The Wednesday 7-31-13 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - August 1, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Race Hustlers Go off the Rails. The biased and dishonest right-wing hack Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: The far-left grievance industry is getting more desperate every day. Instead of trying to come up with solutions to the disproportionate amount of violent crime caused by young African American men, the catastrophic dropout rate in the inner city, and the destruction of the traditional black family, the race hustlers and their sympathizers have descended into the gutter.
The top gun in this tawdry display is Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson, who talks about 'the pathology at the heart of the white family.' Georgetown must be very proud! And it gets worse. Speaking about the murders in Chicago, Illinois State Representative Monique Davis said there is suspicion that 'the police are killing some of these kids.'
Then there is the New Haven Register newspaper, which compared Fox News to the KKK. The editor is Matt DeRienzo, the publisher is Tom Wiley, and the paper is owned by a hedge fund run by Randall Smith. We asked those men to discuss that irresponsible editorial, but they all declined because they are cowards.
The anger generated by a simple call for problem-solving in troubled American communities clearly demonstrates that the grievance industry has no interest in actually improving conditions for mostly poor black Americans. What they want to do is condemn America while communities they claim to care for self-destruct.
Hey O'Reilly, it's an op-ed on the OPINION page, not the newspaper, what part of that do you not understand, you biased right-wing fool.
Then the NAACP's Hilary Shelton was on with his analysis of the racial divide. And of course he disagreed with O'Reilly, but O'Reilly would have none of it, telling him he is wrong.
Shelton said this: "The core issue is not the family, the core issue is what conditions created these circumstances? Do you believe African American families like to be unemployed, do you believe African American families want to live in safe communities? They're not creating the circumstances under which they live, they're trying to survive. Many single-parent households have been successful if society decides we want to solve the problems."
O'Reilly vehemently disagreed with Shelton's downplaying the importance of family breakup, saying this: "I have studied this issue for 30 years and my sincere belief is that the African American community is being devastated by the collapse of the family. That drives poverty, violence, and resentment, and you guys are just not acknowledging that."
Fox News analyst Kirsten Powers recently said this about conservatives and black-on-black crime: "It's a little concerning that the only time I hear them talking about it is when they want to stick it to the black community."
So she was on to defend her comments, saying this: "I'm talking about the pundits I spend every single day with and the columnists that I read. They suddenly have become obsessed with black-on-black crime, which I never saw before. The way that it has been brought up over and over seems like an obsession, considering that this has been a problem for as long as I can remember. It was no different under the Bush administration but suddenly it is what everybody is talking about."
Wow, for once Powers stood up to O'Reilly and the idiots at Fox and told the truth, and she is right, but of course O'Reilly disagreed with her, because he will never admit he is wrong.
O'Reilly said this: "The context arose when the Zimmerman verdict came in and certain people in the grievance industry started to level charges that America is a racist country."
And they are right O'Reilly, there is still a lot of racism in America, the problem is that you and your right-wing friends like Hannity and Nugent just refuse to admit it. Some of you even claim that because we have a black President it proves that racism is gone, which is just stupid, and frankly laughable that someone who claims to be smart would say something that dumb.
Then Carl Cameron & James Rosen were on to talk Washington politics.
Cameron reported on this week's lunch between President Obama and Hillary Clinton, saying this: "I'm told this was mostly a social visit, and that her potential 2016 candidacy was not the only elephant in the room. She also had breakfast with Joe Biden and both meetings showed some degree of Democratic unity, in contrast to the sniping between the Republican establishment and the Tea Party."
Rosen talked about the immigration reform legislation, which is stalled in the House, saying this: "This is not a typical story out of Washington where you have partisan gridlock. What we're looking at is Republican-on-Republican violence. Speaker John Boehner can't corral the majority of Republicans who come from districts where there is very little sympathy for a pathway to citizenship, so he is signaling that he will wait out the August recess before coming back to the subject and see what they can pass in the fall."
In other words, even though it's a good bill that even Bill O'Reilly supports, the far-right wing of the Republican party is saying they will not vote for it, and there is so many of them they do not have enough votes to pass it. So Boehner has to stall the vote while he tries to convince enough of the far-right to vote for it.
Then the biased Obama hating Colonel Ralph Peters was on to talk about Private Bradley Manning getting convicted of espionage charges and will likely serve decades in a military prison. Even though Peters argued that the Army itself is partly responsible.
Peters said this: "The Army missed multiple chances to stop this because of a hunger for warm bodies, political correctness, apathy, and bureaucracy. We know Manning had a troubled youth and in my day he wouldn't even have gotten a security clearance. He was referred to mental health counseling, units kept passing him on, and he wound up in Iraq. It wasn't until much too late in the game that his access to highly classified information suspended."
Then Dennis Miller was on to make stupid jokes about liberals, which I do not report on because it's not news and it's a waste of tv time on what O'Reilly has said is a hard news show that deals in facts. Not to mention, it's a one sided biased segment with no liberal comedian on to make jokes about conservatives. Bias that O'Reilly complained about in the Pelosi hearing, but that he himself does on his own show.
Then Juliet Huddy was on to talk about some fast-food restaurant workers who are striking to protest their wages and benefits. Huddy outlined their complaints and demands, saying this: "They want to double the minimum wage and the right to unionize. This is the first time there has been a cohesive effort because there is such a high turnover in the fast food industry where 75% of people leave within a year. You can't live on $7 an hour."
O'Reilly the total right-wing fool said fast-food jobs are the first rung on the employment ladder, so it's ok to only pay $7.00 an hour. Ignoring the fact that some people are not smart enough to move on to higher paying jobs, if they can even find such a job. The current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, and if it had kept up with inflation over the past 40 years it would be $10.74 right now. Do you know how many times Congress passed legislation to increase the minimum wage in the last 30 years, 3 times, which is just pathetic.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Watters' World Heads-Up. Billy said this: "Tune in Thursday for a special edition of Watters' World in which Jesse Watters talks with three military vets who have received high-tech Track Chairs and the priceless gift of mobility."
Earth to Bill O'Reilly, that is not a tip, it's just a cheap promotion of a segment with the worthless Jesse watters.
The Tuesday 7-30-13 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - July 31, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Race Relations in the U.S. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: Today the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, headed by Nancy Pelosi, held a 'conversation on race and justice in America.' There wasn't much diversity in that hearing; all three panelists were far left people who believe America is essentially an unjust country. So the hearing was a farce, a waste of taxpayer money, and a way to stick it to the USA again.
The problem is that many people believe this kind of propaganda, especially overseas where they don't understand what the race hustle is all about. That's why the fallout from the Zimmerman verdict is so damaging. The world is forming an impression of America by listening to people like Tavis Smiley saying America 'displays contempt for black men' and Jay Z saying America's racism is 'blatant.'
That's right, Jay Z, that's why you're a multi-millionaire hobnobbing with President Obama. Good grief! Talking Points is fed up with this kind of misleading rhetoric. We have our flaws, but there's no doubt that Americans are the most humane people on Earth. Our social system gives the most amount of people the best chance to pursue happiness; otherwise, why would millions of folks be trying to sneak in here, most of them minorities.
It is long past time for honest people to call out the racial charlatans and take exception to false statements. Today's Congressional hearing was a circus with Nancy Pelosi as the ringmaster. It didn't mean anything, but it did prop up the race hustlers. And that's a shame.
Now that's funny, O'Reilly complaning about one sided bias is like A-Rod complaining about other MLB players taking steroids, it's just laughable. O'Reilly said the Pelosi hearing was a one sided farce so it has no credibility. When his show is also a one sided farce, so that means he has no credibility either. In the last 2 nights O'Reilly has had 14 Republican guests and 1 Democratic guest. Which is the very same thing Pelosi did, and btw, when Republicans in the House hold one sided hearings O'Reilly is silent, and not once does he call them a farce.
Then the biased Fox News Mike Emanuel was on to talk about Tuesday's Congressional hearing.
Emanuel said this: "I was struck by the lack of tension in the room. These are difficult issues they were talking about but everybody in the room had essentially the same perspective. There was a House Democratic 'who's who,' members of the Congressional Black Caucus, and three panelists who were all ideologically the same as the members of Congress they were talking to. So you had an echo chamber effect. I was also struck by the fact that a number of people there said racism in this country is getting worse!"
O'Reilly described the hearing as a show trial totally devoid of substance, saying this: "There was no plan to combat the terrible violence in Chicago, no plan to combat the black dropout rate in Washington, no discussion of the 73% out-of-wedlock birth rate among African Americans."
Then Monica Crowley and Alan Colmes were on to talk about the hearing. So finally O'Reilly had a Democrat on to discuss it, but of course it was a Fox News Democrat who agreed with O'Reilly, when real Democrats disagree with O'Reilly 99% of the time, what a joke.
Crowley said this: "I actually think this is more than a joke, what you saw today was the most destructive kind of political theater. Every witness was on the far left - you didn't see Allen West, Tim Scott, Clarence Thomas, or Thomas Sowell talking about race and how they have transcended all the things you have talked about."
Crowley is the joke, because when Republicans hold one sided biased hearings she is silent, just like O'Reilly, they never say a word when Republicans do it. Not to mention this, some Republicans were invited to the hearing, but they refused to go to it.
Colmes agreed that the hearing lacked ideological balance, saying this: "This is a legitimate issue that all sides need to weigh in on, which is why they should have had all sides at that hearing today."
Then Charles Krauthammer was on to talk about Republicans who have been arguing with anti-spying libertarians like Rand Paul on one side and national security hawks like Peter King on the other.
Krauthammer said this: "This is like a tug-of-war at a family picnic. One side will pull the other into the mud, they'll clean themselves off, and then have a jolly time together. There is nothing new here - we have had a debate between isolationists and internationalists among conservatives for about a century. The Cold War and anti-communism held the coalition together, but the real split is beginning to happen now as the memory of 9/11 fades and the imminence of the threat is felt to be less. I don't think it's as radical a division as people are making it out to be."
Now that is funny, when Republicans fight with each other Krauthammer and O'Reilly call it nothing, but when Democrats do it they say it's the end of the party as we know it, talk about biased reality, there it is.
Then Jim Gray was on to talk about the New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, who is suspected of using banned substances, and may face a lengthy suspension that could cost him tens of millions of dollars in salary.
Gray said this: "The allegation is that he used performance enhancing drugs, in 2010, 2011, and 2012. The people I have talked with say Major League Baseball is trying to cut a deal where they will suspend him for the rest of this season and all of next season. There are at least 18 other players who are being investigated and may be suspended, and the interesting thing is that the players' union is going along with much of this, they will not attempt to defend people they know are guilty." Then Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle were on to talk about Tuesday's verdict in the Bradley Manning case. With no Democratic legal analyst on to discuss it, just 2 more Fox News Republicans.
Wiehl said this: "The military judge acquitted him on the greater charge of aiding and abetting the enemy, because the prosecution could not show that he intentionally and knowingly gave this information to WikiLeaks so that Americans would be killed or harmed. But she did convict him of espionage because the government showed that he had classified information and gave it to WikiLeaks. That's espionage."
Guilfoyle said this: "He faces up to 128 years and I think he'll get at least a minimum of 35 years. He deserves it, a strong message needs to be sent that criminal conduct against the United States will meet with the heavy hand of justice."
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Textual Healing. Billy said this: "Always return text messages from people you know because ignoring a text is just as disrespectful as keeping someone waiting."
Sharpton To O'Reilly: Expressing Grievances Is A Right By: Steve - July 31, 2013 - 10:00am
After weeks of insults between Bill O'Reilly and Al Sharpton over race in America, Sharpton decided to deliver an open letter to O'Reilly on his show Tuesday. Sharpton took particular offense to O'Reilly's use of the term "grievance industry" to describe what Sharpton and his fellow civil rights spokespeople do on a daily basis.
Sharpton said this: "Having a grievance and fighting to change it, that's not an industry. It's one of the finest traditions in this great country, and it dates back to the earliest days of the United States."
Reading from the First Amendment to the Constitution, Shaprton cited this: "The right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
He also pointed out that The New York Times referred to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1963 March on Washington as "the greatest assembly for the redress of grievances that this capital has ever seen."
Echoing Dr. King, Sharpton said, this: "America has been bending towards justice for over 200 years. Along the way, from the beginning until now, there have always been people without the ability to rise above their own narrow interests and petty score settling. The grievances we faced in America have changed over time, just as the country has changed. But today there are still deep injustices that we must address."
If the justice system wasn't so biased towards minorities, Sharpton argued, then maybe he wouldn't have to express so many grievances. "If the police in Sanford had acted justly, maybe Trayvon Martin's parents wouldn't have had a grievance and called me and others to come publicize their demands for the arrest and a proper investigation."
Which is a fact in the Zimmerman case that O'Reilly never mentions, that the Sanford police let Zimmerman go after the shooting with no investigation, and no collection of evidence. It was only weeks later after public outcry and protests that they arrested him.
"This country has always evolved because people stood up, addressed the problems of their time, and fought to change them," Sharpton concluded. "That's the greatness of America. Now you know, Bill. Sincerely yours, Reverend Al."
O'Reilly Loves Don Lemon & He Hates Al Sharpton By: Steve - July 30, 2013 - 11:30am
O'Reilly opened his Monday night show singling out anchors on his two cable network competitors for remarks they made over his controversial comments on race. Over at MSNBC, Al Sharpton mercilessly attacked O'Reilly for his lecturing of the black community, and O'Reilly delivered a fiery response. But he had some much kinder words for CNN's Don Lemon, who got widely slammed for agreeing with O'Reilly, calling Lemon "honest and courageous."
O'Reilly called on "civil rights folks to stop maligning the country and face up to a huge problem that is directly harming millions, primarily, in the African American community."
He continued to blame these problems mainly on the collapse of the traditional black family unit, saying that the civil rights industry ignores it, along with an entertainment industry that embraces gangster culture.
O'Reilly then turned to Al Sharpton, who he said "attacked the messenger, implying that I am a racist." In response to Sharpton playing O'Reilly's infamous "m-fing iced tea" moment, even though it was a racist statement, O'Reilly accused him of taking it out of context, declaring that Sharpton and other TV pundits are "attacking me because I am a threat to them."
No Billy, they are attacking you because what you said is racist, and you are a racist. You are not a threat to them in any way, they laugh at your bias, your stupidity, and your racism, and if you were not making racist statements they would not even mention your name, let alone talk about you.
O'Reilly said this: "The day of the race hustlers is coming to an end." He said people like Sharpton aren't interested in solving the real problems of the black community, leaving it to "honest, courageous people" like Lemon. O'Reilly had nothing but kind words for the CNN anchor.
O'Reilly also said this: 'Lemon was predictably attacked by the race hustlers, but his courage stands in stark contrast to their ignorance and corruption."
And as for Sharpton, O'Reilly ended with a message to him: "Your day is done."
O'Reilly is just a joke, he is a racist, and nothing he is doing is going to bring the black crime rate down or lead to fewer black women getting pregnant. In fact, all O'Reilly is doing is making most black people think worse of white people, in a cheap attempt to get his ratings up.
The Monday 7-29-13 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - July 30, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Al Sharpton and the Grievance Industry Strike Back. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: The anger the Zimmerman case has engendered is understandable; if Trayvon Martin was my son I would be doing exactly what his parents are doing. But out of tragedy can come something positive, and that is why Talking Points is urging the civil rights folks to stop maligning the country and face up to a huge problem.
Young black Americans are by far the most violent group in America and the reason is the collapse of the traditional family. But the civil rights industry and white power structure basically ignore the problem, and they ignore the entertainment industry putting out vile products aimed at young people.
We told you that Al Sharpton is now in business with a company that distributes garbage like Lil Wayne and that his upcoming book will be marketed by a company that debases this country. In response, Sharpton implied that I am racist. He and others are attacking me because I am a threat to them. They have failed to deal with problems in the black community and they make a lot of money by promoting racial division.
Talking Points believes the day of the race hustlers is coming to an end. Fair-minded Americans understand there are severe problems that have to be solved and it will take courageous, honest people to do that. One of those honest people is CNN anchor Don Lemon, who referenced my Talking Points on his program and went on to list things African Americans can do to combat social problems. Lemon was predictably attacked by the racial hustlers, but his courage stands in stark contrast to their ignorance and corruption.
Then the Republican Dr. Ben Carson was on to agree with O'Reilly, which is why he was put on and someone who disagrees with O'Reilly was not put on. In fact, not one person was on the entire show who disagrees with O'Reilly, it's called stacking the deck to make yourself look right.
Carson said this: "Thank you for speaking out and not being intimidated by the P.C. police, who think that because you're white you can't talk about what's going on in the black community. For every young person we can keep from going down the path of self-destruction, that's one less person we have to be afraid of, one less person we have to pay for in the penal system or welfare system, one more productive member of society."
Carson went on to suggest that the race hustlers are part of a broader movement, saying this: "This is part of the secular progressive movement that loves to divide and conquer, and it is part of Saul Alinsky's plan for changing a society, to keep people at each other's throats so they don't see what the real problems are."
Now think about this, how many black people do you think watch the Factor, zero would be my guess, unless they are Republicans. So how can any blacks learn anything from O'Reilly if none of them are watching his show. The average Factor viewer is a 78 year old white Republican. And I think O'Reilly is just doing this to get ratings, because his ratings have recently dropped from an average of 3.2 million per show to 2.7 million per show.
Then Mary K. Ham and Juan Williams were on to talk about the so-called racial grievance mongers.
Williams said this: "What Don Lemon on CNN said is a telling sign. I also think that a lot of the corporations that used to pay them off are saying there's a downside to getting involved with people who are hustlers. And the fact that you are not afraid of getting smeared is another sign."
Ham applauded Lemon for speaking out and taking the fire, saying this: "All the other side can say is that you're a racist and Don Lemon is a turncoat. How is that helpful to anything? Progress comes from unexpected alliances where a few brave Democrats and Republicans get together on something like school choice. I'm not sure Al Sharpton wants an ally in the fight to help people."
Then Brit Hume was on to talk about some leading Republicans denouncing their colleague Rand Paul and his brand of libertarianism.
Hume said this: "The resurgence of libertarian thinking in both parties is causing problems for party leaders. These libertarians occupy space on the political spectrum where right and left meet. But Rand Paul has a following, he's an appealing guy, and he represents a school of thought. There is a struggle between those would define themselves as 'internationalists' and those who are in effect 'isolationists.'"
O'Reill added that Rand Paul's stance against domestic surveillance is popular among some Republicans, saying this: "He's definitely going to run for President and his message does resonate with conservatives who don't want a massive spy apparatus."
Then the Republican Judge Jeanine Pirro was on to talk about a military judge who is about to hand down a verdict in the case of Army soldier Bradley Manning. Pirro predicted that Manning will spend decades in prison.
Pirro said this: "I think he'll be convicted, and I suspect that he's going to get a significant amount of time in prison. He's not a whistleblower because that never applies to classified information, and this guy will be guilty of the biggest leak of classified information in the history of this country. I think he'll get 30 years in a military prison, it's over for this guy."
Then the Republican Bernie Goldberg was on to slam President Obama and his team, who have been complaining about "phony scandals" in Washington.
Goldberg said this: "This President refuses to take responsibility, for the crummy economic recovery or for the chronically high unemployment. He can't blame George Bush anymore, so now he's blaming Republicans who have concocted 'phony scandals.' We all understand why he's doing it, but journalists need to ask him what 'phony scandals' he's talking about. The press needs to treat this President the way they would treat Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush."
Then the Republican Karl Rove was on to talk about the Republican Senator Mike Lee, who is proposing to de-fund the health reform act, even if it means a government shutdown. After the idiot Republicans in the House have taken 41 votes on it, and lost every time, and even if it did pass the partisan House Obama would veto it. Which is a massive waste of taxpayer money, but O'Reilly has not said a word about it.
Rove said this: "Let's stipulate that everyone on the Republican side wants to end Obamacare, but the question is how you end it. At the end of September the fiscal year ends and there will be a continuing resolution to fund the government. Senator Lee and some of his colleagues want to have no funding for the Obamacare law in the resolution, but one problem is that most of Obamacare is unaffected by such a maneuver. Also, this could mean that in the first week of October there would be no paychecks for the military or the FBI or the Border Patrol. This is a political loser, being conservative doesn't mean doing something that will blow up in your face!"
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Blame Him, Not Her. Billy said this: "Whatever you may think of Anthony Weiner, castigating his wife Huma Abedin is wrong and at times downright sadistic."
Al Sharpton Sends A Message To Bill O'Reilly By: Steve - July 30, 2013 - 10:00am
Here is an op-ed Al Sharpton wrote that is mostly directed to Bill O'Reilly, but of course O'Reilly will either ignore it, or spin and lie about it, here is the full op-ed from 7-29-13:
Beware of Fatal Distraction
by Al Sharpton
Today, as we continue to deal with the fight against 'Stand Your Ground' laws that set the climate for the George Zimmerman verdict, as well as the attack on voting rights, it's becoming apparent that the politics of distraction are in full effect. The chatter is being drummed up by people like Fox News Bill O'Reilly, and cosigned by others like Don Lemon of CNN. Nice try, but we see you.
It's simply amazing how many on the right who never cared about 'Black issues,' or the fact that our youth are facing unequal access to education, jobs, housing and higher rates of incarceration, now suddenly want to act as if they are so concerned about what's going on with us. Shortly after participating in the President's inauguration activities this year, a 15-year-old honor student by the name of Hadiya Pendleton was viciously killed by a stray bullet just blocks from her school in Chicago. The first national show that her mother appeared on was my broadcast, 'Politics Nation' on MSNBC.
President Obama invited the young girl's family to his State of the Union address, and the first lady even attended her funeral. Where was O'Reilly then?
The issue of rampant gun violence in the community is one that I have been dealing with for years at NAN, as well as on my TV and radio programs. What has O'Reilly done to raise awareness? NAN has a chapter in Chicago that works directly on the ground with those suffering from the ramifications of violence and more on a daily basis; they console, comfort and fight for grieving families to bring an end to the destruction.
I haven't seen O'Reilly at any of those meetings. And let's not pretend that the problem of excessive gun violence is cities like Chicago isn't the direct result of inadequate gun laws in the state of Illinois that make it extremely easy for people to purchase deadly weapons outside of the windy city and bring them back into their neighborhoods. If O'Reilly is so concerned about Chicago's violence, then maybe he and his cohorts should do something about gun laws in that state and around the country.
The issues of gangster glorification, out-of-wedlock births, the Black family crisis and others are ones that I absolutely agree we must deal with, and I have unequivocally preached about them and others for years. But when they are being used as a distraction from dealing with the very real dilemmas of 'Stand Your Ground' laws, voting rights and an unbalanced criminal justice system, then I must call foul.
Right-wingers and gullible co-conspirators who don't want to see this country confront voter equality, and a just criminal court system will stop at nothing it seems to divert people's attention from the challenges we face as a nation. Even as I write this, states are currently engaged in voter suppression tactics yet again by implementing draconian new voter ID laws, eliminating/reducing early voting days and much more. But I suppose suppression of our vote is happening because of out-of-wedlock births.
Trayvon Martin was not the victim of a weak family structure; he was on his way to spend the day with his father and brother. Zimmerman had no knowledge of Trayvon's family, and didn't shoot him because of it. Black leaders have always dealt with issues that conservatives raise, but it is conservatives that fail to deal with the reality of racial injustice time and again. They would rather act as if one who raises racial and societal inequality concerns is somehow in a grievance industry, while they answer the question of injustice by raising issues that have nothing to do with the topic at hand.
That is the definition of distraction. O'Reilly even went so far as to say that my upcoming book The Rejected Stone, published by Simon & Schuster and distributed by Cash Money, shouldn't be supported because the owners of Cash Money put out artists like Lil' Wayne. Yet another interesting distraction by Bill. Every label puts out artists, and every publishing house has affiliations that I would disagree with.
In fact, I have encouraged rappers to eliminate derogatory language and put forth more constructive content. O'Reilly hasn't read my book by his own admission even though the galleys are out. He hasn't questioned Simon & Schuster because once again it's about painting a certain group in a certain light. And of course, it's about his goal of deterring people from what we need to be focusing on.
In this period of confronting the greatest setback to voting rights in decades, state laws that are attempting to turn back the clock and unfair legislation that creates an environment for the Zimmerman verdict, we must make sure that we remain steadfast in our dedication to justice. O'Reilly and others are majoring in minors, and not minoring in majors.
Black leaders must have the courage to stand up to out-of-wedlock births, gangster glorification and violence. And right-wingers need to discover the courage to address unfairness in the criminal justice system, voting rights and economic disparities that not only exist, but are actively growing right before our eyes. Until the right-wing does this, they are tantamount to what the late great James Brown used to say: they're like a dull knife that just ain't cuttin' it; they're just talkin' loud and sayin' nothing.
Meet The Modern Day Right-Wing Racism Deniers By: Steve - July 29, 2013 - 11:00am
So much for having a national conversation about race. Conservative commentators claim they welcome an honest discussion about the issue of race after the George Zimmerman verdict. But within minutes of President Obama offering up his personal reflection about the trial and how the killing of Trayvon Martin had been viewed within the African-American community, right-wing voices responded with anger and resentment. Including Bill O'Reilly, who put out a long lie filled racist TPM on Monday night, that was cheered by most people on the right.
In fact, a normal Factor TPM gets about 4 or 5 Facebook likes, but the racist and dishonest Monday TPM got 487 Facebook likes. Just look at the Wednesday TPM two days later, it has 5 Facebook likes. Which shows that the Factor viewers are just as racist as O'Reilly, because they loved the Monday TPM, while pretty much ignoring the Wednesday TPM.
Among those most incensed by Obama's thoughtful reflections was Jennifer Rubin who writes for the Washington Post. She called Obama's comments "disgusting." Furious at America's first black president for discussing the topic of race following a passionate trial verdict (he's "not a good person," Rubin stressed), the columnist lashed out at Obama for addressing a problem she claimed is no longer even relevant to the American experience.
Saying that Obama's won't allow people to "get out of this racial archaeology," Rubin claimed Americans are "held prisoners forever in a past that most Americans have never personally experienced." (Fact: "Most Americans" haven't personally experienced anti-Semitism, but that doesn't stop Rubin from crusading against what she sees as outbreaks of it.)
Rather than addressing the substance of Obama's comments about how "the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn't go away," Rubin simply dismissed the idea that racial prejudice has to be talked about, let alone discouraged anymore. In her world, just like Prohibition and the Red Scare, racism apparently represents a distant chapter in America's past.
And Rubin is hardly alone in her proud and public denial that racism in America is dead. That ridiculous right-wing claim has been found on the fringes of the conservative movement for years, if not decades. And skeptics have often tried to downplay the significance of the problem, insisting that liberals simply use the issue to attack their political opponents.
But in recent weeks, much the way the denial of global warming has become a conservative cornerstone, the blanket denial of the existence of racism has been mainstreamed and embraced as a far-right fact: Racism against minorities has been relegated to America's past. It's now filed under "archeology," as Rubin put it, something historians and academics might study one day.
The Chicago Tribune's Rex Huppke had this to say about it: "Saying racism is over is the new way of saying you have 'a black friend.'"
That desire to scrub racism from the American culture, or more precisely the desire to claim racism has been scrubbed from American society, has only accelerated since the verdict in the Zimmerman trial. With a not guilty verdict, the conservative commentators have used that as further proof that Zimmerman did nothing wrong the night of the killing and that the whole controversy was a case of drummed-up anger over non-existent racism.
Not to mention, the ridiculous claim they use to say that since we have a black President it proves racism is gone. On his Forbes.com blog, Republican Peter Ferrara of the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based conservative think tank, reported "racist attitudes" no longer "have any power or influence in American society." None.
During an O'Reilly Factor discussion this week, the conservative Heath McDonald attacked the media for being dedicated to the "myth" that racism is "the thing holding blacks back." On the National Review's site, McDonald dismissed as nonsense the claim that the U.S. "criminal-justice system discriminates against blacks." Even though it's a fact, and 100% true.
Breitbart's John Nolte announced on Twitter, "I like living in a country where a black president elected twice complains about racism."
That captures the shallow depths of the conservative debate, or "discussion," about race: Because there are numerous rich and successful black entertainers and athletes (and one U.S. president), that confirms the claims of the racism deniers. (So says Ted Nugent and Bill O'Reilly.)
The fact that the person who now sits in the Oval Office experienced being following around in stores to make sure he didn't steal things, and who heard car door locks click as he walked by, is indicative of the persistent problem of racism. By the way, the irony here is thick: The claim that racism in America no longer exist often comes from the same right-wing sites whose comment sections for years have been full of openly racist commentary and insults.
Why the recent rise in deniers? Just as climate denial fits a larger political agenda, so too does the denial of racism. In the long term, the denial will likely be used as justification to wallow in even more name-calling and demagoguery by conservatives; to lash out at civil rights leaders as "race hustlers" and "pimps." After all, they're trying to eradicate something that doesn't exist, right?
Even though it was the circumstances surrounding the Trayvon Martin killing that forced the deniers to the forefront in the short term. As Orlando Sentinel columnist Beth Kassab wrote last year, there was "no good way for gun proponents to spin the death of an unarmed teenager." The Trayvon Martin killing didn't fit the far right's usual narrative about violence and minorities and how white America is allegedly under physical assault from Obama's violent African-American base.
So Martin became the conservative media target and the denial charge became central to the 16-month smear campaign against the victim, portraying him as courting a death wish because of his claimed thuggish behavior.
As Michelle Goldberg wrote for Salon last year when the conservative press began blaming the unarmed teenager for being shot, "some on the right are deeply invested in the idea that anti-black racism is no longer much of a problem in the United States, and certainly not a problem on the scale of false accusations of racism."
She also wrote this: "If you don't want to believe that racism is a problem in the United States, it helps to believe that Martin had it coming." And now today, a chorus of conservative voices insist racism isn't a problem and that Trayvon Martin had it coming.
And who is leading that charge, Bill O'Reilly. The guy who claims to be a non-partisan Independent with a no spin zone. Who is in reality, nothing but an old, wealthy, Republican, racist, white guy, who is as biased and dishonest as Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, or Ted Nugent. The really sad part is that O'Reilly actually thinks he is right, as if anyone in their right mind would listen to anything he has to say about racism or racial issues, especially after he has been proven to be a racist himself, and a dishonest one.
Chris Hayes Slams The Crazy O'Reilly Racist Rant Again By: Steve - July 29, 2013 - 10:00am
Bill O'Reilly can't seem to stop preaching about how right white people are to be scared of black people, and MSNBC host Chris Hayes can't seem to quit mopping the floor with him. O'Reilly followed up what Hayes called a "super-racist rant" by telling Geraldo Rivera that he didn't care if black people think he's stereotyping them, and quoting the same stats he used in his first rant.
On Friday night's All In with Chris Hayes, Hayes delivered a rebuttal that included, among other things, the revelation that O'Reilly's argument bears a striking similarity to that of the neo-Nazi main character in American History X.
Hayes hit all the right notes in rebutting O'Reilly's racial realist campaign to blame black people for being gunned down, pointing out that poverty, not race, is the main predictor of violent crime, and reiterating the fact that black activists and liberals actually do care about urban violence, but he offered a few wrinkles that were especially noteworthy.
One of them was that he noted the sick motivation behind conservatives sudden concern for black victims of urban violence. "For him, this really isn't about his interest in helping the actual human beings being killed on Chicago's South Side," Hayes observed. "No. It’s about making a point. A point about the propensity of black people to commit violence, and then tossing them aside as violent people with little discipline who are unsupervised and prone to imitate bad behavior."
What's disturbing about this is that people like O'Reilly and Sean Hannity no longer even pretend that their concern has anything to do with innocent black murder victims like Hadiya Pendleton, instead coming right out and saying that they are to blame for belonging to a violent community.
"Black Americans commit homicides at a rate ten times greater in the United States than whites and Hispanics combined," O'Reilly says, "and until you address those kinds of statistics, then you're always going to have fear and you'll always have mistrust."
Hayes had some stats of his own. "There are about 200 million white people in America, making up about 63% of the population. In 2010, 1,179 white people were killed by black people. Compare that number to the roughly 20,000 white people who died from accidental poisoning, 16,000 who died from accidental falls that year, or the 2,000 or so white people estimated who died from accidental drowning. In other words, Bill O'Reilly, you have more reason to be afraid of your own swimming pool than any young black man you see in a hoodie."
Hayes also interviewed Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), who called O'Reilly's ilk dangerous, and pointed out that “low socioeconomic status is the largest indicator of violence, rather than race. So they’re just trying to use wedge issues to pump up the far right for their own political purposes," she added. "It's very dangerous."
That's when Hayes played a clip from the film American History X that featured a familiar-sounding patter from Edward Norton's skinhead character. "Look at the statistics, for Christ's sake," he says. "It's one in every three black males is in some phase of correctional system. Is that a coincidence, or do these people have, you know, like a racial commitment to crime?"
"These are old arguments, right?" Hayes asks Rep. Lee. "These are arguments that are trotted out a lot." Rep. Lee agreed, and pointed out the inequities of the justice system that so many people, like O'Reilly, are blind to.
Unlike the other personality-driven feuds I've seen over the years, this one isn't designed to satisfy the ego, or to goad O'Reilly into a response. Hayes goal is what it should be: to inform his viewers, in this case that statistics don't show that black people deserve to get shot. Which is basically what O'Reilly is saying, and that is racist, no matter how much O'Reilly denies it.
Two Big News Stories Bill O'Reilly Has Ignored By: Steve - July 28, 2013 - 11:00am
Here are two national news stories O'Reilly is ignoring, I guess he don't have time because he is busy reporting on the Royal Baby, Anthony Weiner, and the crazy right-wing Victoria Jackson.
Trayvon Martin Juror B29 says George Zimmerman got away with murder.
O'Reilly is saying the jury did the right thing in voting not guitly, as he ignores the fact that one juror thought he was guilty. It was only the way the law was written and the jury instructions that forced her to vote not guilty.
Juror B29 in the Trayvon Martin case says George Zimmerman "got away with murder" when he fatally shot the black 17-year-old.
"For myself, he's guilty because the evidence shows he's guilty." But the juror, a 36-year-old mother of eight who moved to Florida from Chicago five months before she was selected for the trial, says the panel had no choice but to acquit Zimmerman, based on the law and evidence.
"George Zimmerman got away with murder. But you can't get away from God. And at the end of the day, Zimmerman is going to have a lot of questions and answers he has to deal with." The juror, who is of Puerto Rican descent and identified herself only by her first name, Maddy, shared her regrets during a television interview with Robin Roberts that aired on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Friday.
And the great so-called journalist Bill O'Reilly has not said one word about it, he has totally ignored her statements.
Maddy said that when the jury, which included five mothers, began deliberations, she was ready to convict Zimmerman of second-degree murder, which could have put him behind bars for life. "I was the juror that was going to give them the hung jury," she insisted. "I fought to the end."
But after nine hours of reviewing evidence, Maddy decided the jury had to let the neighborhood watchman walk free, she said.
Right-Wing Gun Advocacy Group Sends Zimmerman $12,000 To Buy Guns
On Tuesday, an Ohio-based gun advocacy group sent George Zimmerman, who fatally shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a $12,150.37 check with which to purchase more guns.
Buckeye Firearms Foundation said that it came under cyber attack since raising money for Zimmerman and has had its website hacked. The page was not accessible at the time of publication.
The group, however is no stranger to controversy; it has actively trained teachers and administrators to carry arms in the classroom since the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The so-called Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response (FASTER) program is designed to "help deal with mass murders at schools" by ensuring that schools are no longer victim zones, the group claims.
Participants will be able to carry weapons inside the classroom after completing "an intensive 3-day class where you will learn many of the same skills and tactics used by law enforcement."
Ohio law allows teachers and staff to carry firearms if approved by the school board and the FASTER program hopes to attract teachers from the kindergarten through collegial levels.
The U.S. Department of Justice is still holding the gun that killed Martin, as part of a civil rights investigation into the killing, though an attorney for Zimmerman claims that since the verdict, there is even more reason for Zimmerman to always be armed. Attorney Mark O'Mara said his client is getting threats since the verdict earlier this month and has been carrying a weapon.
Sharpton Spokesperson Gives O'Reilly A Reality Smackdown By: Steve - July 28, 2013 - 10:00am
BIll O'Reilly ripped into Al Sharpton on his Thursday night Fox News show for inking a deal with a company the Fox News host said distributed "entertainment that is harmful to children."
O'Reilly and the MSNBC host have been attacking one another throughout the week. Sharpton railed against O'Reilly for comments the Fox News host made about race relations in the wake of the George Zimmerman trial verdict. O'Reilly called out Sharpton on Thursday for his memoir distribution deal with Cash Money Content, the publishing arm of Cash Money Records, which is Lil Wayne's home label.
Lil Wayne was dropped from PepsiCo earlier this year after he made what many considered a distasteful reference civil rights icon Emmett Till.
"That's right," O'Reilly said. "Al Sharpton is in business with people who put out entertainment that is harmful to children ... The fact is Al Sharpton is allowing a company that harms black children to distribute his book."
O'Reilly added, "The civil rights industry is not addressing the core reason why many African Americans are not succeeding in the marketplace. Because of that, young blacks continue to be at risk and have enormous obstacles to overcome."
So Tamika D. Mallory, executive director of Al Sharpton's National Action Network, took issue with O'Reilly's comments in a statement saying this:
MALLORY: I find it a blatant contradiction that Bill O'Reilly would question our President, Rev. Al Sharpton writing a book on the evolution of his principles and ideas, detailing among other things why he is against certain lyrics in hip-hop and has stopped himself from using specific words. Being published by Simon & Schuster in a joint venture with the parent company Cash Money Content, which itself has a relationship with the parent company of Cash Money Records.
I find Mr. O'Reilly's assertions a contradiction because I sit on the Diversity Council of News Corp that owns Fox News and the New York Post in the seat designated for National Action Network. Both of these media are frequent, consistent critics of Rev. Sharpton and NAN, and have done things that many of us disagree with in terms of aspirations of the Black community.
News Corp also continues to support National Action Network functions and events financially, so if Rev. Sharpton can say we disagree with the News Corp entity, but should be open to dialogue, by what standards might he say to Simon & Schuster, that we are not open to doing business with Cash Money, especially since he can express his problems with lyrics and language in the book? Either we have one standard or not.
Secondly, I was in the meeting between Pepsi executives, the family of Emmett Till and Rev. Sharpton. There was nobody from Cash Money in that meeting because Pepsi had severed all ties with Lil' Wayne, and Cash Money and had done so at the urging of both the Till family and Rev. Sharpton. The purpose of the meeting was for Pepsi to assure the family and Rev. Sharpton they were not going to reinstate the Lil' Wayne deal.
To insinuate that there was some deal in the meeting is a blatant lie.
The fact remains that Pepsi had still withdrawn any relationship with Lil' Wayne, so what would there be a deal around? The book deal with Simon & Schuster and Cash Money Content was signed through Massenburg Media and Rev. Sharpton last year and the book was in publication even before the Lil' Wayne/Pepsi controversy occurred.
The evidence of that is that the galleys are already out. Finally, as Rev. Sharpton often says, "We can have different opinions, but we can not have different facts."
So as usual O'Reilly is caught putting out lies, but he never does a retraction, and he never admits he was wrong or sorry. And this is done in the so-called no spin zone where O'Reilly claims to be a non-partisan Independent, who never speculates and only deals in the facts.
The Friday 7-26-13 O'Reilly/Ingraham Factor Review By: Steve - July 27, 2013 - 11:00am
The biased right-wing hack Laura Ingraham filled in for O'Reilly, and her TPM was called: Immigration Debate. Ingraham said this:
INGRAHAM: While major heinous crimes committed by illegal aliens occur regularly in the United States, including a recent horrifying gang rape of a 13-year-old girl in Texas, the media and pro-immigration reform politicians have their sights trained on one comment made by Congressman Steve King of Iowa. While talking about the Dream Act, King said hundreds of young illegal immigrants are 'hauling marijuana across the desert.'
He received swift condemnation from both sides of the aisle, but today on my radio show Congressman King defended his remarks as 'an objective analysis.' I wouldn't have worded my problem with the Dream Act like King did, but he exposed a familiar tactic of the open-borders crowd. You cite gleaming examples of successful young illegals while you ignore the indisputable truth about serious crimes our country continues to endure at the hands of young, mostly male, illegal immigrants.
I'm talking rape, murder, robbery, and drug trafficking. So why don't more reporters press for information regarding suspects' immigration status? Because most reporters are pro-amnesty, that's why. I'm going to say what few others will: There is a massive cover-up underway across mainstream media outlets regarding the viciousness and frequency of crimes committed by illegal aliens. What's truly offensive is when journalists and politicians shade the truth to push their own open-borders agenda, leaving hard-working Americans and legal immigrants more vulnerable.
Talk about bias, here it is. Ingraham reported this: "King said hundreds of young illegal immigrants are 'hauling marijuana across the desert.' He received swift condemnation from both sides of the aisle, but today on my radio show Congressman King defended his remarks as 'an objective analysis.'"
That would be fine if that was all he said, the biased right-wing hack Laura Ingraham did not quote what he said, she edited all the bad parts out. Here is the exact quote: "For every one who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there that -- they weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert."
Not only did the Democrats slam him for those comments, so did most Republicans, including the Speaker of the house John Boehner, who censured King for his recent comments, Boehner said this: "There's no place in this debate for hateful or ignorant comments from elected officials...the comments are deeply offensive and wrong. What he said does not represent the values of the American people or the Republican party...they make it harder to get anything done."
And yet, Laura Ingraham put this fool on her radio show to defend himself, and not once did she tell him what he said was wrong.
Then Daniel Hernandez and Steve Camarota were on to discuss illegal immigrants and crime. Hernandez said this: "I don't think news organizations should be reporting immigration status, because that would set up a bias with juries. A crime is a crime and it doesn't matter what the race or religion or color of the suspect. We have something called innocent until proven guilty."
But Camarota argued that a suspect's immigration status is a key piece of information, saying this: "It's very relevant if a person is not even supposed to be in the country in the first place. Take the case of Edwin Ramos, who killed a father and his two sons in San Francisco. He was in the United States illegally and was being protected by the city's amnesty policy."
Ingraham said this to Hernandez: "You don't think the American people have a right to know that some people who are not supposed to be here are committing horrible acts. Are you kidding me? There is a massive cover-up going on!"
What Ingraham fails to mention is that the crime rate for illegal immigrants is very low, and the fact is, most of them come here to work and do not commit any crimes, their crime rate is 2.5 times lower than it is for American citizens. Ingraham makes it look like they are all criminals, which is just a lie.
Then Ingraham talked about the O'Reilly condemnation of civil rights leaders who ignore some serious problems facing black Americans, especially family disintegration and violence-glorifying music. Professor Chris Metzler and writer Jasmyne Cannick were on to discuss it.
Cannick said this: "As far as Al Sharpton goes, white people don't get to tell us who to look up to. If you think he represents the entire gamut of civil rights leaders, you'd be wrong. There are others who are addressing all of the issues Bill pointed to in his Talking Points Memo."
But the Republican Metzler vigorously ripped into Cannick's argument, saying this: "This is not about whether white people are telling us what to do. The fact is that in the black community there are substantial problems that need to be addressed. Rather than looking at policies, practices, and procedures, you are looking at this strictly through a racial lens."
Ingraham said that many black Americans are fed up with violent and misogynist rap lyrics, saying this: "A lot of people who call in to my radio show and happen to be black don't like the hip-hop industry and what it pumps out to impressionable minds."
And those are the same fools that believe violent movies and video games lead to violent crime, even though a link has never been proven.
Then Ingraham talked about the juror from the George Zimmerman trial who now says Zimmerman "got away with murder," even though the law mandated an acquittal. Laura analyzed the statement with attorneys Stacy Schneider and Regina Tsombanakis. And btw, O'Reilly never said a word about it, he ignored the story all week.
Rsombanakis said this: "These jurors had this question posed to them, and if they thought there was no reasonable doubt that this was murder, they should have spoken up in the jury room, not weeks later. It completely distorts the entire jury system."
Schneider contended that jurors were confused by Florida law, saying this: "The elephant in the room in this verdict is Florida's 'stand your ground' law. The Zimmerman defense did not allude to the law, but it factored in here. If this were in any other state, there might have been a different verdict, and that is why there is juror confusion."
Then Ingraham went totally insane, she said that during last year's presidential campaign, Democrats accused Republicans of waging a "war on women." But now New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, both Democrats, stand accused of lewd and anti-woman behavior. Liberal radio host Eboni Williams was on with her analysis.
Williams said this: "Anthony Weiner's actions are disgusting, and he has issues. But ultimately the decision of whether he's fit for political leadership is up to New York City voters, that's the beauty of democracy. I would not vote for him, but I think he should stay in. There is also a long list of Republican high-ranking officials who have made spectacles of their wives."
Laura Ingrahm is insane, Anthony Weiner tweeting pics of his junk has nothing to do with a war on women, and Ingraham is a moron to even make that comparison. The war on women by the right is a platform of the Republican party, over wages, health care, and abortion. It is a war on women by Republicans, what Weiner did is just stupid, but it has nothing to do with any policy or any kind of war on women by any Democrats. To even make that comparison shows what a dishonest hack Laura Ingraham really is, she is just a fool.
Then Geraldo was on to talk about the father of NSA leaker Edward Snowden defending his son, saying "he shared the truth with the American people."
Geraldo said this: "I find it hard to not be sympathetic to the father, who is doing what any father would do under the circumstances. There is ethical and moral ambiguity about what Snowden did. He did it in a way that was atrocious, he ran to our enemies. On the other hand, he has raised some issues that we couldn't talk about. If he had gone to Congress and exposed the information as a whistleblower, it would have been a whole different situation."
And finally, Ingraham ended her ridisulous show with the insider trading story about SAC Capital Advisors, one of Wall Street's biggest hedge funds, who made hundreds of millions through illegal insider trading.
Charles Gasaparino said this: "If you talk to the feds, they believe this is a criminal enterprise and that the company's boss Steven Cohen set up the perfect crime. He set up a system, in the view of the Justice Department, where lots of stuff was going on around him while he was insulated. Cohen has not been charged and he has great lawyers who will put up a spirited defense."
Ingraham reminded everyone that an indictment is a far cry from a conviction, saying this: "The government will charge people with 50-count indictments, but then it turns out there is nothing there. So we have to be very careful on this."
Ginsberg Says I Told Ya So On Supreme Court Ruling By: Steve - July 27, 2013 - 10:00am
"I didn't want to be right," Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said about her prediction that striking a key prong of the Voting Rights Act will lead to a wave of minority voter suppression, "but sadly I am."
In an interview with the Associated Press Mark Sherman, Ginsburg reiterated one of the core points of her dissent from the five Republican justices voting rights decision. "The notion that because the Voting Rights Act had been so tremendously effective we had to stop it didn't make any sense to me," Ginsburg said. "And one really could have predicted what was going to happen" once the law was struck down.
What has happened since the partisan ruling is a rush of voter suppression laws in states once subject to federal supervision under the provision gutted by Ginsburg's Republican colleagues. Just two hours after the decision was announced, Texas attorney general announced that a common voter suppression law would take effect in Texas -- and several other states are right behind Texas.
In Arizona, Republicans want to redraw district lines to make them less competitive, now that federal supervision of the state's redistricting has lifted. North Carolina Republicans are on the verge of enacting the worst voter suppression law in the country.
In her dissent, Ginsburg warned that "the evolution of voting discrimination into more subtle second-generation barriers is powerful evidence that a remedy as effective as preclearance remains vital to protect minority voting rights and prevent backsliding."
Just one month later, it's already clear that Ginsburg was right. And O'Reilly has ignored the entire story, because the laws will suppress voting by minorities who mostly vote for the Democrats.
Al Sharpton Slams Bill O'Reilly Over Race Comments By: Steve - July 27, 2013 - 9:00am
MSNBC host Al Sharpton dedicated a long segment on PoliticsNation Thursday evening to discussing conservative commentators who have criticized President Obama and other officials publicly about race.
Sharpton focused most of his commentary on Bill O'Reilly, using his comments about visiting Sylvia's restaurant in Harlem and an Anita Baker concert as proof that he is out of touch, and shouldn't be taken seriously on the issue.
David Brock and Joy Reid were on with Sharpton to give O'Reilly a reality check. But they also slammed Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity too, for saying pretty much exactly what O'Reilly said, even though O'Reilly said he is nothing like them and not a partisan right-winger, even though he clearly is.
Here is the video:
The Thursday 7-25-13 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - July 26, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Al Sharpton, Lil' Wayne and the Black Community. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: Yesterday President Obama echoed a familiar theme, complaining about 'growing inequality.' Since Mr. Obama has been President, more than $6-trillion has been added to the national debt, much of it spent trying to redistribute income. Economic growth is about 2%, and that's why wages aren't rising. With high unemployment and companies afraid to expand, there's little incentive to pay workers more.
And even if there were plenty of jobs, most employers are not going to hire people who can't read well or speak proper English. In many poor neighborhoods there is violence, chaos, and little discipline in the schools. Also, with the African American out-of-wedlock birth rate at 73%, many young blacks are unsupervised and prone to imitate bad behavior like the garbage the rapper Lil Wayne puts out.
But when Mountain Dew pulled a multi-million dollar endorsement deal with Lil Wayne, guess who intervened? Does the name Al Sharpton sound familiar? The parent company of Lil Wayne, which markets vile stuff that hurts children, is a partner in distributing Sharpton's upcoming book.
That's right, Sharpton is in business with people who put out entertainment harmful to children. The civil rights industry is not addressing the core reason why many African Americans are not succeeding. Because of that, young blacks continue to be at risk and have enormous obstacles to overcome.
Wow, is that ever a stretch. To begin with, some of that $6 trillion was budgeted under Bush and spent under Obama, O'Reilly does not tell you that. About $2 trillion of that was money for bills that were passed when Bush was still in office, so Obama only spent $4 trillion of it. Not to mention he had to spend a trillion of that to get us out of the recession Bush caused. And on top of all that the debt is going down now, which is the opposite of what O'Reilly said would happen.
So there is a lot of dishonesty in those statements from O'Reilly. And all Sharpton did was sign with a publisher who would put his book out, that does not link him to people who put out entertainment harmful to children. Not to mention, it is O'Reilly's biased opinion that those people put out entertainment that is harmful to children. It's like saying if you watch violent movies with a lot of killing, you will go kill someone, which has never been proven and rarely happens.
O'Reilly has racist hate filled right-wing idiots on his show, but when he is linked to them for giving them a platform on national tv to spew out their hate and racism, he denies it and says it's ridiculous. Then he uses the very same argument he denies, when it's used against him to smear Al Sharpton, simply because he does not like him. O'Reilly even says you are judged by the people you hang with, but when he is judged by the people he hangs with he says you can not judge him for it. It's hypocrisy, and just more biased right-wing nonsense from O'Reilly.
Then O'Reilly had Paul Porter, a former executive with Black Television Network who is familiar with non-profits run by Al Sharpton on to discuss his TPM. And as usual, he agreed with O'Reilly. Which is done on purpose, O'Reilly puts out his TPM that is filled with lies, spin, and opinion, then he finds some right-wing stooge to come on and agree with him, to imply what he said is true, which does not make it true, it just means he found some stooge to agree with him.
Porter said this: "There is a lot of money exchanged, and a lot of companies contribute to non-profits, which are businesses. One man who was with Sharpton for nine years has written about receiving 'blood money.' Reverend Sharpton has done great things, but things like this are troubling. The images and the content are just killing these kids."
Then Professor L'heureux Lewis-McCoy was on to defend Al Sharpton.
McCoy said this: "There has been tension between Al Sharpton and Lil Wayne. Back in 2007, Sharpton led a campaign about decency in hip-hop and his goal was to protest companies that don't clean up their act. Al Sharpton is an iconic civil rights figure and Lil Wayne is an iconic hip-hop generation figure."
And btw folks, in his book Sharpton is critical of Lil Wayne. O'Reilly also admitted he has not read the book, even though he once said you can not slam a book unless you have read it first, but of course he was talking about his book then. And that guy Porter was speculating, all he said was money is exchanged, but he has no clue what for, he was speculating, which O'Reilly says he does not allow.
O'Reilly then asked if the profane and thuggish Lil Wayne is influencing black children, McCoy said this: "I don't think he is a primary driver of my culture. He is one of many factors, but Lil Wayne is not the embodiment of African American culture."
Then Pastor Robert Jeffress was on to assess the role of forgiveness in the ongoing Anthony Weiner sexting scandal. Which I will not report on because it's tabloid garbage.
Then Brad Thor was on to talk about the Republican led House who has voted to endorse the NSA's collecting data on Americans' phone calls and emails. O'Reilly scrutinized the spy program with author Brad Thor, whose books focus on national security.
Thor said this: "I have a problem with guys like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden. If you have an item you think is that hot, you can find people in your chain of command or in Congress who can help. The stuff that Snowden has uncovered is just the tip of the iceberg and the technology that the NSA has in the pipeline is terrifying. I believe, from people I've talked with, that actual phone calls and emails are being recorded and stored. I would rather see private companies like Verizon and AOL and Google hold onto the information. Then, if the feds want access to your emails, they have to get a judge to sign off on a warrant."
Then the two right-wing stooges Greg Gutfeld and Bernard McGuirk were on. They focused on NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who remains in Moscow while seeking a permanent home.
Gutfeld said this: "I have a solution, Wherever he is granted asylum, the United States should fill a jumbo jet with all the Gitmo inmates and drop them into that country. Because if they are accepting somebody who is increasing our risk of terrorism, we should do the same to them."
McGuirk said this: "Vladimir Putin is a beady-eyed, Gestapo-looking, sneaky, Stalin wannabe little goon. We should boycott vodka and seize all the assets of Russian hookers and strippers in this country. And Snowden is a flat-out traitor. The one silver lining is that he's living in an airport and probably smells like a bathroom at Penn Station."
Then Laura Ingraham was on to evaluate this week's Factor TPM on race issues. And of course most of her right-wing viewers loved it, because they are racist idiots just like her and O'Reilly. They are like the white kkk loving loons in the south who run around saying the n-word as they wear a confederate flag t-shirt, then deny they are racist.
Ingraham said this: "I played your Talking Points Memo on my radio show, and people were cheering because someone had the guts to say what you said. The biggest problem facing the black community is the breakup of the traditional family - there is a 37% poverty rate for single mothers, but just 6.8% for married women. Marriage is a critical weapon against poverty for all people, especially in the most vulnerable places in the inner city. Sadly, people like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are nothing more than shakedown artists."
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Consumer Alert. Billy said this: "The entertainment press, like much of the mainstream media, refuses to report on cultural issues in a fair way, so keep that in mind when consuming your daily portion of information."
As told to you by an old, biased, right-wing, rich white guy, who works for the Fox News Network. It's laughable, and that is nothing but the opinion of Bill O'Reilly, who is a biased partisan and a racist himself. O'Reilly is the last guy in the world you would ever want to listen to when dealing with racial issues, because he is a racist, and he is biased about it.
Fox Only Cable Network To Not Show Entire Obama Speech By: Steve - July 26, 2013 - 10:00am
O'Reilly is always saying if you have an example of Republican bias at Fox send it to him and he will report it, even though people send him examples all the time, including me, and he ignores them all. Here is some more Billy, today President Obama gave a speech on the economy, and Fox News was the only cable news network to not show all of it, Fox cut away after the first 8 minutes.
CNN and MSNBC showed the entire speech from beginning to end. And this was not just any old speech, it was a state of the economy speech that every American needed to hear. It was a high-profile speech that took credit for a comeback but warned against persistent "inequality of opportunity" and fights over the federal budget that could undo progress. And yet, Fox News only showed 8 minutes of it.
After airing President Obama's economic speech live for only eight minutes, Fox News cut away to commercial break. When America Live returned from commercial, guest host Shannon Bream announced the newly given name of the royal baby and then launched into a segment attacking Obama's newest judicial nominee, Cornelia Pillard. Fox also ran a story about the Royal baby name, and a story about a swat team raiding the wrong apartment.
Fox has a habit of cutting away early from the president's speeches -- they left Obama's live remarks in Berlin to cover tea party protests, cut away from Obama's recent climate change speech in order to host a climate change denier, and cut short live coverage of Obama's reaction to the Senate's vote on gun control legislation.
And of course, O'Reilly ignored it all, but when Bush was in office and MSNBC or CNN cut away from a Bush speech before it was over O'Reilly reported that and called them biased un-American partisans.
The Wednesday 7-24-13 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - July 25, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Running from the Truth. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: On Geraldo Rivera's radio program today I told him to let me know when President Obama holds a press conference about the disintegration of the African family, and when a seminar on the damage hip-hop and rap is doing to unsupervised children will be held by Sharpton and Jackson. I also told Geraldo that I feel sorry for black kids who don't have fathers and are born into poverty.
It is America's shame that we have not discouraged the astronomical out-of-wedlock birth rate in this country. This week we asked a number of prominent African American people to discuss the situation. Michelle Alexander, who wrote an article about the terrible injustices in the Zimmerman trial, was 'too busy.' Cornel West and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke were also too busy. Martin Luther King III and Jesse Jackson couldn't make time.
Congressman Charles Rangel didn't respond at all, even though he personally assured me that he wanted to come on. So it's clear that people who are pushing racial injustice don't want to talk about complicated problems. The grievance industry wants to divide people along racial lines because that's good for business.
The state of race is getting worse because problems are not being fixed and many black Americans continue to blame whites for poverty and crime. Talking Points believes the collapse of the African American family is the primary reason the gap between blacks and whites are so large. And our leadership simply not deal with this issue.
Earth to Bill O'Reilly, the reason they do not want to do your show is because you are a racist right-wing idiot, and that is your fault, because you are.
Then Jesse Watters tracked Rangel down in Washington. "I am still waiting for an invitation," Rangel said. "But I did not think that the program is adding to the peace and harmony that our races should be speaking."
Watters reminded Rangel of his accusation that, had George Zimmerman been black, the police would have "beat him to death." Rangel responded with this: "Whether or not they would have beaten him before they took him to the station is subjective. That's why it's so important that the Attorney General and the Department of Justice investigate."
Rangel then tried to explain the prevalence of black crime, saying this: "It's people without hope for the future and without education who do these things, and we have to do all we can to eliminate it by improving the conditions in that community."
O'Reilly said this: "I like Rangel personally, but he's one of many who simply will not get to the heart of the problem."
Then O'Reilly had two Republican stooges Jason Riley & Heather MacDonald on to agree with him, to counter everyone who says O'Reilly is lying about blacks punished more harshly for drug crimes. Notice that no liberals were on to discuss it, just two Republicans that O'Reilly knew agreed with him from the pre-interview. He did that on purpose to make people think he is right, when he is wrong.
Riley said this: "The evidence does not support that claim. Blacks are caught up in the criminal justice system for drugs and other crimes because of black behavior. Another myth is that incarceration rates among blacks are driven by drug crimes, but they are not. Blacks are also overrepresented in violent crimes, burglaries, assaults, and so forth."
MacDonald said this: "Nobody is going to the penitentiary for smoking marijuana, you have to have many convictions on your record. If you go to a community meeting in Harlem, people complain that dealers are arrested and back the next day. They understand that the drug trade is destroying their neighborhoods, but the media are dedicated to the myth that what's holding blacks back is white racism."
Here are the facts, blacks and white do drugs at about the same rate, but far more blacks go to jail for it and get longer sentences than whites do, and that is a fact. O'Reilly lies about it, and then he has two right-wing stooges on to swear to it, which does not make it true. O'Reilly got caught lying about it so he has to stick to that lie, which makes him a liar.
Then Kirsten Powers & Kate Obernshain were on to talk about the Former Congressman Anthony Weiner, which I will not report on because it's tabloid garbage.
Then the former Saturday Night Live cast member Victoria Jackson, one of Hollywood's rare conservatives was on to talk about joining the Tea Party.
Jackson said this: "I was always a Christian, but I didn't proselytize and I was very professional. A couple of people gave me a hard time because they kind of hated God, but mostly it wasn't an issue."
Jackson explained how she became more political a few years ago, saying this: "I stumbled into this underground conservative group and they educated me. When I read Orwell's '1984,' it said our country will not be taken over by force, but by the breakup of the family and by sex, drugs, and rock and roll. I realized that in my lifetime it had happened! I was at the first Tea Party in Santa Monica and they are the greatest people I've ever met."
Because they are all a bunch of right-wing nuts just like she is, and O'Reilly gave this nut a platform to spew out her insanity on his show. Like this, which O'Reilly never talked about, look what she said about President Obama:
JACKSON: I don't want a political label, but Obama bears traits that resemble the anti- Christ and I'm scared to death that un- educated people will ignorantly vote him into office. My mom likes him because his children are well dressed! You see, what bothers me most, besides that he is a Communist, and a whitey- hater, (although he is half white), is that he is a LIAR.
He pretends to be a Christian and he incriminates himself everytime he speaks about Christianity. To lie about being a believer in Christ is very dangerous. Lightning could strike him at any minute! But seriously, he doesn't have a clue what the Bible says and yet he pretends to be a church- going Christian to win votes.
That is sooooo evil. I know my stance might keep me from LA jobs, since almost the whole town is liberal but, some time in a man's life, or a bleach blonde 49 year old woman's life, one must stand for what they believe in, and put truth before popularity.
Then Dennis Miller was on, which I do not report on because he is simply a bad right-wing comedian who is only on to make jokes about liberals, because O'Reilly and his right-wing viewers think its funny.
Then Juliet Huddy was on to talk about Anthony Weiner's apology, which I will not report on because it's tabloid garbage. Good job O'Reilly, you had 3 worthless segments in this show. What happened to this is a serious hard news show. Dennis Miller and 2 segments on Anthony Weiner is not hard news, it's garbage.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Hot Summer Books. Billy said this: "If you're looking for riveting read, consider these three novels: "Hidden Order" by Brad Thor, "Light of the World" by James Lee Burke, and "Bad Monkey" by Carl Hiaasen."
Chris Hayes Slams O'Reilly For Dishonest & Racist Rant By: Steve - July 25, 2013 - 10:00am
On Monday night, Bill O'Reilly delivered a lengthy critique of President Obama's remarks about the death of Trayvon Martin, accusing the President of ignoring the "real problems" facing black people, including something he called "gangsta culture."
So then on Tuesday night, Chris Hayes from MSNBC rebutted what he called O'Reilly's "super-racist rant," and said that if O'Reilly is any indication, the national conversation should be about the "problems with white culture."
Several commentators, and not just on the right, have weighed in with similar assessments of the racial landscape, but O'Reilly is probably the one with the largest audience to do so. Hayes took aim at O'Reilly, telling his viewers "You probably missed Bill O'Reilly's super racist rant last night, before playing "some choice bits that give you an overall sense of the full thing."
The clips Hayes played consisted of the sort of statistics that often get thrown around to make the case that O'Reilly was making, and concluded with O'Reilly's boast that "You want a conversation? You got it."
"He, Bill O'Reilly, only wants to create a better situation for blacks," Hayes said sarcastically. "According to him, it's liberals, people like you and me, who are ignoring the problems facing African-Americans."
He then continued with a clip of O'Reilly mocking those who say the criminal justice system is unfair because of the disproportionate incarceration of black men for "selling drugs."
Hayes responded with facts and stats demonstrating the racial disparity that O'Reilly mocked, and promised that "everything he's saying is easily debunked with about 20 minutes of googling."
"That's not really the point," he continued. "The real reason Bill O'Reilly peddles this stuff is because it gives a cheap cracklike high to the old fearful white audience that watches Bill O'Reilly, and gives Fox News its power, also known as the Republican base. These are the folks Bill O'Reilly is feeding when he laments not being able to criticize black culture."
"That's because race hustlers and the grievance industry have intimidated the so-called conversation," a clip of O'Reilly played, "turning any valid criticism of African-American culture into charges of racial bias."
Hayes then pointed out that O'Reilly has a limited view of black culture, invoking O'Reilly's 2007 account of a dinner with Al Sharpton at Harlem's Sylvia's restaurant. "There wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, 'M-Fer, I want more iced tea,'" O'Reilly said at the time. "You know, I mean, everybody was -- it was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense of people were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun. And there wasn't any kind of craziness at all."
Hayes concluded that "If Bill O'Reilly is representative of white culture, with his stereotyping and his victim-blaming and domineering tone, then I'm pretty sure we need to start having a national conversation about the problems with white culture."
Here is the video, watch it for yourself, Hayes destroys all of the O'Reilly propaganda:
The Tuesday 7-23-13 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - July 24, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Big Reaction to Last Night's Talking Points. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: The gist of my Talking Points Memo last night was that the civil rights industry and our leadership in Washington will not take on the black crime problem because in order to do so black culture would have to change. So far there has been no credible challenge to what I said because facts are facts - young black men commit murder at ten times the rate of whites and Hispanics.
The country's failure to deal with poverty and crime in black precincts is a disgrace, and that is true racism! There are other problems that could be solved, but our leadership lacks the will. One example is gun crimes. Each state should be free to make its own gun laws, but the feds should criminalize all gun crimes and impose strict mandatory sentences upon conviction. But it's much easier for politicians and pundits to mouth all kinds of platitudes and theory. In the meantime, people are dying!
Notice that only one liberal has been on the show to discuss the O'Reilly talking points memo from Monday. And that was Mr. Morial Tuesday night. Monday night it was all Republican guests, not one liberal, none, fair and balanced?
Then Marc Morial was on to talk about Monday's Talking Points Memo.
Morial said this: "Bill, you're missing the point, and missing an opportunity to help with the conversation about the crime problem and unemployment. You can't start the conversation with name-calling, castigating, and attacks."
O'Reilly then challenged Morial to skip the platitudes and address the problem of black family disintegration, so Morial answered with this: "The disintegration of the traditional family, has caused great social problems in the black community, but we see the disintegration of the nuclear family throughout America. The problems that African Americans face are no different than the problems that America faces, it's just that they're deeper."
Then Charles Krauthammer was on with his analysis of the race issue, and even he disagreed with O'Reilly.
Krauthammer said this: "When you talk about the development of character, it happens in three places. It happens at home, it happens at school, and it happens from the general culture. And in each of those areas you have the beginning of the pathologies among young black males - the high crime rate, the catastrophe of single parenthood, and the schools that are a disaster. D.C. has the highest per-capita expenditure for public schools in the country and the lowest test scores. And the last influence is the culture and the sick, misogynist, angry messages that a lot of kids absorb."
Krauthammer and O'Reilly said one of the biggest problems is the Teachers unions, which is just ridiculous. If you get rid of the unions all that would do is cut their pay and lead to teachers who are worse, not better, it's just stupid, but Krauthammer and O'Reilly both blamed the unions. And O'Reilly has said he is a union man, then he calls for the schools to get rid of the union, if that's a union man I'm Donald Trump.
O'Reilly also called for public service announcements targeting unwed motherhood, and even Krauthammer ridiculed the notion that public service announcements targeting unwed motherhood could make a difference.
Krauthammer said this: "We have had public service announcements on drugs for fifty years and it doesn't accomplish anything. Some problems do not have easy solutions, some problems are cultural, generational, and will take a long time to change."
Then the Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio was on to talk about how some Republicans in Washington still want to de-fund Obamacare, O'Reilly asked Rubio if he agrees with that radical strategy.
Rubio said this: "I wouldn't call this sabotaging Obamacare. I'd call it helping the American people. What's sabotaging our economy is the law as it's being implemented, every day we're seeing reports about the harm it's doing, particularly to middle class and working class Americans. It's costing people the health insurance they're happy with, it's going to force them into exchanges that don't exist, and it's going to raise premiums for small businesses. Even labor unions have become some of the most vocal opponents of the law."
O'Reilly then reminded Rubio that health care was passed legitimately: "It is the law of the land and you're playing guerilla warfare, saying that if you can't win the debate you're going to not fund it."
Then the right-wing stooge John Stossel was on with his take on Detroit's decline and bankruptcy.
Stossel said this: "They grew government faster than the private sector could grow, and corrupt politicians certainly added to it. Former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick spent money on limousines and nightclubs, he hired his friends and relatives. The city still has a 'horseshoer' in the water department, even though they don't have horses!"
O'Reilly laid much of the blame on drugs, saying this: "I submit that narcotics destroyed the city and people moved out because they didn't want to deal with the violence and chaos."
Then Lis Weihl & Kimberly Guilfoyle were on to talk about before being murdered by a deranged man in February, former Navy SEAL and author Chris Kyle told O'Reilly that he once knocked down Jesse Ventura because he was "bad-mouthing the war, bad-mouthing Bush, and bad-mouthing America." And Ventura is now suing Kyle's widow, claiming the story is false and defamatory.
Wiehl said this: "This can go forward even though the alleged defamer is now dead. But will it actually result in money for Ventura? Absolutely not! This man was a hero." Guilfoyle agreed, saying this: "The jury is not going to award any money, his widow will be very sympathetic in front of a jury." O'Reilly said this: "Jesse Ventura is harming himself by continuing this."
Then O'Reilly had another Republican, Ben Carson on to talk about the Monday's Talking Points Memo, particularly its denouncement of violent and misogynist rap lyrics. And of course he agreed with O'Reilly, that is why he was put on the show.
Carson said this: "Children have to develop an identity, and where does that identity come from? You used to get your identity from your family, but that is disintegrating and young people are still looking for some place from which to derive that identity. The human brain remembers everything you've ever seen and ever heard, so we need to recognize that all this stuff is going in there and having an effect."
Carson also denounced Americans who are intent on fomenting racial division, saying this: "There is a 'divide and conquer' mentality on a whole multitude of issues. All you have to do is read 'Rules for Radicals' by Saul Alinsky to understand what's going on. It's very important that the American people understand that we are not each other's enemies."
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Heavenly Advice. Billy said this: "Treating other people the way you would like to be treated invariably leads to great rewards in this world, and quite possibly in the next."
O'Reilly Joins Far-Right In Slamming Obama Race Speech By: Steve - July 24, 2013 - 10:00am
As if we needed it, he is more proof that Bill O'Reilly is a far-right partisan hack, because he joined in with the right-wing loons like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity who are slamming the Obama race speech after the Zimmerman verdict. Even though every word Obama said is true, and all he did was talk about racist things that have happened to him personally.
O'Reilly opened his lame cable news show Monday night by examining President Obama‘s Friday afternoon speech on race and the Trayvon Martin case. He started by saying Obama was "correct in addressing the race issue" but then proceeded to hammer the president for failing to address the real problems facing the African-American community.
O'Reilly said this: "The sad truth is that from the president on down, our leadership has no clue, no clue at all about how to solve problems within the black community. And many are frightened to even broach the issue. That's because race hustlers and the grievance industry have intimidated the so-called conversation, turning any valid criticism of African-American culture into charges of racial bias."
Which is just ridiculous, and dont you just love it when a rich old Republican white man tells a black man (who has had to deal with racism most of his life) that he has no clue how to solve problems within the black community, give me a break. O'Reilly is the guy who has no clue, and nobody on earth is going to ask him how to solve any problems within the black community.
O'Reilly also said it’s those kind of attitudes that have forced African-Americans to "fend for themselves in violent neighborhoods."
On Trayvon Martin specifically, O’Reilly said this: "There is only evidence that George Zimmerman profiled the 17-year-old because he was dressed in clothing sometimes used by street criminals, not his skin color. It was wrong for Zimmerman to confront Martin based on his appearance. But the culture that we have in this country does lead to criminal profiling because young black American men are so often involved in crime."
Which is also ridiculous, because not one person (who has a working brain) believes that Zimmerman only profiled Trayvon Martin because he was wearing a hoodie. Zimmerman profiled him because he was a black kid wearing a hoodie, and you can bet the farm if Trayvon was white, Zimmerman would have never even bothered him, let alone shot and killed him.
Then O’Reilly said this about some statistics he had from somewhere: "The disintegration of the African-American family. More than anything else, he chalked up black crime to the fact that 73% of all black babies are born out of wedlock, a problem that he said Obama and other civil rights leaders refuse to address. He also pointed fingers at the entertainment industry, and particularly gangsta culture, for encouraging irresponsibility and glorifying bad behavior."
O’Reilly outright rejected the notion, put forward by what he called race hustlers and limousine liberals that unfair incarceration rates for non-violent drug offenses contribute to the problem, calling out Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and President Obama for refusing to condemn drug dealers.
Getting more and more mad as he talked about it, O’Reilly argued that "blacks disadvantages have nothing to do with slavery. It has everything to do with Hollywood people and derelict parents."
Which is beyond ridiculous, and something only a totally biased and ignorant right-wing fool would say.
In conclusion, O'Reilly said this: "It's now time for the African-American leadership, including President Obama, to stop the nonsense. Walk away from the world of victimization and grievance and lead the way out of this mess."
And there you have it, instead of listening to black leaders or social/economic experts to fix the problem, just listen to Bill O'Reilly, an old, rich, Republican, white guy who has a lame cable news show on the biased Fox News Network.
The Monday 7-22-13 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - July 23, 2013 - 11:30am
The TPM was called: President Obama & the Race Issue. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: On Friday the President delivered some remarks about the Trayvon Martin case and race in general. Talking Points believes the President was correct in addressing the race issue and framing it with the Martin case, but the sad truth is that our leadership, from the President on down, has no clue about how to solve problems within the black community, and many are frightened to even broach the issue.
That's because race hustlers and the grievance industry have intimidated the so-called 'conversation,' turning any valid criticism of African American culture into charges of racial bias. Many in power simply walk away, leaving millions of law-abiding African Americans to fend for themselves in violent neighborhoods. You want racism? That's racism! Thus it is time for some straight talk, and I hope the President is listening.
Young black men commit homicides at a rate that is ten times greater than whites or Hispanics. Presented with damning evidence like that, the civil rights industry looks the other way or makes excuses. They blame guns, poor education, lack of jobs, but rarely do they define the problem accurately. The reason there is so much violence and chaos in the black precincts is the disintegration of the African American family.
About 73% of all black babies are born out of wedlock. The lack of involved fathers leads to young boys growing up resentful and unsupervised. But when was the last time you saw a public service ad telling young black girls to avoid become pregnant? Has President Obama done such an ad? How about Jackson or Sharpton? Has the Congressional Black Caucus demanded an ad like that? How about the pundits who work for NBC News?
White people don't force black people to have babies out of wedlock; that's a personal decision that has devastated millions of children. Raised without structure, young black men often reject education and gravitate toward the street culture. The entertainment industry encourages the irresponsibility by marketing a gangsta' culture to impressionable children. These so-called entertainers get rich while the kids who emulate their lyrics and attitude destroy themselves.
Then there's the drug issue. What do the race hustlers and limousine liberals complain about? The number of black men in prison for selling drugs. The thugs who sell hard drugs, no matter what color they are, deserve to be put away for long periods of time. They sell a product that enslaves and kills, they are scum! When was the last time you heard the Congressional Black Caucus say that? How about Jackson and Sharpton? How about President Obama?
The solution to the epidemic of violent crime in poor black neighborhoods is to actively discourage pregnancies out of marriage, to impose strict discipline in the public schools, to create a zero tolerance for drug and gun crimes, and to challenge the entertainment industry to stop peddling garbage. Listen up, you greedheads: If a kid can't use proper English, uses the 'f' word in every sentence, and is disrespectful in his or her manner, that child will never be able to compete in the marketplace in America.
It has nothing to do with slavery, it has everything to do with you Hollywood people and you derelict parents. You want a conversation? You got it! It is time for the African American leadership, including President Obama, to stop the nonsense. Walk away from the world of victimization and nonsense and lead the way out of this mess
And as usual, that is a total load of right-wing propaganda, read some of my blog postings over the last few days and you will see what a biased hypocrite O'Reilly is, he ignores the facts and spins the stats.
Then one of the token Fox News black men Juan Williams and the biased conservative Mary K. Ham were on to discuss the Talking Points Memo.
Williams said this: "I wrote a book about this, and you never see a protest against the drug dealers, you never see people taking on the unions about the bad schools in the big cities, you never see anybody say there are too many out-of-wedlock births in our community. Black people, from Jesse Jackson on down, have said that it makes them nervous when they see black kids on the street. It's not racism!"
And Juan, you are an idiot, because it was and is racism, Trayvon Martin was profiled because he was black, and that is a fact, moron. If he was white and wearing a hoodie he would still be alive today, and you know it, jerk.
Ham urged Americans to discuss racial issues locally and fearlessly, saying this: "People are petrified to talk about race because they're afraid they'll be called 'racist,' and much of the country is very invested in calling other people 'racists.' I agree with President Obama that having a political discussion about race is probably not really productive. Doing that in your local community or in your church or with your friends is more beneficial."
Then O'Reilly has the biased Obama hating Karl Rove on with his analysis of President Obama's race comments. Which is like having a KKK member on to discuss if it's wrong to hang blacks from a tree, it's ridiculous.
Rove said this: "I thought his talking about the grace and dignity of Trayvon Martin's parents was good, and it was good when he talked about how America is getting better with each generation. But he spent three paragraphs blaming this incident on racial profiling, when there was no evidence of that. He could have brought the country together in a positive direction, but instead he used this to build on the old resentments. It was vacuous and it didn't have the kind of punch you had in the Talking Points, when you took on some of the deep and dangerous pathologies in the African American community."
Then Martha MacCallum was on to talk about the Royal Baby, which I will never talk about, even if you pay me. It's British garbage and nobody in America cares about it.
Then the biased and dishonest right-wing hack Bernie Goldberg was on with his analysis of the media's coverage of President Obama's comments.
Goldberg said this: "The headlines were that this was a highlight of his presidency and a boffo performance, but the media didn't analyze what he left out of the speech. The President could have said that while racism in America is not yet dead and buried, white racism is the least of the problems plaguing black America. Babies having babies is a much bigger problem, kids dropping out of high school and winding up in prison is a much bigger problem. But if you listen to the African American elites on TV, you would think that the biggest problem facing young black men in America today is white guys with guns who are out to kill them. This would be laughable if it weren't so damned pathetic! President Obama has been accused of not being a leader, and he's not even a leader on a subject where he could be a great leader!"
Then the conservative Bob Cusack was on to talk about reports that someone at the IRS leaked the confidential tax records of Republican Christine O'Donnell, who ran unsuccessfully for the Senate in 2010. As if that cost her the election, haha, she lost big time because she is a far-right extreme loon. She even said she was a witch, which put the fork in her failing campaign. It had nothing to do with her fricking tax records.
Cusack said this: "These are serious allegations. The left likes to mock O'Donnell, but these allegations are getting traction on Capitol Hill. When O'Donnell launched her campaign, the IRS put a lien on her house, but the problem is that it wasn't her house. The IRS made a mistake, but these reports got leaked to the press and it hurt her candidacy. An IRS official now says her tax records may have been compromised."
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: See the U-S-A. Billy said this: "Each American city has something unique to offer in terms of culture and history, so pay a visit to as many as you possibly can."
O'Reilly Proves He Is A Fool On Black Issues By: Steve - July 23, 2013 - 11:00am
While complaining about the "disintegration of the African-American family," the clueless and dishonest Bill O'Reilly promoted the failed drug policies that experts say disproportionately incarcerate black men and break apart families.
On the July 22nd O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly cried about what he claims is a lack of action by President Obama and civil rights leaders on the issue of out-of-wedlock births in the black community. O'Reilly went on to attack "race hustlers and limousine liberals" who "yell about the number of black men in prison for selling drugs," saying the claim that black men are targeted by drug laws is "one of the biggest lies in the history of this country."
Even though it's true, and the stats prove it. O'Reilly ignores the facts to claim black men are not targeted by drug laws. O'Reilly also claims that so many blacks are in prison, the children of those black fathers grow up without a father and that leads to the disintegration of the African-American family.
The harsh mandatory prison time that O'Reilly called for on drug offenses disproportionately affects black men and actually exacerbates the separation of black families. The Drug Policy Alliance points out that "since the 1980s, federal penalties for crack were 100 times harsher than those for powder cocaine, with African Americans disproportionately sentenced to much lengthier terms." The Drug Policy Alliance also wrote this:
O'REILLY: From 1980 to 2007 blacks were arrested for drug law violations nationwide at rates three to six times higher than whites."
Widely adopted in the '80s and '90s, mandatory minimum sentencing laws have contributed significantly to the number of people of color behind bars. Before mandatory minimums, the average federal drug sentence was 11 percent higher for blacks than for whites. Since federal legislation instituted mandatory minimums in 1986, federal drug sentences have been 49 percent higher for blacks.
2.7 million children are growing up in U.S. households in which one or more parents are incarcerated. Two thirds of these parents are incarcerated for nonviolent offenses, primarily drug offenses. One in nine black children has an incarcerated parent, compared to one in 28 Latino children and one in 57 white children.
And O'Reilly ignores those stats, not to mention this, from 1980 to 2010:
FACT: 11.4% of Blacks have a child who has a parent in jail.
FACT: Only 3.5% of Latinos have a child who has a parent in jail.
FACT: Only 1.8% of Whites have a child who has a parent in jail.
A 2009 Washington Post column by Courtland Milloy also pointed out that the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, which has "subjected tens of thousands of black people to lengthy prison terms for possessing ridiculously small amounts of crack cocaine," has contributed mightily to the destruction of low-income African American families and neighborhoods:
"If you want to know why black children are overrepresented in foster care at four times the rate of the national population, then look no further than the mass incarceration of black people. The vast majority of them are nonviolent drug users, many first-time offenders. Instead of providing them with the treatment they need, we send them to prison, often breaking up their families in the process."
"There are about 10,000 federal crack and powder cocaine cases a year, two-thirds of them involving the lowest-level offenders in the drug trade," Eric E. Sterling, president of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation said.
"If you look at the average sentence imposed on low-level offenders and the amount of crack cocaine involved in those cases, then compare that to the average sentence given to high-level offenders and the amount of powder cocaine involved in those cases, you'll find that the low-level offenders are being punished 300 times more severely than the big mostly white drug kingpins."
According to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, 81 percent of those convicted for crack offenses were African American, though only 25 percent of crack users are black. In other words, law enforcement officials have become so focused on busting small-time black drug users that almost everybody else in the drug trade gets a free ride.
Now you have the facts, but think about what O'Reilly said, he said that the claim that black men are targeted by drug laws is "one of the biggest lies in the history of this country." Even though the stats prove he is the liar.
The ACLU also reported that, although "whites outnumber blacks five to one and both groups use and sell drugs at similar rates," black men are significantly overrepresented in the criminal justice system, comprising "74% of those imprisoned for drug possession."
Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree added that the criminal justice system is "putting people who have committed low-level offenses, who are perfectly capable of being rehabilitated, away for lengthy sentences and turning them into hardened criminals; destroying families and communities; and callously throwing away lives."
So O'Reilly is just being dishonest as he denies reality. Then he slams Obama and black civil rights leaders who are fighting for equal justice. It's just laughable, and the O'Reilly argument makes no sense. Because he is a right-wing fool that is arguing a political point of view, that denies the facts and ignores reality.
More Right-Wing Racism O'Reilly Has Ignored By: Steve - July 23, 2013 - 10:00am
Investors Business Daily, a business newspaper widely viewed as having a conservative bias, decided to get into racial politics over the weekend with a political cartoon about the case of Trayvon Martin. But instead of presenting a valid criticism of the negative reactions to George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict, they invoked lynchings (one of the great tragedies committed against Black Americans in history) to try to make their point.
In an attempt to level criticism at Al Sharpton, who has been deeply involved in cases of racial injustice, the cartoonist depicted various incidents in which Sharpton has been active as people being hanged from a tree:
And that's not all, the Conservative magazine National Review Online also ran the piece as its "Cartoon of the Day."
Crown Heights, Freddie's Fashion Mart, and the Tawana Brawley hoax are all cases in which Sharpton was deeply involved. And all three turned out to be somewhat disastrous -- a riot in Crown Heights, a shooting at Freddie's, and a false rape accusation by Tawana Brawley.
But while it's totally acceptable for the cartoonist to take issue with Sharpton and the controversies in which he's been involved, this cartoonist instead chose to invoke a racially-motivated crime that killed nearly 5,000 Black people in the 19th and 20th centuries.
What's more, two major conservative publications decided to run it. Which shows what they are: racists, because only a racist would allow a cartoon like that to run in their publication.
And of course O'Reilly ignored it, because he claims there is no racism on the right, in his world all the racism is gone, especially when it's from his friends on the right.
Fox News Makes Up Criticism Of Obama In NELP Analysis By: Steve - July 22, 2013 - 10:00am
If you ever wanted proof Fox News is a biased joke of a news network, here it is. Wednesday Fox News falsely claimed that an analysis by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) showing declining wages criticized President Obama's economic policies. When in fact, the analysis made no mention of the president or his policies, and NELP's executive director said the Fox segment was a "total distortion" of the organization's work.
And btw, Bill O'Reilly has also claimed that the Obama economic policies are not working, and said the economy is on the edge of death. Which is also a lie.
On July 17, Fox & Friends reported on an analysis by NELP which found that median wages had declined since 2009, declining more for lower and mid-wage occupations. Co-host Brian Kilmeade introduced the segment by stating that NELP was "criticizing President Obama." Fox Business host Stuart Varney claimed the NELP analysis showed that Obama's policies are not working:
VARNEY: It is clear that the president's policy of tax the rich and redistribute, regulate Wall Street, regulate the banks, regulate the health care system, regulate energy -- it has simply not worked. Key constituencies are worse off.
Fox also aired the following graphics, which claim that NELP and Jared Bernstein, an economist and former economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden who is on NELP's board of directors, were criticizing the president:
Left-Wing Group Slams President's Policy
Bernstein Buries Prez
FMR WH Economist Proves Low-Wage Drop
And next to both of those on-air dishonest graphics was this: Who's Ruining The Economy?
So all during the segment you saw that on the screen, as they dishonestly reported that the Obama economic policies are ruining the economy, based on the NELP report, even though the report never said that, and never even mentioned the President or his policies.
Here are the facts: The NELP analysis made no mention of President Obama or any of his policies. When reached for comment about Fox's portrayal of its analysis, National Employment Law Project executive director Christine Owens said this:
OWENS: The Fox News segment is a total distortion of NELP's study documenting the real wage declines faced by low-wage workers. In typical fashion, Fox News has put a shamelessly partisan and completely inaccurate spin on economic facts, and in so doing, obscures the actual reasons why workers' real wages have fallen.
The real story is that the recent decline in real wages is part of a 30-year trend that we attribute to factors such as the declining real value of the minimum wage and the erosion of union representation in public and private workplaces.
In fact, the Obama administration has pursued policies to reverse this trend. But you wouldn't know that from Fox News's warped version of reality.
As for Fox News dragging economist and NELP board member Jared Bernstein's name into this -- Jared had no more to do with our study than a board member of Fox News's parent company had to do with this misleading segment.
In fact, the NELP press release announcing the analysis cited the declining value of the minimum wage and tax policies "that reward companies for shipping profits and jobs abroad" as among the reasons for the growing income inequality noted in the analysis.
And President Obama has attempted to address these problems -- only to be stopped by Republicans in Congress, while Fox News personalities criticized the Obama administration for working on these issues.
Fox Contributor Wayne Rodgers Violating Network Rules By: Steve - July 21, 2013 - 11:00am
And Fox is not even enforcing it's own rules, because he is still working for them. In response to criticism over then-host Glenn Beck endorsing a gold company, Fox News claimed in 2009 that it "prohibits any on-air talent from endorsing products or serving as a product spokesperson."
Fox News contributor and financial analyst Wayne Rogers is currently a "paid TV spokesperson" for a company pitching reverse mortgages to senior citizens. Fox has previously reported that "there's a lot of evidence" that reverse mortgages are "predatory loans." It was also noted that Fox News contributor Keith Ablow is serving as a "spokesperson" and infomercial host for a diet company called GOLO.
Fox has frequently turned to questionable voices like Rogers for financial analysis. Just last month Fox was forced to fire analyst Tobin Smith for receiving compensation to promote the stock of Petrosonic Energy, a violation of network policy. Charles Payne, a contributor and frequent guest host for Fox News and Fox Business, was similarly compensated to endorse the now worthless stocks of at least three companies, and he has not been fired.
In 2012, Fox News and Fox Business hosted John Thomas Financial CEO Thomas Belesis at least 24 times, with Fox News host Neil Cavuto calling him a "friend," and someone with "a good track record" who "I'd vote for"; Belesis was later charged with defrauding investors and physically threatening associates.
Rogers appears in a commercial for Senior Home Loans (SHL), where he's identified as a "Paid TV Spokesperson," "TV Financial Expert," and an actor from MASH. He's also prominently featured on the company's website.
An April 27, 2012, press release from SHL announced Rogers' hiring as a spokesperson by noting his Fox News affiliation in the first sentence: "Wayne Rogers, well known professional actor, Broadway Producer, news contributor to the Fox Network, coupled with over forty years of experience in investments has signed on to be the spokesperson for a national reverse mortgage ad campaign representing Senior Home Loans, a division of Continental Home Loans."
Rogers regularly appears as financial analyst on Fox Business, and on Fox News weekend business programming. Rogers Fox appearances have featured such insight as claiming we have "a fascist government" because of health care reform, and declaring that New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is "retarded."
And yet, he still works at Fox, not to mention, O'Reilly has not said a word about it.
Fox News has raised concerns about the dangers of the type of loans Rogers is hawking. During a December 6, 2012, segment on America's Newsroom, Cheryl Casone said that reverse mortgage commercials "make it look wonderful ... but many reverse mortgages are accused of being predatory loans targeting the elderly, and there's a lot of evidence to back that up." Casone added that the loans are "very controversial, and a lot of advisers advise against them."
Fox was asked by the media about it and they declined to comment, in other words, they said we can break our own rules if we want to so get over it. While they claim to be honest and want you to trust them to report the news in a fair and balanced way, which to me is just laughable.
The Friday 7-19-13 O'Reilly/Huckabee Factor Review By: Steve - July 20, 2013 - 11:00am
The far-right stooge Mich Huckabee filled in for O'Reilly, his TPM was called: The Value of Life in America. Huckabee said this:
HUCKABEE: This afternoon the President interrupted the White House daily briefing to enter the fray over the verdict in the George Zimmerman case, and he made race the centerpiece by saying, 'Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.' I don't begrudge the President his deep visceral reaction to what he obviously sees as an injustice. But the Trayvon Martin case was not about race, at least according to the FBI, the trial judge, and even the prosecution.
Of course, there is a devaluing of human beings in our country and sometimes it is racial, but it's sadly much more universal. We've embraced pornography as part of our culture and have objectified and dehumanized women; we welcome vile profanity into our homes, our ears, and everyday conversation. The vitriol spewed anonymously on Twitter or blogs is often the vilest and most violent assaults on another person. Our movies glorify the most graphic violence and treat the dismemberment of human beings as a form of entertainment.
We cheapen human life and demand the right to terminate an unborn child at any time for any reason, and we declare marriage, family, and the presence of both mother and father to be irrelevant. The President may have a point when he talks about the plight of black children growing up in America, but it's not just children of color who are being treated as disposable and expendable.
And Huckabee is mostly wrong, and it was partly about race. Because if you think Zimmerman would have followed Trayvon then shot and killed him if he was white, you are in denial and being dishonest. Trayvon was targeted, then killed because he was black, and that makes it about race.
Then Mark Sawyer, a professor at UCLA, was on to evaluate the Huckabee Talking Points Memo.
Sawyer said this: "You're way off base. What devalues life in our country is poverty and neglect, child poverty kills kids. A parent can turn off pornography or violent movies, so we have control of that. And we dehumanize women when we don't give them equal pay. Grown women choose to participate in sex work, they're making choices, but that is not what causes sexism."
Sawyer also applauded President Obama for focusing on Trayvon Martin's race, saying this: "If you don't believe that Zimmerman in part decided to profile Trayvon Martin because he was black, then you are denying the experiences that most young black men have in this country. The President articulated that."
Then Huckabee had Democratic strategist Mark Hannah and Republican strategist Brad Blakeman on to discuss it.
Hannah said this: "I think the President was addressing something that a lot of Americans were seeking some kind of explanation for. I don't think it was so much a political comment he was making, he was using his own personal experiences to move America forward."
But of course the Republican Blakeman argued that President Obama's comments were inflammatory and unnecessary, saying this: "The President knows there are marches and demonstrations planned over this verdict that are strictly racial in tone. So why in the world would he come out before these demonstrations and add gas to a fire that never should have been lit? There was not one scintilla of evidence in this trial that race was a motivation."
Notice how Republicans refuse to admit race was a factor in the shooting, which is ridiculous. Show me one case where a white kid was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch guy, answer: you can't.
Then Huckabee talked about a rumor from the Republican Congressman Frank Wolf, who has claimed that survivors of the Benghazi attack have been asked to sign secrecy pledges; even though the State Department denies the allegation.
Then the biased right-wing Obama hating stooges Col. Ralph Peters and Col. David Hunt were on to discuss it.
Hunt said this: "Benghazi is a huge deal because we lost four Americans, but the non-disclosure agreement is signed by everybody. The issue is that this administration is not making people who were in this fight available to help us understand what really happened."
Peters said this: "Congressman Wolf isn't one of those hair-on-fire crazies, he's a very level-headed solid American who is admired enormously by his constituents. This is a cynical and duplicitous administration that has made an art of stonewalling, and that is certainly what they've done in this case. They don't want anyone dredging this up or talking to anyone involved."
And if it had happened under Bush they would be doing the very same thing, you 2 hypocrite right-wing hacks.
Massachusetts State Police officer Sean Murphy, incensed by the depiction of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the Rolling Stone cover, released photos showing a far-less-glamorous Tsarnaev as he surrendered to cops. Huckabee spoke about the incident with the right-wing Boston radio talk show host Michael Graham.
Graham said this: "There's a guy in Boston who will never buy another beer for the rest of his life, and that is Sgt. Sean Murphy. The terrorist was glamorized on the cover and then the elites called it art and journalism, but Murphy reminded people that there are photos that tell a completely different story."
Attorney Geoffrey Nathan complained that the photos could compromise Tsarnaev's prosecution, saying this: "These pictures should come out in the course of the judicial process, not by some State Police sergeant, who probably sold them for personal profit. He has infected the criminal justice system and he should be booted off the force!"
Then Huckabee talked about the new Texas legislation that effectively bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Christina Page, a pro-choice activist, was on to denounce the new law.
Page said this: "The pro-choice movement is saving America, by doing all the things the pro-life movement claims to do. It results in lower abortion rates, happier families, and healthier children. What's happening in Texas is an example of why pro-life laws have a counter-intuitive effect. Why are you so concerned with the 2% of abortions that occur after 20 weeks, and why is there not one pro-life organization that supports contraception."
Huckabee responded with a question of his own: "56-million babies have been aborted in the last 40 years. How can we say that somehow we're better off when we've ended those lives?"
Then the right-wing stooge Ben Stein to talk about the fact that 49% of U.S. households now receive some kind of government benefit.
Stein said this: "It's an extremely disturbing number, although some of those are retired people getting Medicare or Social Security and some people are genuinely disabled. But there is so much fraud in the government entitlement system that it's almost unbelievable. Everyone knows someone who is on the government dole and is lying about being disabled or unemployed. It's so easy to get food stamps, I had a friend who is an heiress and got food stamps. The system is rife with fraud and gradually more of the weight is being put on the shoulders of those who do work."
And that's a lie, because the fraud rate for food stamps is only about 3%, which is lower than the fraud rate for anything in private or Government programs. Huckabee and Stein are lying to you.
SNAP error rates are at an all-time low; just 3 percent of benefits went to ineligible households or exceeded the allowable benefit for eligible households. Moreover, honest mistakes by recipients, eligibility workers, data entry clerks or computer programmers – not fraud – account for an overwhelming majority of such overpayments.
Conservative critics who want to cut SNAP sharply or radically restructure the program say such "reforms" are necessary because the number of people claiming benefits and benefit costs are spinning out of control, the program is discouraging work and creating dependency, and it's rife with waste, fraud, and abuse.
The facts, however, say otherwise.
O'Reilly Don't Buy That Gays Have Constitutional Right To Marry By: Steve - July 20, 2013 - 10:00am
Bill O'Reilly was on CBS This Morning Thursday to talk about marriage equality, suggesting that the country should avoid fighting a civil war over the issue. Each state should get to decide how it defines marriage, he explained, because he worries that a national right for same-sex couples to marry will lead to legalized polgyamy:
O'REILLY: I don't buy into the fact that homosexuals have a constitutional right to marry. I don't believe that, because if that were true, then pluralists would, then Mormons could have more than one -- you know, all of that.
But I do respect the fact that gay people want to be treated the same as everybody else. I understand and I respect it, but I think the states should decide.
Which is just a ridiculous argument, because the laws on marriage say you can only marry one man or one woman, they do not allow anyone to marry more than one person. And if they do not have a constitutional right to marry then they are being discriminated against, which is against the law. Making O'reilly's argument insane, and something only a right-wing nut who is opposed to gay marriage would say.
The one Civil War the United States has fought was started specifically because southern states insisted on their right to slavery despite opposition to the practice nationally. Encouraging states to set up different laws specifically in regards to citizens rights promotes a fractured country, not a unified one.
What O'Reilly believes is that the gay community (homosexuals) as he calls them, do not deserve the same legal protections when they commit to a partner, start a family, and grow old together. If he truly respects that these families want to be treated the same as everybody else, he should not be encouraging states to treat them as second-class.
Though a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage has not yet been determined, Justice Kennedy did write that laws that discriminate against same-sex couples "make them unequal" and violate the equal protection guarantees in the Constitution.
So O'Reilly (who is not an attorney, let alone a constitutional attorney) is giving a legal opinion that he knows nothing about, it's just his biased opinion. Where the actual legal experts all say that banning gay marriage is a violation of the equal protection clause in the constitution. I also do not understand how he gets around the all men are created equal phrase in the Declaration of Independence. It says this:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
If you have the right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness and the Government bans gay marriage then you are not equal with all men and you are being blocked from Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. But somehow O'Reilly ignores all that to claim gays do not have a constitutional right to marry. Even though all the legal experts and the Declaration of Independence says they do.
Which is just more proof O'Reilly is a biased right-wing stooge, because only Republicans argue that gays do not have a constitutional right to marry. And what makes it worse for O'Reilly is the hypocrisy, because he claims to support gay people. As he argues they do not have a constitutional right to marry.
So as usual, O'Reilly spews out right-wing propaganda and talking points that make no sense. While ignoring the constitution that he claims to believe in.
The Thursday 7-18-13 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - July 19, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Is America in Decline? the biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: While stories like the Zimmerman trial, the IRS scandal, and Obamacare are important, they do not define the nation. But the economy does. The most important story in America is our declining economic power. America's debt and the fact that we cannot provide jobs for millions of people who want to work is a direct threat to our power, and all over the world folks know it.
The Russian tyrant Putin has no problem jabbing us over NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Same thing with Iran, that country doesn't fear us, and China certainly does pretty much what it wants. There's no way that America will remain the most powerful nation in the world if we continue to promote weakness - the 'nanny state' mentality embraced by the Democratic Party is a direct and dire threat, and the Republican Party didn't solve key problems when it was in power.
Illegal immigration is one of the big examples of that, dangerous speculative bank investments is another. The GOP failed to deal with those situations, so the country elected Barack Obama and his liberal philosophy has taken deep root. The result is economic chaos and a change in the most important mindset this country once had, self-reliance."
Now think about this, when Bush was in power and a liberal wrote that American was in decline, O'Reilly attacked them and called them Un-American traitors who hate America. But when he does it somehow it's ok and he is not an un-American traitor who hates America. Billy also lied again that we have economic chaos, when the economy is doing fine and the stock market is setting new record highs.
Then Alan Colmes & Monica Crowley were on to talk about the partisan Republican House Oversight Committee, who resumed hearings on the IRS targeting of conservative groups for special scrutiny. Even though we now know there is and was no scandal, because progressive groups were also targeted, Issa just forgot to tell us that, because he ordered them to not investigate that part of the IRS. And yet, O'Reilly keeps reporting on the non-scandal.
The biased Republican Monica Crowley said this: "Two things came out today. First, the targeting originated out of Washington, not out of some rogue agents in Cincinnati. The second point is that Carter Hull, who has been with the IRS for nearly 50 years, testified that Lois Lerner ordered him to send the reviews of conservative groups to the IRS chief counsel, which is one of only two positions in the IRS that the President appoints."
Colmes argued that half the story has not been told by O'Reilly or Fox News, saying this: "J. Russell George, the Inspector General, said that he was quite disturbed that information was kept from him by the IRS about the targeting of progressive groups. I believe this is an important story, but I don't know that it was politically motivated."
Then Geraldo was on to talk about Rolling Stone magazine, its latest cover has a photo of Boston terror suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Geraldo said this: "It is creepy and in bad taste, but it's not unprecedented - in 1970 Charles Manson was on the cover and Time magazine has had Hitler and Osama bin Laden on the cover. It's an attempt to sell magazines, it's a bold merchandising ploy."
Then Geraldo praised Al Sharpton, for his work during the Trayvon Martin case, saying this: "I've known him for 30 years and I think he is the premiere civil rights activist of this century. He expresses the fear felt by minority parents about the peril their children face when they encounter the cops."
And of course O'Reilly was shocked, saying this: "You want me to sit here and believe that he wants to solve black-on-black crime! And you believe that his motives in the Trayvon Martin case were pure!"
Then the right-wing stooge Donald Trump was on to slam Obamacare, even though it's working and lowering the cost of health care for millions of hard working Americans.
Trump said this: "Many businesses are closing up, many are hiring part-time workers, many are hiring fewer than 50 workers. There are a lot of tricks to Obamacare and it is affecting unemployment and businesses very seriously."
Trump also urged America to get tough with China and other nations, even though the Trump line of clothes is made in China, Trump the massive hypocrite said this: "China is manipulating their currency better than anyone has ever done. And OPEC, even though there is so much energy and oil around, is setting new price records. OPEC is laughing at us and how stupid we are. So we have to attack China and other countries economically and we have to get back to making products."
And btw, not once did O'Reilly call Trump out for having his clothing line made in China. Good job Billy, not!
Then Judge Jeanine Pirro was on to discuss the case of Major Nidal Hasan, who carried out the massacre at Fort Hood, and is still receiving his military salary as he awaits trial. O'Reilly called it an outrage, even though you are innocent until proven guilty, and he has not even had the trial yet, let alone been proven guilty.
O'Reilly asked Fox News anchor Jeanine Pirro to explain it, and she said this: "Under the Code of Military Justice, he has to be paid, but if he's found guilty his pay will be suspended. Unless they change the code, he gets every benefit of the doubt even though he's the shooter."
So O'Reilly urged the military to consider amending the UCMJ, saying this: "They should change the code somewhat so there is a power to suspend pay." Pirro, who is a former judge, also evaluated George Zimmerman's two lead attorneys, saying this: "Mark O'Mara is one smooth lawyer, he's comfortable in the courtroom and he knows the law. On the other hand, Don West didn't come across as well, he was very combative with the judge."
And btw, how hard was it for them to get a not guilty when the Prosecution screwed the case up and there was no direct evidence that he murdered the kid. A moron could have won that case, especially with 5 whites and 1 hispanic on the jury.
Then the two right-wing stooges Greg Gutfeld and Bernard McGuirk were on to discuss the case of the Tennessee man who is suing Apple because he is addicted to Internet porn.
Gutfeld said this: "It is outrageous when people start suing a piece of fruit."
McGuirk said this: "What is this guy, the accidental pervert? You don't get addicted to pornography or donuts, you get addicted to heroin, and even then it's self-inflicted."
The stooges then talked about Kate Middleton's royal pregnancy. McGuirk said this: "We hope the kid doesn't get grandpa's ears, and this is anachronistic nonsense, it sends the wrong message."
Gutfeld said this: "I'm extremely thrilled and I hope it's a boy or a girl. I love it when the media asks, 'Why does the public care about this?' The public can ask the same question, "Why does the media care?"
Then the right-wing moron Jesse Watters was on for his weekly waste of tv time segment, he took his crew and questions to Philadelphia, where the city is raising money by taxing lap dances at strip clubs.
"You're just trying to make a guy a little happier and have him go home in a slightly better mood," said one exotic dancer. Meanwhile, one man summed up the opinion of many lap dancees, saying, "These girls are shaking their asses for a dollar, they gotta be left alone." Watters also spoke with the Mayor's press secretary, who explained, "This is an amusement tax, everyone needs to pay their fair share."
And if that's news, I'm Elvis.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Calm ... But Just Bearly. Billy said this: "The Factor aired a local television reporter's advice for dealing with a bear. Among her tips - "Avoid direct eye contact with the bear, back off slowly, don't yell, and stay calm." Easier said that done ... unless you're the bear!"
O'Reilly Ignores DOW Hitting Record High Again By: Steve - July 19, 2013 - 10:30am
Thursday the DOW hit another record high of 15,552.70. And of course O'Reilly ignored it, because it makes Obama look good. And because it kills the spin from O'Reilly that the Obama economic polices are a disaster. Not only did O'Reilly ignore the news, he did not give Obama credit for it like he did under Bush.
Investors pushed the Dow to a new trading high early Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 82 points, or 0.5%, hitting a record high of 15,552.70. S&P 500 rose 0.3%, while the Nasdaq was little changed.
Remember this folks, during the Bush years every time the DOW set a new record high O'Reilly not only reported it many times, he gave Bush credit for it, and said it shows that Bush is doing a good job. O'Reilly said the stock market was not only a measure of how good the economy was doing, but he also said it is a measure of how good a job the President was doing.
Even though the stock market is only a measure of how good the corporations and the wealthy are doing, and the President has very little to do with what the stock market does.
I can remember liberals telling O'Reilly the economy is bad under Bush, and O'Reilly would couter with how can that be when the stock market is over 14,000 and setting new record highs. He was implying that you can measure the job the President is doing based on how the stock market is doing.
But under Obama it's a whole different story for O'Reilly. Instead of saying Obama is doing a good job because the stock market is setting new record highs, O'Reilly ignores it, does not give Obama credit for it, and at the same time lies to you that the economy is doing terrible and says it is on the edge of death.
Which is a prime example of the right-wing bias from O'Reilly, and I dare anyone to tell me I am wrong. Because what I am saying is 100% true, if you want proof just do a nexis search and look up what O'Reilly said about Bush and the stock market when Bush was in office.
O'Reilly Caught Lying About The Cost Of Obamacare By: Steve - July 19, 2013 - 10:00am
Once again Bill O'Reilly was caught lying about the cost of Obamacare, saying the cost is going up, when it's actually going down. Wednesday night O'Reilly said this about the Obama health care plan:
O'REILLY: "This is chaos. The President holds off the employer mandate for a year, the unions don't like it, costs are going up for most people, and businesses are not hiring full-time workers. When you strip it all down, this is an income distribution play."
And now the facts:
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is set to release a report on Thursday morning that analyzes the 2014 premiums in the Obamacare insurance marketplaces in 11 different states, including Virginia, Colorado, Ohio, and Oregon. Officials said that the data will show that the weighted average of the least expensive mid-level health plans in those states are 18 percent lower than what the CBO thought they would be when the law first passed.
The report will emphasize low costs for young Americans who buy insurance -- a group that many partisan news commentators have argued would see their rates go up under Obamacare -- by using Los Angeles county as an example. There, HHS expects the cheapest, mid-level Silver plan for a 25 year old to cost $174 per month without a federal subsidy, and only $34 per month (with a tax credit) for somebody making $17,235. Those numbers also track with data provided by California's marketplace last month.
The new data comes on the heels of Wednesday's news that New Yorkers premiums will be significantly lower under the health law, as much as 50% lower. Insurers in Oregon, Montana, Louisiana, and California have also already announced marketplace rates that are lower than expected and offer more robust benefits than current policies. And many Americans will actually be able to buy insurance for even lower prices than those top line numbers, thanks to insurance subsidies provided by the federal government.
Obama will give a speech Thursday and cite government data showing that millions of Americans have received rebates from their insurance companies due to Obamacare's medical loss ratio provision (also known as the 80/20 rule), which requires insurers in the individual market to spend at least 80 percent of the premiums they charge on actual medical care rather than profits or overhead.
Estimates show that 8.5 million Americans have received an average rebate of $100 thanks to the rule, and consumers have also seen $3.4 billion in upfront savings as insurance companies lower their premiums in an effort to comply with the law.
And guess what, O'Reilly does not report any of this information, as he dishonestly tells his viewers that most people are paying more under Obamacare, which is just a flat out 100% lie. It is true that a few people are paying more, they are called the wealthy and they can afford it.
Th estimates are consistent with earlier independent analyses by organizations like the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), which found that in 2012, Americans who bought individual health plans saved approximately $2.1 billion thanks to the 80/20 law. The number includes $1.9 billion in lower 2012 premiums and another $200 million worth of rebate checks -- which could be as high as $500 in certain insurance markets where companies tend to gouge prices.
So not only are costs down, people are getting money back in the form of rebate checks, but O'Reilly ignores it all.
Beginning in October, individuals in New York City who now pay $1,000 a month or more for coverage will be able to shop for health insurance for as little as $308 monthly. With federal subsidies, the cost will be even lower. Which is the city where O'Reilly lives and films his show. And yet, he is still ignoring this news that will directly benefit people in his very own state.
State officials estimate as many as 615,000 individuals will buy health insurance on their own in the first few years the health law is in effect. In addition to lower premiums, about three-quarters of those people will be eligible for the subsidies available to lower-income individuals.
Administration officials hope to use the numbers, and the image of actual Americans who have benefited from the health care law, as a counterargument to what they see as a debate that has been largely conceptual up until now. "The Affordable Care Act has been this abstraction. As we get closer to the open enrollment period beginning, the abstraction is evaporating. The facts of the law are turning into benefits being experienced by real people," said one senior administration official on a conference call with reporters.
The Wednesday 7-17-13 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - July 18, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Dishonest Media?
Which I will not report on anymore. Once again O'Reilly slammed the media for bias and talked about the Zimmerman case. Even though he is one of the most biased people in the media, and the network he works for is more biased than any other news network in America. It's hypocrisy, and ridiculous.
O'Reilly spent a month saying the media was covering the Zimmerman story too much, and since the verdict he has reported on it non-stop. O'Reilly even complained that the rest of the media was putting out propaganda and he does not like it. When he puts out more propaganda than anyone, it's just laughable. O'Reilly and Fox are part of a propaganda network, all they so is put out right-wing propaganda, pot meet kettle, Bill O'Reilly.
So from now on I am no longer going to report on the Zimmerman case, it's over, he was found not guilty, and it's time to move on.
Then O'Reilly had the host of ABC This Week George Stephanopoulos on to talk about the Zimmerman verdict. Which I will not report on, because it's ridiculous to keep reporting on the verdict for so long, especially after O'Reilly complained that the media was covering it too much.
Then Kirsten Powers & Kate Obenshain were on to talk about the Rolling Stone magazine cover with the image of Boston terror suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Powers said this: "I thought it was terrible and kind of sick. If you look at past covers of Rolling Stone they have movie stars or singers or presidents, but this is rewarding and glorifying a murderer."
Obenshain said this: "Rolling Stone has said that the article is 'heartbreaking and riveting,' but I think the truly heartbreaking and riveting story was the 8-year-old who was killed. There is a tendency of the mainstream media to have some degree of sympathy with terrorists and to blame America."
Then Bob Beckel was on to talk about Unions and Obamacare. Some large labor unions have joined the rising tide of objectors to Obamacare, saying the health care plan will hurt their members.
Beckel said this: "Jimmy Hoffa and these union leaders are negotiators. They got a five-year extension to 2018 and now they're trying to get another five years. These guys helped write this thing - maybe Hoffa should have had somebody read it."
Beckel laid out one personal reason for supporting the law, saying this: "I'm a beneficiary because I had a precondition and I got health care because of Obamacare. 6 or 7 million people are benefitting from it right now."
But O'Reilly maintained that while some Americans benefit, many others are paying a steep price, saying this: "This is chaos. The President holds off the employer mandate for a year, the unions don't like it, costs are going up for most people, and businesses are not hiring full-time workers. When you strip it all down, this is an income distribution play."
Which is a lie, the cost for health care is going down for a lot of people, and will continue to go down once it is fully in place. O'Reilly is lying to you and putting out propaganda about Obamacare because he was opposed to it.
Then Carl Cameron was on to talk about the IRS, that the biased right-wing hack Bill O'Reilly is still reporting on, even though we now know it's a non-scandal.
Cameron said this about the partisan House Hearing: "IRS Inspector Russell George will testify about the targeting of conservative groups that absolutely involved headquarters in D.C. Republicans want to know who was involved and what they did, and we expect to hear new evidence that Lois Lerner ordered Tea Party applications to go through a very strict review process. We know that Treasury Department officials had increased their visits to the White House, we also know that the White House Chief of Staff and the White House Counsel were aware of the misconduct before it came out."
And nobody cares, move on to some real news and stop putting out propaganda for the Republican party. Those hearings are one sided partisan right-wing garbage, it's nonsense, and Issa has no direct evidence of anything. He was even caught lying that he had proof the White House was involved, when he had no proof, and finally had to admit it, and yet O'Reilly never reports it.
Then Dennis Miller was on, which I do not report on, because he is not a journalist, he is simply on to make jokes about the President and other Democrats, with no liberal comedian on for balance.
Then Juliet Huddy was on to cry about what some celebrities, like Jamie Foxx, Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen are saying about the Zimmerman verdict. Which I will not report on. In fact, it's more hypocrisy from O'Reilly. He tells us to ignore what celebrities say because they know nothing, then he reports on what they are saying. If we are supposed to ignore what they say, why do you keep reporting on what they say, it makes no sense.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Walk Away, Renee. Billy said this: "You can never win in a confrontation with irrational and hateful people, so just walk away and avoid an altercation."
Racist Ted Nugent Says Blacks Are Not Honest & Law-Abiding By: Steve - July 18, 2013 - 10:00am
And of course, O'Reilly does not say a word about it, because Nugent is a Republican and O'Reilly has called him a great American in the past.
NRA board member Ted Nugent continued his ongoing racial tirade, appearing on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' radio show to claim that that African-Americans could fix "the black problem" if they just put their "heart and soul into being honest, law-abiding, and delivering excellence at every move in your life."
In other words, he is saying black people are not honest, or law-abiding, and that it's a black only problem. When just as many whites are dishonest and break laws. Here are some facts about crime, from the DOJ:
Overall whites commit 70% of all crime in the USA.
According to Justice Department statistics, 84 percent of white people killed every year are killed by other whites.
The truth? As the largest racial group, whites commit the majority of crimes in America. In particular, whites are responsible for the vast majority of violent crimes. With respect to aggravated assault, whites led blacks 2-1 in arrests; in forcible-rape cases, whites led all racial and ethnic groups by more than 2-1. And in larceny theft, whites led blacks, again, more than 2-1.
The term "black on black" crime is a destructive, racialized colloquialism that perpetuates an idea that blacks are somehow more prone to violence. This is untrue and fully verifiable by FBI, DOJ and census data. Yet the lie is so fixed that even African Americans have come to believe it.
Notice that O'Reilly never reports those numbers, ever. You will not get that information by watching the O'Reilly Factor, because he does not want you to know those numbers. All he does is spin the percentage of blacks that kill blacks, but he never reports the total numbers of crime for the entire country, or that whites commit way more crime than blacks do.
Nugent has faced criticism over the past two days for a pair of columns he wrote for conservative websites WND and Rare that variously termed deceased Florida teenager Trayvon Martin as a "dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe," an "enraged black man-child" and a "Skittles hoodie boy."
During his appearance on The Alex Jones Show, Nugent used the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Martin as a platform to offer advice to black America and make a number of unfounded claims about racism.
Nugent began his rant by saying this: "There are black mobs across America that are guilty of the worst racism since the Klan. The worst racism against blacks is documented and undeniable by blacks."
According to Nugent, "The blacks have bought into this lie that somehow they're oppressed when the President is black, the Attorney General is black, governors are black, senators are black, congressmen are black, mayors are black, Oprah Winfrey, the richest people in the world are black. It is a dirty lie."
Which makes no sense at all, because you could even have a black police chief in your city, but that does not mean that some of the white policeman are still not going to be racist, Nugent is just a biased right-wing fool. His arguments do not even make sense.
He continued that Americans should "beg our fellow Americans who are black to admit to this suicidal self-inflicted curse that you've bought into the big lie of Jesse Jackson and Eric Holder and Al Sharpton, that you're not helpless, you're not a slave, you're not worthless, you're not inept, you can do anything you want to do to if you just get out from the self-inflicted shackles that have been brought upon by the race baiters."
Then, speaking of a "racist industry" that has convinced African-Americans they are "incapable of independency," Nugent said that African-Americans could "fix the black problem tonight," if they would put their "heart and soul into being honest, law-abiding, and delivering excellence at every move in your life."
Nugent even said this: "I would like to reach out to black America and tell them to absolutely reject the lie of Al 'Not So' Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson, and the Black Panthers and Eric Holder and Barack Obama. They are enslaving you and the real shackles on black America, 100 percent of the time come from black America."
Nugent concluded by claiming that, "racism against blacks was gone by the time I started touring the nation in the late 1960s" and by the 1970s, "nothing of consequence existed to deter or compromise a black American's dream if they got an alarm clock, if they set it, if they took good care of themselves, they remained clean and sober, if they spoke clearly, and they demanded excellence of themselves and provided excellence to their employers."
While part of that is true, it's a fact that racism is still around, and almost every black person you ask has faced some kind of racism in their life at one point, if not more than once. What gets me is when a white person claims racism is gone, when they have never been the victim of racism, because they are white. The people to ask that question are blacks, and every one of them will tell you that have been the victim of racism at least once in their life.
Nugent also used his appearance on Jones show to attack the dead Trayvon Martin, again calling the Florida teenager a "dope-smoking, gangsta wannabe, involved with illegal drugs, and illegal guns and illegal people" and while alleging that Martin was "emboldened by a Black Panther president" to attack Zimmerman. Even though it's all speculation, because Nugent knew nothing about what kind of kid Trayvon Martin was.
Many people who smoke pot are good people, in fact, most are. I would guess that 99% of the people I knew/know who smoked pot were/are good honest hard working Americans, who just decided to get high on weed instead of alcohol.
Nugent frequently uses racially charged language in his role as a conservative commentator. In a February 10 column for WND, Nugent wrote that civil rights leaders Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson speak in "ebonic mumbo-jumbo."
An ardent defender of the Confederate flag, Nugent wrote in a July 2012 Washington Times column, "I'm beginning to wonder if it would have been best had the South won the Civil War."
Nugent even claimed that "real America" is comprised of "working hard, playing hard, white m-fing shit kickers, who are independent and get up in the morning."
In other words, in the world of Ted Nugent, blacks are not real Americans who play hard and get up in the morning. Which makes Ted Nugent a right-wing racist idiot.
With Roles Reversed Self Defense Cases Are Very Different By: Steve - July 17, 2013 - 11:30am
In other words, when Blacks shoot at (with a warning shot) or kill a white person they are usually found guilty of something.
George Zimmerman was acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin over the weekend, successfully using a claim of self-defense to convince six jurors that he was right to shoot and kill the 17-year-old Martin. The case centered around the question of whether Martin was physically aggressive toward Zimmerman in any way -- the defense claimed that the teenager bashed Zimmerman's head into the concrete -- or if Martin was simply a victim. Ultimately, the jury decided, the prosecutors could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Martin didn't engage Zimmerman in a fight, prompting him to use deadly force in self-defense.
A verdict I agreed with, even though I think Zimmerman should have been found guilty of something and done some jail time, maybe a year or two. I blame the Prosecution for not including a lesser charge other than Manslaughter.
Did you know that self-defense cases are fairly common in the American justice system. And while in Zimmerman's case, many feel that justice was left undone for the shooting victim -- and that the boy's race, black, and the man's, white hispanic, were a deciding factor -- the roles are often reversed; there have been notable cases in recent years where what seem to be reasonable self-defense claims by black defendants are dismissed by a jury.
Take the case of Marissa Alexander:
In the middle of a domestic violence incident, believing that her husband was threatening her, Marissa Alexander fired a warning shot into the wall to ward him off. In court, Alexander tried to use a claim of self defense -- specifically, Stand Your Ground, the same law that let Zimmerman walk free on the night he shot Martin before later being arrested.
As was pointed out, "Alexander would not have needed a Stand Your Ground law to defend her action. While that law goes so far as to authorize unfettered deadly force in self-defense without a duty to retreat, Alexander used significantly lesser force that would fall under a typical self-defense claim."
Ultimately, though, it didn't matter; her defense wasn't as successful. Alexander, who had no prior record, was sentenced to 20 years in jail -- a mandatory minimum for the crime. She got 20 years for just firing a warning shot, Zimmerman got nothing and he killed the kid.
One night in December of 2005, a black businessman named John McNeil got a call from his son that someone was "lurking" around the backyard. That person turned out to be white 19-year old Brian Epp, a hired contractor for McNeil who had past disagreements with McNeil's son. When McNeil got home, he told Epp, who was weilding a box cutter, to leave the property several times.
After Epp repeatedly refused, McNeil then shot Epp in self-defense, killing him. A court rejected McNeil's self-defense claim, sentencing him to life in prison -- but McNeil was lucky; his case drew a ton of media attention, and with it, calls from powerful politicians and the NAACP to reconsider the case.
After six years in jail, McNeil's charge was reduced to manslaughter and he was let free -- but with many caveats: He must serve out 13 years of probation, during which time he cannot leave the state of North Carolina. He will be forced to carry the charge permanently on his record. And more than anything else, McNeil can't get those lost years back; while he was sitting in prison, his mother and wife died.
The case of John White is similar to the Trayvon Martin story, but with racial roles reversed. In 2006, black 54-year-old John White shot dead white 17-year-old Daniel Cicciaro after an altercation at White's home. White reported that Cicciaro and several other white teens showed up at his door looking to beat up his son.
White greeted the group of boys at his driveway, holding a pistol. He reported that Ciccairo "lunged" for the gun, and it accidentally discharged, striking the teenager. When the case went to trial, White characterized the group of white teenagers as a "lynch mob" and insisted he was only trying to defend his family.
The jury -- made up of 12 people, 11 white and one black -- found him guilty of manslaughter. He served five months in jail before his sentence was commuted by then-New York Gov. David Paterson (D).
The Tuesday 7-16-13 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - July 17, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Violent Crime and the Media. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: The media is not reporting the black-white crime situation accurately. According to FBI stats, 91% of homicides on black Americans were committed by other blacks. Also, 14% of homicides on white Americans were committed by blacks, twice as many as the other way around. So black men are not being 'hunted down' by whites, as some hysterical commentators charged after the Zimmerman acquittal.
But the horrendous black-on-black murder rate is virtually ignored by the media, which wants no part of exposing problems in the minority precincts. 70% of black babies born out of wedlock? No problem. A rap culture that's violent and crude? No sweat. Rampant drug use in the inner city? Attack the cops trying to solve the problem. No matter what facts are presented, the liberal line will be the same - it's society's fault and past racial injustice is the real story, not present social chaos.
It is time to stop the madness and hold all Americans accountable for their actions. But there is not an honest arena in the press, and the result is anger, confusion, and a collapsing confidence in the American way of life. Many black Americans sincerely feel aggrieved, while some whites believe blacks are using the race card to portray themselves as victims. An honest media might be able to cut through all the bitterness and report the truth, but we don't have an honest media in America.
Notice what O'Reilly did there, he said 91% of homicides on black Americans were committed by other blacks, but when he talked about whites he said 14% of homicides on white Americans were committed by blacks. Instead of saying the equal term that 86% of homicides on white Americans were committed by other whites. That is called spin, it's meant to fool you.
Most homicides on black Americans are done by blacks, and most homicides on white Americans are done by whites. But the biggest spin O'Reilly puts out is that just because most blacks kill blacks, he implies there is no racism by whites against blacks, which is just ridiculous.
Then the Republican Allen West was on to respond to Attorney General Eric Holder's call for an end to Florida's 'stand your ground' law.
West said this: "The 'stand your ground' law was not part of the case, and I think they're looking for an opportunity to not let a crisis go to waste. Every individual has a right to defend themselves and that is what the 'stand your ground' law is about. I don't think there is a problem in Florida or the other 22 states with similar laws."
Which is a lie, and O'Reilly let him get away with it, one of the people on the jury even admitted they used the stand your ground law in their verdict. Anderson Cooper asked if they used stand your ground, and she said right. Here is a quote from the juror:
JUROR: "Right. Because of the heat of the moment and the Stand Your Ground. He had a right to defend himself. If he felt threatened that his life was going to be taken away from him or he was going to have bodily harm, he had a right."
West also slammed the media for focusing on stories that fit their racial narrative, saying this: "The media has no journalistic integrity. Earlier this year two black teenagers shot a 13-month-old white baby in the face but you did not hear a peep out of the media."
Then Tavis Smiley was on to discuss it, Smiley said this: "What's lacking in this conversation is empathy and an appreciation for the humanity of Trayvon Martin. In this country the life of a black child does not have the same worth and value as the life of a white child. After Sandy Hook, the humanity of those children was present all over Fox News and everyplace else. African Americans are not seeing that same kind of appreciation for the humanity of Trayvon. Race is still the most intractable issue in this country, an adult can stalk and profile and kill a child."
Smiley reaffirmed his assertion that America holds black men in contempt, saying this: "Look at the over-criminalization of black boys in our education system, look at the racist drug laws, look at the high unemployment numbers among African American men."
O'Reilly reminded Smiley that there is very little white-on-black crime, saying this: "There is a genocide going on in Chicago and it's blacks killing blacks, whites don't have anything to do with it. I don't believe America has contempt for black men, a lot of the problem is generated by blacks themselves."
Smiley also said they should arm every black man in America and see what the NRA says about that, which O'Reilly refused to talk about, except for saying it would be an extreme measure. And O'Reilly also does not believe there is any racism by Republicans against blacks either, which is just laughable.
Then Kimberly Guilfoyle & Lis Wiehl were on to talk about the Zimmerman's legal team suing NBC News for deceptively editing audio to make Zimmerman sound like a racist.
Wiehl said this: "NBC is on the hook for a big defamation lawsuit, They doctored that tape and it started the whole narrative of Zimmerman being this profiling racist. They're looking at millions of dollars because Zimmerman was a private figure at that time, he was just a neighborhood watchman."
Guilfoyle said this: "This case will turn on whether NBC can convince the court that Zimmerman was a public figure at the time. It would have been much easier for NBC if he had been found guilty. NBC should settle this because Zimmerman has a very strong case."
Then John Stossel was on to defend his ridiculous claim that America is beginning to resemble ancient Rome. Which is just ridiculous, and O'Reilly looks like a fool putting this right-wing loon on his show.
Stossel said this: "Rome collapsed of its own weight. Government grew, there were increases in taxation, they devalued the currency, they had gross spectacles, and they bribed people with welfare. The libertarian philosophy and the Tea Party and your show complaining about the debt are our best hope. If we continue on our current socialist course, we're doomed."
Now that's funny, and here is my thoughts on it, if we listen to Stossel we are doomed, he is a nut, plain and simple.
O'Reilly even agreed with Stossel's analysis, saying this: "I did a lot of research for 'Killing Jesus,' and I agree that there are many frightening parallels with what's going on in America today. The devaluation of the currency came because the Roman emperors had to get more and more money to live lavishly and expand the government."
Then Dr. David Sack was on to talk about 31-year-old actor Cory Monteith, who was found dead in a Canada hotel room this weekend after ingesting a lethal dose of heroin and alcohol.
Sack is a treatment specialist who warned about the widespread acceptance of marijuana, even though it had nothing to do with the death of Monteith. He died from heroin and alcohol.
Sack said this: "The attitude toward marijuana changed when we started to get legalization. There's a perception that marijuana is safe, but the evidence is to the contrary. Marijuana, especially when used by adolescents and young adults, affects future development and thinking. Over time it catches up with people and marijuana is a very insidious drug, people don't notice how it's affecting them."
And that is a load of bull, I smoked weed for 20 years from 1975 until 2000, and it did not do anything to me. My memory is perfect, and I have no medical problems related to smoking weed. This guy Sack is a quack, and O'Reilly agrees with his insanity, which is why he was put on the show.
Then the biased right-wing hack Charles Krauthammer was on with his analysis of the Zimmerman trial.
Krauthammer said this: "The most important thing about this is whether the mob is going to rule. It was because of the mob - the activists and the people who live off racial conflict - that we had the trial in the first place. The mob demanded a trial, there was an impartial jury, there is no evidence of racial animus or bias in the trial, so there is no case to be made that this was an unfair process. The only question now is whether the mob will pressure the administration into a double jeopardy prosecution. That would be a terrible mistake."
And Krauthammer ignores the fact that many people argue it was not an impartial jury, with 5 whites and 1 hispanic. Just like O'Reilly, he also ignores the fact that the police did not drug test Zimmerman, arrest him, collect the evidence at the time of the shooting, or question witnesses, until months later after public outcry. They write it off as a simple self defense case, because a black kid was killed, but if a white kid had been killed by a black man, I guarantee you O'Reilly and Krauthammer would be singing a different tune.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Weighty proposition. Billy said this: "If you want to shed some pounds, remember to drink a glass of water mixed with lemon juice about a half hour before eating, which will curb your appetite. Also, stop eating bread, limit the pasta, and have just one sugary treat per day."
Zimmerman Shooting Information O'Reilly Has Ignored By: Steve - July 17, 2013 - 10:00am
O'Reilly has ignored a LOT of information in the George Zimmerman case, and here is some of what he has failed to report.
George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict was set in motion on Feb. 26, 2012, before Trayvon Martin's body was even cold. When the Sanford, Fla., police arrived on the scene, they found a grown man who admitted killing an unarmed 17-year-old boy.
-- They did not arrest him or test him for drug or alcohol use.
-- They barely conducted a search for forensic evidence at all.
-- They hardly bothered to even look for any witnesses.
-- Only a national public outcry forced the authorities to investigate the killing seriously.
Finally after six full weeks, evidence was found to justify arresting Zimmerman, charging him with second-degree murder and putting him on trial. But by then the chance of proving what happened that night was probably lost.
In the debate about the verdict, O'Reilly does not mention those facts, ever, he just ignores them.
O'Reilly also never mentions that Trayvon Martin was doing nothing wrong, he was not breaking into a car, or a house, or an apartment. He was simply walking home from the store with some candy and a soda, and then he is shot and killed. He did not go after Zimmerman, it was Zimmerman who followed him and confronted him.
O'Reilly never speculates that maybe Zimmerman pulled the gun on Trayvon and that maybe Trayvon tried to get the gun away from Zimmerman, because he thought Zimmerman was going to kill him. That could have happened, but O'Reilly never mentions it, all he does is say nobody knows what happened.
To me, and a lot of other people the fact that Zimmerman initiated the encounter was enough to establish guilt on manslaughter.
O'Reilly also never mentions this, the jury had no African Americans. It was 5 whites and one hispanic. Now think about this, let's say Zimmerman was black and Trayvon was white, and he was found not guilty by 5 blacks and 1 Asian. O'Reilly would lose his mind and called for the feds to investigate. Where is the justice for Trayvon by having 5 whites and a hispanic on the jury?
O'Reilly also never mentions the fact that if Zimmerman just stays in his car and waits for the police, the kid is not shot and killed. Zimmerman does not get punched in the nose, and he does not get his head slammed into the pavement. If Zimmerman just stays in his car, nothing happens. O'Reilly ignores all that.
Ask yourself this, if Zimmerman was black and he shot an unarmed 17 year old white kid who was simply walking home from the store, would he have been found guilty of at least manslaughter, somehow I think so. But O'Reilly never makes that point, and even denies there is any racism in the case.
And finally, O'Reilly never mentions this, that the 17 year old boy, only armed with candy, no matter how big and bad he tries to seem, does not pose a mortal threat to a healthy adult man who outweighs him by 50 pounds and has had martial arts training, especially one who has a gun.
The Monday 7-15-13 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - July 16, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Reaction to the Zimmerman Verdict. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: As predicted, the verdict caused some distress, but it could have been a lot worse. There were dozens of arrests in New York, Los Angeles, and Oakland, but nobody was hurt. There are two groups of people exploiting the Zimmerman verdict. The first are folks who simply hate America and are using the acquittal to vent their hatred.
Talking Points believes that's dishonest; America in general had nothing to do with the death of Trayvon Martin - it was a calamity, not a product of policy. The second group emotionally invested in the demise of George Zimmerman are those who believe their country is flat-out racist, that blacks and other minorities do not get fair play. Many of these Americans are nursing personal grievances, others are victims of the 'victim mentality.'
Talking Points understands the anger towards George Zimmerman, who initiated the fracas. But to believe the verdict was 'racist,' you have to believe that six women jurors want to harm blacks and that the state of Florida did not do everything it could to convict Zimmerman. Rational people know that Florida threw everything it had at Zimmerman.
The cold truth is that no one knows exactly what happened on the night Trayvon Martin was killed except George Zimmerman. You may not like the verdict, but you are not entitled to undermine the justice system or impugn the basic decency of the United States.
Notice that O'Reilly claims his prediction was correct, even though he was wrong. He predicted big riots by black people and mass violence if there was a not guilty, and none of that happened, yet he claims his prediction was accurate, what a joke. And he says the protestors hate America, which is ridiculous and total speculation. He also says no one knows exactly what happened, except we do know, Zimmerman shot and killed a 17 year old kid who was doing nothing, but walking home from the store, that is what happened, and he got away with it.
Then Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle were on to discuss if the Justice Department will pursue George Zimmerman for violating Trayvon Martin's civil rights.
Wiehl said this: "They would have to show to a grand jury that Zimmerman went out that night, targeted Trayvon Martin, and shot him because of race. That's the definition of a 'hate crime' and it is an incredibly high burden to meet. The grand jury is not going to indict on this"
Guilfoyle agreed that a DOJ indictment is unlikely, saying this: "The FBI interviewed 36 people to determine if there was racial bias on the part of George Zimmerman preceding this event and they concluded that there was no racial basis or motivation."
Now get this, O'Reilly keeps saying the case had no racism at all, but do you think for a minute that if Trayvon Martin was a 17 year old white kid Zimmerman would have shot and killed him, no way, that makes it partly about race. Martin was targeted because of his skin color, which is partial racism. O'Reilly also said there was no racism at the Tea Party protests, even though we know there was, proving O'Reilly ignores racism, because it's always by Republicans.
Then Daryl Parks, an attorney representing Trayvon Martin's family, gave his view of the trial.
Parks said this: "I don't want to second-guess the jury, but I believe their decision is not socially logical, which is why we are seeing the outcry. The main part of the case was self-defense and we believe George Zimmerman was not telling the truth. But this jury decided they wanted to believe Zimmerman, and his team did a good job of making him out to be a nice model citizen while defining Trayvon as some thug. In their mind George Zimmerman was the guy who works to make your neighborhood safe, but the issue was whether he was justified in his killing of Trayvon Martin."
And btw folks, the defense won this case in jury selection, when they put 5 white people and one hispanic on the jury it was over, that jury was never going to vote to convict Zimmerman for anything. And if Martin was a 17 year old white kid, who was shot by a black man, O'Reilly would be outraged that a jury found him not guilty.
Then O'Reilly talked about race in the Zimmerman verdict with Jacques DeGraff and radio talk show host Eboni Williams.
DeGraff said this: "I believe it was a fair trial and I accept the verdict, but verdicts have consequences. We have to put pressure on to change the system. I would tell everyone I know to skip Florida for your national conventions or family reunions. I believe the state failed and our children are in danger. Blacks represent a trillion-dollar economy in this country, we have the muscle to change this situation."
Williams specifically denounced the Florida law that allows deadly force in self-defense, saying this: "I think the verdict was completely fair, but a 'not guilty' verdict is not the same as declaring George Zimmerman innocent. I fault the Florida 'stand your ground' statute. It is problematic, controversial, and it undermines the legal system."
Then Juan Williams and Mary Katharine Ham were on to discuss it, williams said this: "I don't think there was any measure of justice for the family in this case. I don't think the jurors were racist, but there were no black people on the jury. How can you look at that jury and not think that something is lacking in this verdict?"
Bingo, for once Juan Williams made a good point, not one black person was on the jury, and that is why Zimmerman walked.
Ham concurred with the jury's decision, even while criticizing George Zimmerman's actions, saying this: "You can simultaneously believe that what Zimmerman did was morally objectionable but not criminal. The prosecution went too far and overcharged, and I am not sure the correct answer is to have another charge on a federal level. This was not a 'stand your ground' case, that part of the law had nothing to do with it."
Then the biased right-wing hack Bernie Goldberg was on to talk about the media.
During a guest appearance on ABC's This Week, radio host Tavis Smiley accused America of displaying "contempt for black men." So of course Goldberg criticized both Smiley and the show's host George Stephanopoulos, even though Smiley is right.
Goldberg said this: "What bothers me as a journalist, is that George Stephanopoulos sat there like a potted plant and didn't do anything to challenge what Travis Smiley said. He could have easily said, 'Every weekend in Chicago black thugs are killing black people.' And just a few minutes ago Jacques DeGraff said black children are in danger. Yeah, they're in danger because other black children are hurting them and killing them. Journalists have been treating this with a soft kind of liberal racism. Any time there's inter-racial crime, there's an overwhelming chance that the victim will be white and the criminal will be black, but you won't hear Jacques DeGraff or Al Sharpton or Tavis Smiley say that."
And what bothers me is that Goldberg claims to be a journalist, when he is clearly not, he's a partisan right-wing hack who should be sued for fraud for even claiming to be a journalist. If he was a journalist, he would win a journalism award once in a while, which he has not done, ever.
Then the biggest right-wing hack in America was on, Karl Rove was on to analyze the political ramifications of the Zimmerman verdict. And of course he attacked President Obama.
Rove said this: "The President made a huge mistake when he politicized a local criminal justice matter. He elevated it and put himself in a no-win position. After the verdict he was more restrained in his remarks, but he couldn't help himself - he tried to use the incident to call for more gun control laws. It is a mindset that when something like this happens, let's find a political purpose."
To his credit O'Reilly pointed out to the moron Rove that ideologues and politicians on both sides are exploiting Trayvon Martin's death and the verdict. And all Obama did was say it was wrong for the kid to be shot and killed for simply being black as he walked home from the store, which was saying nothing wrong, especially when it's true.
Let me also add this, here is a great e-mail to O'Reilly that points out his hypocrisy and double standards:
David Emeigh, Roanoke, VA: "Bill, proclaiming the guy guilty in Boston is the same thing as the networks convicting George Zimmerman."
Not to mention, O'Reilly slammed the media for covering the Zimmerman trial so much, but since the verdict O'Reilly has devoted two entire shows to it, making him the biggest hypocrite in the country.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: The perils of druggin' and drinkin'. Billy said this: "After the death of actor Cory Monteith, likely the result of a drug overdose, every parent and grandparent should remember to stress the importance of avoiding drug and alcohol abuse."
Biased O'Reilly Slams People Protesting Zimmerman Verdict By: Steve - July 16, 2013 - 10:00am
Remember this, O'Reilly is the guy who loved the Tea Party protests and called them great Americans, even though they were partisan right-wing events with a lot of racism. But when the people protest the Zimmerman verdict O'Reilly says they hate America and they think the entire country is racist. It's ridiculous, and just more proof O'Reilly is a biased right-wing fool. When his people protest something they are great Americans, but when the other side has a protest O'Reilly claims they hate America, which is just insane.
On Monday night, Bill O'Reilly tackled the issue of Americans protesting the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin. O'Reilly identified two groups protesting the outcome: Those that simply "hate America" and are using the issue to vent their preconceived hostilities toward the United States, and those who simply think the country is "flat-out racist."
"There are two groups of people exploiting the Zimmerman verdict," O'Reilly said. "The first are folks who simply hate America."
Which is insane, they do not hate America, they love it, which is why they are protesting. O'Reilly is a moron to say they hate America just because they are protesting a verdict they think is wrong.
O'Reilly then played a clip of an anti-Zimmerman protest. In that clip, one speaker rallied the crowd against what he determined to be the excessive influence of the Federal Reserve and big banks on policy-making and another exclaimed that justice is reserved for the 1 percent.
"The anti-American folks are using the acquittal of George Zimmerman to vent their hatred," O'Reilly said. "America in general had nothing to do with the death of Tryavon Martin. It was a calamity, not a product of policy."
Then O'Reilly identified the second group of victims who he said are emotionally invested in the verdict and "believe the country is flat-out racist."
"That blacks and other minorities do not get fair play from the justice system, the economic system, or the social system," O'Reilly added. "Many of these Americans are nursing personal grievances. Others are victims of the victim mentality."
O'Reilly said that fair-minded Americans should recognize that the facts of the Zimmerman case prevented the jury from finding the defendant guilty of malice or recklessness in the killing of Martin beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Notice the bias, the hypocrisy, and the double standards from O'Reilly. When Republicans protest he loves it, and supports it. When Democrats protest he hates it and is always opposed to them. And this is the guy who claims to be looking out for the little guy and the working man. But the truth is he only looks out for the Republican guy, and the people he agrees with.
To say they hate America is about as dishonest as it gets, and I bet if you asked them not one of them would say they hate America. They are simply protesting a verdict they did not agree with, they love America, and they are good people. The bad guy is O'Reilly for slamming them, simply for exercising their legal right to peaceably protest something. O'Reilly should be ashamed of himself, but he's not, in fact, he is most likely proud of what he said, even though it's dishonest and ridiculous.
Fox News Has Zero News Emmy Award Nominations By: Steve - July 15, 2013 - 10:00am
The true measure of how good a News outlet is doing is not by how high their ratings are, it's the quality and honesty of their reporting, and by how many news Emmy award nominations they get. And in that case Fox News is proven to be a joke, with zero nominations, as in none. Not even the great Bill O'Reilly could get one, because he does not report news, he gives you his biased opinion of the news.
Thursday the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences revealed the nominees for the 2013 News and Documentary Emmy Awards. And as it did last year, CBS News leads the pack with 46 nominations, followed by PBS (45), HBO (21), ABC (14) and NBC (13) rounding out the top five.
CNN (8), MSNBC (5), BBC World News America and CNBC (2), with Bloomberg and Univision each securing one nomination. Discovery Channel, Science Channel, History, Nat Geo, Showtime and Investigation Discovery also received nominations.
In other words, everyone got a nomination except for Bill O'Reilly and Fox News. Even the liberal leaning MSNBC (that O'Reilly says you can not trust) got five nominations.
"60 Minutes" is the most-nominated program, with 24 nominations, followed by "Frontline" with 18. "CBS Evening News" secured 10 nominations, with "Nightline" leading ABC and "Dateline" leading NBC with five nominations each.
"CBS This Morning," in its first year nominated, secured seven nominations, while "GMA" and "Today" each secured one. The Emmys will be handed out October 1 in New York City, and will also see the Lifetime Achievement Award Emmy going to David Fanning, the EP of PBS investigative documentary series "Frontline."
Not one show (or person) at Fox got a nomination, not one. Because they are not a news network and they do not report any news. They are a propaganda machine for the Republican party, including O'Reilly, even though he denies it.
"Congratulations to our esteemed nominees," said Malachy Wienges, Chairman of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in a statement. "We are honoring this year's outstanding news stories, and we are also pleased to have David Fanning as this year's Lifetime Achievement recipient. David has guided "Frontline." to the pinnacle of public affairs television. This year's event promises to be a wonderful evening honoring the best that news and documentary television can be."
And btw folks, this is not the first year Fox has no nominations, they have never had any in the history of their operation. Because what they do is not news, it's right-wing spin and propaganda and they will never get any nominations, let alone win an actual Emmy.
So O'Reilly can promote his ratings all day long, nobody cares, because the quality of a news show is not judged by how high your ratings are. Jerry Springer once had high ratings too and that show was garbage.
Wall Street CEO Charged With Fraud A Fox News Regular By: Steve - July 14, 2013 - 10:00am
Here is a story you will never see O'Reilly or his so-called media watchdog Bernie Goldberg ever report on, because it makes Fox News look bad.
A Wall Street CEO charged with defrauding investors and physically threatening associates was a regular and favorite anti-regulation guest for Fox and the network's senior vice president, Neil Cavuto.
Fox News and Fox Business hosted John Thomas Financial founder and CEO Thomas Belesis 24 times in 2012 and January 2013. Fox ironically turned to Belesis to combat negative perceptions about Wall Street and push claims that government regulation is hurting businesses.
Cavuto held up Belesis as an example of someone who defies the stereotype of "greedy, selfish pigs" on Wall Street, and called him a "friend," someone with "a good track record," and even encouraged him to run for office "I'd vote for you."
Fox Business has aired analysis from questionable voices in the past. Just last month they fired business analyst Tobin Smith for receiving compensation to promote the stock of Petrosonic Energy, a violation of network policy. Fox Business contributor Charles Payne, who is still employed by Fox, was also paid to promote now worthless stocks, and previously "agreed to pay a civil penalty of $25,000" in 1999 to settle a Securities and Exchange Commission complaint.
This week, Belesis John Thomas Financial ended its registration as a securities broker-dealer. The termination followed a tumultuous several months in which the SEC and an industry regulatory organization charged Belesis with defrauding investors. The SEC charged Belesis and his partner George Jarkesy in March with defrauding investors in two hedge funds.
On April 15, 2013, The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), a private organization that acts as a regulator for securities firms, charged Belesis with "fraud in connection with the sale of America West Resources, Inc. (AWSR) common stock, intimidation of registered representatives, trading ahead, failing to provide best execution for customer orders and various other violations."
FINRA further alleged that Belesis violated "FINRA's anti-intimidation rule by physically threatening (including threatening to have them run over), harassing and assaulting registered representatives who have disagreed with Belesis' business practices, and threatening to ruin the registered representatives financial careers by improperly marking their industry records."
Bloomberg News reported in February that former Belesis employees "described a boiler-room atmosphere where they used high-pressure tactics to push stocks" and "trainees worked 14-hour days, mostly on their feet, reciting memorized sales pitches."
Fox also hosted Jarkesy, who allegedly partnered with Belesis on a fraud scheme, at least eight times in 2012, according to a Nexis database search. Jarkesy's radio show biography states that he is a "frequent market commentator and guest on FOX Business News, FOX & Friends, and CNBC."
Like Belesis, Jarkesy's Fox appearances often railed against government regulation of business. During a June 28, 2011, appearance, Fox Business identified Jarkesy as a "successful money manager and investor" in a segment about how "government regulations are hurting America's businesses."
Ironically, Belesis was brought on by Fox to combat criticism of Wall Street ethics and complain about government regulation on business.
In a July 12 FBN interview, Cavuto combated criticism of Romney's financial sector ties and "those evil bankers and the filthy fat cats" by pointing to Belesis. Cavuto began the segment by stating of Belesis: "trust me, he is a nice guy, he is a good guy, the decent guy."
On the November 8, 2012, edition of Cavuto, Belesis responded to a question about whether Wall Street money hurt Mitt Romney's electability by claiming it didn't since "if you're doing the right business, you're doing it in a way where it's not going to come out, you know, in a way like it did back in 2008, where a few banks put these crazy products together that really blew up the economy. You know, we're not in that type of business." Belesis then transitioned into claiming that his own business was above board.
And O'Reilly has not reported on any of it, because he is a biased right-wing hack who ignores all the bad news that makes Fox look bad. But if something like this happens at MSNBC or CNN O'Reilly is all over it like stink on you know what.
George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty By: Steve - July 13, 2013 - 9:30pm
George Zimmerman, the man accused of murdering Trayvon Martin, was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter on Saturday night.
The verdict is the culmination of a case that captured the nation's attention and will undoubtedly be imprinted in America's history. The not guilty verdict means the jury of six women found that Zimmerman justifiably used deadly force and reasonably believed that such force was "necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm" to himself - Florida's definition of self-defense.
As I predicted he was found not guilty, but there is still something wrong when a man can kill a 17 year old kid who was just minding his own business and he gets shot and killed. Most likely the Martin family will sue in civil court and maybe even win, but Zimmerman should have still done a little time in jail, maybe a year or two. It's unjust to just let him off with nothing.
The Friday 7-12-13 O'Reilly/Ingraham Factor Review By: Steve - July 13, 2013 - 11:00am
There was no TPM because the far-right stooge Laura Ingraham filled in for O'Reilly, and spent the entire show talking about the Zimmerman trial, even after O'Reilly spent a month crying that the so-called liberal media has reported on it too much. Pot meet kettle, Bill O'Reilly, the massive hypocrite.
Ingraham started Friday's show with the latest from the George Zimmerman murder trial, which is now in the hands of the six-woman jury. Judge Alex Ferrer provided his take on the defense's closing argument.
Ferrer said this: "I thought Mark O'Mara made a lot of good points, and saying that he wishes there were a box that the jury could check off 'totally innocent' was good. O'Mara put up good evidence and a good argument for a not guilty verdict and, as a matter of law, I think the right verdict is not guilty. But there is that huge risk that the jury will say we want to compromise and find him guilty of manslaughter."
Ferrer then singled out O'Mara's dramatic decision to have four minutes of silence in the courtroom, saying this: "That was the amount of time Trayvon Martin had to get home if he was really afraid. The prosecution has made this about Martin being afraid of Zimmerman, but this pointed out that he had four minutes to get to his house, which was 'a football throw away from where he was. Trayvon didn't want to go home, he wanted a confrontation."
Ferrer also assessed the prosecution's description of George Zimmerman as a strange man, saying this: "I think that played well, because this is an emotional case. When you have a 17-year-old boy who was unarmed and was killed, it tears at your heart strings. The prosecution is pounding the emotional side of this case."
Talk about bias, there it is. The trial is about Zimmerman wanting a confrontation not Martin. He is the one who had the gun and followed the kid, even after the police told him not to. This judge Ferrer is a biased joke. Zimmerman had MMA training and he had a loaded gun, he followed the kid, then shot and killed him you moron.
The kid was simply walking home after buying some skittles, and he ends up dead. Figure it out, I know I have. He may be found not guilty, but he was still wrong by following the kid and killing him, judge idiot.
Then Former Florida prosecutor Philip Snyder was on with his analysis of the prosecution's case.
Snyder said this: "The fact that the state allowed Mr. Zimmerman to enter a statement without being forced to take the stand, was a colossal error. But if emotion is the one key factor that the jury weighs, there could be the possibility of a manslaughter conviction. The jurors don't realize the ramifications of a manslaughter conviction, which could bring 10 to 30 years."
Defense attorney Michelle Suskauer was far more critical of the state's case, saying this: "The prosecution tried, but there were things they could have done much better. And their closing argument Thursday was all over the place and offensive and over the top. There was also a lack of witness preparation. It's been all downhill from the time they filed charges."
Then the biased Ingraham brought President Obama into the story. In March of last year President Obama said, "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon." Which is true, and nothing wrong with him saying that, he was showing sympathy for the victim and his family, but Ingraham hated it.
Ingraham asked Judge Jeanine Pirro to gauge the political ramifications of the trial, Pirro said this: "So many people have tried to make this about race, and what's really stunning is that Jay Carney now says the President isn't watching this case. This is the same President who heard about 'Fast and Furious' by watching the news and heard about the IRS targeting conservative groups by watching the news. He got involved in a local case that he had absolutely no involvement in because of the race issue when he was in the middle of a contentious campaign."
Pirro agreed with many legal experts that Zimmerman should not have been charged with second-degree murder, saying this: "The prosecution did not prove that race was an issue, they did not prove murder in the second degree. The bigger question is whether the prosecutor succumbed to political incitement to over-indict in this case."
Earth to Pirro, that is for the jury to decide, not you, a biased right-wing hack on a lame cable tv news show.
Then conservative Chris Metzler and liberal Rich Benjamin were on to talk about race in the Zimmerman trial. Florida authorities have urged residents to keep their cool if George Zimmerman is acquitted, and they were asked about it.
Benjamin said this: "It was quite patronizing, and it's the same mentality that views black people as a menace. The tone of this was saying, 'Watch out, everybody, you'd better behave yourself.' It was patronizing and that's what people are responding against."
And of course the Republican Metzler disagreed, saying that law enforcement is doing the right thing by warning against violence: "Black ministers in the area are also calling for calm, so I guess they're racist as well. Law enforcement exists to enforce the law, and they said we won't tolerate violence from anyone! This is what police are supposed to do, which is to take actions that protect the entire community. The notion that doing that makes them 'racist' defies logic."
Then Ingraham had Alan Tuerkheimer and JoEllen Dimitrius on, who specialize in jury selection.
Tuerkheimer talked about the fact that the jury consists of six women and no men, saying this: "I think women might be a little tougher on George Zimmerman, for not following the police dispatcher's order to cease and desist. Men have a higher level of 'fight or flight,' so I think that might help the prosecution. But I don't really think gender will have a huge impact."
Dimitrius added that it is impossible to predict whether the jury will deliberate for hours, days or weeks, saying this: "There have been a lot of predictions about how long this jury will take, and I want to point out that this jury has been sequestered for 15 days. They are in a state of suspended animation, they don't even get to read newspapers until all news of the trial has been cut out."
And finally, Geraldo was on to talk about prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda defending his "star witness" Rachel Jeantel by paraphrasing Martin Luther King Jr.
Geraldo said this: "I still think this is a race case, where both the victim and the killer profiled each other. Rachel Jeantel testified that Trayvon Martin called Zimmerman a 'creepy-ass cracker,' and clearly Zimmerman looked at Martin and said he's another one of these 'f-ing punks.' They racially profiled each other and there would not have been an arrest without the intervention of civil rights activists. Most white people believe Zimmerman was justified and most black people believe Trayvon Martin was victimized."
Rivera concluded with this: "If the jury follows the law, George Zimmerman will be acquitted."
Which is ridiculous, because they could also find it was manslaughter, so Geraldo is a fool. I am guessing he will be found not guilty, because of the direct evidence, or lack of evidence, but they could also come back with a manslaughter and that would also be following the law. Geraldo is just stupid for saying that, the law also says they can convict of manslaughter.
Bill O'Reilly Proves He Is A Massive Hypocrite By: Steve - July 13, 2013 - 10:30am
Bill O'Reilly has complained for a month that the so-called liberal media is covering the Zimmerman trial too much, even though Fox News has also reported on it a lot. And then on Friday night O'Reilly had his right-wing stooge (fill-in host) Laura Ingraham spend the entire hour reporting on the case.
Not to mention in the past O'Reilly has used ratings as an excuse for covering stories he took heat over, he said he covered it because it got good ratings so that makes it ok. But when other media outlets do the same thing he complains, even though they are only covering the trial so much because it gets good ratings.
I looked back into the archives and O'Reilly has done at least one segment on the Zimmerman trial every night, making him a massive hypocrite. And not only that, in 99% of these shooting cases O'Reilly takes the side of the prosecution and feels sympathy for the victim. But in this case O'Reilly has no sympathy for the victim and he is taking the side of the defense.
In general, Democrats favor the prosecution and Republicans favor the defense. Zimmerman is even raising $30,000 a month in donation for his defense. Who do you think is giving him that money, all the Republicans and the gun nuts who support what he did. And O'Reilly does not say a word about any of it.
So in O'Reillyworld it's ok if he does it, but if anyone else does it somehow it's wrong. If you do not know it by now, Bill O'Reilly is just a fool, a biased fool. He will slam someone for doing the very same thing he does, then make childish excuses for what he did.
For example, in the Zimmerman case when O'Reilly does talk about it he says nobody in the media should convict Zimmerman on tv, and that he will not allow it. Then he reported on the Boston Marathon bomber and his trial, and O'Reilly convicted him on tv. Which is doing the very thing he said nobody in the media should do.
On Wednesday O'Reilly said this: "Everybody knows he's guilty, he's going to turn it into a clown show. He did it, we saw it!"
Then attorney Rachel Self said this: "Everybody doesn't know that he's guilty, because under our system of justice you're not guilty until the government proves it beyond a reasonable doubt."
And she is right, not only that, you are innocent until proven guilty. But O'Reilly convicted him on tv anyway, just two days after saying nobody in the media should convict anyone on tv. And btw folks, in Europe what O'Reilly did is illegal, if he had said it before a jury was selected, because you are not allowed to say someone on trial is guilty on tv.
Women Experts Absent From Cable News On Texas Abortion By: Steve - July 13, 2013 - 10:00am
And guess what cable News Network was the worst, Fox News of course. Cable news has been covering the ongoing pro-choice protests in Texas for about two weeks by now -- but not everybody has been invited to participate in that conversation. A new study finds that women's health experts are "noticeably absent" from segments discussing the implications of Texas proposed abortion restrictions. Instead, cable news shows have opted to feature political pundits who aren't actually physicians or reproductive health experts.
From 6-25-13 to 7-8-13 only 4% of the guests on cable news were women health experts. In fact, MSNBC was the only cable news network that discussed it very much.
On MSNBC 70 guests were political pundits, only 3 were womens health experts.
On Fox 11 guests were political pundits, and 0 were womens health experts.
On CNN 7 guests were political pundits, only 2 were womens health experts.
That's not because women's health experts have declined to take a position on Texas anti-abortion bill. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists -- the nation's leading group of women's health professionals, representing thousands of OB-GYNs -- recently put out a statement in opposition to the proposed restrictions in the Lone Star State. The Guttmacher Institute, which studies reproductive health issues, has published similar public statements against harsh abortion clinic regulations on the state level.
This is hardly the first time the media has under-represented the demographics that could best speak to reproductive health issues. Last year, during debates over Obamacare's contraceptive coverage, cable news shows called on men over women to speak about birth control by a nearly 2:1 margin. In general, the gender and ethnic diversity on most cable news networks has actually been declining over the past several years.
In other words, the cable news networks do not want you to know the truth and what the experts in the field are saying, they want you to hear the opinion of a biased partisan paid political hack.
The Thursday 7-11-13 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - July 12, 2013 - 11:00am
There was no TPM, instead O'Reilly went right to the top story. Geraldo was on with news from the George Zimmerman murder trial in Florida. Judge Debra Nelson has agreed with the prosecution's request that the jury consider the lesser charge of manslaughter if they deem Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder.
Geraldo said this: "The prosecution wants to give the jury every possible opportunity to convict this man, because they know they overcharged George Zimmerman initially. It never should have been murder in the second degree, it was never a 'depraved' act based on ill will and hatred. This was driven by politics and they overcharged him. The prosecution knows they are facing a stunning acquittal."
Remember this, Geraldo is biased and he is the guy who said the kid deserved to be killed for wearing a hoodie.
Then Peter Brown, whose nephews lost limbs in the attack, and Lee Ann Yanni, who also sustained serious injuries were on to talk about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleading not guilty to 30 federal charges in the Boston bombing case.
Yanni said this: "It was kind of disgusting, just to see him slump there and have no look of remorse on his face. I had a sinking feeling in my stomach and an urge to run up and attack him."
Brown denounced the handful of people who showed up to express their support for Tsarnaev, saying this: "They were absolutely pathetic. Not only did I hear them outside, but I also heard them inside the courtroom. They had to be reminded that their actions were not going to be tolerated."
And btw folks, O'Reilly convicted Tsarnaev on tv, after saying nobody in the media should convict anyone on tv. When called on his hypocrisy and double standards later in the show by an e-mailer O'Reilly said there is a difference, because he knows Tsarnaev is guilty. Which is just laughable, and sounds like an argument a 5 year old would make.
Then Karl Rove was on for his prediction about what the Republican will do with the immigration bill.
Rove said this: "They're going to attempt to pass something, but whether or not they can do it over the next few months is very much up in the air. John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Paul Ryan are all talking about the necessity of doing this. No one ever expected the Senate immigration bill to be accepted by the House and they are likely to move a series of bills that deal with the issues in the Senate bill."
O'Reilly urged House Republicans to make a good-faith effort on immigration, saying this: "There are loopholes in the Senate bill but that doesn't seem to be a game-stopper. It seems to me that the House could plug those loopholes and send it back to the Senate and move forward."
Then Laura Ingraham was on to cry about a story that nobody cares about, because it is not news to anyone but right-wing loons.
Ingraham said this: "There is a little-known group inside the Justice Department called the Community Relations Service. They are sent to rallies to provide conciliation support, they're there to monitor things and to 'facilitate.' It's supposed to be a civil rights priority to have this group of individuals offer support. But I did some research and couldn't find any instances of when they went to conservative rallies or Tea Party rallies. It's very bizarre for the U.S. government to take this to the federal realm, this is a local criminal story."
Earth to Ingraham, they were sent to advise and monitor them to keep the protests non-violent, and it worked, case closed idiot. Only right-wing idiots see a problem with it, to everyone else it's a non-story.
Then Greg Gutfeld & Bernard McGuirk were on for their weekly segment. They talked about the case of football star and accused murderer Aaron Hernandez, who is being held without bail in a Massachusetts prison.
Gutfeld said this: "He's been put in solitary confinement for 20 hours a day, and the ACLU believes it is 'torture' to be alone for long periods of time. This is for his own protection. My theory is that everybody who lives in New York City lives in a tiny box and are also victims of torture."
McGuirk said this: "This is a form of torture. How's he supposed to pump iron and get a jailhouse wife if he's in a cell by himself? But he's not complaining, he knows he's better off."
Then they talked about a new report claiming that excessive drinking costs American taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars a year. Gutfeld said this: "Just because you're lousy at drinking, doesn't make drinking lousy. This kind of study impugns professional drinkers like ourselves. I have never been late for work with a hangover, I bring my hangover to work. And you know what costs more than drinking? Not drinking! Sober people are miserable."
Then Jesse Watters headed out to Coney Island to visit the annual Mermaid Parade, which unfailingly attracts some bizarre folks in even more bizarre costumes. Which was just ridiculous, and is not news. It was a waste of tv time segment and nothing but an excuse for O'Reilly and watters to make fun of gay people etc. This kind of garbage has no place on a hard news show and I for one do not understand why O'Reilly does it. It sure can't be for ratings, because his ratings are going down.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Independence Day. Billy said this: "Test your mettle and see if you can go one full day without the cell phone, texting, email, computer games, and all those other electronic diversions."
Earth to Bill O'Reilly, that is not a tip. And why would we want to go without a cell phone, e-mail, or a computer for a day, it's just stupid.
O'Reilly's Ridiculous Claims About Texas Abortions By: Steve - July 12, 2013 - 10:00am
Here is more proof that Bill O'Reilly is a pro-life right-wing nut-job. O'Reilly claimed that some Texas women get abortions because of hand sprains.
O'Reilly claimed on his show Wednesday that abortion regulations are so lax in Texas that some women get abortions because they've sprained a hand.
"You can just kill the baby, or the fetus, however you want to describe it, any time you want for any reason," O'Reilly said, describing the current abortion laws in Texas and several other states. "You know, women's health, that's any reason at all."
He was speaking to Republican Kate Obenshain and the so-called Democrat Kirsten Powers about an anti-abortion bill Texas Republicans are on the brink of passing that would limit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in spite of Supreme Court precedent that prevents the states from restricting abortion before a fetus becomes viable outside the womb, usually around 24-26 weeks. Current Texas law bans abortions after 28 weeks.
The fake Fox News Democrat Kirsten Powers did not seem disturbed at all about O'Reilly's flippant treatment of the subject, saying she feels abortion should be banned after 12 weeks of pregnancy. "After that, we're dealing with something that I think pretty much everybody can agree is a human being," she said.
Which is a lie, because everybody does not agree, especially the Supreme Court, Powers is just making it up to agree with her friend O'Reilly.
O'Reilly added that European nations, some of which have much earlier bans on abortion, "are the most liberal countries in the world," finding it troubling that U.S. states would seemingly be bound by Supreme Court precedent and not European law.
Which is just laughable, why would the U.S. be bound by European law, that is insane.
"In New York here, there's a proposal, 'I don't want any limitations on anything!'" he said. "It's crazy."
Powers said this: "The current status quo in Texas that these people are fighting for, who are fighting the bill, is to be able to abort your baby up until the third trimester."
Because that is what the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v Wade about 50 years ago, it's the law.
"Yeah!" O'Reilly said. "For any reason! Women's health! 'Hey! Look I sprained my hand!'"
"Yeah," Powers said. "For any reason. For any reason. Yeah."
And if Powers is a Democrat, I'm Elvis back from the dead.
Now think about this, neither one of these lying idiots mentioned that the vast majority of abortions already take place well before the 20th week of pregnancy, and in cases where it's happening as late as the third trimester, it's usually because of a severe fetal abnormality or threat to the mother's life, and not a sprained hand as O'Reilly claimed.
Not one abortion has ever happened because of a sprained hand, that is just total right-wing propaganda from pro-life idiots.
O'Reilly Caught Being Dishonest About The Economy Again By: Steve - July 12, 2013 - 9:00am
I am going to show you how Bill O'Reilly was dishonest about the economy again, and why you should never believe anything O'Reilly says about the economy, or anything else for that matter. Because it shows that O'Reilly is a liar, and nothing he says can be believed.
Bill O'Reilly said this on Wednesday 7-10-13:
O'REILLY: So you can see that the situation on Capitol Hill is dire; Congress doesn't know anything and can't get anything done. We elect these people to protect us, solve problems, and promote prosperity. Yet we have a $17-trillion debt, a moribund economy, an immigration mess, and a foreign policy that looks like it was designed by Kim Kardashian.
Look at these two words: "moribund economy"
Now look at what that means: mor·i·bund
1. At the point of death
2. In terminal decline
Synonyms - dying
O'Reilly claims the economy is in terminal decline and at the point of death, and or dying. Because that is what moribund means. When the actual facts show the opposite, the jobs are back, and increasing, the stock market is over 15,000 and setting record highs, inflation is low, interest rates are low, and the economy is doing fine.
It is not even close to the point of deat or dying, it's all lies from O'Reilly. Here are the facts:
The BLS just released the jobs report for June 2013 and it beat expectations and included significant upward revisions to prior months. The Survey showed a total increase of 195,000 jobs for June (+202,000 private payrolls) and an additional +70,000 added to the April and May reports (making them much better than initially reported).
The unemployment rate stayed at 7.6%, which was a result of an increase in the labor force and slightly smaller job creation numbers in that survey. Overall, the report was very positive and with continued reports in a similar range, the unemployment rate will go down and the economy will see some accelerated growth.
The Obama economy is really doing much better than O'Reilly and his right-wing friends want to give him credit for. While we all long for the days of 80s and 90s job creation, that may not be realistic with our aging population and increasing productivity gains. When measuring since 2000, Obama already owns the #1 and #3 years for private sector job creation and this year would put him on pace to have #1, #2, and #4.
The DOW broke 15,000 on May 7th, 2013. The DOW and the S&P 500 both set new record highs. But not only did O'Reilly not praise Obama for it, as he did Bush when the DOW set record highs during his term, O'Reilly did not report it at all.
When Obama was President the stock market broke 15,000 and set new record highs and O'Reilly never even reported it. But when Bush was the President and the stock market hit new record highs O'Reilly reported it that day and 3 or 4 more times over the next 3 days.
O'Reilly even gave Bush credit for it, and said it shows that Bush is doing a good job. But when it happens under Obama O'Reilly not only does not give Obama credit for it, he does not even report it.
This is a prime time example of bias from Bill O'Reilly, it is 100% proof that O'Reilly is a biased right-wing hack who spins for the Republicans and lies about the Democrats. The exact same thing happened under two different Presidents (from the two different political parties) and O'Reilly took the opposite positions depending on who was in the White House.
Back when Bush was in office O'Reilly said the stock market is a measure of the economy, now he does not say that, because then he would have to give Obama credit for it, and he will never do that. O'Reilly never reports on the stock market, because it's way up and if he did it would make Obama look good.
O'Reilly also used to say the stock market is a measure on how good a job the President is doing, and he argued that Bush was doing well because it was up. But when a guest on his show recently made that argument, O'Reilly said the President has nothing to do with the stock market. Even though he made the very same argument when Bush was in office, saying the stock market is a measure of how well the President is doing.
O'Reilly even recently made the ridiculous claim that the Obama economic policies are ruining the economy and the country. Even though all the jobs reports are positive, the stock market is up, inflation is low, and interest rates are low. O'Reilly basically ignored reality to spin out right-wing talking points to smear Obama for his viewers. It's all dishonest right-wing propaganda, and then he has the nerve to complain about bias from the media, when he is more biased than any of them.
While not everything has gone as well as we would like, the reality is the economy is improving and may even be seeing some acceleration to that improvement. But if you watch O'Reilly for your news you would think the economy is at te point of death, because he said it was a moribund economy, even though it's a 100% lie.
The Wednesday 7-10-13 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - July 11, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Chaos in the House of Representatives. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: Apparently some Republicans in the House want to kill the immigration bill and they might succeed. That would mean the chaotic status quo would remain and the southern border would not be made more secure. On the IRS front, an investigation is supposed to be underway, but who knows? Certainly not Congress.
What about the NSA snooping on phone calls and emails in the USA? Congress knows about as much as we do - nothing! So you can see that the situation on Capitol Hill is dire; Congress doesn't know anything and can't get anything done.
We elect these people to protect us, solve problems, and promote prosperity. Yet we have a $17-trillion debt, a moribund economy, an immigration mess, and a foreign policy that looks like it was designed by Kim Kardashian. The bottom line is that the U.S. Congress is inept!
Earth to Bill O'Reilly, we do not have a moribund economy, which means at the point of death, as you dishonestly claim. The economy is doing just fine, and getting better, so you are a liar, a 100% liar.
Then Attorneys Rachel Self & Michelle Suskauer were on to discuss some legal cases.
O'Reilly asked Suskauer to evaluate the decision by George Zimmerman's legal team to keep him from testifying. Suskauer said this: "Silence is golden. It's the right move and if he were my client I absolutely would not put him on the stand. He has basically testified through video and audio and he has nothing to gain by getting on the stand where he would open himself to cross-examination."
Then O'Reilly said Tsarnaev was guilty and everyone knows it, even though in the past he has said he never convicts anyone on tv, as he did just that on Wednesday night.
Rachel Self reported on the murder trial of alleged Boston terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, saying this: "Everybody doesn't know that he's guilty, because under our system of justice you're not guilty until the government proves it beyond a reasonable doubt. He's going to take a plea deal." O'Reilly then warned that Tsarnaev's legal team may turn the trial into a spectacle, saying this: "Everybody knows he's guilty, he's going to turn it into a clown show. He did it, we saw it!"
Then James Rosen & Carl Cameron were on, Cameron checked in from Washington, where Speaker of the House John Boehner has promised to re-work or derail the Senate's immigration bill.
Cameron said this: "Conservatives are very angry, because they're worried that Boehner might sacrifice conservative goals on immigration in order to pass a bill. If he doesn't handle this well, conservatives could try to oust him as Speaker and Republicans could potentially lose the house. Rank and file Republicans have been digging in their heels, saying that what passed the Senate is too liberal."
Rosen turned to foreign policy and Secretary of State John Kerry's handling of the Egypt chaos, saying this: "It really doesn't matter whether John Kerry was yachting in New England over the Fourth of July weekend. I traveled to Egypt with Secretary Kerry in March for his first sit-down with Mohamed Morsi. Kerry decided to unlock $250-million in U.S. taxpayer funds to the Egyptian budget because he came away from those talks convinced that Morsi was sincere in his promise to reach out to the political opposition."
Then Bob Beckel was on with his prescription for the immigration stalemate, saying this: "Without an immigration bill, the Republicans have dealt themselves out of the presidential race. Also, there is a lot of power behind the bill coming out of the Senate, meaning Republican constituencies like the Chamber of Commerce and a bunch of others. I think Boehner will bring a Republican bill to the floor, it will pass and then it will go to conference."
Beckel endorsed the Senate bill, describing it as both tough and fair, saying this: "There are huge sanctions for people who hire illegal immigrants, they are going to make the fence a lot longer and a lot more expensive, and new immigrants can't vote for 14 years!"
Then Kate Obenshain & Kirsten Powers were on to talk about the new Texas abortion bill the Republicans want to pass.
Obenshain said this: "20 weeks is the standard in 12 states, so this is not outrageous legislation - babies do feel pain at that point. The other part of this would raise basic safety standards in abortion clinics, which is protecting women's health."
Powers agreed that the 20-week standard is hardly oppressive, saying this: "I actually think it should be much sooner, and in most European countries it's around 12 to 14 weeks. The bill is not remotely radical, but some pro-choice people are like the NRA, they say this is a constitutional issue."
And of course the moderate Democrat Powers has no problem with it, because she agrees with the Republicans most of the time, that's what fake Fox News Democrats do, that is why they hire them.
Then Dennis Miller was on, which I do not report on because he is not a journalist and all he does is make stupid unfunny jokes about liberals, with no liberal comedian on for balance.
Then Juliet Huddy was on for the did you see that segment. Huddy screened a video in which young people and police advise everyone to keep their cool when the Zimmerman jury renders its decision.
Huddy said this: "This is a PSA by the Broward County Sheriff, and they're just trying to send a message to teenagers, advising them to calm down after the Zimmerman verdict. Only 2,000 people have watched this, but at least they're trying to do something."
Huddy also analyzed footage taken by a young man when he was pulled over by cops in Tennessee, saying this: "This kid is a member of the Libertarian Party and he knew there were going to be DUI checkpoints on the July 4th weekend. He went there to challenge the authorities and most experts say the kid didn't do anything wrong."
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: The many laughs of Dobie Gillis. Billy said this: "If you want to see a truly classic TV series that was way ahead of its time, "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" is now out on DVD for the first time."
Riot Predictions If Zimmerman Acquitted Biased & Ignorant By: Steve - July 11, 2013 - 10:00am
Conservative pundits like Bill O'Reilly are preparing their audiences for riots in the wake of a possible acquittal of George Zimmerman. O'Reilly said there could be a violent reaction from African-Americans should the jury find Zimmerman not guilty. Even though it's a ridiculous implication that African-Americans will be unable to internalize such an outcome without lashing out in an uncivilized fashion.
O'Reilly said this on Monday: "Do you think bad things are going to happen if Zimmerman is acquitted? Not ruling out the possibility that a not guilty verdict could result in damage being done to the fabric of the nation.
Tuesday O'Reilly added to the Monday statement. O'Reilly said this: "If George Zimmerman is acquitted, there will be racial animus."
The only thing the American press will embrace is the specter of oppression. That is, if a white American kills a black American, or any other minority, then the story gets covered. That's wrong, and it causes racial division."
Displaying a lack of faith in his fellow Americans, O’Reilly correctly identifies the bait but also appears to presume that the public will take it. But the specter of violence arising from Zimmerman's shooting of Martin has always been a feature of the story. Columbia University associate professor, Marc Lamont Hill, told Piers Morgan on Tuesday night that Zimmerman was only charged in the first place because of the burgeoning civil unrest.
On Tuesday, the political commentator and Georgetown University professor, Michael Eric Dyson, warned the public that there would be no acceptance if justice - as he defines it - is not done in this case. Dyson identified the American legal system as the problem in this case because it does not speak to the issues that are being raised here.
Dyson said this: "Time and again, for one reason or another, young black people lose their lives and it is seen as the necessary condition for the justice system to prevail. And the George Zimmermans of the world continue to get away, if it is true, with the killing of our children without necessarily facing the kind of consequences that a justice system would demand."
O'Reilly would be advised to display a bit more faith in the American public to react rationally if a not guilty verdict is the outcome of this trial. I may be wrong, but I do not believe there will be riots. There could be a few isolated morons that cause trouble, but I do not think it will be very bad or lead to riots. Most of the American people are stronger, smarter. and better than that.
The Tuesday 7-9-13 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - July 10, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Crime, Punishment and African Americans. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: Over the July 4th weekend, 48 people were shot in Chicago and 11 of them died. All were black, according to the Chicago Tribune. The murder rate in Chicago is a disgrace but this story is largely untold in America because the national media refuses to cover it.
Meanwhile, the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin trial is saturated with media coverage and the reason is race. A light-skinned Hispanic is accused of murdering a black teenager, but the 11 people shot dead in Chicago over the weekend will not get a smidgeon of coverage because it's likely that blacks killed blacks.
There are some stories that will not be told because of race. The only thing the American press will embrace is the specter of oppression; that is, if a white American kills a black American or any other minority, then the story gets covered. That's wrong and it causes racial division. There's no question that the George Zimmerman trial is a racial deal rather than a justice deal, and if Zimmerman is acquitted there will be racial animus.
Notice what O'Reilly did not mention, in his complaint about the so-called liberal media not reporting on the 11 people shot dead in Chicago over the weekend, O'Reilly failed to mention that Fox News did not report it either. And the media is mostly reporting on the Zimmerman trial so much because it gets good ratings, which O'Reilly thinks is ok when he does it, but it's only ok when he likes what they report on.
Then Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle were on to report on Tuesday's crucial testimony in the Zimmerman trial by Vincent Di Maio.
Wiehl said this: "He is a forensic pathologist, a gunshot wound expert with 40 years of credibility. He used common sense forensics to indicate that Martin was over Zimmerman because of the way his clothes were when the shot was fired. That's important because Zimmerman has always said that Martin was on top and this bolstered his case."
Guilfoyle explained why Di Maio's testimony is so important to the defense, saying this: "The whole issue in the case is the positioning of the two of them and whether George Zimmerman had a reasonable belief that he was in danger of great bodily injury or death. What Di Maio said is consistent with what Zimmerman has said."
What a joke, the whole issue in the case is if it's ok to shoot and kill someone for a simple fight. Think about this, if one person in a fight had a gun there would be a lot of dead people every day, thousands.
Then O'Reilly talked about race and crime with FNC analyst Reverend Jacques DeGraff, who theorized why the media tend to ignore black-on-black crime.
DeGraff said this: "The media does not cover a lot of things in the African American community, including those of us who have been saying there is a crisis. Those who decide what's important in the news do not think that African American lives are important. Many of us in the leadership of the African American community have been raising this alarm for a long time. Black Americans feel like we are under siege for a variety of reasons."
Then O'Reilly claimed that many outlets underreport black crime because it doesn't fit their narrative, saying this: "I don't believe that the New York Times and NBC News and other liberal entities are thinking that way. They're flat-out afraid of the issue, they're afraid of reporting that blacks are killing blacks in Chicago."
And nobody but the insane O'Reilly believes that, the Reverend was right, they do not report it because they do not care about think it is important. They are not afraid of the issue, that is just stupid. The media just does not care about black on black crime. Now if a white girl gets kidnapped you can bet the farm they will report that.
Then the biased right-wing stooge Charles Krauthammer was on to discuss the Obamacare legislation. With no guest to provide the counterpoint or any balance.
Krauthammer said this: "The promise of this President was that Obamacare won't cost a penny, but anyone with a mind understands that if you're going to give health care to 30-million people who haven't had it, there is no free lunch. He kept pretending and they kept putting provisions in the law that would make the Congressional Budget Office create estimates showing that it would pay for itself. A lot of those have been already been completely discounted, including the employer mandate, which was supposed to be a source of revenue. We know we're going to get huge amounts of waste and fraud, we know the costs are escalating, and we know this will cost a fortune to the treasury."
Then John Stossel was on to talk about the American evangelist Tony Miano, who was arrested in Britain when he criticized homosexuality while preaching on a London street.
Which I will not report on because it happened in England and nobody cares about the story here. I will say this, Great Britain has hate speech laws, so that is why he got arrested. It was considered anti-gay hate speech.
Then Kimberly Guilfoyle and Lis Wiehl returned to talk about the case of 19-year-old Audrey Jarvis, a senior at Sonoma State University in California who was asked by an administrator to remove a cross she was wearing.
Guilfoyle said this: "The story has come to an appropriate resolution. The university has apologized and they say they're going to discipline the supervisor who told her to remove the cross. But why was this happening to begin with when she has a First Amendment freedom of expression?"
Wiehl agreed that her rights were violated, saying this: "She says this has happened more than one time. She has freedom of expression and she has an absolute right to wear this at a state school."
Then Monica Crowley & Alan Colmes were on to talk about two disgraced New York politicians who are asking for forgiveness - former Congressman Anthony Weiner wants to be Mayor, while former Governor Eliot Spitzer is running for city comptroller.
Crowley said this: "You can't make this stuff up, and if you wrote a screenplay about Weiner and Spitzer no one would believe it. They have every right to run and in New York City both actually stand a good chance to win. But there's a distinction - Anthony Weiner did not break the law, while Eliot Spitzer, by soliciting prostitutes, broke the law and never paid a price."
Colmes suggested that both men may actually be better people after what they endured, saying this: "We never know what's in somebody's heart. Not only did they have to go through the scandals and personal problems, they had to do it publicly. They went through a public humiliation, which humbles people, and I think they might be better public servants because of what they went through."
Earth to Fox News fools, the people will decide, as they should. If they win the people think it's ok. And btw, Crowley showed her bias and hypocrisy, because she said she would not vote for them, while admitting she would vote for the Republican Congressman Mark Sanford who was also caught paying for hookers.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Be a chair-person. Billy said this: "You can still help severely wounded vets obtain high-tech Track Chairs by purchasing a facsimile of a photo signed by all five living American presidents. Go to: IndependenceFund.org"
Insurers Refuse To Cover Schools Where Teachers Carry Guns By: Steve - July 10, 2013 - 10:00am
Good job Republicans and the NRA, now that you passed laws saying teachers could carry guns in schools the insurance companies are saying they will not insure schools that arm their employees. Can you spell, mistake?
In the wake of the Newtown massacre, several states passed laws to allow school officials to carry firearms on campus, arguing that more guns would keep students safe. Insurance companies disagree, because now that these laws are beginning to take effect. In Kansas, where the law kicked in July 1st, major insurers have deemed the new policy too risky and are refusing to cover schools that arm their employees.
Des Moines-based EMC Insurance, which covers 85 to 90 percent of Kansas school districts, has a longstanding policy of denying coverage to schools that arm employees, and they seem unlikely to change it to accommodate Kansas new law. Two smaller insurance firms that cover the remaining 10 percent of Kansas schools are also adopting the same policy.
"We've been writing school business for almost 40 years, and one of the underwriting guidelines we follow for schools is that any on-site armed security should be provided by uniformed, qualified law enforcement officers," EMC executive Mick Lovell told USA Today.
Districts all over the country started encouraging and even requiring teachers to carry weapons after the Newtown shooting. Over the weekend, a school district in Newcomerstown, Ohio, announced that they would allow employees to carry guns starting in the 2013 school year. The selected employees will undergo tactical training and get certified by the Sheriff's department.
A week after the Newtown shooting in December, the NRA pushed for more guns in schools, arguing that gun-free zones attract killers. However, as the insurers recognize, arming teachers and custodians poses a far greater danger. Nor do more weapons do much to stop gunmen from doing harm; Columbine High School, the site of one of the most deadly shootings in U.S. history, had an armed guard.
Most gunmen wreak havoc in just a few minutes, which would require an armed staffer to have a lightning-fast response time to disarm the shooter. And even gun shows require everyone to check their weapons at the door for safety reasons.
And of course O'Reilly did not report this story, ever!
The Monday 7-8-13 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - July 9, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: The Era of Bad Feelings. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: All over the country Americans are attacking other Americans over political issues. In Seattle, two Christian activists showed up at a gay pride rally holding signs saying 'repent or else' and 'Jesus saves from sin.' The two men were attacked. Obviously, the Christians were looking to be provocative, but that's no excuse for violence.
On another political issue, tensions are rising as immigration reform has divided Republicans. Talking Points believes immigration reform will pass this year, and that the Senate bill can be made much better by the House of Representatives. If you're going to oppose any kind of work legalization for millions of illegal aliens, you're going to lose.
A majority of Americans understands that the immigration chaos is partly the government's fault; we could have secured the southern border a long time ago, but the feds wouldn't do it. The bitterness over immigration does the Republican Party no good at all and it must be dealt with in a disciplined but humane manner.
As far as the far-left loons running wild in Seattle, there's little hope for them. Beating people up because you disagree with them is a crime, and the far left in America continues to damage this country.
Notice that when O'Reilly talks about liberals he calls them far-left loons, but when he talks about conservatives he only calls them Republicans. Then Brit Hume was on to discuss the Obamacare updates.
Hume said this: "There is an inability of this administration to get this implemented. Last month the Government Accountability Office looked at the 'exchanges,' through which insurance will be dispensed under Obamacare, and said it looked like they may not be ready on time. This law is extremely unwieldy and complex and they're having a terrible time with it."
O'Reilly questioned whether the legislation was actually about health care in the first place, saying this: "I have always believed that the Obamacare legislation is an income redistribution ploy, which is why the left and President Obama embraced it."
Which is insane, but O'Reilly keeps saying it anyway. Here are the facts, Hume and O'Reilly are biased Republicans who hate the Obama health care plan, and they take every chance they get to trash it, remember this, they are biased and not objective. Notice that nobody was on to give the counterpoint, O'Reilly does that on purpose so you do not get all the facts, just one sided opinion from two Republicans.
Then Mary K. Ham and Juan Williams were on to talk about the judge in the George Zimmerman murder trial, who has ruled that the jury can hear testimony that Trayvon Martin had traces of marijuana in his bloodstream the night he was shot. Which most legal experts think was a bad ruling.
Williams said this: "This is all about race, and it's been all about race from the start. The media unfairly libeled Zimmerman, making him out to be some KKK guy who profiled Trayvon Martin. But there's also something crazy here when this unarmed black kid, not threatening anybody, gets shot and killed."
Ham said this: "The entire media jumped to make this a racial morality play. They referred to this as a black-and-white issue and once they went with that narrative they tried to back it up."
And some of that is nonsense, because Zimmerman is not white he is hispanic. The media only made it racial as far as another black person getting shot, not that he was some kind of KKK member, and btw, the KKK would not take Zimmerman because he is not white, idiots. It's about an unarmed 17 year old black kid getting shot and killed by an older citizens watch captain, not racism. O'Reilly claimed there could be violence if Zimmerman is found not guilty, which is also ridiculous.
Then for some crazy reason O'Reilly had the actor LeVar Burton on to weigh in on the Zimmerman murder trial.
Burton said this: "The tragedy of this case, is that a young man unnecessarily lost his life. No matter what the verdict says, there is a young kid who is dead. It didn't really have to come to that."
And he is right, Zimmerman had MMA training for a year and worked out at the gym too, he could have easily rolled Martin over and restrained him until the police got there a minute later, he did not have to shoot him, but he did. O'Reilly never says a word about that, because he is a biased fool. Notice that in 99% of court cases O'Reilly is for the prosecution, but in this case he is for the defense, because a black kid was shot. If Zimmerman was black and he shot a 17 year old white kid I guarantee you O'Reilly would be for the prosecution.
Then Deborah Hersman was on to talk about the South Korean plane crash at the San Francisco airport Saturday.
Hersman said this: "The Federal Aviation Administration is responsible for safety oversight in the United States, and they work with their counterparts all around the world to make sure that they are also overseeing companies and crews. We're a separate organization that investigates accidents and we have to look at all the facts before reaching conclusions. We know a lot about this flight from the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder, and it is important for us to look at pilot qualifications. That will be a part of our investigation."
Then the biased and dishonest right-wing hack Bernie Goldberg was on to cry about some people on the right have criticized President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry for golfing and yachting, during the violence in Egypt. What they do not tell you is that the only people doing it are biased right-wing fools.
Goldberg said this: "The optics are terrible when the President is playing golf in short pants and a polo shirt while one of the most important countries in the Arab world is unraveling. But I think President Obama was sending a message to President Morsi, and that message was, 'I never liked you, I don't like you now, and in many ways you're worse than Mubarak.' Playing golf says he won't lift a finger or say a word to save Morsi from being thrown out. The other possibility is very simple - President Obama just plain likes playing golf and he won't let some crisis in Cairo interrupt his golf game. He really does 'lead from behind.'"
Notice once again there is no guest to provide the counterpoint, or any balance at all, which is a violation of the rules of journalism that say you must provide both sides of the story.
Then the right-wing stooge Adam Carolla was on to talk about actor Jim Carrey, who has apologized to gun owners for calling them "maniacs" and a few other names.
Carolla said this: "Jim Carrey was born in Canada, so what if we just send Larry the Cable Guy to Winnipeg to bug the crap out of Canadians. We have all these world travelers like Bono who come here and beat up on our country, and they should just go back from where they came. Jim Carrey is making an example of how responsible rifle owners are simply by the fact that no one has attempted to shoot him!"
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Fox hunting. Billy said this: "The latest cable ratings again have Fox News in the lead, with a pack of baying hounds far behind. So keep watching FNC for the fairest and most comprehensive news coverage in America. "
Remember this, ratings do not mean you have honest journalism. It just means you can get a lot of people to watch your shows, and in the case of Fox News, all it proves is that they can get high ratings from mostly right-wing viewers by putting out biased and partisan news. The top rated show on cable tv is wrestling, and it's fake, think about that.
Bush Appointed Judge Slams SC For Voting Rights Ruling By: Steve - July 9, 2013 - 10:00am
Judge Michael McConnell was a leading conservative law professor at the time President George W. Bush named him to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in 2002 (he's since left the bench to return to the legal academy at Stanford Law School). McConnell was also widely viewed as a possible Supreme Court nominee during the Bush Administration.
In an interview with NPR, McConnell had harsh words for the five conservative justices recent decision neutering much of the Voting Rights Act, saying the reasoning that drove that decision was made up.
Although the conservatives decision in Shelby County v. Holder never actually identifies the legal standard of review that led them to strike down the heart of America's voting rights law, the opinion rests in large part on the fact that the Voting Rights Act applies some of its requirements "only to some States," in what the Court labels as a "dramatic departure from the principle that all States enjoy equal sovereignty."
As McConnell explains, however, "there's no requirement in the Constitution to treat all states the same," adding that "it might be an attractive principle, but it doesn't seem to be in the Constitution."
Judge McConnell is, of course, correct. The Fifteenth Amendment provides that "the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude," and it gives Congress "power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."
While the legal assault on voting rights cannot be justified under the Constitution's text, it has been quite a windfall for conservatives. At least six states are already moving forward with new voter suppression laws now that a key prong of the Voting Rights Act is no longer available to stop them. Texas announced that it would begin suppressing votes just two hours after the Supreme Court handed down its decision.
David Brooks Destroys Republican Spin Over Immigration Bill By: Steve - July 8, 2013 - 11:00am
David Brooks absolutely destroyed the Republican Congressman from Idaho Paul Labrador on Meet the Press Sunday morning, easily dismantling Labrador's criticisms of the Senate immigration reform bill as "intellectually weak."
"They put the legalization of 11 million people ahead of security," Labrador said of the Senate's immigration bill, despite the fact that the Corker amendment provided for a very large escalation in border security.
Labrador said this: "If you give to the Obama adminstration the authority to decide when they're going to enforce the law, how they're going to enforce the law, and you tell them that it's okay if they decide if there's going to be 20,000 border patrol agents, or they get to determine when the border is secure?"
The crazy Labrador said that despite the fact that President Obama has deported more illegal immigrants in his first 5 years than Bush did, and he has been tougher on border security than any past Republican, who virtually did nothing about illegal immigration or border security.
Labrador also said this: "I can tell you that Janet Napolitano has already said that the border is secure. So what's going to happen is we're going to give legalization to 11 million people, and Janet Napolitano is going to come to Congress and tell us that the border is secure and nothing else needs to happen."
David Brook, who is also a Republican, but not in the Congress so he can be honest about it, said this:
BROOKS: I've seen a lot of intellectually weak cases in this town. I've rarely seen as intellectually a weak case as the case against the Senate immigraiton bill. The Republicans say they want to reduce illegal immigration; the Congressional Budget Office says the Senate bill will reduce it by a third to half.
They say they want economic growth; all the top conservative economists say it'll produce economic growth.
They say they want to reduce the debt; the CBO says it will reduce the debt.
All the big major objectives the Republicans stand for, the Senate immigration bill will do. The other things they're talking about are secondary and tertiary issues. Whether we get 86% border protection or 90% -- compared to the big things this bill does, they're miniscule. I'm mystified.
And the biased partisan tool Paul Labrador was not having any of it, and stood by his insane right-wing talking points, saying this: "I'm sorry, what I just heard was totally ridiculous. If you listen to what the CBO said, they said that it's going to be between one-third and fifty percent reduction in illegal immigration. That means that every five years we're going to have to do another amnesty...For somebody to sit here on national TV and say that it is actually a weak argument for us to argue that we want 90% security is beyond the pale."
Brooks couldn't believe what he was hearing, so he fired back with this: "The CBO said it would reduce it by a third to fifty percent, and what I heard the congressman saying is he won't support it because we'd have to go back and do a Reagan."
Note: Here is the real reason Paul Labrador and a lot of other House Republicans are saying they will not vote for the new bi-partisan Senate immigration bill that passed with 68 votes, not because it's a bad bill, because the far-right and the racist wing of the Republican party are telling them if they vote for the bill they will vote them out of office in the next election.
So Labrador said this: "That's not what I said! Don't put words in my mouth."
Brooks answered with this: "The current law produces X much illegal immigration. This law cuts it significantly. It's better than the current law. Generally when something is better than what we got, generally you want to support that thing."
And btw, even Bill O'Reilly supports the bill. The only people who oppose it are far-right loons like Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham, even most Republicans support it. And the fact that it got 68 votes in the Senate is a miracle, so the right-wing loons are possibly going to kill a bill that the majority of the American people support, including 68 Senators, for partisan, racist, and political reasons, simply because a few people on the far-right oppose it.
Republicans Continue Their War On Womens Rights By: Steve - July 8, 2013 - 10:00am
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly signed new abortion restrictions into law on the Friday after the Fourth of July that will require "women seeking abortions to undergo an ultrasound and ban doctors who lack admitting privileges at nearby hospitals from performing the procedures."
The law could force two state abortion clinics to close their doors and is already sparking legal challenges from reproductive health advocates:
The law takes effect Monday. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit within hours of the signing alleging the bill is unconstitutional and asking for a temporary restraining order blocking the measure.
"What the Legislature has done is to set up a system where the ability to provide abortions is contingent on the decision of a private institution and that's unconstitutional," Planned Parenthood's attorney, Lester Pines, said in an interview.
A spokeswoman for the state Department of Justice, which defends state laws, said agency attorneys would review the lawsuit and respond in court.
Leading medical groups also opposed the bill. The Wisconsin Medical Society, the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards, the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians, the Wisconsin Hospital Association, and the Wisconsin Public Health Association all declined to endorse the proposals when Republicans fast-tracked the bills through the legislature in June.
The restrictions are part of a wave of legislative activity in the states that aims to severely limit women's access to reproductive health services. According to data from the Guttmacher Institute, governors have approved more than 40 such proposals in 2013.
The Associated Press notes that Walker, who may be considering a presidential run in 2016, "didn't sign the bill in public, instead sending out a statement early Friday afternoon saying the bill was now law."
The governor followed a similar strategy in 2012, when he enacted some other controversial bills to significantly limit access to abortion services and sex education on the eve of a holiday weekend and announced the laws in a press statement two days later.
O'Reilly Ignores More Good Economic & Jobs News By: Steve - July 7, 2013 - 10:00am
Friday the new jobs report came out and it was good news for President Obama, the economy, jobs, and the American people. And of course O'Reilly ignored the entire story, because it shows that the Obama economic policies are working, which O'Reilly claims have been a disaster for the country.
The economy added 195,000 new jobs in June, beating economists expectations of 155,000 jobs and matching the revised pace from May. Spring hiring was also stronger than previously thought. The number of jobs created in April was revised up by 50,000 positions, while May was revised higher by 20,000 jobs.
The underlying strength of the report led investors to believe that the bedrock of the economy is improving, and that the Fed will start to pull back sooner rather than later.
"Investors are beginning to believe that the economy actually may be strong enough to grow without the extreme monetary support," said Bill Hampel, chief economist at the Credit Union National Association. "When will we finally get back to the day when good news for the economy is taken as good news by the stock market? It looks like we might finally be there."
Note: This news came out before O'Reilly taped his show Friday, and yet he still decided to ignore it. Because he will not report any good economic news, due to the fact that it kills his spin that the Obama economic policies are not working, and it makes Obama look good. The DOW set a new record high and has been over 15,000 for months, but to this day O'Reilly has still not reported on it.
Some Facts About The Biased Pretend Journalist Bill O'Reilly By: Steve - July 6, 2013 - 10:00am
Bill O'Reilly has crafted an image as a tough-spoken right-wing populist. O'Reilly would dismiss the political label as spin, even though it's true, but there can be no disagreement that the O'Reilly franchise has proven itself to be enormously profitable. Between his top-rated cable show, hit books, live appearances and syndicated columns, O'Reilly reportedly makes in the neighborhood of $15-20 million a year.
Part of O'Reilly's branding is that he's a regular guy, looking out for other regular guys. "We're the only show from a working-class point of view," he explained early on. O'Reilly's so-called humble origins are an important part of his backstory. "You don't come from any lower than I came from on an economic scale," he wrote in his first book, an odd claim from someone who grew up in middle-class Long Island, the son of an oil company accountant. His Father even sent him and his sister to college with no financial aid.
O'Reilly is also the first person I have ever seen who claims to be looking out for the little guy who is anti-union, and opposed to anything that helps the working man, while promoting tax cuts for the wealthy, and supporting every Republican policy they have, which is the exact opposite of looking out for the working man.
O'Reilly's commentary on the state of the economy sounds more like what you'd expect from a right-wing conservative multi-millionaire: "The Bush tax cuts were great for government revenues, and raising the tax rate on Mitt Romney's capital gains income would amount to unjust double taxation."
Talk of raising taxes on the wealthy prompted O'Reilly to threaten to walk away from it all: "If Barack Obama begins taxing me more than 50 percent, which is very possible, I don't know how much longer I'm going to do this."
And protests that sought to battle inequality were a problem for O'Reilly, as he explained in 2011:
O'REILLY: The Occupy Wall Street Movement is not a spontaneous protest against economic inequality. It is a well-thought-out campaign to bring down the infrastructure of this country, to turn us into a Western European-type entitlement state.
So O'Reilly was opposed to the Occupy Wall Street protests, while being 100% behind the Tea Party protests, even calling them great Americans. And when a NY Times poll found most people opposed attacking the collective bargaining rights of public sector workers, and opposed the idea of cutting pay and benefits in the name of deficit reduction, O'Reilly had a solution: They shouldn't have polled so many union households: "If you subtract them, those who favor cutting benefits win the poll."
And his discussions about poverty in America are not very supportive or understanding of working-class Americans. "There is a reason for poverty in America. There's almost always a reason attached to poverty. And it's not the capitalist system's fault. It's usually personal responsibility or something like that."
In O'Reillyworld there is no reason for anyone to be poor, because you can work hard and become a millionaire just like he did, if you want to, and if you don't you are just lazy.
In addition to his substantial Fox News contract ($10 million a year, O'Reilly also has a side career giving speeches. O'Reilly appears at trade shows and corporate groups like the 2011 Ad Specialty Industry conference and the 2012 International Franchise Association Annual Convention.
O'Reilly has also been doing a series of live events that combine punditry and what some people call stand up comedy. The current "Bolder Fresher Tour" features O'Reilly alongside right-wing comedian Dennis Miller. On the previous version of the tour, Glenn Beck was the co-star. Let's also not forget O'Reilly does not have a liberal comedian on his show every week for balance, just Dennis Miller making jokes about liberals.
"It's a good night for the folks, it's a good night for me," O'Reilly explains in the Web trailer for the current tour. With VIP tickets selling for over $500 to a New York show, it's certainly good for O'Reilly.
Let's look at the full time fill-in host O'Reilly has when he is gone, he picked the far-right (Ann Coulter wannabe) Laura Ingraham to be his fill-in. If that does not tell you all you need to know about O'Reilly, nothing does. Because only a far-right stooge would have Laura Ingraham as a fill-in. She is a partisan hack, and has no business hosting a show that claims to be a no spin zone real news show, because she is as biased as one person can get.
And yet, O'Reilly bills the show as a non-partisan no spin zone, he even claims to be a non-partisan Independent. Which is not only ridiculous, it's laughable, because if you watch the show for just 5 minutes you will see that O'Reilly is a biased right-wing tool.
O'Reilly also claims to have a balanced guest list, but when you look at it, he has 95% Republican guests, and some shows have zero liberal guests, none. But no shows have zero conservative guests, in fact, it's usually 6 or 7 to 1 in favor of Republicans.
From the 95% right-wing guest list, to being pro-life/anti-pro-choice, and supporting 99% of the Republican party platform, Bill O'Reilly has proven he is a biased hack who does not look out for the little guy, it's all a big con game, and the suckers who fall for it are just stupid. In fact, he should be sued for fraud for even claiming to be a non-partisan journalist with a no spin zone.
North Carolina Already Planning To Suppress Black Voters By: Steve - July 5, 2013 - 10:00am
Just days after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, North Carolina is moving forward with a host of bills to roll back voting rights. Republican lawmakers are accelerating a new agenda to eliminate early voting, Sunday voting hours, and same-day registration provisions. GOP leaders also vowed to move quickly to pass a controversial voter ID law that would make it much harder for minorities, seniors, students, and low-income voters to cast their ballots.
And O'Reilly has not said a word about any of it, but if the Supreme Court rules the DOMA unconstitutional O'Reilly has plenty of time to be outraged and report on it for days on end. I guess he was too busy reporting on Jamie Foxx wearing a Trayvon Martin t-shirt.
The court's conservative majority decreed last Tuesday that the formula used to identify states with a history of using election law to discriminate against minorities has "no logical relationship to the present day." Many of the covered jurisdictions celebrated the decision by promptly advancing voting restrictions that disproportionately target minorities and low-income voters. Texas enacted their previously blocked voter ID law a few hours after the ruling.
North Carolina’s newly unfettered attack on voting rights has three main sections:
-- Require ID at the polls. North Carolina's voter ID bill could pose problems for 1 in 10 voters, according to an analysis by the State Board of Elections. About 613,000 North Carolinians lack the required government-issued ID. Nearly a third of these voters are black, while over half are registered Democrats.
-- Penalize college students for voting. Republicans are also pushing a bill to raise taxes on families with college students who choose to vote at school rather than at home, effectively discouraging college students from voting.
-- End early voting and same-day registration. Other states that restricted early voting, like Ohio and Florida, needlessly created mammoth lines on Election Day, forcing some voters to wait until 1 a.m. to cast a ballot. The backlash in Florida has been especially strong, prompting Gov. Rick Scott (R) to reverse his own voter suppression laws.
-- In North Carolina, black voters make up 29 percent of early voters and 34 percent of voters who took advantage of same-day voter registration at the polls.
The Republican-dominated legislature and new Republican governor will likely do all they can to speed along these restrictions. However, polls show that North Carolinians overwhelmingly oppose these new voter suppression measures.
Moral Monday protests are cropping up all over the state to challenge these bills and a slew of other draconian policies targeting the poor, women, minorities, and seniors.
Here Is A Great Question About Terrorism For Bill O'Reilly By: Steve - July 5, 2013 - 9:00am
Recently O'Reilly debated Kirsten Powers over the drone war and challenged her to present him with her personal strategy for fighting the war on terror. So Wednesday night Powers made good on the challenge, and even fought with O'Reilly over whether people hypothetically testifying against members of al-Qaeda face the same kind of threats mob snitches do, with O'Reilly insisting they're incredibly different.
Powers told O'Reilly she supports the NSA surveillance programs, as long as there is sufficient oversight and they are required to get warrants to read through people's personal e-mails. O'Reilly said this: "That's not gonna stop the jihadists," adding that the most important thing is to kill them and accused Powers of not wanting to do that.
Powers brought up O'Reilly's support of drone warfare, and insisted that drones create more terrorists and even used the words of former General Stanley McChrystal to back up her statement. O'Reilly dismissed it, and immediately turned to torture. Powers said that it's possible to interrogate and make suspects uncomfortable without torturing them, but said they need to first have an actual trial.
O'Reilly said this: "You're living in a theoretical world." He said that it's impossible to have a fair trial against suspected terrorists because witnesses are too afraid of repercussions of their testimony. Powers sighed and shook her head, arguing that doesn't stop us from putting mob bosses on trial. O'Reilly shouted, "It's a different thing!" They fought over this point and Powers questioned O'Reilly about how he would feel if someone in his family was held in Gitmo.
O'Reilly concluded by calling Powers anti-terror proposal awful. She quickly shot back with this: "I feel the same way about yours."
Now here is my question for O'Reilly, which he will not answer. Let's say we kill a known terrorist with a drone strike, which means we killed ONE terrorist. Then his two brothers, his four cousins, and his four uncles all find out and join Al-Qaeda.
Meaning we just created 10 new terrorists and only killed ONE, which is the argument Kirsten Powers and General McChrystal used. How does it help the war on terrorism to create 10 new terrorists for every one we kill, is that not making terrorism worse?
O'Reilly will not answer that question, because he has no answer. And then he counters that argument with the ridiculous claim that anyone who is opposed to these drone strikes (that are most likely creating more terrorists than they are killing) is an un-American traitor who does not want to win the war on terrorism.
Which is just ridiculous, in other words, if you do not agree with O'Reilly about how he thinks we should fight terrorism you are a fool that hates America and you do not want to win the war on terrorism. Even if his ideas are stupid and not supported by most terrorism experts.
The Wednesday 7-3-13 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - July 4, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: IRS Scandal. The biased and insane Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: A conservative group called the American Center for Law and Justice says the FBI has not even contacted any of the 41 groups involved in a class action suit against the IRS. As you know, the IRS admits it targeted some conservative organizations and individuals, delaying tax-exempt status and auditing some people because of their political beliefs.
That's a huge scandal, if true, and it is the FBI's job to see if anything criminal was going on. But it appears the FBI is either dragging its feet or stonewalling the investigation. Between 2010 and 2012 at least five different IRS offices improperly handled requests from conservative organizations; also, former IRS director Douglas Shulman was signed into the White House 157 times, far more than any other official.
Why was he there? It is the FBI's job to find out, but apparently the bureau is not up and running on the biggest federal case in some time. There is deep suspicion that the man who oversees the FBI, Attorney General Eric Holder, is not invested in getting information about the IRS abuses. So this continues to be one big mess and an acute embarrassment to this country.
Then the biased conservative Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice was on to put out even more propaganda on the story.
Sekulow said this: "We have a situation here, where Attorney General Eric Holder has said that there would be a full criminal investigation by the DOJ and the FBI. But we have repeatedly asked our 41 clients who have filed a federal lawsuit whether they've gotten any contact at all from the FBI. In more than a month, not one of them has been contacted by the FBI."
Then Kimberly Guilfoyle and Lis Wiehl were on to talk about the George Zimmerman trial in Florida.
Guilfoyle claimed that the entire case is motivated by politics, saying this: "As a former prosecutor. I don't see how the district attorney could in good conscience bring charges of second-degree murder, saying George Zimmerman had malice and was grossly negligent. It doesn't rise to that standard, but Al Sharpton and others were calling for the head of George Zimmerman. The judge is acting that way as well, giving one ruling after another in favor of the prosecution. Based on the law and the facts so far, Zimmerman should be and will be acquitted."
Wiehl agreed that Zimmerman was overcharged, saying this: "It took 44 days for the prosecution to bring this charge. So when you see detectives on the stand, they're not really that supportive of the prosecution. The prosecution should never have charged second-degree murder."
And for once I agree with these two right-wing stooges, but for different reasons. I just do not think there is enough evidence to get a guilty verdict. That does not mean I think Zimmerman is innocent, he did lie and he followed the kid with a gun and then shot and killed him. I think he will get away with it because of the stand your ground law, but if we were to have some real justice he should do some jail time for killing the kid.
I also thinks it's a joke how the defense is trying to make Zimmerman out to be some innocent wimp, he had his head shaved, he was a neighborhood watch chairman, he was almost a cop, he had a year of MMA training, and he was running around the neighborhood with a gun. But somehow he is a scared little wimp who had to shoot the kid to save his life, yeah right, give me a break. He shot the kid right through the heart, when he could have shot him in the arm or someplace like that, which would have stopped the attack and not killed the kid.
Then two weeks after O'Reilly and Fox News analyst Kirsten Powers heatedly debated the legitimacy of drone strikes and coerced interrogation, she returned for round two.
Powers said this: "The United States should not be using drones to kill people, because civilians are killed and it creates more terrorists. We can interrogate people and make them uncomfortable, but we can't torture them. And the inmates at Guantanamo Bay should have a trial, people have a right to due process. You don't hold people forever, and that's what we're doing!"
And of course O'Reilly hated that and said that Powers approach was theoretical and unrealistic, saying this: "To stop the jihadists, you have to kill them, and fewer civilians die with drones than if you send the military in. Drone attacks that kill the leadership of the Taliban and Al Qaeda are permissible."
Which totally ignores the point Powers made, that you can not simply win the war on terrorism by killing them, and the fact that drone strikes are creating more terrorists than we are killing.
Then Jennifer Griffin reported the latest from Egypt, where President Mohammed Morsi has been removed from office by the military. With no liberal guest on for balance.
Griffin said this: "We should care about this, because this is the heart of the Arab world and this is where the 'Arab Spring' essentially started two years ago. Egypt is the only Arab nation to have made peace with Israel, which is why the U.S. gives it $1.3 billion. It matters a lot!"
And of course Griffin slammed the Obama administration saying they were caught off guard by the upheaval.
Griffin said this: "They've been absolutely stunned by the developments and they've been careful not to say anything that looks like they're taking sides. They'd like to see the military remove the Muslim Brotherhood without holding on to power."
Then Dennis Miller was on to make jokes about liberals, which I do not report on because there is no liberal comedian on with him to make jokes about conservatives.
Then Juliet Huddy was on for did you see that, she talked about a video showing Syrian radicals beheading three men, allegedly including a Catholic priest.
Huddy said this: "It turns out that this was not the Catholic priest that people initially said it was. According to the Chechen rebels who beheaded these men, they were suspected of giving arms to President Assad of Syria. The story got confused because the Catholic priest was shot and killed about the same time that this video of the beheading came out."
Huddy also talked about the viral video showing an infant swimming with uncanny skill, saying this: "This has 6.1 million hits already. The little girl was 16 months old and adults were standing on the outside of the pool."
But of course the insane O'Reilly accused the girl's parents of neglect, saying this: "I have been teaching people to swim since I was a teenager and you never have a child under five in the pool without an adult being with the child. This was a gross violation, and if something happened to that child they could have been prosecuted."
Earth to Bill O'Reilly the total moron, don't you think the parents taught the kid to swim while in the pool with her, then only let her swim alone once they knew she could do it safely, you fool.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Go Fourth and celebrate. Billy said this: "I will eat a Nathan's hot dog, I will not get drunk or high; I will jump in a pool and swim laps, I will not handle fireworks because I like my fingers; I will fly the flag in front of my house, I will go to church to thank God that I live in this country, and I will visit my 90-year-old mother, who is a patriot."
Stupid Sarah Threatens To Start New Conservative Party By: Steve - July 4, 2013 - 10:00am
The 2008 Republican nominee for vice president said that many conservatives with "that libertarian streak" feel ignored by the GOP. If this presumed neglect continues, Palin said, creating a new home for conservatives might not be such a bad idea.
Palin expects more and more people who want government off their backs to ask, "You know, what's wrong with being independent?"
"I think there will be a lot of us who start saying, 'GOP, if you abandon us, we have nowhere else to go except to become more independent and not enlisted in a one or the other private majority parties that rule in our nation, either a Democrat or a Republican."
"I love the name of that party -- the 'Freedom Party,'" Palin replied. "And if the GOP continues to back away from the planks in our platform, from the principles that built this party of Lincoln and Reagan, then yeah."
And I for one hopes she does it, because then it will split the Republican vote, some will vote with the Republican party and some will vote for the Freedom party. Which will guarantee none of them get elected, because all the liberals will vote for the Democrat, and their vote will not be split.
let's go Palin, start the Freedom party so none of you right-wing loons will ever win an election again.
The Tuesday 7-2-13 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - July 3, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Trayvon Martin Murder Trial Latest. The biased and crazy Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: Lots of folks are making fools of themselves over the Trayvon Martin case; if you are rooting for or against a conviction for George Zimmerman, you're in that category. Nobody who was not on the scene knows what happened that terrible evening if Florida, and to speculate about the lives of two young Americans is not appropriate.
After hearing all the evidence, we are then entitled to an honest opinion not based on race. For example, I believe O.J. Simpson murdered two people and Casey Anthony definitely covered up the killing of her baby daughter. I came to those conclusions after analyzing the evidence presented, but to prematurely judge the Trayvon Martin case is definitely wrong.
The family of Trayvon Martin seems to have struck the right chord by saying 'race is not a part of this process.' The American media is especially guilty of injecting race into this trial; we all know who is doing that and it's disgraceful. George Zimmerman should know his fate before the month is out and the reaction will be very telling.
Then Megyn Kelly was on to analyze the Zimmerman trial and the testimony.
Kelly said this: "There's a great mystery about what exactly happened that night. Who threw the first punch, how did the two men get on the grass, rolling around and punching one another? The witness who had the closest vantage point is John Good, who heard yelling and went outside to look. The essence of his testimony is that he saw Trayvon Martin on top beating George Zimmerman and he heard a gunshot."
Kelly also said this about defense attorney Mark O'Mara: "He's done a really solid job - he has a nice demeanor and he's not too tough on the witnesses. Between the witness you're cross-examining and you as the counsel, you would be the more likeable one. So you can't go too tough on a person. The prosecution is also doing a good job but I don't think the facts are very helpful to them."
And once again, Fox seems to be biased to the defense, when they are usually biased to the Prosecution. I am predicting Zimmerman is found not guilty, not because he most likely shit and killed the kid when he could have avoided it, but because there is not enough evidence to convict him.
Kelly then discussed the federal court ruling upholding the right of a Nebraska town to demand that renters prove their U.S. citizenship.
Kelly said this: "This is a major ruling, and the court said this is not an interference with the feds ability to regulate immigration. The ACLU was arguing that you can't have local ordinances saying you can't rent apartments if you're an illegal alien, but the three-judge panel says this is not discriminatory."
O'Reilly predicted that the ACLU may win if the case makes it to the Supreme Court saying this: "They will find a loophole to nullify the vote."
Then Charles Krauthammer was on to talk about the Supreme Court. According to a new poll, only 28% of Americans believe the Supreme Court is doing an excellent or good job.
Krauthammer said this: "The key fact about the poll is the date it was taken. It was taken the day after major rulings, and whenever the court rules on something very large like the Voting Rights Act or gay marriage you know it's going to alienate a large part of the population. That is a temporary phenomenon and I think people have a sense of respect for the Supreme Court."
And I disagree, most people I know think the Supreme Court is a partisan political joke. Most of the time the 5 conservatives vote one way, and the 4 liberals vote the other way. After the Gore v Bush ruling and the voting rights ruling, the Supreme Court is seen as a bunch of partisan right-wing stooges, and that will never change.
Then John Stossel was on to talk about celebrity chef Paula Deen, who has been fired by The Food Network and has lost almost all her corporate sponsorships after admitting to using a racial slur. Which I do not think should have happened for something she said 30 years ago.
Stossel said this: "It really is an extreme reaction. She has the number one best-selling cookbook about to be released and even her publisher dropped her. In many ways this is good and an example of why we don't need laws to stop bad things - the social sanction of shaming people who say the wrong thing is good."
Then Monica Crowley & Alan Colmes were on to talk about the actor Jamie Foxx wearing a shirt with Trayvon's image at the Black Entertainment Television awards show.
O'Reilly asked Alan Colmes to speculate about the reaction had a white actor worn a shirt honoring George Zimmerman. Which is a ridiculous comparison, but O'Reilly made it anyway.
Colmes said this: "It probably would not have been acceptable, and there probably is a double standard. It's because of the perception in this country that there is a white power structure and blacks are the minority. We view things differently based on who runs things."
And that is garbage, the difference is that an unarmed kid was shot and killed by an adult. One guy is the shooter, and the other is a dead kid, big difference.
And of course Monica Crowley condemned the so-called double standard, saying this: "If a white actor went out with a tee shirt that had George Zimmerman's face on it, his or her career would be destroyed on the spot because they would say that person is a racist. It's unfair and it's grotesque but that's where we are."
Then Andrew Hasburn was on to talk about the 19 elite firefighters who died last weekend while battling Arizona wildfires.
Hasbun said this: "The weather changed dramatically and the fire doubled back onto them. They radioed their division chief and said they were trying to get to a safe zone, and then the next thing they said was that they had to deploy their emergency heat shelters. That's a worst-case scenario, so the folks not in the fire knew immediately that this was going to be bad. That was the last thing anyone heard from that group."
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Independence Day ... literally. Billy said this: "If you wish to lend a hand to severely wounded veterans, pay a visit to IndependenceFund.org, which is purchasing high-tech Track Chairs that give vets a new sense of freedom."
O'Reilly Flips Out Over Jamie Foxx Wearing A T-Shirt By: Steve - July 3, 2013 - 10:30am
At this Sunday's BET Awards, Jamie Foxx wore a Trayvon Martin t-shirt that went uncommented on until the Tuesday O'Reilly Factor. O'Reilly and Monica Crowley found it outrageous that Foxx would wear the shirt, saying that a white celebrity who wore a Zimmerman t-shirt would be immediately condemned.
Which is a ridiculous comparison, because Zimmerman shot and killed the kid. Martin was the victim of the shooting, so there is nothing wrong with wearing a shirt about him. Trayvon is dead. Jamie is just showing support for the kid and his family.
O'Reilly claimed Foxx wearing the shirt was racism on display.
Which is another ridiculous claim, because it is not racist for a black man to wear a t-shirt about a black kid getting shot.
Colmes admitted there may have been a double standard, but argued there is a perception of the white power structure in the United States that influences how people view and judge things. O'Reilly said that Foxx doesn't know what happened the night of Martin's death, but Colmes said he has a free speech right to do it.
And Foxx does know what happened, Zimmerman followed the kid after being told not to by the police dispatcher, then he shot and killed the kid, so we know what happened.
Colmes also admitted there would be a very different reaction if a white actor had worn a Zimmerman t-shirt, and again brought up the American white power structure, which led Crowley to remark, "You do know we have a black president." She had no doubt any white person with a Zimmerman shirt would be condemned as a racist, a double standard she and O'Reilly agreed were morally wrong.
More insanity from Crowley and O'Reilly, if you wear a Zimmerman t-shirt you are not a racist, you are just an idiot for wearing a shirt about a guy who shot and killed a kid.
Crowley said the way to true social equality is to erase these double standards, because people like Paula Deen and Mel Gibson are going to have everyone targeting them, it's wrong to give people like Foxx and Alec Baldwin a pass.
And there is no double standard. The difference between wearing a Trayvon Martin t-shirt and a Zimmerman t-shirt is that Trayvon is dead. A black celebrity wearing an OJ Simpson shirt would be met with scorn, while a white celebrity wearing a Nicole Brown shirt would not.
To say it's racist to wear a Trayvon Martin t-shirt is insanity, and only something a couple right-wing loons like O'Reilly and Crowley would say.
O'Reilly Clueless Over Supreme Court DOMA Ruling By: Steve - July 3, 2013 - 10:00am
After wrongly predicting that the Supreme Court would uphold California's Proposition 8, Bill O'Reilly then added a series of flawed right-wing critiques of the Court's marriage equality decisions.
During the July 1st Factor show, O'Reilly criticized the Supreme Court for its decisions on California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), suggesting that the Court relied on "loopholes" to override public opinion and defending the merits of both measures.
O'Reilly's insanity is a good example of what happens when a biased right-wing pundit tries to pass off partisan talking points as actual legal analysis.
He blamed Justice Anthony Kennedy for finding a "loophole" in the Proposition 8 case in order to overrule the will of California voters, even though Kennedy actually dissented in that decision (Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia - hardly outspoken proponents of marriage equality - agreed that the plaintiffs lacked standing, with Roberts writing the majority opinion).
While discussing the decision with Fox News political analyst Juan Williams, O'Reilly suggested that, if DOMA was really unconstitutional, it would have been struck down by the Supreme Court when it was passed in 1996:
O'REILLY: What happened in '96, Juan? Why wasn't this challenged then on a constitutional basis?
WILLIAMS: If it had been, the Court might have ruled that way.
O'REILLY: Well it wasn't...
WILLIAMS: We don't know what would have happened.
O'REILLY: But it wasn't challenged then. It wasn't by anyone.
O'REILLY: Alright? But now, suddenly something's changed. And now, Bill Clinton's a bigot, as Ralph Reed said, and all the other people are bigots because they wanted to uphold a traditional marriage tenant that they felt strengthened the country.
O'Reilly's argument is of course a pretty frightening defense of past judicial rulings. Courts evolve in their thinking, just like societies evolve. American history is filled with examples of discriminatory, and even bigoted court decisions (as in Dred Scott) that are reversed over time.
The fact that anti-gay discrimination was at one time widely accepted in America does not make laws like DOMA any more legally defensible. But O'Reilly tried to defend it anyway, even though all he did was make a fool of himself, and prove his right-wing bias once again. Remember that slavery was once accepted and legal, but we all know now that it was wrong and that is should have never been legal, let alone accepted by the people.
O'Reilly then went down his favorite slippery slope attack on marriage equality, warning that the Court's decision in DOMA might pave the way for polygamy. Which is a popular right-wing horror story, despite never making much legal sense.
In February, O'Reilly even stated that the conservative argument against marriage equality "wasn't strong enough." He certainly seems to be proving his point.
The Monday 7-1-13 O'Reilly Factor Review By: Steve - July 2, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Nation of Loopholes? The biased and crazy Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: Because I am a simple man, this Supreme Court business is way too confusing to me. So I spent a lot of time breaking it down so everyone can understand what's going on. Talking Points believes the Supreme Court has morphed into a political organization, not a body that seeks to uphold the Constitution. Obamacare and gay marriage are the best examples of how the Supreme Court has gone against what the Founders really wanted.
There's no way the federal government should have the power to compel Americans to buy any product, but five members of the Supreme Court ruled that the feds can order everyone to buy expensive health insurance. Chief Justice John Roberts found a legal loophole to justify his support.
On the gay marriage front, the Court actually got it right when it ruled that marriage should be decided by the individual states. California did decide it - in 2008, 52% of Californians voted for traditional marriage only. The Supreme Court heard the case and found another loophole to nullify the vote against gay marriage.
It was all a big con, with justices finding a way to support their political opinions by manipulating the law. Talking Points doesn't want to discriminate against anyone; I want all Americans to have an equal pursuit of happiness. But I also want 'we the people' to decide what kind of country we should have. That means you don't find loopholes to nullify legitimate votes.
The Supreme Court is now deciding issues along political lines rather than constitutional principles, and that is drastically changing this nation for the worse.
And Bill O'Reilly is not only wrong, he is the biggest hypocrite with double standards in the world. The Supreme Court was right in the DOMA ruling, it was struck down because it was an unconstitutional law. Notice that O'Reilly only talks about rulings he does not like, in the voting rights ruling he was fine with that. When the court agrees with O'Reilly he has no problem with them, but when they disagree with him suddenly they are a political body going against what the Founders wanted.
It is a fact that 90% of the USSC rulings come down 5 to 4 in favor of the conservatives, and O'Reilly has no problem with those rulings. But when a ruling comes down 5 to 4 against the conservatives, O'Reilly loses his mind and claims they are suddenly political. Earth to O'Reilly, they are always political, and you are stupid to think different. It's ridiculous, and just more proof O'Reilly is a biased right-wing hack.
Then Juan Williams and Mary K. Ham were on to discuss the O'Reilly Talking Points Memo.
Williams said this: "We're a nation of laws and not loopholes, and when it comes to gay marriage, there is a constitutional principle that says all Americans have equal rights. You can't vote in Texas to take away my rights."
Ham agreed with the Supreme Court's decision to let states decide the issue of same-sex marriage, saying this: "The justices have been known to thread the needle on these big public issues and there are issues here where it looks like the court is making political decisions. But on the Defense of Marriage Act it seems like the loophole they're depending on is federalism."
Then Brit Hume was on to talk about the Senate, who has passed an immigration reform bill, while many House Republicans plan to derail the bill in the lower chamber. O'Reilly asked Hume if the GOP will be damaged if the legislation dies at the hands of Republicans.
Hume said this: "Members of the House will not suffer much if they oppose this bill. The issue is giving illegal aliens legal status before border security measures are in place - there is something called a 'provisional legal status' that nearly every immigrant in America can get. Reports of the Republican Party's death if they don't pass this bill are greatly exaggerated."
Which is the opinion of Brit Hume, almost everyone else disagrees with him, even O'Reilly.
O'Reilly argued that Republicans will pay a big price in future presidential elections, saying this: "The Republican Party in a national election will be hurt because this will be spun and perceived as an anti-Latino vote. This country is built on fairness and it's not all the illegal aliens' fault that the government looked the other way for 30 years. The House should make it a better bill."
Then Judge Alex Ferrer was on with the latest on the George Zimmerman murder trial, saying this: "The most important testimony so far has been that of John Good, who is the closest thing we have to an eyewitness in the case. He made the defense's self-defense claim when he said he saw the white male on the bottom getting pummeled by Trayvon Martin, and he also said that he believes George Zimmerman was the one yelling for help. All these pieces are coming together to build a self-defense claim, and every day it seems like the prosecution gets one point and the defense gets one or two points."
Which is dishonest, because on day five of George Zimmerman trial for the death of Trayvon Martin, a key witness (John Good) who previously claimed to have seen Martin throwing down blows admitted he never saw an actual punch thrown. According to the original police report, Good claimed he had seen a black male pinning Zimmerman down "just throwing down blows on the guy, mixed-martial arts style."
But on Friday, Good told jurors he could not see any punches thrown, only that there was downward movement. He also admitted he was not 100 percent sure who yelled help, but assumed it was Zimmerman. And the great so-called journalist never reported any of that information.
Then the biased right-wing stooge Bernie Goldberg was on to evaluate the media coverage of the Zimmerman trial, especially the claim by MSNBC's Al Sharpton that prosecution witness Rachel Jeantel has been unfairly maligned.
Goldberg said this: "Race is the wound that never seems to heal in America, and that's at least partially because people like Al Sharpton keep poking at it. When he talks about 'attacks' on Rachel Jeantel, he's talking about a racial attack. But what he considers an 'attack' might be considered legitimate questions. Is it okay to question her credibility or her attitude on the witness stand? Is it okay to wonder how she could not think that 'creepy-ass cracker' is a racial slur? I don't want to hear lectures from Al Sharpton, who has done more to divide Americans based on race than just about anyone else."
Earth to Bernie Goldberg, many white people are insulting her with racist tweets and racist posts on Facebook, that is a fact, and that is what Al Sharpton was talking about. It's not about her credibility as a witness, they are personal insults about her looks, her intelligence, her attitude, and the way she talks, but of course you and O'Reilly ignored that because you are both biased right-wing idiots.
Then the biased right-wing Obama hating Colonel Ralph Peters was on to talk about Edward Snowden, who leaked NSA secrets to a British publication, remains holed up in Russia.
Peters said this: "Putin is having a great time jerking Obama's chain, but he is not going to give Edward Snowden asylum. The Russians are downloading all the intelligence Snowden has, but once the Russians have that he is a liability. Snowden thought the world would declare him a hero, but he's a stateless man and no one wants him. Even the President of Ecuador is backing off."
Then O'Reilly had Jesse Watters on for his weekly waste of time non-news segment.
Watters was in New York City to survey some immigrant taxi drivers from around the globe. Here are some of their comments: "I was illegal, but Reagan gave us amnesty and then I became a citizen" ... "This was a country founded on immigration and I would not exclude anyone."
Back in the studio, Watters talked about the changing ethnic patterns of New York cabbies, saying this: "In the 60's there were Italian and Irish and Jewish drivers, then it was Russians and West Indians. Now it's all Bangladeshis and Pakistanis and Indians. I asked them who the worst tippers are and they said the French. And the best tippers are college girls and Wall Street traders."
Really? How is that news and who cares what New York cabbies have to say or what ethnic patterns they have, no-body.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Get back to your roots. Billy said this: "Wherever your ancestors may be from, try to visit that spot and learn more about your family background."
O'Reilly Proves His Right-Wing Bias On DOMA Ruling By: Steve - July 2, 2013 - 10:00am
If you wanted more proof that Bill O'Reilly is a biased right-wing hack, here it is, he was screaming mad at the USSC for ruling that DOMA was unconstitutional, which discriminated against gay people, while not saying a word about the USSC striking down parts of the voting rights act, that makes it possible for the Republicans to make it harder for blacks and minorities to vote. It should be the other way around, O'Reilly should be ok with the DOMA ruling, and mad at the voting rights ruling.
O'Reilly returned to The Factor after a week long vacation, and immediately tackled one of the biggest news stories of the past week: the Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8. O'Reilly declared that the decisions have shown the Supreme Court has "morphed into a political organization," and instead of making rulings based in the law, the justices are finding loopholes to exploit.
He shouted at Juan Williams that it's B.S. for the Supreme Court to say states should decide gay marriage laws in the DOMA case and then turn down the case of Californians who decided to outlaw gay marriage in their state.
The voting rights ruling was also political, with a 5-4 ruling, but O'Reilly could care less about that, because it helps the Republicans block blacks and minorities from voting.
O'Reilly claimed that the Supreme Court, in both the Obamacare and gay marriage cases, were deciding along political lines, rather than constitutional principles. Williams agreed that the Supreme Court has become more political under John Roberts, but argued that their DOMA decision was based in the constitution. O'Reilly looked amazed and asked why, if that's the case, the law wasn't challenged in the 90s after it passed in Congress.
Mary K. Ham argued that instead of taking sides on big cases, the justices try to thread the needle in its final decision.
Which is just ridiculous, and pretty much a flat out lie, because in 90% of the Supreme Court rulings the 5 conservatives vote one way and the 4 liberals vote the other way.
O'Reilly then charged that Roberts decision in the Obamacare case that the mandate was really a tax was a huge loophole. Williams agreed, but shot back that Roberts simply made a decision in the "political best interests of the court."
Which really set O'Reilly off, who then shouted, "That's not his job. That's not his job, Juan!"
When Williams continued to explain how the DOMA ruling will now allow gay and lesbian married couples to get more benefits, this made O'Reilly mad again. He declared that now any type of marriage in the country, even a polygamist one, can get these same benefits without question. And the fact that the Supreme Court defended states rights to decide their own marriage laws but did not uphold it when California did it led O'Reilly to declare their whole reasoning B.S.!
Fox News Ignores Key Witness Zimmerman Trial Testimony By: Steve - July 1, 2013 - 10:00am
Fox News and Laura Ingraham were all over the Zimmerman trial witness Rachel Jenteal, who helped the Zimmerman case, and slamming her for changing stories about what happened the night Trayvon Martin was killed. But when another key witness John Good was caught changing his testimony that hurt Zimmerman, Fox News and Laura Ingraham totally ignored it.
On day five of George Zimmerman's trial for the death of Trayvon Martin, a key witness who previously claimed to have seen Martin throwing down blows admitted he never saw an actual punch thrown. This admission from John Good could undermine Zimmerman's claim he shot 17-year-old Martin in reasonable self-defense.
According to the original police report, Good claimed he had seen a black male pinning Zimmerman down "just throwing down blows on the guy, MMA (mixed-martial arts) style."
But on Friday, Good told jurors he could not see any punches thrown, only that there was downward movement. He also admitted he was not 100 percent sure who yelled help, but assumed it was Zimmerman. It is not the first time Good has changed his account of the night Martin died. Three weeks after the incident, Good told a special prosecutor he couldn't truly tell who yelled for help "because it was so dark out on that sidewalk."
The reliability of witness testimony has been a major focus for both the defense and state prosecution in the trial. Zimmerman's defense attorneys have tried to highlight inconsistencies of another witness, 19-year-old Rachel Jeantel, who was on the phone with Martin moments before the shooting.
Asked repeatedly by Zimmerman's attorney Don West why she lied about her reason for not attending Martin's wake, Jeantel admitted she did not want to see his body. "You. Got. To. Un. Der. Stand," Jeantel said. "I’m the last person--you don't know how I felt. You think I really want to go see the body after I just talked to him?"
And unlike John Good, who changed his story about facts in the case, Jeantel only changed her story about why she did not go to the wake. Which I believe, because I am the same way, I can not stand to go to funerals or wakes, and I did not go to any of them except for my Mom and Dad. I could barely handle my Dad's memorial, and when it was over I went home and cried for an hour.