect. Why they look at a young man named Rodriguez and think he doesn't belong in this country.
Because misguided kids taunting Latinos isn't really the disease -- it's just a symptom.
The heart of the sickness is more troubling. The truth is, when it comes to Latinos, and immigrants, far too many so-called "leaders" in our nation are starting the taunts.
The Root website also viewed the episode as "mean and bigoted," and The New York Times characterized it as a "racist chant."
Not to mention, Southern Mississippi quickly issued a public apology for the students conduct and revoked the scholarships of band members who had taken part in the racially insensitive chant. The students were also dismissed from the band and instructed to undergo cultural sensitivity training.
Facts that O'Reilly failed to report. O'Reilly also said he didn't believe the racist chant was "a reflection of a wider prejudice." He said: "I'm not diminishing the comment, I don't think it's just a wider deal."
So even after all that he still denies it was a racist chant, making him a fool and a clown, who spins away any racism he finds with ridiculous nonsense that it was just a sporting arena taunt. Fox Promotes Ryan Budget Experts Call Grossly Irresponsible By: Steve - March 25, 2012 - 9:00am
Most of the Fox News stooges are promoting Republican Paul Ryan's "courage" for "heroically and gutsily taking on these enormous entitlement programs" in his most recent budget proposal. But economic experts have said that Ryan's plan is "grossly irresponsible" and "all smoke and mirrors."
Fox's praise for Ryan's budget echoes the network's long history of touting him and his policy proposals.
-- On the March 21 edition of Fox News Radio's Kilmeade & Friends, Fox host Bill Hemmer said this: "I think what happened is going to go down as the single most important event in government history in our lifetimes, and that is when Paul Ryan came out with his budget plan."
-- On the March 20 edition of Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade said this: "I've got to give Paul Ryan a 'C' for courage for releasing a forward-leaning budget proposal that would be criticized by Democrats."
-- On the March 20 edition of Fox News Happening Now, Wall Street Journal economics writer and Fox regular guest Steve Moore said this: "Hats Off To Paul Ryan For Having Heroically And Gutsily Taken On Entitlements."
-- On the March 20 edition of Fox News The Five, co-host Andrea Tantaros responded to co-host Bob Beckel's criticism of Ryan's plan by saying this: "At least Ryan has some courage to start a discussion about it. You don't admire him for putting out something that's workable?"
-- Following the release of Ryan's budget proposal in April 2011, Kilmeade said during the April 4, 2011, edition of Fox & Friends that Ryan "might be a genius, I'm pretty sure. He put together something that is so forward leaning, it's going to make people say, 'Wait a minute, we can't easily demagogue this, because it's so hard to define.'"
-- On the April 5, 2011, edition of his show, Sean Hannity said this of Ryan's budget: "I love the budget -- $6.2 trillion is serious cuts. These are serious times."
In a March 20 post, Economic Policy Institute (EPI) senior policy analyst Ethan Pollack wrote that Ryan's budget plan is grossly irresponsible budget and economic policy, saying this:
Today's unveiling of the House Republican budget resolution sees House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) rehashing the same failed budget priorities that were met with widespread criticism last year. Tax cuts for people who don't need them and economic insecurity for everyone else is grossly irresponsible budget and economic policy.
His proposed cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and food assistance would all fall heavily on seniors, the disabled, and children. Ryan's budget is doubly bad for children because his proposed cuts to public investments (mostly infrastructure and education) would cause children to inherit a country with crumbling roads and bridges and to enter the labor market with fewer skills.
And that's not all, in a March 20 post on his blog The Plum Line, Greg Sargent quoted Citizens for Tax Justice director Robert McIntyre as saying that Ryan's plan is "all smoke mirrors and no deficit reduction." The Friday 3-23-12 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - March 24, 2012 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Obama gets involved in Trayvon Martin controversy. Crazy O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: As you may know, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a high school senior in Sanford, Florida, was shot dead a few weeks ago by 28-year-old George Zimmerman, who was acting as a 'neighborhood watch' guy.
Zimmerman says he shot the teenager because he felt the young man was a danger to him; he has not been charged with any crime and continues to carry the weapon that killed Trayvon. Today President Obama said a thorough investigation 'is absolutely imperative.'
The President's verbal involvement in the case is appropriate; we simply cannot have American citizens gunned down in the street without resolution. Talking Points is not going to come to any conclusion, but every decent American should want justice in this case.
After a Hispanic basketball player was taunted by the opposing crowd, Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez blamed white people in general and Mitt Romney in particular. So Billy had Linda Chavez and Democratic strategist Chuck Rocha on to discuss it.
Rocha said this: "There's been a national dialogue that's been troubling to lots of Latinos for a long time. Just listen to what the presidential candidates are saying on the stump or look at the Arizona law. It seems like people are singling out Latinos."
But Chavez wasn't ready to condemn the basketball fans, saying this" "These kinds of nasty ethnic slurs are a fabric of history - Irish were always blamed for being drunken, Germans for being too aggressive. Was it nasty for these kids to do this? Absolutely, but they apologized."
O'Reilly cautioned against turning a taunt into a symbol of deep racism, saying this: "I don't see this as a reflection of anti-Hispanic bias, I see it as a stupid, immature sporting arena taunt. That's all!"
Then Geraldo was on to talk about New York City cops who are being criticized because the vast majority of their stop-and-search techniques are employed against black and Hispanic citizens.
Geraldo endorsed the NYPD and its policies, saying this: "I support the Bloomberg administration. I think Michael Bloomberg is the best mayor New York has ever had and he's got the best police commissioner in Ray Kelly. They tell me they need this to keep the city safe and I believe them. I know it's a pain in the neck for minority youngsters, but the city is a lot safer than it used to be - graffiti is gone, squeegee men are gone and street crime is down."
Rivera also defended his controversial warning that young black males shouldn't dress in hooded sweatshirts, saying this: "Parents, don't let your kids go out wearing these damned hoodies because they can attract the attention not only of the cops, but also of nut jobs like this George Zimmerman in Florida. If you dress like a wannabe gangster, some knucklehead is going to take you at your word."
And Geraldo is an idiot, because that's like saying if a girl dresses sexy she deserves to be raped. He claims to be a Democrat then agrees with O'Reilly and the right 80% of the time, what an idiot and a fake Democrat he is.
Then O'Reilly had Janine Turner and Leslie Marshall on to talk about the left saying the GOP has a War on Women. Marshall said this: "I don't feel there is a 'war' by every Republican, but this is an election year and both left and right like to use words that get peoples' attention and titillate."
Turner portrayed the entire controversy as an orchestrated diversion, saying this: "President Obama can't win with jobs and women, he can't win with the economy and women, he can't win with Obamacare and women, so they've created this phony war. Women are smarter than this and we're not going to fall for this - the only ones who are, are the ones who want to perpetuate this lie."
Trying to put the issue to rest, O'Reilly said this: "There's no war by the Republican Party on American women."
There he goes again, lying and defending for the Republican party. And Turner is an idiot, because Obama is doing great on the jobs and the economy, so she can not even get her spin updated. Earth to Turner, the jobs are back and the economy is doing great, so get some new talking points spin you moron.
Then O'Reilly had Sports Illustrated's B.J. Schecter on to talk about Tim Tebow going to the Jets, which I will not report on because it's a sports story not a news story that is on a so-called hard news show.
Then Lou Dobbs was on to talk about the DREAM Act, which would grant citizenship to illegal aliens who meet certain criteria, such as attending college or serving in the military. Dobbs said this: "I absolutely do not favor it the way it's constructed. The major negative is that it introduces chain migration - that is, bringing in family members if you give the path to legalization to young people. They could bring in all of their immediate families, and they then could bring in extended family members. It is what many call a 'backdoor amnesty.'
And finally Greg Gutfeld and Arthel Neville were on for dumbest things of the week. Neville picked CBS News, which used a hidden camera to expose Republican politicians spending time with lobbyists. "It doesn't matter which side of the political fence you sit on, this is what happens at those fundraisers. CBS was trying to give viewers access to pictures they don't usually see."
Gutfeld singled out Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who flatly denied saying something she had said on tape. "Her big mistake, is that she doesn't understand the word 'literally.' She said Republicans are 'literally' dragging people in the past, which is impossible unless she has a time machine hiding in her hair. But she's the best thing that happened to Republicans since khakis - her name in Esperanto means annoying lady."
O'Reilly went with Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who gave himself an 'A' for restraining gas prices.
What a shocker, all 3 of them picked liberals as dumbest things of the week, shocking, not! Notice they never find anything dumb by a Republican, haha, what do you expect from 3 Republicans.
Then the highly edited Factor mail, and the lame as ever pinheads and patriots nonsense. More Proof Increased Drilling Does Not Reduce Gas Prices By: Steve - March 24, 2012 - 10:00am
Despite how often Republicans claim drilling reduces gas prices the Experts deny it. The Associated Press reports that an analysis of 36 years of Energy Administration Information the data shows "no statistical correlation" between domestic oil production and gas prices.
U.S. oil production is back to the same level it was in March 2003, when gas cost $2.10 per gallon when adjusted for inflation. But that's not what prices are now.
That's because oil is a global commodity and U.S. production has only a tiny influence on supply. Factors far beyond the control of a nation or a president dictate the price of gasoline.
When you put the inflation-adjusted price of gas on the same chart as U.S. oil production since 1976, the numbers sometimes go in the same direction, sometimes in opposite directions. If drilling for more oil meant lower prices, the lines on the chart would consistently go in opposite directions.
A basic statistical measure of correlation found no link between the two, and outside statistical experts confirmed those calculations.
Domestic oil production is at its highest level in eight years. According to the AP, if drilling dictated gas prices, they should already be at the $2 a gallon Republicans have promised. But gas prices fluctuate based on a variety of factors, including speculation and tensions in the Middle East.
These facts haven't stopped Republicans from rallying around drill, baby, drill. President Obama even joked last week about the GOP's drilling fever, saying this: "I guess there's some empty spots where we're not drilling. We're not at the National Mall. We're not drilling at your house." The Thursday 3-22-12 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - March 23, 2012 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Far left demanding censorship. Crazy O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: It used to be that liberals were the most ardent advocates of free speech, but now the far left is a primary source of censorship in America. Simply put, they do not want to hear opposing points of view. Enter the vicious Media Matters outfit, which is in business to demonize anyone with whom they disagree.
Their latest campaign is against Rush Limbaugh - Media Matters is spending about $100,000 to run radio ads targeting stations that carry Mr. Limbaugh. Media Matters was somewhat successful in damaging Glenn Beck's brand, although he is prospering right now on the 'net.
Emboldened by that, they're going after Limbaugh, who is target number one for liberal America. There's something very fascist about all this - shut down your opposition, don't let them speak, punish people who support them. Silencing those with whom you disagree does not help the country; nobody has to listen to Rush Limbaugh or MSNBC.
Unless an opinion is violent or slanderous, it should be allowed. There's no question that Mr. Limbaugh got hurt and he has apologized for his Sandra Fluke comments. There's also no question that the marketplace dictated that apology, and that's the way things should work in a free society.
And that my friends is 100% right-wing spin and propaganda. Becausae the left is not calling for censorship, they just want Limbaugh and people like O'Reilly to stop insulting people and lying about them. And if they do not stop the smears and lies they will call for boycotts, which are legal and as American as apple pie.
O'Reilly just does not like Media Matters (and me) because we tell the truth about his right-wing spin and lies. So he tries to smear them and make them look bad to discredit what they report. And O'Reilly defending Rush Limbaugh is just more proof he is a right-wing idiot.
Then O'Reilly had Crystal McCrary and author Deneen Borelli on to discuss it. Borelli said this: "Businesses have been drawn into this political fight, and they are caught in the middle. If you advertise on a conservative program, the liberal left is going to make an example of you. This is all about control of conservative speech - I have been called all kinds of names for my defense of liberty, personal responsibility and limited government. This is all about stifling conservative speech."
McCrary argued that boycotts of sponsors can be desirable, saying this: "What I always tell my children is that words matter and racially hateful and damaging language is not acceptable on the playground or the media. There is a reason why you can't holler 'fire' in a crowded theater, because someone could get harmed."
Then Laura Ingraham was on with her take on Rick Santorum's latest ad in which he accuses Mitt Romney of lacking core values. Ingraham said this: "I'm not of the view that all of this is horrible for the party, or that it will wound the ultimate nominee. Mitt Romney is trying to unify the party and he's making a lot of inroads; at the same time, Rick Santorum has an argument to make. He's been subjected to negative ads also, and as long as real issues are being debated I don't have a problem with it."
O'Reilly said that the attack ads are getting repetitive, saying this: "Everybody knows that Santorum thinks Romney's a phony, and everybody knows that Romney thinks Santorum isn't quite the conservative he's portraying himself to be."
Then Stuart Varney was on to talk about the oil market. O'Reilly has urged federal authorities to regulate and harness speculation in the oil market. So Varney reported on a pending bill that would do just that, saying this: "At the moment it costs virtually nothing to speculate, and a small amount of money controls a large amount of oil. This bill will make it much more expensive to speculate - you'd have to put more money down to control the same amount of oil."
Varney also said this: "If you put this bill into effect, the net result might not be that you lower prices, but I think it would stabilize prices - they wouldn't go up so fast, they wouldn't go down so fast."
Varney also implored American authorities to open up the oil spigots, saying this: "Why don't we go after the oil that we've got in the ground? We've got a trillion barrels! Don't you think that if we said 'we're going to go get it' it would have some impact on prices?"
Then the Culture Warriors Gretchen Carlson and Tammy Bruce evaluated "The Hunger Games," a violent and disturbing new movie about teens. Carlson said this: "It's rated PG-13 because they wanted this to be a blockbuster. This is about America gone totally awry and it's all about survival - it's a reality show with kids killing each other and it's violent from the very beginning."
Bruce advised parents to use their judgment, saying this: "This is violence from child to child and parents have got to be ready to have conversations with their children. The scenes in this involve spears and arrows and being mauled by animals. With books you're limited and you have to use your imagination; when you put a child in front of the screen it's an entirely different dynamic."
Then Megyn Kelly was on to talk about the death of Trayvon Martin, the black 17-year-old who was gunned down by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Florida.
Kelly said this: "The local police department basically took Zimmerman's word, and did very little investigating. This case stinks to high heaven and the way the police handled this stinks to high heaven. Let's just hope this hasn't been botched so badly that they can't do the investigation they need to do. I don't know that they have Zimmerman on a 'hate crime,' but in terms of second-degree murder, that charge looks very promising."
O'Reilly then asked Kelly to predict how the Supreme Court will ultimately rule on health care reform. Kelly said this: "If you're forcing me to bet. I would bet that the four conservative judges plus Justice Anthony Kennedy will strike down the individual mandate. But anyone who tells you they know for sure how the high court will rule is not telling you the truth."
And finally in the last segment O'Reilly had Steve Doocy & Martha MacCallum on for the stupid Factor News Quiz, that I do not report on because it's not news.
Then the highly edited Factor mail, and the total waste of time pinheads and patriots nonsense. O'Reilly Dishonestly Attacks Media Matters Over Limbaugh By: Steve - March 23, 2012 - 10:00am
Bill O'Reilly is a right-wing fool with double standards and massive hypocrisy. On the Thursday Factor show O'Reilly dishonestly attacked Media Matters because they are calling on advertisers to stop buying ads on the Rush Limbaugh show, and they are calling for people to boycott the advertisers he has left.
O'Reilly complained extensively about "the vicious Media Matters outfit" on his March 22 show, alleging that they are "in business to demonize anyone with who they disagree" and that they "are dishonest to the core."
O'Reilly was expressing outrage over their recently announced advertising campaign to "educate advertisers about the damage their financial support of Rush Limbaugh's program can do to their brands."
O'Reilly concluded with this: "There is something very fascist about all this. Shut down your opposition. Don't let them speak. Punish people who support them. In every totalitarian state in the world, that is tactic number one: silence the opposition."
Basically O'Reilly lied about Media Matters to defend his friend Rush Limbaugh, which is something only a right-wing stooge would do, even though O'Reilly denies he is a Republican. All they do is fact-check right-wing idiots like O'Reilly, by posting the audio and or video clips of what they said, and usually the transcript too.
David Brok said this:
There is a myth that advertiser actions, like those now targeted at Limbaugh, impinge on his constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech. The truth is just the opposite: They are a demonstration of the power of the First Amendment.
We are not a government entity attempting to stifle Limbaugh's speech. Instead, we are using our right of free assembly to join together and raise our voices against Limbaugh. We are, in fact, engaging in the marketplace of ideas, one in which people, examining all of the facts, can choose whether it is in their financial interest to support hate radio.
And btw, O'Reilly also told a guest it was un-American to call for Limbaugh to be fired, and that it was fascist and wrong to call for a boycott of the Limbaugh sponsors. But when Republicans call for boycotts O'Reilly says nothing.
But think about this folks, a few years ago O'Reilly directly called for Rosie to be fired from the VIEW for something she said about the 9-11 terrorist attacks. And he also called for a boycott of Pepsi after they used the rapper Ludacris in a Pepsi commercial, who O'Reilly was in a feud with at the time.
Making O'Reilly the biggest right-wing hack in the world, he has double standards and is a massive hypocrite. The Wednesday 3-21-12 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - March 22, 2012 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Obama's green energy speaking tour. Crazy O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: With many polls showing that President Obama is getting hurt because of rising gas prices, the Obama machine is now trying to persuade us that he's on the case. One problem: Gas prices have doubled on the President's watch and his administration has invested about $100 billion in taxpayer money on alternative energy products.
The Department of Energy says one of its loan programs created 61,000 jobs; even if that's true, that's $570,000 per job. The President is correct in wanting 'green energy,' but he badly miscalculated how to get there. He's run up the debt even further by making speculative government investments that have not paid off.
Mr. Obama's energy legacy is not good - he opposes the Keystone pipeline, his administration has made it difficult for oil companies to explore, and he has only become concerned about gas prices in this reelection year. In addition, his Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, seems to have no clue at all.
The feds should be passing laws that constrain oil speculation and promoting as much energy competition as possible. That would drive down prices. There's also bad news for the 'drill, baby, drill' crowd - a new report says that over 36 years of increased oil production in the USA has not driven gas prices downward.
Notice that O'Reilly is still blaming President Obama for the price of gas, even though it's ridiculous. When Bush was the President gas hit $4.10 a gallon. Not only did O'Reilly then say the President has nothing to do with gas prices and can not do anything about it, he defended Bush from the people who were slamming Bush for the high gas prices. Proving once again that O'Reilly is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the Republican party.
Then O'Reilly had the biased right-wing hack Dick Morris on to discuss it. Morris said this: "This is going to be very serious for him, and probably lethal. If the recession didn't kill him, the gas prices will because he has so clearly been on the record that oil is the fuel of the past, that we have to move on to renewables, that we shouldn't drill off the coast or in the Gulf. The United States now has the capacity to increase the global supply of oil so that we can completely control oil prices. The answer is, 'drill, baby drill!"
Now remember this, the dishonest Dick Morris is almost always wrong with his predictions. He predicted Hillary Clinton would beat Obama in the primary, and he also predicted Hillary would lose in her Senate run to the Republican Rick Lazio, then Obama beat her and she beat Lazio by 12 points in a landslide win.
Morris also said that Mitt Romney has pretty much wrapped up the Republican nomination, saying this: "There is now very little chance of a brokered convention."
Then Mary Anne Marsh & Kirsten Powers were on. They talked about Krauthammer predicting that Mitt Romney will ask Florida Senator Marco Rubio to be his running mate and that Rubio will accept. Powers said this: "Of course Charles is right. Rubio is extremely popular, Romney would want to pick someone who energizes the base and Rubio is a Tea Partier, which definitely energizes the base. He's charismatic, he's handsome, and he's from Florida, which certainly doesn't hurt."
But Marsh suggested that Mitt Romney could make a more sagacious choice, saying this: "Romney has a problem with women and Hispanics, so the far better pick would be Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico. It would help with women and with Hispanics."
Then Rev. Corey Brooks was on to talk about the 49 people who were shot in Chicago last weekend, ten of them fatally. Brooks said this: "These crimes are being committed by young men 25 and under, who feel a sense of hopelessness and frustration. These are not necessarily all drug gangs, these are young men who feel they don't have anything to live for, who feel they don't have a chance in society. They are creating mayhem in our neighborhoods."
Billy said that violent crime on Chicago's south side has been an intractable problem for decades, saying this: "In the past 40 years tens of millions of dollars have been poured into your neighborhood by the state and the federal government to try and improve things. It doesn't seem to make any difference."
Then Jesse Watters was on for a total waste of time segment about college students on spring break in Panama City, Florida. He reported that most of the students he spoke with seem to be disenchanted with President Obama, saying this: "66% of college students voted for Obama last time, but if you look at this tape he got slaughtered. Gas prices are killing these kids."
And I would bet the farm Watters edited the piece to make it look like most of the kids were slamming Obama.
Watters also reported on the impossibility of finding a quiet hotel room, saying this: "I wanted to get some sleep so I got a place that's $350 a night, but it ended up being ground zero for spring break. Then they gave me a suite because they felt bad for me, but there were mirrors on the ceiling and a Jacuzzi in my bedroom."
O'Reilly excused the less-than-astute spring breakers, saying this: "College kids have a license to be dopey."
Talk about being dopey, that segment was dopey, why even have it, what good did it do.
Then Dennis Miller was on, which I do not report on because it is not news and Miller is just on to make jokes about liberals.
And finally in the last segment Juliet Huddy was on for did you see that. She watched footage showing Tom Hanks on stage with a man in blackface during a 2004 school fundraiser. Huddy said this: "The theme of the evening was castaways, and during the auction a white parent showed up in blackface with a wig dressed as a native African. Hanks says he had no idea this guy was going to show up in blackface and that it was hideously offensive."
Huddy also watched a tape showing TSA screeners hassling a 3-year-old wheelchair-bound boy, saying this: "Since this happened the TSA has changed some regulations, so it likely would not happen now. It's ridiculous, but these terrorists are creative. Why am I the only one who feels I'm okay going through with all this? They're not torturing us, they're making us safe!"
Then the highly edited Factor mail, and the total waste of tv time pinheads and patriots nonsense. O'Reilly & The Right Claim Obama-Care Cost Will Double By: Steve - March 22, 2012 - 10:00am
Here is how you know O'Reilly is a right-wing spin doctor, he is spewing out the same right-wing lies as all the other conservative stooges at Fox about the cost of the Obama health care bill.
Friday O'Reilly and Lou Dobbs reported that Obama-care will cost twice as much as estimated, O'Reilly even said it was no surprise at all. Then he said he had predicted it will actually cost four times as much as originally estimated. Dobbs said he hoped authorities would be smart enough to repeal the legislation before it hits the market.
And all the other conservatives at Fox are saying the same thing. They are falsely claiming that a recent report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) shows that the cost of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has doubled since CBO's estimate in 2010.
-- On the March 16 edition of Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy and Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. both claimed that the CBO report showed that the ACA "is going to wind up costing us double, at least."
-- A March 15 Fox Nation post highlighted a FoxNews.com article about the CBO report under the headline, "Obamacare Twice as Expensive at $900 BILLION Price Tag?"
-- Gateway Pundit: "Obamacare Will Cost Twice As Much As Promised."
In Fact, CBO Projected ACA's Coverage Provisions Will Actually Cost Less Than Previously Estimated.
-- CBO: Insurance Coverage Provisions Will Be "About $50 Billion Less Than" Previous Estimate.
-- Reuters: "The Estimated Costs" Of ACA's Insurance Coverage "Have Been Reduced By $48 Billion Through 2021."
-- CBSNews.com: "CBO Lowers Health Reform Cost Estimate."
-- New Republic Senior Editor Jonathan Cohn: "No, Obamacare's Cost Didn't Just Double."
-- Klein: CBO Report "Shows The Net Cost Of The Coverage Provisions Will Be About $50 Billion Less Than Previously Estimated." In a March 15 post on The Washington Post's Wonkblog, Ezra Klein noted that those claiming PPACA costs will increase "didn't read this analysis closely."
O'Reilly and the right are lying to you, and the proof is right here. And it's just another example of what a dishonest right-wing hack O'Reilly is, and how he is a proven liar for the GOP. The Tuesday 3-20-12 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - March 21, 2012 - 11:00am
The Top Story was called: The Illinois results. Bret Baier, Carl Cameron & Mike Emanuel were on to comment on the Illinois Primary:
O'Reilly started Tuesday's show with the latest from Illinois and the Republican primary. "The polls are closed now," Bret Baier reported live from Chicago, "and Mitt Romney has a solid lead over Rick Santorum. Far behind, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are fighting it out for third place. Obviously a win will be a major victory for Romney in this delegate-rich state."
Carl Cameron, reporting from Romney's Illinois headquarters, called the state a possible turning point. "Watch for Romney to put his foot a little heavier on the accelerator - he'll start talking about the fact that he'll be the nominee and he'll say it's time for his rivals to seriously consider whether they should stay in the race."
Finally, Mike Emanuel chimed in from Santorum headquarters in Pennsylvania. "Rick Santorum is coming home to Pennsylvania to try and pivot from Illinois, to try to get back on their message. He's shoring up his home state and saying there is a long race ahead."
And as I said over a year ago, Romney will win it. Why? It's real simple, because Romney is the most moderate Republican running, and that is the only reason he will win. All the other Republicans running are too far right to have any chance to beat Obama, and that is a fact. But if the economy keeps improving and gas prices drop a little by October Romney will have no chance to beat Obama.
Then O'Reilly had the TPM called: The entitlement society. Crazy O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: Unfortunately, the presidential campaign of 2012 has spent a lot of time on things that don't really matter. All of that obscures a very important and dangerous situation; that is, the millions of Americans who want free stuff from the government.
As we have reported, 22% of Americans are currently receiving some sort of entitlement - that's 67-million people, and the truth is that we can't afford it.
President Obama has created a scenario that actually encourages an entitlement society; he has said quite clearly that the rich are not paying their 'fair share,' which insinuates that everybody else is getting hosed and that the government should be giving away things to make up for the inequity.
Thus some Americans say, 'I deserve the free stuff.' If the progressive forces prevail, we will become a quasi-socialistic nation and our debt will continue at record levels. In my opinion that's dangerous as all get out.
And the reason the campaigns talk about social issue nonsense is because the economy and jobs are back, thanks to Obama and his policies, so the Republicans have to talk about nonsense because they lose on the economic front. Not to mention, the reason 67 million Americans need help is because Bush and the Republicans put us into the worst recession we have seen in 50 years, which O'Reilly seems to have forgot.
So Alan Colmes and Monica Crowley were on to discuss it. Colmes said this: "Socialism is ownership of the means of production by the state, so we're not talking about socialism. We have the lowest tax rates since 1950 and the idea is simply to bring it back to something reasonable. Only a small percentage of people get free birth control, and that's a lot cheaper than paying for unwanted children."
Crowley blamed decades of liberalism for the changing national ethos, saying this: "The reason we have a growing entitlement society is because for decades the left has put these massive redistributionist pillars in place - Social Security, Medicare, and now Obamacare. The whole point is to redistribute the wealth and to encourage people to rely not on themselves and their own self-sufficiency, but to rely on the state."
Crowley is just as dishonest as O'Reilly, because the problem is the Republicans not the Democrats.
Then the Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison was on to give his view on military action against Iran, saying right now it should be off the table. Ellison said this: "What we know now, is that neither Israeli nor American experts have concluded that Iran has even decided to build a bomb. If and when that conclusion is reached, it'll take a year to develop a bomb, then years after that to come up with a delivery system. So I'm not here to say I'd authorize military action, we need diplomacy."
O'Reilly reminded Ellison that Iran's mullahs have barred international inspectors, saying this: "There is no conclusive evidence on either side about what the Iranians are doing - they do it in secret and they do it far underground."
Then the crazy far-right loon John Stossel was on to talk about how the U.S. is indebted to the tune of $16-trillion. Stossel said this: "The government could stiff us, and say we're not going to pay for the stuff we promised. But we older people vote so they're not going to stiff us, they're going to print more money. It makes the debt easier to pay off because the dollar isn't worth what it was. This is very big, and it's good that Congressman Paul Ryan is at least starting a conversation about this."
O'Reilly added that running the printing presses would have enormous repercussions, saying this: "If the Fed keeps printing money and investors say they don't want dollars any more, all of our savings would be eroded. It's absolutely vital that voters understand what is at play."
Then Kimberly Guilfoyle & Lis Wiehl were on to talk about the case against Army sergeant Robert Bales, accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians. Wiehl said this: "Bales had four run-ins with authorities since 2000. In one case he defrauded a man, in 2002 he assaulted a girlfriend, and there were two driving violations that were dismissed."
Guilfoyle predicted that Bales lawyer will depict him as a man teetering on the edge, saying this: "He'll say that this individual had repeated deployments and did not want to go back to Afghanistan. He did suffer a traumatic brain surgery and he lost part of his foot."
In another case, the federal government is investigating the death of Trayvon Martin, a black 17-year-old who was gunned down by a "neighborhood watch" volunteer in Florida. Guilfoyle said this: "Florida has a stand your ground law, meaning that if you feel that you could be subjected to death or great bodily injury, you do not have a duty to retreat, you can stand your ground and defend yourself with deadly force if necessary."
Wiehl said to not forget that Martin was unarmed when he was shot to death: "He was carrying Skittles and an iced tea. He was suspended from school but we don't think he has a criminal record."
And finally the far-right Charles Krauthammer was on, who basically called the Republican primary race all but over, saying this: "The geography is that we're going to Maryland and the Northeast, and those are obviously Romney states. The other thing is that after April 1st states can go to winner-take-all, so if and when Romney wins a state he gets all the delegates. That's when you can really establish a spread between yourself and number two."
Asked who Romney should select as his running mate, Krauthammer didn't hesitate, saying this: "Marco Rubio without question! He brings youth, he brings intelligence, he brings energy, and he brings a lot of Hispanic votes. And Rubio will do it."
Then the highly edited Factor mail, and the lame as ever pinheads and patriots nonsense.
All 3 Missouri Republicans Did Not Know Minimum Wage By: Steve - March 21, 2012 - 10:00am
Now get this, all 3 Missouri GOP Senate candidates were stumped when asked the minimum wage.
Three Missouri Republicans running to take on Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) in November were asked during a radio debate on KMOX what the federal minimum wage is and whether they would vote to increase it. None of the three knew what the minimum wage is, but all three knew that they would vote against increasing it.
Host Charlie Brennan asked the three candidates (businessman John Brunner, former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman, and Rep. Todd Akin) "What is the federal minimum wage? Would you vote to increase it?" Here are their answers:
BRENNAN: Okay, do you know what the minimum wage is?
BRUNNER: No sir.
BRENNAN: How about you Sarah Steelman?
STEELMAN: Uh…$7.50 an hour.
BRENNAN: Do you know what the minimum wage is???
AKIN: My guess is its somewhere in the 6 or 7, but I don't know the exact number right now.??
The federal minimum wage (and Missouri's minimum wage) is $7.25 per hour. Certainly all three should know the wage level at which four million American workers are at or below.
Akin, especially, should know, since in 2007 he voted against raising the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25.
The candidates explanations for not wanting to raise the minimum wage ranged from crazy (Brunner said his business gave better than the minimum benefits) to insane, with Akin calling for scrapping the minimum wage altogether.
"I don’t think the government should be setting prices on wages in any way shape or form," said Akin.
Steelman was opposed to raising the minimum wage because she "thinks it's high enough as it is."
Even though a person working a minimum-wage job for 40-hour work weeks would earn just $15,000 a year, and that's before taxes.
Maybe their ignorance of the minimum wage is the fact that none of the three candidates personally live anywhere near it. Akin owns two homes and receives an annual congressional salary of $174,000. Steelman has donated upwards of $400,000 to her own Senate campaign. And Brunner tops them all, sporting a net worth of approximately $100 million. The Monday 3-19-12 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - March 20, 2012 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Is the U.S. losing power? Crazy O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: A few months ago we stated that the United States is declining in power, mainly because of our weakened economic condition, which affects everything we do. Right now there are some very troubling challenges to American leadership.
In Afghanistan, President Karzai is demanding that US and coalition forces draw back from the countryside and stay in designated bases. Karzai is an inept and corrupt leader, but you have to expect some blowback from the Afghans when a crazy American sergeant massacres 16 civilians.
The USA has sacrificed massive blood and treasure trying to give the Afghan people a better life; Karzai couldn't care less. In Iran, the mullahs continue to defy the United States and the world because they don't fear President Obama.
They can defy the USA is because China is helping them, and here is the main challenge to American power - the Chinese understand we have a $16 trillion debt and they are holding more than $1 trillion of that.
We are beholden to China and nothing is being done to solve the immense spending problem. Today marks the 9th anniversary of the coalition attack on Saddam Hussein; since then, the USA has spent $1.2 trillion in Iraq and Afghanistan, money we do not have.
In addition, more than 6,000 military have lost their lives and 50,000 have been wounded. Talking Points believes we need a resurrection; we need to get the federal government under control, come up with a sane budget, and reinvigorate the economy by allowing the private marketplace to run.
President Obama is smart enough to understand that, but he continues to play to his left-wing base. Eight months from now, that may lead to his defeat.
What a fool, I guess O'Reilly is not looking at the polls that have Obama beating all the Republicans he likes. Not to mention the economy is improving and getting better, so Obama will win in November. As usual O'Reilly spins everything to the right and acts like the whole country feels the same way, when all the polls show the opposite.
Then Karl Rove was on, who disputed the idea that America's decline began with the invasion of Iraq. Rove said this: "You're wired up about $1.2 trillion you say was spent on Iraq and Afghanistan, but we spent $862 billion on a failed stimulus bill! We're spending $600 billion on welfare payments in a program that takes money from people who pay taxes and gives it to people who don't pay taxes."
Rove also said this: "Iraq today is a reasonably stable, somewhat democratic regime that represents a different model for the region. We have hope in the Middle East because of the experiment in Iraq and we have no reason to apologize for it!"
And as usual Rove is lying, Iraq was a waste of time, blood, and money, the stimulus bill worked and kept us out of a depression, and the people he talks about do pay some taxes. It's all lies from the dishonest Karl Rove.
Then Mary K. Ham and Juan Williams were on to talk about people abusing welfare. Williams said this: "It's disgusting. These folks blow up entitlement spending, but so do seniors who say, 'Government, get your hands off my Medicare.' We have to say to people that this entitlement thing hurts families and children."
Now think about this, Juan claims to be a Democrat, which is just laughable because 90% of the time he sounds just like O'Reilly and the Republicans.
Ham claimed that too many Americans are looking for handouts, saying this: "There are always going to be people among us who behave in that manner and we have to stop encouraging that. The story that built America is that our grandparents and parents, in bad times and good, supported themselves and did not run to the government at every turn."
Then Brit Hume was on to discuss the Illinois vote, ad he predicted another victory for Mitt Romney in Tuesday's Illinois primary. Hume said this: "There are 54 delegates at stake, and Romney will likely get the lion's share. But there are a couple of places past Illinois that Santorum will want to hang on for - one of them is Louisiana, coming up Saturday. Newt Gingrich is hanging on maybe because the campaigning is fun, but Romney is inexorably marching toward the magic number."
Billy said that Illinois could be a turning point, saying this: "If Romney wins big, that will reenergize his campaign and he will go up another level."
As Republicans and Democrats fight over which side is more female-friendly, O'Dummy discussed the issue with liberal publisher Cathy Areu. She denounced Rick Santorum for his personal opinion that contraception is wrong, saying this: "He's going crazy, and all the Republicans have decided to jump on that crazy train with him. They are all out there making statements that are definitely anti-woman, they are trying to out-crazy each other. Republicans have messed with birth control in other countries, are we now going to mess with birth control in our own country?"
And when O'Dummy challenged Areu to name one "anti-woman" statement uttered by Mitt Romney, the silence was absolutely deafening.
Except she never said Romney was part of it, and why should she have a quote from him when she never claimed he said anything. It was a ridiculous question from O'Reilly, while he ignored the fact that Republicans in general are anti-woman.
Then Bernie Goldberg was on to cry about MSNBC host Ed Schultz, who frequently comments on labor issues, received $200,000 from the AFL-CIO last year.
Goldberg said this: "Ed Schultz and a lot of others on cable TV aren't journalists. They sit at what look like anchor desks, they interview newsmakers and they talk about the news of the day. It sort of looks like journalism, but it isn't journalism. At the absolute least, Ed Schultz should tell viewers that he has a vested interest. I don't care if he gave every penny to some good cause, that doesn't justify what he did."
And O'Reilly agreed that Schlutz's sin was one of omission, saying this: "He didn't disclose during his commentaries on the air, which are all pro-union, that he received this enormous amount of money from this labor union."
Now that's funny, Goldberg and O'Reilly crying about speaking fees and saying the people at MSNBC are not journalists. When the two of them can not even spell journalist, it's like the pot calling the kettle black, it's just laughable. Look in the mirror idiots, you two are not journalists, you are right-wing spin doctors.
And finally the last segment was the ridiculous Factor Reality Check. That is so lame and biased I do not even report on it. It's just O'Reilly by himself putting his spin on something someone else said, some of the time there is no check, and most of the time the so-called check does not even make sense.
Then the highly edited Factor mail, and the lame as ever pinheads and patriots nonsense. The Real Reason Gas Prices Are So High By: Steve - March 20, 2012 - 10:00am
With gasoline prices approaching $4 per gallon, there are many factors that have been blamed by politicians and so-called analysts in the corporate media. Among those are tensions in the Middle East, supply and demand, OPEC policies, the Obama administration’s policies, etc.
While many factors can be considered in placing the blame for rising gasoline prices, the primary cause of the price increase is rarely mentioned - speculation on Wall Street. Wall Street is betting on higher oil prices in the future and that betting is causing prices to rise.
A recent article by Robert Lenzner, writing for Forbes, concludes that speculation adds $23.39 to the price of a barrel of crude oil, which translates to a $.56 increase in the price of gasoline at the pumps for Americans. In other words, relatively few players in the Wall Street casino with very deep pockets are placing huge bets on oil – and you are paying.
The market for gasoline is currently in contango, meaning that either demand is expected to outstrip supply and/or prices are expected to rise.
Wall Street banks, energy corporations and companies such as the conservative Koch Industries employ a contango strategy by buying up oil and storing it in massive containers both on land and offshore to lock in the oil for sale later at a set price.
This practice, more commonly known as commodities speculation, artificially increases gasoline prices regardless of free market fundamentals by withholding supply until it can be sold at the futures price.
And O'Reilly never says a word about any of that, because the Koch brothers are conservatives who fund many right-wing causes.
Another factor that is causing rising oil and gasoline prices can also be attributed to Wall Street and the private central bank, the Federal Reserve.
In order to compensate for the billions of dollars in losses by the big banks on Wall Street since 2008, the Federal Reserve has been flooding the market with newly printed money and borrowing it to Wall Street banks at low interest – a policy known as "easy money."
That reduces the purchasing power of the dollar by creating inflation. Since most oil is traded in petro-dollars, that means it takes more dollars to purchase a barrel of oil, which accounts for part of the price increase.
O'Reilly also never reports that because it ruins his spin that Obama is to blame for high gas prices.
Free market fundamentalists who insist that gasoline prices are on the rise due to supply and demand are overlooking some simple facts. Demand for crude oil is decreasing and supply is adequate. Over 80 percent of America's energy needs are now being satisfied by domestic supplies. In fact, the U.S. is starting to become an energy exporter.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that the world oil supply rose by 1.3 million barrels a day in the last three months of 2011 while world demand increased by just over half that during that same time period.
Gasoline usage is down in the US by 8%, Europe by 22% and has even fallen in China. Recession across much of the European Union, a deepening recession in the United States and slowdown in Japan have reduced global oil demand while new discoveries are coming almost daily.
Countries like Iraq are increasing supply after years of war. A brief spike in China's oil purchases in January and February had to do with a decision last December to build their Strategic Petroleum Reserve and is expected to return to more normal import levels by the end of this month.
The bottom line is that consumers are paying more at the gas pump because of futures trading on Wall Street, inadequate regulation of the oil market and the ability of speculators to drive gasoline prices up every time the drums of war beat in the Middle East. Republican Votes Against Bill He Said He Supported By: Steve - March 19, 2012 - 11:00am
Here is another example of Republicans being dishonest, the Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joined 21 other Republicans (and no Democrats) in voting against the Highway bill he praised and said he would work to pass.
And of course you never heard a word about this from O'Reilly, because it makes his Republican friend look bad. Here are the details.
In early March, the Laborers International Union of America launched a radio and mail ad campaign aimed at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) to pass the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, a highway and transportation bill.
Their ads, focused on Kentucky and Ohio, included children singing "America's bridges falling down, all around the country," to the tune of the song "London Bridge is Falling Down." A narrator on the ad said this:
The average age of a U.S. bridge is 45 years, dangerously close to the life span of 50 years. More than a quarter of our bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Because of tight budgets, bridge maintenance is in jeopardy.
And if Republican leaders in Congress have their way those budgets will get cut even more. Text Bridge to 69866 and let Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell know we need a real highway bill to save our bridges and our lives.
This got the attention of McConnell's staff, who posted a refutation on his campaign website. McConnell professed his support for the highway bill and slammed Laborers for its support of Democratic candidates.
"Contrary to the assertion in the ads," McConnell's staff claimed, "Senator McConnell has been working to pass the highway bill in the U.S. Senate, which is currently slated for a vote on final passage next week."
A McConnell spokesman also told a Louisville, Kentucky radio station that the minority leader was working with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to pass the highway bill.
Just before the vote, McConnell took to the senate floor and praised the lead sponsors, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) for their bipartisan effort. "They have worked together in a collegial way to bring us to this point on the highway bill," he said.
Moments later, McConnell joined 21 other Republicans -- and no Democrats -- in voting against the bill. The House is expected to take up a similar version in April, rather than the far inferior House Republican version.
And btw folks, McConnell's office did not respond to a request for comment from the media on why he voted against a bill he pledged to support and no explanations were apparent on his senate or campaign websites. Fox Anchor Caught Lying About Poll On Gas Prices By: Steve - March 18, 2012 - 10:00am
Last Friday Special Report anchor Bret Baier claimed a Fox News poll showed "the majority said that the president is to blame for gas prices" -- in line with Fox's false messaging that the Obama administration is responsible for the price increase. But Baier got it backwards. In fact, the Fox News poll said 52 percent think Obama is not to blame.
Now remember this, Baier claims to be a straight news anchor with no bias, and yet he does the very same things O'Reilly and Hannity do every night, dishonestly spin and lie for the GOP to make Obama look bad.
And btw, the belief that the U.S. government can control gasoline prices is fundamentally wrong -- as the Wall Street Journal, the Cato Institute, and Fox's own John Stossel have noted.
Not to mention, during the Bush years when liberals said Bush and Cheney were letting the oil companies rob us with $4.10 a gallon gas, O'Reilly said the President has no control over gas prices.
But now that we have a Democratic President, Fox and O'Reilly blame Obama and claim he does have control over gas prices, which is just ridiculous. As we all know the oil speculators are dishonestly bidding up the price of oil to make their friends on Wall Street richer. Which Obama has nothing to do with. The Friday 3-16-12 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - March 17, 2012 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Obama in re-election mode. Crazy O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: President Obama has kicked his re-election campaign into high gear...
Here is the latest Fox News polling on the President. His approval rating now stands at 47%, 45% disapproving. That is not a good number for an incumbent president. As far as the economy is concerned, 54% of Americans disapprove of the way Mr. Obama is going about things. 42% say he's doing okay...
Those are troubling numbers for Barack Obama, but he does have plenty of time to turn things around...Obviously Mr. Obama cannot run on fiscal responsibility, as America is more than 16 trillion dollars in debt with no end in sight. He can't run on containing gas prices because they have doubled under his administration. And he also cannot run on leadership because the future of this country is so unclear...
But do not underestimate Barack Obama. He is a brilliant campaigner, and he will have an enormous amount of money at his disposal. Whoever ends up as his opponent will have to run a flawless campaign.
Now that my friends is what you call right-wing spin. Notice that O'Reilly only quotes a Fox News poll, that is biased in nature because Fox ran it. Then on top of that O'Reilly never says a word about all the other polls that have Obama beating all the Republicans, no matter who it is.
O'Reilly also ignores ALL the polls that show the Republicans approval and disapproval ratings are far lower than they are for Obama. If you just listen to O'Reilly you would think Obama is in trouble and he is going to lose to the Republican in November.
But the economy is improving, jobs are coming back, and most likely Obama will win. But O'Reilly ignores all that to spin out the Fox News propaganda that Obama is in trouble. And if gas prices come down by November Obama will win for sure, but you are never going to hear any of that from O'Reilly because he is a biased hack who hates Obama.
Then Geraldo Rivera was on to talk about Rick Santorum and his English language only statement, which I am not reporting on because nobody cares, except maybe O'Reilly and a few of his right-wing friends.
Then the Republican Adam Carolla was on to talk about California, who has 55 electoral votes, and that Obama doesn't even have to campaign there because he'll win it no matter what. O'Reilly asked why.
Carolla pointed to several reasons for the Democratic stronghold in California: 1) the population is a bizarre mixed bag of transplants from New York and Tijuana, 2) the unions have taken control of the state and big business is considered the devil, and 3) Democrats are the cool, friendly party, while Republicans want people to work hard.
O'Reilly then speculated that most Californians don't even listen to the Republican side of the argument because their knee-jerk vote is always Democratic.
Then Janine Turner and Leslie Marshall were on. They talked about Newt Gingrich, who has promised to bring the price of gas down to $2.50 a gallon if elected. He's now mocking President Obama's alternative energy vision. The President is fighting back, saying the professional politicians who are talking down new sources of energy would have been founding members of the flat-earth society.
Turner said she has no qualms with alternative energy, but asserted that there needs to be a reasonable transition, saying you don't blow out all the candles until you have reliable electricity. O'Reilly then described Obama as defiant and stubborn in his green energy vision.
Marshall said that even if we drill every possible hole, gas won't go down to $2.50 a gallon. She defended the President, maintaining that no one president can change the international market price of crude oil.
O'Reilly countered that there are a whole bunch of things that could be explored to alleviate the energy crisis, yet Mr. Obama has done nothing. Which is just ridiculous, and O'Reilly knows it. Not to mention during the Bush years when gas hit $4.10 a gallon O'Reilly defended Bush and said the President can not control the price of gas.
Then Peter Kiernan was on, who is the author of a new book about China, he discussed the unintended consequences of our owing China $1.2 trillion.
O'Reilly's main focus was China defying the U.S. vis a vis Iran. Kiernan cited a disturbing statistic that China buys 20% of Iran's oil exports, more than the entire E.U. combined, and explained how this is working directly at cross-purposes to world interest.
Kiernan's also said this: "It's one of those situations where it's hard to be too tough when your banker is also your major supplier, but...I think it's fair and reasonable to confront them when they're being unfair."
O'Reilly argued that China doesn't care at all what the U.S. has to say so we have very little leverage.
Then the far-right stooge Lou Dobbs was on to slam Obama for his health care plan. They also talked about the chatter that we may tap into the strategic oil reserves. Dobbs claimed this doesn't amount to a hill of beans because the most we've ever released from the reserves has been 30 million barrels and that's not enough to bring down prices.
The Congressional Budget Office's report said that Obama-care will cost twice as much as estimated, O'Reilly called this no surprise at all. He predicted it will actually cost four times as much as originally estimated. Dobbs said he hopes authorities would be smart enough to repeal this legislation before it hits the market.
And finally Marina Orlova the hot for words bimbo was on to talk about words, which I will not report on because this is not news. It's just O'Reilly having some blonde bimbo on to get ratings, because his ratings are down.
Then the highly edited Factor mail, and the lame as ever pinheads and patriots nonsense. Scalia Caught Lying About 7-2 Bush v Gore USSC Ruling By: Steve - March 17, 2012 - 10:00am
So what was he caught lying about, the numbers, because it was not a 7-2 ruling, it was 5-4 and he is a proven right-wing liar now.
During a speech at Wesleyan University Friday night, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia offered a strange revision of the time he joined with four of his conservative colleagues to make George W. Bush president:
At the end of the speech, Scalia took questions from the audience. One person asked about the Bush-Gore case, where the Supreme Court had to determine the winner of the election.
"Get over it," Scalia said of the controversy surrounding it.
Scalia reminded the audience it was Gore who took the election to court, and the election was going to be decided in a court anyway—either the Florida Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court.
It was a long time ago, people forget. It was a 7-2 decision. It wasn't even close," he said.
Scalia not only lied about the 7-2 ruling not being close, he forgot the Florida Supreme Court was going to approve the recount, but not the way Gore wanted. They were going to order a full state-wide recount, not just a recount of the districts Gore wanted recounted. And if that had happened Gore would have won Florida, and went on to win the election and be the President.
Bush v. Gore was not a 7-2 decision, it was a 5-4 decision, with the 5 conservatives voting to stop the recount and make Bush the President. Not one of the Court's four moderates agreed with Scalia that the winner of the 2000 presidential election should effectively be chosen by five most conservative members of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Thursday 3-15-12 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - March 16, 2012 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Are media boycotts un-American? Crazy O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: The huge partisan divide in this country is leading to hate speech, slander, and defamation. There is no question about that. And now some Americans are calling for firings, boycotts, and in one absurd case, criminal prosecution, all for speech they don't like.
The latest is the conservative "Media Research Center" calling for the Comcast Corporation to fire some people at MSNBC...
Rush Limbaugh's program has lost scores of sponsors who objected to his comments about Sandra Fluke. However, that posture cuts both ways. I'm sure many of Mr.
Limbaugh's listeners are angry with those sponsors for bailing out...
The entire boycott movement is garbage. The far-left threatening sponsors who advertise on programs they don't like is flat-out un-American...
We want a vibrant America. We want free speech all over the place, but when that speech turns irresponsible, the marketplace should dictate, not pressure groups armed with threats.
Then the crisis communications experts Peter Mirijanian & Michael Maslansky were on to discuss it. Maslansky denied the boycott threats are un-American, describing the actions as a valid use of influence. And Mirijanian expressed concern about exactly who is behind these boycott movements and whether money motivates them.
Then the (Obama hating right-wing biased) Lt. Col. Ralph Peters was on to talk about the sixteen Afghan civilians that were allegedly murdered by an American sergeant, who will be tried for his crimes in the U.S. Coming on top of the Koran burnings at Bagram Air Force Base a few weeks ago, there is now intense anger against America in that country.
Peters recommended giving President Karzai what he wants, which is an accelerated drawdown of conventional forces in Afghanistan. He explained that our focus should now be on Special Forces and drones.
O'Dummy said that he was worried that course will just lead to the return of the Taliban, rendering all the blood and treasure we've put into Afghanistan wasted. But Peters said that wasting more blood and treasure won't do us any good.
He also pointed out that we're caught in the middle of a long-standing civil war, a battle which we can't win and the Afghans refuse to fight on their own.
At the end of the segment O'Dummy announced the results of the BillOReilly.com poll: should the USA use its air power against Syria? Only 31% of respondents said yes, while 69% voted no.
Then Megyn Kelly was on to talk about how the Arizona Senate approved a measure requiring drug testing when applying for unemployment benefits. Megyn described how the "reasonable suspicion" aspect of this law would work, but the O'Reilly said he failed to see how this will stand because deciding who should be tested is too subjective. In theory, however, he agreed with the state's desire to root out fraud by drug-addicted recipients of entitlements.
They also discussed the NAACP complaining to the United Nations that U.S. voting laws are unfair. Kelly interpreted the move as the NAACP trying to shame us into opposing voter ID laws, which they believe will disenfranchise minority voters. O'Reilly exposed the irony of Libya, China, Saudi Arabia, and Uganda sitting on a panel that will determine if our voting laws are unjust.
Then the two right-wing Culture warriors Gretchen Carlson & Margaret Hoover were on to discuss a MoveOn.org video, featuring multiple women saying they have a serious problem with the GOP because the GOP has a serious problem with women. The video implied that Republicans would want a woman impregnated by rape or incest to carry the child to term.
Hoover said that as a Republican, she doesn't like the content of this video, but she thinks it will be highly effective in making female voters feel their reproductive rights would be taken away by Republicans. Then the Republican O'Reilly scolded Hoover for suggesting women aren't smart enough to see that this video is pure propaganda. He claimed that it isn't about women, it's about intelligence.
Carlson agreed with Hoover on the ad's effectiveness. Saying that Obama will make women's issues a central part of his re-election campaign in an effort to court female voters, and this video was just the first step.
Then Lis Wiehl & attorney Faith Jenkins were on for is it legal. They talked about the report that President Obama said he may open the strategic oil reserve, but what else can the federal government do to rein in oil prices?
Wiehl reported on a bill mired in subcommittees that would force speculators to put some of their own money into the game, thereby naturally reducing the amount of speculation. O'Reilly wondered why Obama hasn't gotten behind this idea.
Other possible legal solutions the government could use to lower gas prices were discussed, including limiting the amount of oil any one company can control and investigating any potential fraud and collusion in the market.
Then O'Dummy said this: "The bottom line is the government could take aggressive action to make it harder for speculators if it wanted to."
Then they talked about the New York City soccer mom who is accused of running a brothel - O'Reilly complained that the state is spending too much money on this case. Jenkins insisted that a multimillion dollar sex business should be a top priority for authorities.
And finally the last segment was the total waste of tv time Factor News Quiz with Steve Doocy & Brian Kilmeade.
Then the highly edited Factor mail, and the lame as ever pinheads and patriots nonsense. Dishonest Bill O'Reilly Lied About Sandra Fluke By: Steve - March 16, 2012 - 10:00am
After the conservative media (including O'Reilly) spent days and days distorting and misinforming about her congressional testimony on contraception coverage, Georgetown Law school student Sandra Fluke responded on CNN by noting the facts of what she actually said:
FLUKE: I was actually speaking out about students and about low-income women across the country who need access to this care. It's unfortunate that some folks have made it so much about me and my access, because that was not what my testimony was about. And I would encourage people to take a look at that testimony.
Even though those are the facts, Bill O'Reilly wasn't buying it. He stressed that Fluke "defines herself as a Georgetown Law student who $3,000 over three-year term -- that's what she said -- and she couldn't afford it. And neither of her friends couldn't afford it. That's the bottom line on that."
He later said this: "In the truth serum context, she did talk about herself, she did make it personal, and now she's telling CNN she really didn't."
And O'Reilly is lying, during her testimony before Democratic members of Congress, Fluke made clear that she was there to share the stories of other women, not herself. She said this:
FLUKE: When I look around my campus, I see the faces of the women affected, and I have heard more and more of their stories.
On a daily basis, I hear from yet another woman from Georgetown or other schools or who works for religiously affiliated employer who has suffered financial, emotional, and medical burdens because of this lack of contraceptive coverage.
And so, I am here to share their voices and I thank you for allowing them to be heard.
Fluke went on to testify about a student who needed contraceptive medicine to treat polycystic ovarian syndrome and recounted the story of a woman who had been raped to highlight the need for access to contraceptive medicine.
But O'Reilly and Fox News correspondent Juliet Huddy claimed her testimony was all about "her life" and about how "she couldn't afford" to purchase contraception.
In fact, Fluke did not say that purchasing contraception was a problem for her personally.
Proving once again that Bill O'Reilly is nothing but a biased, dishonest, right-wing hack of a pretend journalist. The Wednesday 3-14-12 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - March 15, 2012 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: NBC News, Media Matters and Pres. Obama. Crazy O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: Before he died, Andrew Breitbart said he believed the left-wing media was trying to destroy him, and he pointed to Media Matters as the primary offender. He accused the website of receiving orders from the Democratic National Committee and passing those orders on to MSNBC.
Talking Points has been telling you that Media Matters has been corrupting the editorial process in America, and tonight we will give you one more vivid example. As you may know, I've been very critical of oil companies for jacking up prices when there is plenty of supply in the USA. I've also criticized President Obama for doing nothing about it.
Enter Media Matters, who calls me a 'hypocrite' because they say I didn't hammer President Bush when gas prices rose during his tenure. But in 2008 I said, 'The Republican Party lets big oil do what it wants.' So Media Matters lied, as it always does - it takes video clips out of context every single day. And guess who went wild calling me 'hypocritical?' NBC News in the form of MSNBC.
Here's the bigger picture: We know most of the media is actively rooting for President Obama to be reelected. It used to be that the liberal press just tilted coverage, but now national news agencies are actually lying to you! The danger is that the presidential election will not be reported honestly and Americans who do not pay close attention will be deceived.
If Andrew Breitbart's contention is true that the Democratic Party is coordinating with Media Matters who is coordinating with MSNBC, that is troubling and a blatant corruption of the First Amendment.
What a joke, Fox News is an arm of the Republican party, talk about blatant corruption, that's number one.
Then Bernie Goldberg was on and O'Reilly asked if Media Matters will have a direct effect on the 2012 presidential election. Goldberg said this: "Media Matters certainly has friends in the mainstream media, but they're mainly media writers, not the most important journalists at places like the New York Times. And we all know that journalists are by and large liberal to begin with, with or without Media Matters' influence. Is Media Matters annoying? Yes, they're real annoying. But are they going to directly affect the election? I don't think so."
Now here is the truth folks, O'Reilly and Goldberg just do not like Media Matters because they tell the truth about what O'Reilly and Goldberg do, as in lie to the American people.
O'Dummy claimed that media bias could swing the election, saying this: "I believe this election will be razor-close, and I also believe there will be people who go to the polls with a totally fictitious narrative about the candidates. It will tilt towards President Obama."
Then Dick Morris was on, and he downplayed the importance of Rick Santorum's primary wins in Mississippi and Alabama. Morris said this: "I think Mitt Romney is on a path to win the nomination. Right now he has about 54% of the delegates that have been selected, and there will soon be winner-take-all primaries in huge states like Illinois and New York and California and New Jersey. I think Romney will sweep those states, and he'll also win some small states. He'll end up with about 1,250 to 1,300 delegates, which is enough to win the nomination."
Wow, what a genius, not. I have been saying for a year and a half that Romney would win the GOP nomination, and I am not an expert on politics or a paid analyst.
Morris also said that Newt Gingrich is hanging on out of hostility, saying this: "Newt is staying in because he is bitter, he hates Romney."
Then Mary Anne Marsh and Kirstin Powers were on to talk about a few polls that have the Obama approval ratings dropping.
Powers said this: "The administration's take on this, is that this is because of rising gas prices. There is a correlation between gas prices and poll numbers because it is the thing that really pinches Americans, they feel it in their pocketbook right away."
Marsh pointed to other numbers that give Democrats reason for optimism, saying this: "Gas prices hit the working class hardest and those are the voters that President Obama struggles with. But the thing that predicts whether you'll be elected president is your personal favorability rating, and on that score President Obama kills everybody else."
And as usual O'Reilly pulled his old cherry picking poll tricks. Because he never said a word about a new PEW poll that shows Obama beating all the Republicans, including Romney and Santorum by a lot.
Then O'Reilly attacked Sandra Fluke again, and he had Juliet Huddy on to help him. Huddy said this: "She became a left-wing martyr, and then she started getting tomatoes thrown at her. So now she's backpedalling and wants to be the champion of low income women. But she did talk about herself many times. She told Congress that 'I'm an American woman who uses contraception' and she kept bringing up one friend after another. The bottom line is that if you go to Sam's Club or Wal-Mart you pay $9 a month for birth control."
Then Dennis Miller was on, which I do not report on because he is a comedian who is only on to make jokes about liberals and his segment has no news value at all.
And finally Laura Ingraham was on to answer the claim that Rick Santorum made that Fox News is "shilling" for Mitt Romney.
Ingraham said this: "It's never helpful for a candidate to complain about media coverage, because you tend to look whiny. And do most people at Fox News think Romney is probably going to be the nominee? I haven't done a poll, but maybe a majority of people at Fox think that. At the same time, Rick Santorum has probably been on more Fox News shows that Romney has - he's gotten fair treatment, so I don't know what he's talking about."
O'Reilly countered Santorum's allegation, saying this: "Since he announced his candidacy, Rick Santorum has been on this show four times, Mitt Romney has been on three times."
Then the highly edited Factor mail, and the lame as ever pinheads and patriots nonsense. Chris Wallace Schools Gingrich & O'Reilly On Gas Prices By: Steve - March 15, 2012 - 10:00am
Last Sunday Fox News Chris Wallace explained that the GOP attack on President Obama over gas price increases since his inauguration is "misleading."
O'Reilly and Fox News has repeatedly attacked President Obama for the increase in gas prices between his inauguration and the present. Your World and The Five noted in February that gas prices had risen by more than 90 percent since January 2009, and others cited the dollar figure of around $1.80 at that time.
But when Newt Gingrich brought this talking point to Fox News Sunday, Wallace shot it down:
WALLACE: But Mr. Speaker, gas experts make two points. First of all, you pointed out the fact that gasoline was $1.89 a gallon when President Obama took office. They say that's a bit misleading because it was the depths of the recession, so understandably gas prices had gone down. And fact is, just six months before it was $4.11 under President Bush.
And for once Wallace is correct. Because gas prices plummeted in late 2008, just prior to Obama's inauguration.
The Washington Post's Fact Checker blog has also debunked this Fox News talking point. After Speaker John Boehner stated that "gas prices have more than doubled since the president took office," Glenn Kessler wrote this:
Boehner correctly noted that gas prices have doubled since President Obama took office. But he did not mention that they were unusually low in early 2009 because of the economic crisis, when demand for energy plunged.
GasBuddy.com senior petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan explained why it's misleading to compare gas prices starting in the middle of a recession:
DeHaan acknowledged that prices risen considerably since Obama took office. But he was quick to add there should "be a massive asterisk" next to that statement. A big reason prices were so low to begin with when Obama became president was because he entered the White House as the U.S. was coming out of an economic downturn, which depresses gas prices, DeHaan said.
And btw folks, there are some great video clips of Bill O'Reilly explaining that gas prices are not under the control of ANY president. He suggested that if Americans want to save money and lower the price of gas, then they should drive less and buy more fuel efficient vehicles.
Of course, the president at the time was G. W. Bush. Can the people over at Fox "news" even SPELL hypocrisy?
Ed Schultz recently ran those clips, and I'm sure MSNBC would be happy to share. They need to be shown over and over. The Tuesday 3-13-12 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - March 14, 2012 - 11:00am
Laura Ingraham was in for O'Reilly. Her TPM was called: New poll shows Obama in trouble. Crazy Ingraham said this:
INGRAHAM: A NY Times/CBS News poll shows that just 41% of Americans approve of President Obama's job performance, a decline of 9 points in a few weeks.
Now that is a classic example of poll cherry picking, which is the same thing O'Reilly does too. Because a new poll by the Pew Research Center, taken between March 7-11 shows Obama leading Romney by 12 percentage points (54-42) and even further ahead of Santorum with 57 percent of support to Santorum's 29 percent.
Alan Colmes was on and he said this: "There's a lot of fluctuation, and there is going to be a lot of fluctuation between now and November. But another poll finds that 44% trust President Obama to bring down the price of gas, as opposed to 32% who trust Republicans. So if you look into the issues a little more deeply he does very well."
Monica Crowley claimed that President Obama is losing ground among moderate voters, saying this: "57% of independents, who are likely going to decide this election, disapprove of his overall job performance, and even more than that disapprove of his handling of the economy. 50% of the American people polled think this President has been a 'failure.' He is very vulnerable and has an uphill battle."
Then Ingraham had Jehmu Green and conservative Hannah Smith on to discuss Republicans and women's issues. Green said this: "Every issue is a woman's issue. If you look at rising gas prices and the potential war with Iran, there are a lot of issues that women are concerned with. But at the end of the day, this conversation about contraception is one that Democrats want to have - it is reinvigorating women activists and women feel that they have been under attack state-by-state."
Smith argued that the Obama administration has alienated many women by forcing religious institutions to cover contraception in their health plans, saying this: "It's important to remember that women's liberty is also a woman's issue. When you look at the new polls, it shows that women favor a religions exemption for religiously-affiliated groups when they have an objection to this mandate."
Then the total idiot John Stossel was on for his take on gas prices. Stossel said this: "The market gets to decide, and I think the President is right that there is not much he can do about it. It's a world market, so what America does doesn't make much of a difference. One thing we should think about for perspective - in some ways it's quite reasonable what we're paying. Think of what it takes them to get this gasoline to us, yet in most gas stations it costs less per ounce than the bottled water they sell. If government were bringing us gasoline, it would cost $40 a gallon!"
An 11-year-old asked Michelle Obama if the government has the right to tell people what to eat, the First Lady insisted that her crusade is "not about government telling people what to do."
Democratic strategist Bernard Whitman defended Mrs. Obama's efforts, saying this: "Government's primary function, should be to protect its citizens with as little intervention as possible. The truth is that we have an obesity epidemic in this country and the cost to our country is astounding. Any time the government sees taxpayers spending tens of billions of dollars, they have a responsibility to cut that spending. That's exactly the First Lady is trying to do by arming people with education so they can make better and more nutritious choices."
And even Laura Ingraham supports Mrs. Obama's objective, but not her methods, saying this: "The First Lady has a laudable goal - we are becoming more obese and children are suffering. But some people are concerned that she uses unelected power to push various initiatives, and what is the evidence that the government is good at doing stuff like this?"
Then Kimberly Guilfoyle and Jonna Spilbor were on to assess the case against the U.S. Army sergeant who massacred Afghan citizens.
Guilfoyle said this: "We don't have all the facts yet, but we do know that this individual had several tours and there is evidence that he suffered a traumatic brain injury. Is he going to be tried and prosecuted? Absolutely, but this will not be a death penalty case, especially if there are psychological factors in play."
Spilbor added that U.S. prosecutors will be under a worldwide microscope, saying this: "The Afghans want to make sure that if this guy did something wrong he doesn't just slip under the radar. Once they determine what he can be charged with, I'm sure justice will be swift in this case."
Turning to another issue, Spilbor denounced New York police for running surveillance operations on Muslims in New Jersey. "There is absolutely no evidence of criminal activity," she said, "but the NYPD is following Muslims for no apparent reason. That's a clear violation of the 4th Amendment and we should put a stop to this."
Guilfoyle argued that public safety trumps everything else, saying this: "We should do whatever it takes as long as there are jihadists and terrorists are trying to do harm to this country. If you have evidence that leads you into New Jersey, cross the river and get it!"
And finally in the last segment Ingraham played a re-run interview from February with O'Reilly and 27-year-old Sean Stone.
Then the lame as ever pinheads and patriots nonsense. The Monday 3-12-12 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - March 13, 2012 - 11:00am
The far-right total spin doctor Laura Ingraham was in for O'Reilly, and her TPM was called: Hillary wades into the contraception controversy. Crazy Ingraham said this:
INGRAHAM: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has waded into the culture wars as part of a coordinated effort to propel the Democrats in November, saying 'extremists always focus on women.' Team Obama has decided it isn't interested in debating issues like jobs and the economy.
Instead, the President has decided that scaring women is the key to victory in November. Democrats know that women today really face no restrictions in getting contraception, and that Republicans aren't going to stop women from getting contraception. This is a totally phony issue pushed by partisans who have no strategy other than to go negative, dividing Americans among racial, ethnic, and gender lines.
Obama boosters are deceiving the American people just so he can retain power. This is cynical and dishonest, and today's Washington Post/ABC News shows that it isn't working. A record percentage of Americans give President Obama intensely low marks on the economy and almost two-thirds say they disapprove of the way he is handling gas prices and the deficit. Obama, once up over Romney and Santorum, is now in a dead heat with both of them.
So much for the GOP primary hurting Republicans, so much for the spin that the economy is in a major rebound, and so much for the idea that Obama is sailing to reelection. The Democrats want to change the subject to a wholly contrived 'war on women' narrative. If there is a war on women, it's a war on their pocketbooks and it's being waged by President Obama.
Now remember this, all that is 100% right-wing spin, from a highly partisan right-wing stooge. But unlike O'Reilly, at least Ingraham admits she is a right-wing stooge. And it shows a lot about O'Reilly that he would let her host his show. Not to mention, Ingraham is wrong, and everything she said is a lie.
For an opposing view Ingraham had attorney Jennifer Brandt on to discuss it. Brandt said this: "You're absolutely wrong, because Republicans are putting this issue out there and giving Hillary Clinton and others something to talk about. When you have someone like Rush Limbaugh making derogatory attacks, it's totally offensive and obnoxious and it makes women worry about the future and what will be the political climate if Republicans are elected. There is a war on women!"
Brandt is right, it's the Republicans who started the so-called war on women, they are just mad that the Democrats ate their lunch on it and made them look bad. Ingraham will not admit that, so her and O'Reilly have to lie that Obama and the Democrats made it all up to score political points.
Then Mary Katharine Ham and Christian Dorsey were on to analyze what President Obama can do about rising gasoline prices. Dorsey said this: "The President can't really control the price at the pump. Global oil trades are responsible for prices and those aren't influenced by the President. What he can influence is reducing our dependency on foreign oil and making sure we have alternative sources, and in those areas he's doing great work."
Ham said that President Obama could in fact do more to make gasoline more affordable, saying this: "Is it over simplistic to say he is to blame for all of this? Of course. But the question is whether he's done a lot to help. Look at the exorbitant amounts of money he's spending on 'green energy' programs that are highly questionable and not very efficient. Then you look at him lobbying against the Keystone pipeline that would bring new energy sources into our country. People are wondering about his priorities."
Then Ingraham talked about the GOP race with political scientist Larry Sabato and pollster Scott Rasmussen. Rasmussen said this: "Two things are going on. First, President Obama's numbers are down several points from a few weeks ago and gas prices are part of it. The other thing is that there is a growing conviction that Mitt Romney is going to be the nominee. The bad news for Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich is that even very conservative voters are saying that Romney is the strongest candidate in the general election."
Sabato claimed that Romney will benefit if his opponents continue to split the conservative vote, said this: "Romney has two ways to win Tuesday. Either he can win outright in Mississippi or Alabama or both, but he can also win if Newt Gingrich wins one or both of those primaries. So he is aiming most of his fire at Rick Santorum."
Then Ingraham played two re-run interviews O'Reilly did with Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, why? Because they want to give them free publicity, and that is a fact.
Then for some crazy reason Ingraham had the Texas Governor Rick Perry on to talk about Afghanistan. Perry said this: "This President has had a meandering and soft approach to Afghanistan and Iraq. He doesn't want us to be there to begin with, but he doesn't have the courage to say we're going to withdraw the troops, so there's a corrosive effect from his lack of leadership. The fact is that we do have an interest there and we need to be supporting the goal of fighting the terrorist element."
Perry also denounced Attorney General Eric Holder for coming out against a Texas law requiring voters to present a photo ID, saying this: "This is another example of the federal government impinging upon the rights of the states to decide how they're going to keep fraud from the voting process. We know there has been fraud and having a voter ID is a way to put a stop to that." Laura complained that "you can't get on a plane without an ID, but you can vote!"
And that's a lie, because there is almost no voter fraud in America, 0.0001% to be exact. So the Republicans are passing these bogus voter fraud laws to solve a problem we do not have. They are only doing it to keep the poor and minorities from voting, because they mostly vote for Democrats, and they know Romney needs help to beat Obama as long as the economy is doing good, which it is.
In the last segment Ingraham talked about a speech at the University of California at Berkeley by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who mocked Asians and warned of Jewish influence. Jasmyne Cannick said this: "It is their choice to bring in who they want, and obviously minister Louis Farrakhan speaks to a lot of African Americans in terms of their beliefs. He has a following of people who look up to him and want to hear what he has to say. The students are looking at this from a view of black empowerment."
So Ingraham reminded Cannick that Farrakhan has a history of repulsive and offensive statements, saying this: "He's extremely homophobic, he's extremely anti-Semitic, and his comments have been reprehensible over the years. He's basically saying the Jews control everything and former 'slave-masters' are still trying to keep blacks down."
And finally the lame as ever pinheads and patriots nonsense.
Schultz Gives O'Reilly A Reality Check On Womens Rights By: Steve - March 13, 2012 - 10:00am
On Friday 3-9-12 Ed Schultz gave the insane right-wing stooge Bill O'Reilly a reality check on women's rights.
Schultz said this: Schultz: "We Are Not Going To Let Conspiracy Theorists Like O'Reilly Distract Us From The Attack On Women's Rights"
And the worst part is that during the Factor show when O'Reilly said what he did about Sandra Fluke, he once again said he is not a Republican. Even though he supports 99% of the Republican issues, and takes their side 99% of the time, it's just laughable for O'Reilly to say he is not a Republican. So Far 98 Advertisers Have Dumped Rush Limbaugh By: Steve - March 12, 2012 - 10:00am
And of course O'Reilly has not said a word about it, and he is attacking Sandra Fluke along with Limbaugh. So he is basically supporting Limbaugh, for not speaking out against calling her a slut. Actually O'Reilly called her the same thing, he just did it in a nicer way with different words.
radio-info.com reported this:
When it comes to advertisers avoiding controversial shows, it's not just Rush From today's TRI Newsletter: Premiere Networks is circulating a list of 98 advertisers who want to avoid environments likely to stir negative sentiments.
The list includes carmakers (Ford, GM, Toyota), insurance companies (Allstate, Geico, Prudential, State Farm) and restaurants (McDonald's, Subway). As you'll see in the note below, those environments go beyond the Rush Limbaugh show to all Traffic Managers.
The information applies to your Premiere Radio Networks commercial inventory...They've specifically asked that you schedule their commercials in dayparts or programs free of content that you know are deemed to be offensive or controversial (for example, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Tom Leykis, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity).
This helps explain why, on Rush Limbaugh's flagship station WABC, almost all of the commercial breaks were filled with unpaid pubic service announcements.
It's not just Limbaugh these advertisers want to disassociate with, but other big names in right-wing radio too. As John Avalon reported, this is unprecedented in the 20-plus years that Limbaugh and his imitators have been on the air and could spell real trouble for an industry that's already suffering demographically.
Women ages 24–55 are the prize advertising demographic, but Limbaugh and other conservative hosts have steadily alienated these listeners over the years, so the sexist attacks on Sandra Fluke were a perfect storm.
The advertising flight is reminiscent of Glenn Beck's Fox News program. After major companies refused to advertise on Beck's show in light of racially insensitive comments, he was left with just fringe businesses like survival seed banks and gold sellers. Not long after, he left Fox. O'Reilly Ignored The February Jobs Report By: Steve - March 11, 2012 - 10:00am
As I predicted, O'Reilly ignored the February jobs report because it shows the Obama economic policies are working, and it helps Obama politically.
The economy created 227,000 jobs in February, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the unemployment rate held steady at 8.3 percent.
Both December and January's numbers were revised up, adding more than 60,000 jobs above previous estimates.
And btw, O'Reilly also ignored the January jobs report, because it is good news for President Obama. He also did not report the revised up numbers, he totally ignored it. The Friday 3-9-12 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - March 10, 2012 - 10:00am
The TPM was called: Who is Sandra Fluke? Crazy O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: We have been telling you that 30-year-old Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke has become a major player in the presidential election. Ms. Fluke seems to be sincere - she has worked helping at-risk families and is devoted to liberal causes.
There's nothing wrong with that; sincere constructive activism is good. But Ms. Fluke can go on vacation and dress very well, yet she doesn't have $9 a month for pills? This story is really about the nanny state and the imposition of a huge federal apparatus on Americans.
When the Catholic bishops challenged the nanny state on moral grounds, the White House got nervous and the 'women's health' play began to ramp up. Of course, that's when Sandra Fluke appeared, popping up at Congressional hearings and showing up in the media. Polls show that President Obama's poll numbers among women are now on the rise, and he has Ms. Fluke to thank for that.
If you don't pay close attention to this story, it looks like President Obama is simply helping out a young woman under siege. But that's not what's going on here. The election in November will be between a Democratic Party that wants a nanny state and a Republican Party that does not. You the voter have a very important decision to make.
In February the U.S. ran up the biggest deficit ever - $229 billion was added to the national debt in 29 days. For that we can thank the poor economy and the ever-growing nanny state. We can also thank folks like Sandra Fluke, who desperately want it.
So basically O'Reilly continues to attack the woman without ever saying Limbaugh calling her a slut was wrong. So he violated his own rules, that if you do not speak out about bad things you support it. And he also continued to speculate about her motives when he has no proof, ever after he said he never speculates. Not to mention most of the debt is from the Bush tax cuts, wars, etc. that Obama had nothing to do with.
Then Charles Krauthammer was on to talk about some people saying Mitt Romney is being damaged by the lengthy GOP primary process. Krauthammer said this: "This is ominous for Gingrich, because his claim is that he's strong in the South and he'll march out of the South and take the rest of the country. If he can't hold home court with Mississippi and Alabama, I'm not sure he'll go on to Louisiana and other places."
Krauthammer also talked about the suggestion that he is opposed to Mitt Romney, saying this: "I actually like Romney, I think he's a very good man and would make a very good president. And in my analysis Rick Santorum has no chance of winning the White House - this is the wrong year for social issues."
Then the crazy right-wing loon Glenn Beck was on, who said the Republican Party should settle on one candidate now.
Beck said this: "I think it's time this ends. I'm a supporter of Rick Santorum, but if you do the math it's darn near mathematically impossible for anybody but Romney to take it. I could care less about the Republicans, but I do care that Barack Obama is not the President of the United States. I believe there is a deep financial crash coming all around the globe and I also think there is going to be violence in the streets."
Wow, Beck told 2 lies in that little statement. First he said he supports Rick Santorum, after he has said many times that he never endorses any candidates. Then he said he could care less about the Republicans, after he said he supports Santorum. So if you support Rick Santorum you are as Republican as it gets.
Then O'Reilly said he worried about this: "If the debt doesn't get under control, your prediction of economic doom will come true."
Proving both of them are right-wing idiots, because once the economy recovers for a while the debt will go down, and the Obama economic plan actually lowers the debt, but of course neither O'Reilly or Beck ever mention that.
Then Janine Turner and Leslie Marshall were on to talk about what Bill Maher (The Comedian) says about women. Marshall said this: "There is a double standard. I'm a woman first and a Democrat second, and when we have anybody, left or right, calling a woman something degrading, that is offensive to me. But a politician can't be held responsible for the bad behavior of everyone giving donations, so I don't the President should give the money back."
Turner argued that Bill Maher's money is tainted by his vulgarity, saying this: "The President has said that he wants to lead by example on this issue. So if he wants to prove that he's a president for all women in America, not just liberal women, it would be very classy if he recommended that the money be returned."
Haha, talk about double standards, they slam Maher while Turner never said a word about Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a slut. Not to mention this: Bill Maher is a comedian, a C-O-M-E-D-I-A-N. He is not a politician, a journalist, or a political radio talk show host. So he can say whatever he wants, and the Republican comedians can too. If you do not like him, do not watch him.
Then Geraldo was on to talk about a newly-discovered video from 1990 shows Barack Obama, then a student at Harvard Law, praising and hugging radical professor Derrick Bell. Geraldo described the footage as much to do about nothing.
Geraldo said this: "I don't think this is very significant. Is it that big of a deal when the black president of the law review hugs a black law professor who is protesting the lack of diversity? I don't think so. Derrick Bell was a distinguished person and the first black president of a non-black law school."
But of course O'Reilly disagreed saying this: "Bell was a pretty radical guy and my investigation says he was anti-white. But it would be unfair to say that Barack Obama supported any of Bell's anti-white rhetoric."
Then Lou Dobbs was on to talk about the oil company executives who claim that rising oil prices are simply due to the law of supply and demand. Dobbs said this: "As we've established here for the past three weeks, supply is higher and demand is lower in the United States, and worldwide production is rising twice as fast as worldwide demand. The American people are stupid to keep putting up with this hackneyed nonsense; we should start demanding accountability from our elected officials, and we should start demanding that our national media isn't playing a simple game."
O'Reilly complained that too many reporters are giving the big oil companies a pass, saying this: "Many of our colleagues on Fox News and Fox Business are apologists for the oil companies - they're on every day saying this is about supply and demand. But you and I say it's not and we're using facts!"
And finally Arthel Neville was on for dumbest things of the week. She cited the Urban Outfitters clothing line that portrays Irish folks as drunks, saying this: "This goes too far. You've got 35-million Irish Americans and they're saying this is offensive, so take it off the shelves!"
O'Reilly added that Urban Outfitters is alienating a large segment of its potential customer base, saying this: "Why would any company do this - surely they know this is typecasting 35-million people as alcoholics. What if Urban Outfitters celebrated Ramadan by putting 'I'm a proud Muslim' with a hand grenade on the shirt? They would never do it."
Then O'Reilly said Greg Gutfeld's fans probably believe the dumbest thing of the week was giving him the night off.
Then the highly edited Factor mail, and the lame as ever pinheads and patriots nonsense. The Thursday 3-8-12 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - March 9, 2012 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Who is running Sandra Fluke? Crazy O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: The Factor believes the Sandra Fluke contraception controversy was manufactured to divert attention from the Obama administration's disastrous decision to force Catholic non-profit organizations to provide insurance coverage for birth control and the morning after pill.
We are having trouble tracking down just who is sending Sandra around to the media. So far the 30-year-old activist has appeared on eight national news programs where she was not challenged at all. Last week we called Sandra and invited her on The Factor; she didn't call back. It appears that a man named 'Mike' has booked her on a few programs, but we can't even get his last name.
Late today we found out that Ms. Fluke is now being represented by the progressive PR agency SKDKnickerbocker, where former Obama communications director Anita Dunn is the managing director. Aha! So this whole deal comes back to the White House, at least indirectly. Sandra Fluke is the former head of 'Georgetown University Law Students for Reproductive Justice.'
Congressman Elijah Cummings invited her to testify in front of the House Oversight Committee, but she was turned down by the chair because she had no expertise in the church-state subject matter. A week later, Nancy Pelosi staged a mock hearing starring Sandra, after which Rush Limbaugh made derogatory comments, elevating her to left-wing martyrdom.
So it seems there is a powerful presence behind Sandra Fluke and, as the polls show, the controversy has benefitted the President of the United States. This is all the more amazing because the controversy Sandra is embracing is completely bogus - under Title X anyone who needs birth control can go to a federal clinic and get it.
Talking Points believes that President Obama will very quietly pull back on his demand that the Catholic Church cover contraception. He has snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and would be foolish to continue flogging an unconstitutional mandate. Mr. Obama knows that the polls show that many American women believe he is protecting them; for that he can thank Sandra Fluke and whoever is running her.
My God O'Reilly is a right-wing joke. Even if anything he says about the Obama administration and Sandra Fluke is true, he has no proof so he should not be speculating. O'Reilly even admitted he has no proof the White House is involved, and he has said in the past he does not speculate, or report anything he can not prove.
Then he speculates the White House is running Fluke because Anita Dunn (who is not in the White House) is the managing director of the PR Firm Fluke signed up with. Which proves nothing, except that O'Reilly is a dishonest right-wing hack who does not even follow his own rules of journalism.
Then O'Reilly had the far-right Laura Ingraham on to discuss it, with no liberal guest or anyone from the White House on to dispute his claims. Ingraham said this: "This is not about this law student, it's clearly about the Democrats' razzle-dazzle move. They know that the edict coming down from HHS isn't just about Catholic institutions, it applies to all employers. That's the issue the House Judiciary Committee hearing was trying to get at. But Sandra Fluke, as a law student, somehow finds the time to jet around the United States to appear on behalf of this issue."
Then O'Reilly had Tyson Slocum of the liberal group Public Citizen on to talk about gas prices. Slocum said this: "We're never going to have cheap gasoline again, so we have to start investing today for the energy future of tomorrow. The private sector will need complementary investment by the public sector because of the infrastructure challenges of bringing new technologies into a marketplace dominated by big oil. We need a national energy policy that puts American manufacturing of 'clean tech' front and center."
And of course O'Reilly disagreed, saying this: "You don't throw a hundred billion dollars into companies you don't know jack about, and that's what's happening now!"
Then Gretchen Carlson & Margaret Hoover were on. The Factor showed a sexually suggestive clip featuring two 16-year-olds from the NBC show "Parenthood" and asked the Culture Warriors for their thoughts.
Carlson said this: "If there is a reason for this story line, like next season they're going to battle teen pregnancy, then maybe there's an explanation. But if it's simply gratuitous sex I have a huge problem with it."
Yeah because she is a bible-thumping religious right-wing stooge.
Hoover accused the show's producers of unrealistically glorifying sex, saying this: "I'm not for this because I don't think kids in high school should be having sex, and if they're going to show this they should show the moral dilemma. Because guess who the risk falls upon when high school kids have sex? The girls! The girls are the ones who get pregnant but they put nothing of that on this show."
Wow, what an idiot. Earth to Hoover, kids in high school are having sex, and you can not do a thing about it. Not to mention, you three right-wing loons talking about it on a cable news show is a waste of tv time.
Then Megyn Kelly, who has been all over the Sandra Fluke story on her daily "America Live" program was on.
Kelly said this: "This jumped out at me, because I also went to law school and didn't have a lot of money. But we have different attitudes about what it meant to be in law school. Ms. Fluke would have the world believe she is somehow a victim because she is not getting her contraception paid for by the school. When I went to law school, which I put myself through for $100,000 in debt, I didn't expect anybody to pay for my health insurance, but never once did I think of myself as a victim who needed somebody else to pay for those things for me."
Kelly also said this: "I think Sandra Fluke has done more to undermine support for the President's health care law than anyone else in recent history."
Proving she is as big of a right-wing stooge as O'Reilly or Laura Ingraham.
And finally Martha MacCallum & Steve Doocy were on for the ridiculous waste of time Factor News Quiz. That I do not report on because it's not news.
Then the highly edited Factor mail, and the lame as ever pinheads and patriots garbage. More Proof O'Reilly Cherry Picks The Polls He Likes By: Steve - March 8, 2012 - 10:00am
Monday night O'Reilly reported on a biased Rasmussen poll that has Romney tied with Obama, with each candidate attracting 44% of the vote. If Santorum is the Republican nominee, the president leads by three, 46% to 43%.
But O'Reilly ignored all the other polls that have Obama ahead by as much as 10 and 11 points over both of them. This is called bias, and poll cherry picking. What O'Reilly does is used the biased Scott Rasmussen poll to claim the Republicans are doing better than they are, to make them look better, while ignoring all the other polls from non-partisan pollsters.
Here is a prime example, the new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll puts Obama's approval at 53% and it shows Obama leading Romney by ten points and Santorum by eleven points. And all those numbers represent another encouraging sign for the re-election chances of the president.
In that same Rasmussen poll only 47% say they somewhat approve of the president's job performance, with 52% saying they disapprove. While all the other polls in America have Obama at 50% or higher, with a few polls having him as high as 53%. Proving once again that the Rasmussen poll is biased, but O'Reilly continues to quote it anyway.
The longer-than-expected Republican primary has given many more voters a chance to meet the candidates and cast ballots in meaningful elections, but it has caused some in the Republican party to worry that it is weakening the eventual winner in his confrontation with President Obama.
Mitt Romney is still the heavy favorite to win the nomination, with 75.2 percent odds to Rick Santorum's 9.8 percent. The president's odds of re-election jumped to above 60 percent in the days after Santorum's big wins on February 7, according to prediction markets.
The websites that take bets on who will win the Presidential election have Obama above 60%, he is at about a 64% chance to beat Romney or Santorum. While they have Romney at about a 38% chanc to beat Obama, and Santorum at about a 29% chance to beat Obama.
But O'Reilly never reports any of this, instead he reports on biased polls from right-wing pollsters like Scott Rasmussen, while ignoring all the other polls that have Obama ahead by 10 or more points.
This is done on purpose by O'Reilly to help the Republicans, and to make them look better. Now think about this, when was the last time you saw O'Reilly cherry pick a poll by a Democratic pollster to make a Democrat look better, while ignoring all the other polls from everyone else that show the opposite?
Answer: NEVER! The Wednesday 3-7-12 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - March 8, 2012 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Reaction to Super Tuesday. Crazy O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: Mitt Romney now has more than 400 delegates, Rick Santorum has 176, Newt Gingrich 105 and Ron Paul 47. So the numbers speak for themselves and in the end the heavy odds say it will be Mitt Romney challenging Barack Obama in November.
It doesn't really matter how long the primary process goes - the contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in 2008 was certainly bruising; in fact, Mrs. Clinton did not suspend her campaign until June 7th. It's easy to see why Mitt Romney is having a hard time nailing down the nomination.
40% of Americans describe themselves as conservative, and most of those folks will vote for the most conservative candidate, which happens to be Rick Santorum. Senator Santorum has a big advantage in conservative states like Oklahoma.
Looking ahead, anything could happen in the general election - it should come down to the economy, including gas prices. Also, there could be a showdown with Iran that could influence the vote as well.
Right now the President and the Republican candidate are pretty much even; the election could go either way. Mitt Romney will likely take more lumps as he continues down the road, picking up delegates along the way.
But the race will really be decided in five states - New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, California and New Jersey. Those states have 538 delegates among them and Mitt Romney should win a vast majority. So, like Barack Obama in 2008, June will be big for Romney.
And as I predicted over a year ago, Romney will win the GOP nomination. For one simple reason, he is the most moderate of them all, and he has the best chance to beat Obama. And I also stand by my prediction that Obama will beat Romney, unless the economy falls apart before November.
Then Karl Rove was on to assess Super Tuesday and the GOP race. Rove said this: "The headline is 'muddled result out of Super Tuesday,' but I'm not sure I agree with that - Mitt Romney won most of the contests and most of the delegates. But everybody got something out of Tuesday night and, as a result, we'll continue on for some period of time and it will take months, not weeks, to settle this. I see all four candidates going through March and into April."
O'Reilly added that many in the media are eager to prolong the nomination process, saying this: "The liberal mainstream media wants the Republican candidates to destroy one another because that makes it easier for President Obama, so they're invested in saying this is a cliffhanger."
Earth to O'Reilly, the media are mostly eager to prolong the nomination process because it gets good ratings, and they also like how the Republicans are attacking each other. But when Hillary Obama were attacking each other in 2008 the media also liked that, idiot. So your liberal bias complaints are ludicris and ridiculous.
Then George Stephanopoulos was on with his take on the Republican horse race. Stephanopoulos said this: "I think Mitt Romney is almost certainly the nominee, and right now the big question is how much damage will he take through the rest of this process. His unfavorability ratings are high and he has to find a way to improve that, even as he puts away Rick Santorum and to a lesser extent Newt Gingrich."
Stephanopoulos also thinks that Rick Santorum's ultimate goal is to be Romney's running mate, saying this: "The more Romney has to fend off Rick Santorum and the more states Santorum wins, the more Romney has to figure out what he has to give Santorum. Rick Santorum wants to be on the ticket."
So O'Reilly said this: "That's not going to happen!"
Then Monica Crowley & Alan Colmes were on to talk about President Obama's approval rating among women rising to 54%. Crowley said this: "This is a direct result of the Sandra Fluke story. The Obama administration was so ingenious in turning this around, they deflected it away from a religious liberty argument. The whole thing has been orchestrated by the left."
Colmes dismissed the right-wing spin that Democrats used Sandra Fluke to score political points, saying this: "This was not a setup, it was not orchestrated. This has always been about access for women - it's the conservatives who wanted to make this about something totally different."
Bingo, Colmes is right. O'Reilly and Crowley are idiots, because it's the Republicans who made it an issue, especially Santorum and Rush Limbaugh. Obama and the Democrats just jumped on the story because they knew it made the Republicans look bad, especially among women.
Then Juliet Huddy was on to talk about Samuel Wurzelbacher, aka "Joe the Plumber," won the Republican primary and will run for Congress from Ohio. Huddy said this: "He's running against Democrat Marcy Katpur. This would be her 15th term - she's on the powerful Appropriations Committee and she has a lot of money in her war chest. This district leans toward the Democrats so Wurzelbacher may have a problem."
Huddy also commented on Bill Maher, who has donated $1 million to a Super-PAC that supports President Obama, saying this: "Maher made crude remarks about Sarah Palin, but remember that President Obama is not collecting the money, it's the Super PAC that is collecting the money."
O'Reilly said the PAC should return Maher's money, saying this: "In past campaigns people have returned certain donations."
Are you kidding me O'Reilly, you are a fool and they will never return that money, ever, and they should not return it. Notice how O'Reilly has never once called for any conservative PAC to return any money they took in, ever, and he never will because he is a biased right-wing idiot.
Then O'Reilly had Dennis Miller on, who I do not report on because he is a comedian that is only on to make jokes about liberals, with no liberal comedian to make jokes about conservatives.
And finally Dick Morris was on, O'Reilly challenged Morris to predict where the Republican race goes. Morris said this: "Romney will be the nominee on June 6th, after California and New Jersey and Utah all have primaries on the same day. But there is also a chance that he could also trip up in one or two of these winner-take-all states. The Republicans would then have a fiasco on their hands because we wouldn't have a nominee until the convention."
Morris also said this: "The only strategy Santorum and Gingrich have is to go to a deadlock at the convention, and if we go to a floor fight we might lose, so all Republicans have to think before they vote for Gingrich or Santorum or Paul."
O'Reilly then said this: "If Romney can't wrap it up in June, water is going to start to come on the deck of the Republican ship."
Which is just laughable, and it shows just how much of a right-wing stooge O'Reilly is, because the Republican ship is already taking water over the deck. And if they keep slamming each other for 3 or 4 more months that ship is gonna sink.
Then the highly edited Factor mail, and the lame as ever pinheads and patriots nonsense. O'Reilly Flip Flops On Alternative Energy Cars By: Steve - March 8, 2012 - 10:00am
Now this my friends is a perfect example of how O'Reilly changes his position on an issue depending on what political party the President is in.
When a Republican was the President O'Reilly was all for Alternative Fuel cars, he even said the government should make it a law that auto companies increase production of electric and flex fuel cars, and he also said they should provide tax exemptions for flex fuel vehicles.
But now that we have a Democratic President O'Reilly is opposed to alternative fuel cars, and he does not want tax exemptions for the vehicles.
And O'Reilly is not the only right-wing stooge at Fox who had a more favorable opinion of alternative fuel cars in 2008, when the Bush administration was the one giving tax credits for alternative fuel and electric cars.
In November 2008, Sean Hannity lectured a guest, saying this: "I don't see why you don't praise G.M. for what they are doing with their electric cars and hybrids."
In December 2008, Greta Van Susteren asked a GM executive this: "when are you going to change your cars? Because I mean, since the early '70s, we know that fuel has been a problem."
But today, you're more likely to hear Neil Cavuto and most other Fox anchors (including O'Reilly) attacking the Volt at every opportunity, and recklessly distorting the safety of the Volt.
Contrary to the prevailing media narrative by O'Reilly and Fox about low consumer interest in the Volt, electric car sales in 2011 were significantly higher than first year hybrid sales even in the midst of an economic downturn and without climate legislation. The Volt has also received several awards including 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year, and just this week was named European Car of the Year.
Despite its promise, Volt sales have been stifled in part by negative media backlash toward the car, especially from Fox. As GM's CEO said in January, "We did not design the Volt to become a political punching bag and that's what it's become."
This shows that O'Reilly is all for something when a Republican President is doing it, but as soon as a Democratic President is doing it O'Reilly is suddenly opposed to it for partisan political reasons, and does not want his tax money paying for any of it. The Tuesday 3-6-12 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - March 7, 2012 - 11:00am
There was no show and no Factor review because of the Super Tuesday Republican Primary. John McCain Says Limbaugh Attacks Are Totally Unacceptable By: Steve - March 7, 2012 - 10:00am
In back-to-back TV appearances Monday morning, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) strongly condemned Rush Limabugh for his assault on Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke.
McCain said this: "His remarks are totally unacceptable. Totally and completely unacceptable. And there's no place for it. Those statements were unacceptable in every way and should be condemned by everyone."
But Bill O'Reilly did not condemn the statements by Limbaugh, in fact O'Reilly pretty much supported Limbaugh by not slamming Limbaugh, and even joined in with Limbaugh by attacking her himself.
McCain did not reference the apology Limbaugh offered this weekend, but many (including at least six advertisers) have been unsatisfied with it, as the radio host expressed little contrition and used the venue to further his false attacks on Fluke.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who has been the most outspoken religious leader against President Obama's new contraception mandate, which sparked this whole controversy, spoke out against Limbaugh yesterday, saying the conservative entertainer should not be so pugnacious.
Cardinal Dolan said this: "Whatever we do, and however strongly we feel, we do it charitably, we do it civilly. We don't judge the motives of other people."
Christine Todd Whitman, the former Republican governor of New Jersey and Bush EPA administrator, said Limbaugh's statement was hardly an apology, and also criticized lawmakers in her own party.
Whitman said this: "What is more to the point, and an issue for Republicans, is holding a hearing on contraceptives without a woman on the panel."
The sixth advertiser (Carbonite) dropped Limbaugh Despite his so-called apology, saying he is beyond the Bounds of Decency.
CEO David Friend made clear in a Facebook statement that, despite Limbaugh's apology, the company was still pulling its ads because it wants to "contribute to a more civilized public discourse." The Monday 3-5-12 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - March 6, 2012 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Obama using contraception controversy to win over female voters? Crazy O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: Last Friday we invited 30-year-old Sandra Fluke to appear on The Factor. The Georgetown Law student has become the poster woman in the debate over birth control coverage mandated by the federal government. Ms. Fluke would not appear; she has chosen friendly venues where she will not be challenged.
I did not want to talk about contraception - that's a personal issue and she's free to do whatever she wants. I did want to ask the young woman about her sense of entitlement. Why should anyone have to pay increased insurance premiums so she and others can get the pill for free?
When the Obama administration ordered the Catholic Church to cover birth control and the morning after pill, they quickly got into trouble. Sensing danger, the administration pivoted and attempted to make the situation about 'women's health.'
Enter Sandra Fluke, a contraception activist. Democrats tried to force a House committee to hear her testimony, but the committee said she was not qualified to speak on church-state issues. That's when Ms. Fluke went public. Presto! What was a big loser - President Obama intruding on the Catholic Church - became a big winner - President Obama protecting the rights of women.
In reality, the whole contraception situation is bogus - 75% of counties in the USA provide free birth control. President Obama needs American women to support him in November and Sandra Fluke is now a major part of the Obama reelection campaign. That's what this is all about.
Hey O'Reilly, why would Sandra Fluke do your show after you slammed her and lied about what she wants and the reason for what she is doing? Idiot!
Then Mona Charen and Sally Quinn were on to discuss it. Quinn said this: "President Obama has been given a huge gift by Republicans and the religious right and Rush Limbaugh. They have managed to make the Republicans and the religious right look as though they are anti-women, and it may be true that they're not supportive of women."
Charen accused Democrats of exploiting Sandra Fluke for political gain, saying this: "Once again Democrats and liberals have demonstrated a real talent for changing the subject to something they find more congenial. They didn't like the subject of the Obama attack on the faith community, so now they've created this 'war on women' idea that if you are not given something for free, this is somehow denying you your right."
Of course O'Reilly agreed with the Republicans, saying this: "No one is denying American women access to contraceptives, you can get them free almost anywhere you want."
Then Juan Williams & Mary Katharine Ham were on. Williams said this: "Romney looks like a sure bet. I think he turned a corner in Michigan - there will be pockets of resistance, but the pattern looks like he has momentum and he will race past Santorum in Ohio, which is the critical state Tuesday."
Ham agreed that Tuesday will indeed be "super" for Romney, saying this: "He is pulling ahead in Ohio and he's going to get a lot of the delegates Tuesday even if he doesn't win every state. The issue will be whether Gingrich stays in, and if he wins Georgia that gives him a rationale to stay in."
Then Brit Hume was on to talk about Super Tuesday. Hume said this: "We're now at the stage of this contest, where the margin of victory matters in terms of delegates. This is a long effort to gain enough delegates to win, and even in states where he loses Tuesday, Mitt Romney will get some delegates. He'll get nearly all of them in Virginia and Massachusetts and he might get the lion's share in Ohio."
Hume also suggested that either Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum could soon be packing it in, saying this: "There comes a point in these campaigns where even though you're getting some delegates, you don't have any money. What's been keeping Santorum and Gingrich alive are a couple of very rich guys who have been willing to finance their super-PACs. You have to wonder how much longer they're going to do this."
Then Kimberly Guilfoyle & Lis Wiehl were on for the is it legal segment. They talked about District Judge Richard Cebull who has been threatened with impeachment after he emailed a racially offensive "joke" about President Obama.
Wiehl said this: "He will not be impeached. Impeachment requires 'high crimes and misdemeanors' and since 1804 there have only been 15 impeachment hearings for federal judges."
Guilfoyle urged Judge Cebull to resign, saying this: "That's the right thing to do because it's setting a standard. For him to make this kind of statement is unconscionable."
O'Reilly questioned Cebull's mental competence, saying this: "No one can justify this 'joke,' so you would have to say there is something wrong with this guy."
Then Bernie Goldberg was on to evaluate the media's handling of the story involving law student Sandra Fluke. Goldberg said this: "All the attention is now focused on the comments Rush Limbaugh made. That's legitimate, but it has distracted us from another set of questions. Here's a woman who is smart enough to get into Georgetown Law School, yet she thinks a Catholic university should change its values to suit her."
Goldberg also said this: She believes, and a lot of other people on the left believe, that the federal government has the right to require an entire industry to give away a product for free. She is a poster person for the entitlement society - let's have a discussion about that. But because of what happened on a radio program, the media's attention is focused on that."
O'Reilly said this: "The media that wants to reelect Barack Obama doesn't want to talk about what you're talking about and what I'm talking about."
Then the Factor Reality Check, which I do not report on because it's simply O'Reilly by himself spinning out his right-wing opinion of something someone else said.
Then the highly edited Factor mail, and the lame as ever pinheads and patriots. The Friday 3-2-12 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - March 5, 2012 - 11:30am
The TPM was called: The contraception controversy explodes again. Crazy O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: This woman, Sandra Fluke, a third year law student at Georgetown University, believes that all of us should pay for her sexual activities. Ms. Fluke actually said that to Congress:
'I attend a Jesuit law school that does not provide contraceptive coverage in its student health plan. Without insurance coverage, contraception can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school. For a lot of students who, like me, are on public interest scholarships, that's practically an entire summer's salary.'
So let me get this straight - Ms. Fluke, you want me to give you my hard earned money so you can have sex?
"Here's how it breaks down - Obama-care mandates that I have to buy health insurance and because female contraception is included in all the plans, my premiums go up a small amount. And I can't opt out for another plan.
Under federal order, they are all mandated to offer the same things. Yesterday the Senate tried to pass a bill that would outlaw certain mandates in certain situations, but it was defeated 51 to 48.
The progressive movement, totally ignoring reality, is defining this exclusively as a woman's health issue. But there are health implications for everything we do, including eating a burger. It is Ms. Fluke herself who is responsible for what she does.
No matter what I say Sandra Fluke and those who support her are not going to listen. For them sex is a potential health crisis, so American taxpayers should now be responsible for what goes on in everybody's bedroom.
My freedom as an American is being encroached upon. The Obama administration is trying to force me and you to pick up the tab for what people do in their private time.
And that my friends is pure right-wing propaganda, all she wants is for the college insurance plan to pay for contraception for women who need it for health reasons. O'Reilly has twisted the entire issue to some right-wing nonsense, which he is very good at.
So Leslie Marshall & Janine Turner were on to comment. Leslie said the issue is not about sex, it's about money, and it's cheaper to pay for prevention now than it is to pay for pregnancy later. Then O'Reilly claimed to shoot her down, insisting Planned Parenthood gives this stuff out, so progressives should privately fund these places so he doesn't have to be involved at all.
Turner complained that we have become an entitlement society and the sacrifice is liberty. She reminded viewers that our country was not built with our hands out.
O'Reilly said that he doesn't want to ruin Sandra's social life, but American taxpayer money should be spent on things that are vital to the nation. Leslie countered that it is society's responsibility to look at the best interest of people's health, indicating she'd even add condoms to this health care bill.
Then O'Dummy had Adam Carolla on to cry about class warfare. Even though O'Reilly said we should ignore celebs and politics, he forgot to say only ignore liberal celebs. Then he has conservative celebs on all the time, because they agree with him. But if it's a liberal celeb, he says they are morons that you should not listen to.
Carolla talked about demonizing the rich, saying this: "It's envy that has turned to resentment that has turned to anger that has turned to shame for not being able to afford a fancy car like your neighbor."
Then O'Dummy cited a recent Pew Research poll that showed 46% of Americans believe most rich people are wealthy mainly because they know the right people. Carolla pointed out that it's just easier for the have-not's to fall back on the Daddy's money/rich uncle argument because it lightens their shame factor.
Which is ridiculous, and Adam Carolla is an idiot. And now that I know Carolla is a right-wing stooge I will never watch another show he is on for the rest of my life.
Then Bill Richardson was on to talk about Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who suggested the Obama administration may not want gas prices to go down. Under fire, he's now claiming he was taken out of context.
That's because the Republicans did take his statement out of context, and only idiot Republicans like O'Reilly and his right-wing friends misrepresented what he said.
On what can be done to get gas prices under control, Richardson described how difficult it is to control speculators and price gouging. He stated that during his tenure he had mixed success going around to OPEC countries urging increased production. He said there aren't a lot of options for the Obama administration on this problem.
But of course Billy had the answer, saying this: "Call in oil company CEOs and tell them they're sending the country back into a recession." Richardson applauded this populist idea, saying the administration could threaten to take away oil subsidies unless they give the folks a break.
Then the far-right Lou Dobbs was on to discuss it. Now get this, O'Reilly told Dobbs that nobody seems to know how to solve this problem. But in the last segment he said he had the answer, what a lying idiot. Dobbs disagreed, saying that President Obama knows that calling in the oil CEOs and jawboning could be effective, so it's unclear why he's not doing it.
And if that would work it would be a miracle, it's a stupid idea and it will do nothing to lower gas prices.
Dobbs also said that natural gas is a long-term solution to the problem, but since it doesn't fit with Obama's ideology, he won't explore it. He said crude oil too is ready to be exploited and produced, but the environmentalists object.
And finally Arthel Neville & Greg Gutfeld were on for dumbest things of the week. Neville said this: "A new book reports that golfer Tiger Woods had once contemplated leaving his profession to become a Navy SEAL. When asked about it at a press conference, the embattled golfer adamantly refused to comment."
Gutfeld said this: "Third grade math homework includes some bizarre questions involving cannibalism, zombies, aliens, and murder. The Washington, D.C. teacher has been fired. Gutfeld called this a creative idea, carried out with bad judgment."
O'Reilly's choice was a racy new Carl's Jr. ad featuring Sports Illustrated cover girl Kate Upton that may be a little too hot for the airwaves. Billy said this: "I argued with the Carl's Jr. CEO that they might get dopey guys like Gutfeld to buy the burger, but families are not going to like this!"
Haha, what a joke, so now O'Reilly knows how to sell burgers better than the CEO of Carl's Jr. And I thought he was all about freedom, so if he supports freedom why is he trying to tell the Carl's Jr. CEO how to do his advertising.
Then the highly edited Factor mail, and the lame as ever pinheads and patriots nonsense. Conservative George Will Slams GOP & Rush Limbaugh By: Steve - March 5, 2012 - 11:00am
So while George Will and a few other honest Republicans are slamming Limbaugh for his slut insults against Sandra Fluke, dishonest Republicans like O'Reilly and Sean Hannity are defending Limbaugh and even joining Limbaugh in attacking her.
The conservative George Will Criticized the GOP for not being harsh enough on Limbaugh, saying this: "Republican Leaders Are Afraid Of Rush Limbaugh"
Notice that O'Reilly, the man who claims to not be a conservative or a Republican, has joined Limbaugh in attacking Sandra Fluke. And not only that, he has not slammed Limbaugh for calling her a slut, so he is basically saying he supports what Limbaugh did.
O'Reilly is doing what conservatives like Sean Hannity are doing, which makes him as conservative as anyone in the country. And the real Independents are against what Limbaugh said, only a few conservatives are attacking her and giving Limbaugh a pass. O'Reilly Compares Contraception To Heroin By: Steve - March 5, 2012 - 10:00am
Yes he really said it, on the Friday Factor show the insane far-right lunatic Bill O'Reilly compared the U.S. providing contraception coverage to women to Denmark distributing Heroin to prevent crime:
And that may be the dumbest thing O'Reilly has ever said, which is saying a lot because he says a lot of dumb things.
Hey O'Reilly, list the states that have legalized heroin in America. After you have compiled this extensive list, would you please list the Supreme Court decision which reversed Griswald. In fact, I will help you out. The answers are none and none. As a result, your analogy fails. O'Reilly Joins Rush Limbaugh With Attack On Sandra Fluke By: Steve - March 4, 2012 - 11:00am
Bill O'Reilly has joined Rush Limbaugh's sexist and insulting assault on 30-year-old law student Sandra Fluke. On Fridays show O'Reilly attacked and mocked Sandra Fluke, claiming that Fluke was insisting the government pay for her social life.
For the record: O'Reilly's attack mirrors the most conservative man in America (Rush Limbaugh) who has insisted that Fluke's advocacy for contraception coverage is motivated by sexual promiscuity. And O'Reilly still claims to be a non-partisan Independent, which is just laughable when you do the exact same dishonest and insulting thing Rush Limbaugh is doing.
O'Reilly's attack is not only sexist and mean spirited, he has his facts completely wrong. Fluke is advocating for contraception to be covered under Georgetown University's private insurance plan. So he is 100% wrong on the facts, the same facts he claims he never gets wrong.
And Fluke only became active on the issue "after her friend developed ovarian cysts and found that the oral contraception she needed to stop the cysts from growing was not covered under the school's insurance."
Not to mention Limbaugh called her a slut and yet O'Reilly never said a word about that, because he likes Rush Limbaugh and he is also afraid to attack him for anything because his viewers will not like it.
And that's not all, later in the show O'Reilly said this: "So let me get this straight, Ms. Fluke, and I ask this with all due respect. You want me to give you my hard earned money so you can have sex."
He also said that, while he opposes contraception coverage for women, Viagra should be covered. So men should get Viagra for free to give them a stronger erection, but women should not get contraception free. What a massive hypocrite, O'Reilly is just stupid and a right-wing fool. Fox News Has Mostly Ignored The Rush Limbaugh Scandal By: Steve - March 4, 2012 - 10:00am
Fox News devoted just ONE segment to the escalating controversy surrounding Rush Limbaugh's vicious attacks on Sanda Fluke, the Georgetown Law student who Republicans would not let testify during a hearing on birth control, largely ignoring the controversy.
The only mention over the past two days, was to cover White House spokesperson Jay Carney's comments on the controversy. Even the so-called straight news host Megyn Kelly did not play any audio from Limbaugh.
Meanwhile, Fox mentioned a phony bomb threat at Limbaugh's home (it turned out to be a piece of art from a fan) three separate times Friday morning, without mentioning Fluke or what he said about her at all.
In comparison, CNN has done at least five full segments on the Limbaugh controversy over the past few days, while MSNBC has done many more, including bringing on Fluke for three full-length interviews Thursday night and Friday. Even though the controversy has become a major news story, with over 750 results on Google News.
And O'Reilly only reported it one time, but only to trash Sandra Fluke along with Limbaugh. He lied about her, and slammed her for trying to get his money to pay for her sex life.
Some conservatives are even saying Limbaugh crossed the line. Rick Santorum labeled Rush Limbaugh absurd over the hate radio host's disparaging remarks about Sandra Fluke.
"He's being absurd, but that's you know, an entertainer can be absurd," Santorum told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "He's in a very different business than I am."
Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) spoke out against Rush Limbaugh, calling his attacks on Sandra Fluke reprehensible.
But Romney wants no part of it. CNN's Jim Acosta reports that, when Mitt Romney was asked about Limbaugh, he ignored it and walked right by their camera. Jon Stewart Slams Fox's Reporting On The Economy By: Steve - March 3, 2012 - 10:00am
On the February 28th Daily Show, Jon Stewart discussed signs the economy is improving, saying this: "It's good news -- unless you work for a media organization whose job it is to make sure Obama doesn't get re-elected."
He then mocked some of the Fox News stooges for using a Republican National Committee "pundit prep document" with talking points on the economy.
At one point, Stewart reported that Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy admitted he was reading from the "pundit prep document" before going on to use one of its talking points.
Proving once again that Fox is nothing but a GOP mouthpiece, Doocy did not just quote the RNC document, he actually held it up in his hand and read from it on the air. If that is not blatant 100% right-wing bias I'm Elvis.
One of the other hosts (Gretchen Carlson) even had a shocked look on her face when Doocy held the document up, said what it was and where it came from, then read directly from it. They do not even try to hide their bias anymore, they just read right from the RNC talking points.
And btw, Steve Doocy is on the Factor every week for the stupid Factor News Quiz, but not once has O'Reilly asked him about all his lies and right-wing bias. But he sure spends a lot of time talking about anyone at MSNBC or CNN for any bias he thinks they might have. The Thursday 3-1-12 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - March 2, 2012 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Obama driving the country toward a 'fiscal cliff'? Crazy O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: The major issue of the presidential campaign in 2012 is not jobs, and it's not Iran or the jihadists. The most important issue facing Americans is the chaos in government spending.
"Listen to this -- Fannie Mae, the government-sponsored agency that provides housing loans to lower income Americans, is now asking for $4.6 billion more in federal aid. At this point, Fannie Mae has cost the American taxpayer $100 billion, yet the agency wants more.
"And then there's another looming green disaster. You already know about Solyndra, which cost the American taxpayer about $500 million, but have you heard of "Abound Solar" based in Colorado?
"Nearly two years ago, President Obama said this: 'Today, I'm announcing that the Department of Energy is awarding nearly $2 billion in conditional commitments to two solar companies...The second company is Abound Solar Manufacturing, which will manufacture advanced solar panels at two new plants, creating more than 2,000 construction jobs and 1,500 permanent jobs.'
"Well those permanent jobs weren't so permanent. This week Abound Solar announced it's laying off about half its work force, nearly 200 employees. Another fiscal disaster.
Here we go again, O'Reilly is trying to help the GOP by diverting the people into thinking about the stupid deficit and gas prices instead of the economy and jobs. Because it's the plan from the Republicans to try and hurt Obama politically.
O'Reilly actually said the deficit is the main issue facing the American people today, which is a flat out LIE! And the most recent Gallup poll proves it, in the poll only 8% of the people said they care about the deficit. And other polls have that number as low as 2%, nobody cares, except O'Reilly and the Republican, and they only care for political reasons.
Then O'Reilly had two Democratic guests on to discuss it. Robert Zimmerman & Tamara Draut. Zimmerman admitted he'd like to see Fannie and Freddie shut down, but with so many Americans facing foreclosure right now, he thought that would be a real fiasco. He also warned that we can't just walk away from the solar industry, and pointed out that our competition overseas is being funded by their governments so we have to do it too.
But of course O'Reilly disagreed and asked them to explain why our private sector can't take the lead when it comes to solar power. Draut explained that the government loans indicate to the private sector that this will be a viable market, and then she cautioned that you can't say solar is not working out based on these two companies.
And of course O'Reilly disagreed with the two liberals over green energy money, and concluded by saying he's tired of the terrible mismanagement of taxpayer money.
Earth to Bill O'Reilly, if a foreign country pays their people to do green energy products nobody else in the world can compete with that, and that is why a couple American green companies are in trouble. If you can not understand that you are a fool.
But of course you do understand that, you are just using the issue to unfairly attack Obama again. Because those green company loans were also approved by the Republicans in Government, but O'Reilly never mentions that.
Then the far-right Laura Ingraham was on. Ingraham said this: "The idea that we're going to compete with China [on solar energy] by throwing government money at this is obscenely ridiculous."
Then O'Dummy said he was worried that the GOP candidates are focusing too much on unemployment, while he believes the mismanagement of the American treasury should be the key campaign issue. Ingraham agreed that this is the preeminent situation facing all of us, despite ideology.
On the race for the White House, Laura acknowledged that going into Super Tuesday, Mitt Romney has the wind at his back.
What's funny is during the segment O'Reilly pulled his "as you know I'm an Independent" insanity and Ingraham actually laughed and smirked at him. She smirked and said yeah right, then she told him that he is a conservative but that he will just not admit it. So Billy said he is conservative on some things and liberal on other things. So she laughed and told him he is conservative on most things.
So even Laura Ingraham admits he is a conservative, and yet he still dishonestly denies it, as he tells us he is an honest journalist that you should listen to. When the fraud can not even admit he is a conservative.
Then O'Reilly mentioned the latest Rasmussen poll, showing Romney now leads Rick Santorum 40% to 24%. Santorum was on as a guest, and he disclosed that his campaign received a funding boost in February from grassroots donors, as opposed to the good ol rich boys that finance the Romney campaign.
O'Dummy asked Santorum to assess President Obama's religious beliefs and the birth control issue. Santorum claimed Obama's religion is not his concern; he's only interested in how the President is trying to enact policy that would insult the faith of millions of American Christians.
Santorum then stated he thinks Barack Obama the man is a good husband and father, but a hard-core ideologue who wants to impose his views on the masses.
And of course O'Reilly did another softball interview with a Republican, because he likes them and supports them. Not once did he mention any of the crazy things Santorum has said, or ask him to explain his far-right positions on the issues. Because O'Reilly is a right-wing stooge, and the most biased and dishonest so-called journalist in America.
Then Juliet Huddy was on for the did you see that segment. And frankly this segment is about as ridiculous as the Dennis Miller segments. It is not news, and she does not report any news.
All they do is look at stupid tabloid type video that has no political meaning to anybody, so I have decided to no longer report on this segment. Huddy is only on to get ratings, because she is a good looking blonde with big boobs. Which is why the director had the crew in the studio keep cutting to side shots of Huddy to show her big boobs from the side.
Then Megyn Kelly was on to report on more tabloid garbage that nobody cares about.
In California, 41-year-old James Hooker, who taught computer classes, has quit his job, left his wife and children and moved in with an 18-year-old former student. The couple appeared on "Good Morning America" denying the sexual relationship started before she turned 18 and claiming they are sharing a very normal life together.
Kelly said you can't make a statutory rape charge against him if the girl was truly 18 when the relationship started. But she revealed that there are thousands of text messages between them that started before the girl turned 18.
The outraged Kelly described this girl as brainwashed by a man who was in a position of power over her. She hoped the authorities in California figure out a way to charge the former teacher with endangering the welfare of a minor.
The 17-year-old shooter who allegedly murdered three students in Ohio earlier this week has been charged as a juvenile. Kelly clarified that this won't stick, it's just procedure, and the kid will eventually be charged as an adult.
Wow, here is my question. Why is the sex life of a girl and a teacher in California your business. It's a local issue, so mind your own business. If the man violated the law, the local state attorney will deal with it not you 2 right-wing stooges. Not to mention, they claim they never had sex until she was 18, so unless you have proof that says different, it's a non-story and none of your damn business. Let alone a news story for a so-called hard news show.
And finally Martha MacCallum & Steve Doocy were on for the totally lame Factor News Quiz, that I do not report on because it's garbage and a waste of tv time on the so-called hard news show O'Reilly claims to have.
Then the highly edited Factor mail, and the lame as ever pinheads and patriots nonsense. O'Reilly named Andrew Breitbart the patriot because he died. And unlike Republicans who trash Democrats after they die I will not do that.
But I will say this about what O'Reilly said, Billy said Breitbart was sincere in his beliefs. And O'Reilly is a liar, because he knows that is not true. Breitbart was basically a far-right spin doctor for the Republican party, he was paid to be dishonest to the American people and that is not what a patriot would do. O'Reilly Claims Abortion Doctor Was Murdering Children By: Steve - March 2, 2012 - 10:00am
If you want more proof Bill O'Reilly is a lying, pro-life, right-wing hack of a biased journalist, here it is. On the March 1st Factor show O'Reilly admitted it was wrong to assasinate abortion clinic doctor George Tiller, but then he said this: "What Tiller was doing was murder."
Earth to Bill O'Reilly, legal abortion is not murder you right-wing idiot. It's legal, the Supreme Court said so about 50 years ago and it is the law of the land forever. That means you are not only wrong, you are a right-wing jerk for even making that ridiculous claim. Reality Check On The Stock Market For O'Reilly By: Steve - March 2, 2012 - 9:00am
The stock market has been flirting with 13,000 for days, a level at which it has not closed since 2008. As Scott Keyes reported, Republicans have been at pains to explain why President Obama deserves no credit for the Dow's rebound (even though O'Reilly and the GOP was quite willing to blame Obama when the Dow tanked in 2008 and 2009).
Back when the DOW had some down days O'Reilly blamed it on Obama, and said the DOW was going down because Wall Street does not like Obama and his liberal policies. But when the DOW had up days O'Reilly ignored it and did not give Obama credit for it.
And as it turns out, Obama is not the only Democratic President the stock market has done well for investors. A Bloomberg Government report shows that since the 1960?s, stocks have done significantly better under Democratic administrations than under Republican administrations:
The BGOV Barometer shows that, over the five decades since John F. Kennedy was inaugurated, $1,000 invested in a hypothetical fund that tracks the Standard & Poor's 500 Index (SPX) only when Democrats are in the White House would have been worth $10,920 at the close of trading yesterday.
That's more than nine times the dollar return an investor would have realized from following a similar strategy during Republican administrations. A $1,000 stake invested in a fund that followed the S&P 500 under Republican presidents, starting with Richard Nixon, would have grown to $2,087 on the day George W. Bush left office.
Even eliminating the best stock performance under a Democrat, which occurred under President Clinton, and the worst under a Republican, which was under President George W. Bush, the Democrats still come out ahead.
"I dare say that most people on Wall Street are Republicans," said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at S&P Equity Research. "But it appears their bread is buttered on the Democratic side."
Of course, the stock market is a terrible measure for actual economic health, giving little to no indication of how the economy is working for the average working man, but these numbers should stop the constant GOP claim that Democrats and the policies they pursue are anti-business and anti-investor.
O'Reilly even calls Obam and the Democrats anti-business and anti-rich, but as it has been proven that is a lie. Because the rich are richer than any time in history, corporate profits are up to pre-recession levels, and the stock market does better under Democratic Presidents than Republicans.
And all that is even more proof that O'Reilly is a dishonest right-wing hack of a pretend Independent journalist. Because a real Independent journalist that does not have a right-wing bias would be reporting the truth, and not spinning out the GOP talking points on the issue. Warren Buffett Tells The Truth About Corporate Taxes By: Steve - March 1, 2012 - 10:00am
On Monday Rick Santorum used the Wall Street Journal to lay out his economic plan, talking about his desire to cut the corporate tax rate in order to waht he said would restore America's competitiveness.
So then during an interview, billionaire investor Warren Buffett, in response to Santorum, noted that is is actually a myth that America's corporate taxes are high.
Buffett said this: "Corporate taxes are not strangling American competitiveness," Buffett explained, even bringing a chart to prove his point:
The interesting thing about the corporate rate is that corporate profits, as a percentage of GDP last year were the highest or just about the highest in the last 50 years.
They were ten and a fraction percent of GDP. That's higher than we've seen in 50 years. The corporate taxes as a percentage of GDP were 1.2 percent, $180 billion. That's just about the lowest we've seen.
So our corporate tax rate last year, effectively, in terms of taxes paid for the United States, was around 12 percent, which is well below those existing in most of the industrialized countries around the world.
So it is a myth that American corporations are paying 35 percent or anything like it. Corporate taxes are not strangling American competitiveness.
Buffett is 100% right to say that while corporate profits are at a record high, corporate taxes are at a nearly half-century low.
When looking at the rate that corporations actually pay (as opposed to the rate that only exists on paper), the U.S. has the second-lowest corporate tax rate in the developed world, and raises far less than other nations in corporate tax revenue.
During the interview, Buffett also responded to Gov. Chris Christie's statement that Buffett should just write a check and shut up, instead of calling for higher taxes on the rich.
Buffett said this: "It's sort of a touching response to a $1.2 trillion deficit isn't it? That somehow the American people will just all send in checks and that'll take care of it."
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