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Bill O'Reilly Violates His Own Disclosure Rules
By: Steve - April 28, 2015 - 11:00am

Bill O'Reilly is the so-called Mr. disclosure. He calls for full disclosure from Obama, all the Democrats, and all the liberals. If anyone at MSNBC does not disclose everything at all times O'Reilly loses his mind and calls for the host or MSNBC guest to be fired or punished.

For example, the other day an MSNBC host did an interview with a political analyst who worked for MSNBC that was favorable to Hillary Clinton. The political analyst had a wife who worked as a staffer for Hillary, and that was not disclosed. Even though the wife was not a guest, and was not on the show.

But O'Reilly lost his mind and slammed MSNBC for the non-disclosure.

Now get this, Karl Rove is the senior political analyst for Fox News. And he is one of the most dishonest and biased political analysts on tv, he worked for George W. Bush, and many other Republicans. He was even called Bush's brain, and he is known as one of the most dirty people in politics. He has run some of the most dirty tricks campaigns in history, and he did it himself, not his wife.

O'Reilly has this stooge on the Factor at least once a week as a political analyst, to discuss Obama, Hillary, etc. And not once is there ever a Democratic guest on with him for balance, and O'Reilly also never discloses that Rove is a dishonest partisan hack who founded Crossroads GPS, that raises hundreds of millions of dollars to run dishonest political ads against Democrats.

No disclosure of any of that, nothing. O'Reilly puts Rove on as if he is an Independent political analyst who is honest and has an objective opinion. This is about as dishonest as a journalist can be, by not disclosing who and what Rove is every time he is on. And yet he calls for full disclosure from everyone else in the media.

O'Reilly also complains about all the money wealthy people like George Soros give to Democrats, but he never says anything about the hundreds of millions wealthy people on the right give to Rove and Crossroads GPS. Here are some facts about Crossroads GPS, that Bill O'Reilly never discloses, or talks about.

Crossroads GPS is a conservative/Republican advocacy group that is among the biggest outside player in influencing national and state elections. Ed Gillespie, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, and Karl Rove, who served as senior adviser to President George W. Bush, were instrumental in helping to launch American Crossroads in 2010.

American Crossroads is a so-called "super PAC," allowed to raise and spend unlimited amounts provided all donations and expenditures are reported publicly. Crossroads GPS, a 501(c)(4), was formed, according to Carl Forti, political director for American Crossroads, because some donors didn't want to be disclosed and were more comfortable giving to an entity that keeps donors names secret.

Crossroads GPS steadfastly refuses to disclose any information about who gives to it. The money raised from secret donors can be quite substantial. ProPublica's analysis of the group's tax returns found 50 anonymous contributions of more than $1 million, including one of $22.5 million.

The chairman of American Crossroads is Mike Duncan, a former Republican National Committee chairman. Its president and chief executive officer is Steven Law, a former deputy secretary of labor in the administration of George W. Bush. Law also served as general counsel to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Draft tax returns revealed that the group raised more than $325 million during the 2012 election cycle -- $9 million more than the Democratic National Committee. They reported to the Federal Election Commission that a combined $176 million of that was spent on advertising and election communications. In addition, they spent undisclosed amounts on voter turnout efforts and other activities.

That $176 million total was over $30 million more than the next-biggest outside spending group -- Restore Our Future, a pro-Mitt Romney super PAC -- and over $100 million more than the highest-spending left-leaning group, Priorities USA/Priorities USA Action.

And O'Reilly never discloses any of that information, while having Rove on the Factor as a regular weekly guest, while complaining about the money Democrats raise, and billing Rove as an objective political analyst.

In addition to the presidential election, the Crossroads groups got involved in dozens of congressional races. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, much of their spending -- $159 million -- was directed at attacking Democratic candidates.

Most of the time these attacks were full of lies, and many of their ads had to be pulled because of lies. In Nevada, Crossroads GPS spent $768,000 on a television ad that stretched the truth regarding allegations of ethical misconduct raised against Democratic Senate hopeful Shelley Berkley. And Berkley would go on to lose the election.

In Florida, American Crossroads spent $1.8 million attacking Sen. Bill Nelson for "casting the deciding vote for Obamacare." The ad also made some dishonest claims, which were refuted in "Scary Medicare Claims," warning of death panels and Medicare rationing due to the Affordable Care Act. Despite the heavy spending, Nelson would coast to victory in his bid for reelection.

American Crossroads was able to rely on a relatively small number of large donors in the election season. In all, 17 percent of its contributions came from Texas billionaire Harold Simmons and the Contran Corporation, a massive holding company he controlled. Simmons continued to lead the way for the 2014 cycle with a $1 million contribution by Contran, which ranks as the third highest contributor.

Despite the huge sums of money raised and spent by the Crossroads groups, their track record in the 2012 elections was not very good. A study by the Sunlight Foundation found that just 14 percent of the total spent by Crossroads GPS on advertising and election communications went to support candidates who went on to win, or to oppose candidates who lost.

Which just shows that no matter how much money you spend, if the people oppose your policies and your candidates you are still going to lose.

Crossroads GPS, the 501(c)(4), has spent more than $4 million opposing Colorado Sen. Mark Udall and more than $1 million each to help Republican challengers in the Arkansas, Alaska, and North Carolina Senate races.

O'Reilly never reports on this, never tells anyone about Rove being part of it, and never complains about the money they raise. But if George Soros donates a dime to a Democrat running for office, O'Reilly spends a month crying about it. Which is just more proof Bill O'Reilly is a biased right-wing stooge who may be the biggest hypocrite in the world.

State Of Emergency Declared In Maryland: National Guard Activated
By: Steve - April 28, 2015 - 10:00am

Baltimore, MD -- CBS Baltimore reports that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency and placed the National Guard on alert in response to the violence and turmoil in Baltimore:

The city of Baltimore announced a curfew for all residents as a turbulent day that began with the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, the nation's latest symbol of police brutality, ended with rioting by rock-throwing youths, widespread looting and at least 15 police officers injured.

"Today's looting and acts of violence in Baltimore will not be tolerated," Hogan said in a statement.

"In response, I have put the Maryland National Guard on alert so they can be in position to deploy rapidly as needed. I strongly condemn the actions of the offenders who are engaged in direct attacks against innocent civilians, businesses and law enforcement officers. There is a significant difference between protesting and violence and those committing these acts will be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law."

By evening, the unrest was spreading, and the police said at least 27 people had been arrested. At a news conference on Monday night, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced that a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew would be imposed for a week beginning on Tuesday.

"Too many people have spent generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs," she said. The city already has a curfew for juveniles.

Republicans Now Trying To Save Obamacare For Political Reasons
By: Steve - April 27, 2015 - 11:00am

It's no secret that Bill O'Reilly and his Republican friends have opposed the Affordable Care Act since the very beginning. From death panels to economic Armageddon, the GOP has said and done just about anything they possibly could to make people as irrationally terrified of this law as possible.

But despite their incessant fear-mongering, basically none of their apocalyptic warnings have come true. The worst factual talking point they've had against Obamacare is that around 5 million Americans were forced to switch insurance plans because their previous plans were inadequate.

So, when I read that Senate Republicans were desperately trying to pass legislation that would extend the subsidies for the Affordable Care Act through 2017, I was caught a little off guard. After all, these are the same subsidies they have been pushing the Supreme Court to strike down for years?

So, why would Republicans want to pass legislation that guarantees the subsidies through 2017? Simple, to avoid having millions of Americans blaming the Republican party for losing their health insurance just before the 2016 elections.

Right now the debate in the Supreme Court over these subsidies essentially centers around wording in the law that could easily be fixed by Congress, nullifying any need for the court to rule on this issue at all. Of course, Republicans in Congress won't do that.

Instead, what they're trying to do is pass a temporary patch to the law so that if the court rules against it they won't be blamed for the ramifications (basically complete chaos within our health care system) just before one of the most crucial election years in our nation's history.

While it's easy for Republicans to brainwash their voters into thinking that this law is horrible, it will be an entirely different story when millions of Americans suddenly see what they are going to lose if the GOP gets its way.

If the Supreme Court rules against the subsidies, there's not going to be anyone else to blame but the Republican party -- and they know that. That's why they're trying to pass this temporary fix so that they won't have to suffer any sort of political ramifications for being the ones responsible for millions of Americans potentially losing their health insurance.

It really is astonishing how stupid Republicans treat conservative voters -- yet their voters seem to eat it right up. Republicans couldn't be any more transparent about what they're trying to do, but conservative voters couldn't seem to care less.

Clearly Republicans know the law is working and they also know millions of Americans are going to finally see just how valuable Obamacare has been if the GOP finally gets its way.

If they didn't fear that, and they truly believed this law was one of the worst things to ever happen to this country, Senate Republicans wouldn't be trying to pass an extension to the very subsidies they want struck down just to save their political asses in the 2016 elections.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Slams Media For Making Climate Change Deniers Seem Credible
By: Steve - April 27, 2015 - 10:00am

One of the biggest mistakes we make when discussing climate change is calling it a "debate," because there is no debate - it's real and human activity on the planet is the leading cause of it. When the overwhelming majority of the world's scientists -- roughly 99 percent -- all agree that human activity is causing climate change, the opinions of those who choose to deny that evidence really don't matter.

Unfortunately, the main reasons why there are so many people who deny that humans are causing climate change are: The issue has become political, meaning that many people shut off their brains and simply regurgitate talking points based on whatever their political party is telling them to believe, regardless of facts or Religion.

In this country, the Republican party is heavily backed by big oil and other various energy companies. It's an industry that stands to lose untold billions if humans were to ever embrace green energy, moving away from fossil fuels. Naturally, this has sparked a huge push by many within these industries to spend billions on fake information hoping to build doubt on scientific data pertaining to climate change much in the same way big tobacco did decades ago over the health risks of smoking.

Religion is another issue that many use as a reason to deny climate change. I've met quite a few people who deny climate change is real because they believe God controls the weather. There's really no reasoning with these people or changing their minds -- no matter what sort of factual evidence you provide, they're going to believe what they believe.

So the well known astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson had some rather choice words for the media concerning why he thinks there are so many who doubt the very real existence of climate change. "There's this journalistic ethos saying if I get one opinion then I need to get another opinion that countervails that," Tyson said. "So if I say the world is round, are you obligated to say the world is flat, lest someone think you are being biased in your reporting? Well, that's absurd."

"If you allocated column inches in proportion to the scientific consensus of experiments, there would be one sentence talking about people who deny climate change and the rest of the ten columns talking about research that supports it," he said. "But that's not what we see in the public."

And he's absolutely right. Anytime you see climate change "debated," it's almost always an equal number of people on both sides debating the issue. This, of course, projects the idea that both sides are equally represented.

They're not. To accurately “debate” this issue based on the actual representation of scientists who believe in climate change vs. those who don't, we would need to gather 100 scientists together, with 97-99 supporting human-caused climate change and 1-3 scientists on the other side arguing against it.

And I can promise you, if that's how these "debates" were being framed, those denying climate change would come off like quacks (as they should) as opposed to seeming like people with legitimate opinions, which is how they're often presented by our media.

Thankfully we have people like Tyson and Bill Nye using their fame to help raise awareness of this very real problem, because if we don't do something to try to reverse the damage we're doing to our planet soon, it's gong to be too late.

Right-Wing Ted Cruz Skipped Lynch Confirmation Vote For A Fundraiser
By: Steve - April 26, 2015 - 11:00am

After railing against it, Republican presidential candidate hopeful and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) missed the Loretta Lynch confirmation vote on Thursday because he had to fl back to Texas for a Dallas fundraiser for himself, hosted by investor Tom Hicks.

Cruz likes to talk a big game, blaming his fellow Republicans for things that he himself can't even be bothered to show up for. The Republican Senator from Texas said, "The Republican majority, if it so chose, could defeat this nomination. But the Republican majority has chosen to go forward and allow Loretta Lynch to be confirmed."

Then he apparently put on a big swagger about how Republicans would have to explain their vote back home, a problem Cruz rarely has since he never shows up to do his job and vote.

From The Hill:
Cruz also suggested that Republicans who supported Lynch would have to explain their votes back in their home states.

"I would note there are a few voters back home that are asking what exactly is the difference between a Democratic and Republican majority," he said. "That's a question each of us will have to answer to our constituents back home."
And btw folks, when Democrats who are in Congress run for President O'Reilly makes a big deal about all the votes they miss while on the campaign tour, but when Republicans like Ted Cruz do the exact same thing, O'Reilly never says a word. To this day, O'Reilly has not said one word about Cruz missing all those votes, even after Cruz said other Republicans would have to explain their votes to the folks back home.

Senator Cruz ranks 97th in the first three months of 2015 in showing up for votes. He has also missed the majority of committee hearings.

And it gets worse:
According to a report from Politico late last month, Cruz missed out on discussions about Afghanistan, the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, spending cuts, military readiness and the appropriate level of compensation for the troops.

Cruz was also the only senator absent on Wednesday when the Senate voted 99-0 to pass a compromise human trafficking bill that ended a contentious fight over federal abortion funding restrictions that had stalled the confirmation vote on attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch.
Which is so Ted Cruz, he puts on a great show, condemning his fellow Republicans and slamming Democrats. But in reality, he is not doing much except enriching Ted Cruz. Just like he did when he shut down the government and left the taxpayers with the bill for it.

The good thing for Cruz is he almost never votes on anything, so he does not have an actual record.

It's all about his inflammatory rhetoric. He can say whatever he wants, he doesn't need to worry about backing it up with action let alone reality, because he is never dealing with the consequences of what he says.

This is done on purpose, so the person running against Cruz can not use his voting record in the Senate against him. If you do not vote on anything you have no record to attack, it's a political strategy to cover for a far-right extreme and unqualified presidential candidate.

O'Reilly Once Called It Nutty For A SC Justice To Recuse Himself
By: Steve - April 26, 2015 - 10:00am

But only when that Supreme Court Justice is a conservative. In 2006 O'Reilly Didn't Care That Justice Scalia Gave A Speech On A Pending Case That Made His Vote "Obvious"

Bill O'Reilly has called on Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan to recuse themselves from the upcoming marriage equality cases -- even though neither justice has confirmed how they will rule.

But in 2006, the conservative O'Reilly took the opposite position when it came to Justice Antonin Scalia, despite the fact that O'Reilly admitted a speech the conservative justice gave on a pending case made it "obvious" how he would vote.

On the April 21st edition of The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly complained that, because Justices Ginsburg and Kagan had officiated four same-sex marriages, "these ladies have to recuse themselves."

Even though neither justice has spoken specifically on the merits of the same-sex marriage cases -- a situation that could trigger a need for a recusal -- O'Reilly nevertheless claimed that they were "not impartial" due to their participation in same-sex wedding ceremonies, and that their refusal to step down "is what unlimited power looks like."

The following night O'Reilly doubled down at the end of his show, and described the logic of a viewer who agreed with him as "impeccable," declaring the liberal justices' acts a "blatant conflict of interest."

But O'Reilly felt quite differently about the standards of recusal in 2006, when he claimed that only the "nutty left" wanted Scalia to recuse himself in Hamdan v. Rumseld, a case brought by a Guantanamo Bay prisoner who argued that his detention after 9/11 violated his rights under military and international law.

On March 8, 2006, just weeks before the Court heard oral arguments in Hamdan, Scalia gave a speech at the University of Freiberg in Switzerland, where he asserted that people who had been designated as enemy combatants -- like the prisoner in the Hamdan case -- could not enforce their rights in federal court.

Scalia stated that "War is war, and it has never been the case that when you captured a combatant you have to give them a jury trial in your civil courts ... Give me a break."

In response to an audience member who asked whether detainees had rights under the Geneva Convention -- one of the exact issues raised in Hamdan -- Scalia replied, "I'm not about to give this man who was captured in a war a full jury trial. I mean it's crazy."

As Michael Isikoff from Newsweek explained, "the comments provoked 'quite an uproar'" because the case hadn't been heard yet, but Scalia had "already spoken his mind about some of the issues in the matter."

Quoting Stephen Gillers, a professor of law and legal ethics expert, Isikoff added: "As these things mount, a legitimate question could be asked about whether he is compromising the credibility of the court."

But on the March 28, 2006, edition of The Radio Factor, O'Reilly pushed back on the "legitimate question" of recusal, even though he admitted the comments indicated "Scalia's not going to vote for civilian trials for terrorists":
O'REILLY: Finally, chief justice -- not chief justice but Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made some comments about how captured terrorists should be treated by the USA. Now, the Supreme Court is going to hear -- going to hear a case where the crazy left wants all of the captured terrorists to be tried in civilian court, no matter where they're caught.

This is insane. But that's what the far left wants. Now, Scalia was in Switzerland and said this.

SCALIA: We are in a war here capturing these people on the battlefield. We never gave a trial in civil courts to people captured in war. We captured a lot of Germans during World War II, and they were brought not to Guantánamo, but to the soil of the United States. We didn't give them a trial.

O'REILLY: All right, so obviously, Scalia's not going to vote for civilian trials for terrorists, and I don't think most of the other Supreme Court people will either. But now, the nutty left wants Scalia to recuse himself from the vote. You know, it's just the same -- on and on and on and on. But these nuts -- aye-aye-aye.
Which is just more proof O'Reilly is a biased right-wing hack with two different standards, one for Democrats and one for Republicans.

O'Reilly Spins Out Propaganda Demanding Ginsburg & Kagan Recusal
By: Steve - April 25, 2015 - 11:00am

In the lead up to next week's landmark Supreme Court hearings on the constitutionality of marriage equality, Fox News Bill O'Reilly is amplifying a fringe -- and absurd -- right-wing campaign calling on Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elana Kagan to recuse themselves because they have officiated same-sex marriages.

Even though these actions, along with Ginsburg's comments noting the American public is rapidly turning against anti-LGBT discrimination, are not grounds for legitimate recusal.

In January, the American Family Association (AFA) -- a notorious right-wing anti-gay hate group -- announced a campaign titled, "Kagan and Ginsburg: Recuse Yourselves!"

In a statement, the AFA, best known for its infamous anti-gay spokesman Bryan Fischer, called on the justices to recuse themselves ahead of next week's oral arguments before the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage.

The group argued that Kagan and Ginsburg "should recuse themselves from making any same-sex marriage decisions because they have both conducted same-sex marriage ceremonies."

On April 20th, Fox News legal correspondent Shannon Bream twice reported on "public calls, petition drives, and appeals directly to Justices Ginsburg and Kagan to recuse themselves from hearing next week's case on same-sex marriage."

During Fox News Special Report, Bream pointed to the justices past history officiating same-sex weddings and a February 2015 interview during which Ginsburg said that it "would not take a large adjustment" for Americans to get used to nationwide marriage equality.

On April 21st, Bill O'Reilly picked up the argument in his "Is It Legal" segment on The O'Reilly Factor, declaring "these ladies have to recuse themselves," because "the Supreme Court is supposed to be an incorruptible institution, but reports say Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg has herself performed three gay marriages, and Justice Elena Kagan, one."

O'Reilly's ridiculous recusal standard, if taken seriously, would lead to absurd results.

Even conservatives have noted, when defending Justice Antonin Scalia's frequent diatribes and associations on contentious social and policy issues, that the principles of recusal should not extend beyond the details and merits of the specific case at hand.

Otherwise, judges would be prohibited from involving themselves with all sorts of topics in American society. Although O'Reilly and his guest, Fox News legal analyst Kimberley Guilfoyle, had no problem questioning the "impartiality" of Ginsburg and Kagan because they were "going out of their way to perform same-sex marriages," they did NOT do the same for the conservative justices who decline to do so.

In other words, O'Reilly and the right should also ask the conservative judges who refuse to perform same-sex marriages to recuse themselves, but they do not. They only want the more liberal judges to recuse themselves because they support same-sex marriage.

Nor did O'Reilly or Guilfoyle mention Scalia's partiality on marriage equality, even though he has frequently reaffirmed his antipathy toward civil rights protections for LGBT people. In a 2013 interview with New York magazine, Scalia commented, "maybe the world is spinning toward a wider acceptance of homosexual rights."

When asked about his dissent in Lawrence v. Texas, where he wrote that Americans had the right to "protect themselves and their families from a lifestyle that they believe to be immoral and destructive," Scalia said this:
I would write that again. But that's not saying that I personally think it's destructive. Americans have a right to feel that way. They have a democratic right to do that, and if it is to change, it should change democratically, and not at the ukase of a Supreme Court.
Bream's earlier report on the "growing calls" for Ginsburg and Kagan to recuse themselves is also ridiculous, because it's only the far-right who are asking for them to recuse themselves.

Bream turned to right-wing National Review Online contributor Ed Whelan, an anti-gay marriage crusader, to hype the campaign to remove Kagan and Ginsburg ahead of next week's hearings.

But Bream failed to report that the campaign is led by the AFA and the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), two far-right fringe anti-gay hate groups whose baseless campaign has gone largely ignored by mainstream media outlets.

In fact, a Nexis search found no mainstream media mentions of the campaign since February of this year. Nevertheless, O'Reilly and Fox News has promoted the biased right-wing campaign against Ginsburg and Kagan, claiming that Ginsburg's comments on same-sex marriage were "drawing the most heat."

Polls Show Hillary Still Crushing Every Possible Republican Candidate
By: Steve - April 25, 2015 - 10:00am

Despite the fact that O'Reilly, Fox News, and the right-wing in America have already been dishonestly attacking Hillary Clinton for weeks, the polls show she would still crush any Republican loon that would run against her. And of course, O'Reilly does not say a word about it, because he is too busy slamming her.

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- If the presidential election were held today, it wouldn't even be close.

Hillary Clinton is crushing her potential Republican rivals by double digits in a new CNN/ORC International poll. The Republicans best showing is by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who trails the former senator and secretary of state by 14 points.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who hasn't even declared his candidacy yet, is behind Clinton by 17 points. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are each 19 points behind Clinton.

Rubio and Paul have declared their candidacies, but Christie hasn't said he'll run.

Clinton is also the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic nomination, with nearly seven in 10 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents supporting her.

Even including the poll's margin of error, Clinton would still have a double-digit lead on Rubio and the others. The poll was taken April 16-19 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. It was released Monday.

This is bad news for O'Reilly and the right-wing smear machine, because it shows the American people do not believe their biased propaganda. And it shows that they have little to no power with anyone except the right-wing stooges that listen to them and agree with them.

Obama Approval Ratings Are Up: O'Reilly Ignores It
By: Steve - April 24, 2015 - 11:00am

When the Obama approval ratings were going down O'Reilly reported it every time they dropped by even 1 point, but now that they are going back up he never says a word about it, proving once again he is nothing but a biased right-wing hack who hates President Obama.

Thanks to a growing economy President Obama's approval rating has reached its highest level since May of 2013. Obama is now more popular than George W. Bush, and as popular as Ronald Reagan was at the same point in their second terms.

According to the latest CNN/ORC poll, the Obama resurgence is being fueled by the growing economy. Fifty-two percent of respondents called the U.S. economy very or somewhat good while 48% said the economy was very or somewhat poor.

The President's approval rating has increased with 18-29-year-olds (57%), women (51%), Democrats (88%), and liberal Democrats (97%).

The news gets even better for Obama when his approval rating is stacked up against the previous three two-term presidents. With the exception of Bill Clinton, President Obama is faring better than or equal to the most recent two-term presidents.

Here is the approval rating for the last four two-term presidents in April of their seventh year in office:

Obama now: 48%
Bush - April 2007: 36%
Clinton - April 1999: 60%
Reagan - April 1987: 48%

Obama has the same approval rating as the right-wing hero Ronald Reagan at the same time of his second term. And yet, O'Reilly never says a word about it, while at the same time claiming Obama is not doing a good job and that he is hated by a lot of people.

At this point in his presidency, Bill Clinton held a 60% approval rating following his impeachment trial over the Monica Lewinsky scandal, largely buoyed by a strong economy. George W. Bush posted a 36% approval rating in April 2007, buffeted by the war in Iraq despite mostly positive reviews of the economy.

And the spring of Ronald Reagan's seventh year in office saw him earning a 48% approval rating from the public, a rating that was just beginning to recover from the Iran-Contra affair and didn't get any boost from a tepid economic climate.

Many supporters of the President will view his increasing approval numbers as Obama finally getting credit for the economic turnaround after pulling the country back from the brink of a potential depression when he took office, but these numbers could foreshadow a Democratic strong point in 2016.

If the economy keeps growing, which it looks like it will, Democrats will be able to run on maintaining and expanding the Obama economy.

And even with that information O'Reilly and his republican friends are arguing that a Clinton win would equal an Obama third term, but what if the American people like where the nation is heading under Obama?

The Republican attack could backfire and actually make the case for electing Hillary Clinton. President Obama has held Democrats together, and he is on the upswing.

His critics tried their best to destroy him, especially O'Reilly and Fox News, but President Obama is not only surviving, but he is also increasing his approval rating with the American people.

How Legal to Discriminate Became Freedom and Liberty
By: Steve - April 24, 2015 - 10:00am

Enough press attention has been given to the "religious freedom" laws in Indiana and Arkansas that there was initially little incentive to write more about it. That is, until conservatives reacted to opposition to the laws with an excess that is astonishing even for Fox News.

The wing-nuts have come loose, to the extent that the entire coordinated media effort to attack liberals has taken on the distinct odor of desperation. But even that is not the real story. Before we reveal the plot, let's put this issue in context.

As expected, and right on cue, Bill O'Reilly entered to pound his chest against the war on Christians, an extension of his false war on Christmas. Here is O'Reilly's thought when contemplating that not everybody would support the Indiana law: "In the U.S. and in Western Europe you have a civil war between the secular progressives and traditional religious people. In both cases, Christians are targets."

What reverberates in our heads is the obvious disconnect between reality and this tired conservative storyline. A bully calling his victim a bully is hard to digest.

According to a survey from Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, more than 78 percent of Americans identify themselves as Christian. Others more recently put that figure at 83 percent. Only 4 percent are self-proclaimed non-believers. And only about 3 percent of the population is in the LGBT community.

O'Reilly has plenty of fellow passengers on this derailing train of delusion. Tucker Carlson radio guest Tammy Bruce said liberals have turned into bullies and that conservatives have the obligation to "stop that kind of behavior." Tammy went on to note that critics of the Indiana law were "a fascist wolf pack."

Tom Cotton (R-AK) said gays should be thankful they are not being hanged, as they are in Iran. Mark Levin, a conservative radio host, draws a broader sweep of conclusions about any opposition to the Indian law: "The people who oppose these laws hate liberty; they hate the Constitution," he said on his show earlier this week. "I'll go even further: they hate America."

Mike Huckabee believes that opposition to the laws means that liberals won't stop "until there are no more churches, until there are no more people who are spreading the Gospel, and I'm talking now about the unabridged, unapologetic Gospel that is really God's truth."

So in spite of vast overwhelming supermajorities, the conservative Christians that dominate our airwaves continue to speak in the dialect of victimhood. For the rest of us, the idea of Christians as modern victims while enjoying a dominating, crushing majority is difficult to swallow.

A Christian complaining that Christianity is under attack when we are all submerged in that religion's presence is like a fish in the Pacific Ocean complaining that there is not enough water to swim in.

From the perspective of a single-digit minority, any claim by a group representing 80 percent of the population that the views of a few are a threat to the many is simply surreal. Nobody would take seriously a big brute of a bully who beat the daylights out of an innocent bystander, and then claimed he was victimized because he scraped his knuckles on his victim's forehead.

Yet that is what we are witnessing with O'Reilly and Fox News complaining about their sore knuckles.

Still, as radical as these views are, none is surprising. We have come to expect nothing less from Fox News or from the excesses of blind religious zeal wrapped in the flag of a false patriotism. This is all just colorful background for the real story.

What is shocking about the Indiana law is not that religious zealots will trample our constitution in the name of their god; the real story is the complete acquiescence of the mainstream press to the Orwellian twisting of our language to suit the conservative agenda.

I have not come across a single instance in which a major newspaper or TV reporter has challenged the term "religious freedom" and called the statute for what it is: the "Legal to Discriminate" law or "Christians Only" law or "Jews Need Not Enter" law or the "We Hate Gays" law.

Do you think the law would have as much support if we used the proper moniker? Language matters. As George Carlin noted, in one of his many famous rifts on the oddities of word usage, you can say "prick your finger" in polite company but not "finger your prick."

How we characterize something impacts how we react; and yet here we are all blindly talking about "religious freedom" or equally egregious "religious liberty" when what we actually face is the loss of one of our most basic rights. The contrast between the words and the reality could not be starker, and with few exceptions I hear little from mainstream media challenging the description.

We have come to a sad state when "religious liberty" means the precise opposite, such that such "liberty" denies me the right to practice my religion without fear of discrimination or denial of services readily available to my neighbor. Let's be clear: while gays were the initial target of these pro-discrimination laws, nothing would stop a shop-owner from denying service to anybody offensive to his or her religious ideal.

We talk of "freedom" and "liberty" and how Christians are bullied and victims. We should instead be calling these laws exactly what they are: an attempt by a supermajority to crush anybody and anything that does not comply with their narrow set of intolerant beliefs.

The right to discriminate is an ugly pig, no matter how much lipstick we put on it. Let's at least get it right when we talk about it. And no matter how much O'Reilly spins it, the type of law Indiana passed is nothing more than a law to let people use religion to refuse service to gays without being prosecuted for discrimination.

Legal Expert Claims Planting Weapons On Victims Was Standard Procedure
By: Steve - April 23, 2015 - 11:00am

And of course you never heard a word about this from O'Reilly, the Fox legal analyst was never a guest on his show to discuss it, and O'Reilly totally ignored what he said.

' Following the shooting of Walter Scott, a 50-year-old unarmed black man who was running away from the scene of a traffic stop, by Michael Slager, a 33-year-old white police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, the video a bystander recorded of the shooting challenges Slager's initial report, and raises the question of how often weapons are planted on victims.

Arthur Aidala, a legal analyst for Fox News, addressed the topic on Fox & Friends on Wednesday, and pointed out the fact that the video taken by a bystander, Feidin Santana, appears to show Slager running back to the initial scene of the altercation, picking up his Taser, and then running back to Scott, and dropping the Taser next to Scott's body.

Aidala went on to say that in his experience, planting a weapon on a victim was standard procedure for police officers in the 1980s and 90s.
"When I was in the DA's office in the 80s and 90s, that was standard operating procedures," Aidala said. "Police officers -- I hate to say this -- would keep a second gun that nobody knew about on their ankle, so if they ever killed someone they shouldn't have they would take that gun out and leave it."
Feidin Santana, a 23-year-old barber who immigrated to the US from the Dominican Republic, was the one who used his phone to record the shooting. In an interview with NBC News, Santana said that he turned in the video, because he thought the Scott family would like to know the truth.

As previously reported, Michael Slager has been charged with murdering Walter Scott, after firing eight shots at him as he ran away. There was a traffic stop prior to the shooting, where Slager pulled Scott over for a broken taillight. There was also a warrant out for Scott's arrest because he owed child support payments.

Aidala said that in terms of Slager's sentencing, there would be "no sympathy for this police officer" other than the fact that he is a "33-year-old human being who is getting paid $40,000 to protect his own life and protect everyone else's life."

"Nobody thinks this cop woke up that morning and said let me go kill somebody. He made split second decisions and they were wrong. Obviously he made wrong decisions," Aidala said. "It's going to be about, in my opinion, how much jail time does he serve."

Hotel Industry Spins Wage Hikes While CEOs Make Millions
By: Steve - April 23, 2015 - 10:00am

Hotels are making a killing. Occupancy rates are exceeding pre-recession highs, and are expected to reach record levels in 2016. Profits per room are up over 11 percent this April compared to April 2014 and the average daily rate for a room is almost 13 percent higher than it was a year ago. And executive salaries have skyrocketed.

But the little-known trade association representing this robust $163 billion dollar industry is a major force fighting behind the scenes on Capitol Hill and in statehouses and courtrooms across the country to keep workers wages low.

On April 15, the same day that hundreds of thousands of working people in over 200 cities are expected to participate in the largest-ever mobilization of underpaid workers, the American Hotel & Lodging Association will join forces with the National Restaurant Association to ask Congress to block a federal minimum wage increase, shrink the number of workers eligible for employer-provided health care insurance, and challenge the National Labor Relations Board ruling protecting the rights of franchise workers.

The American Hotel & Lodging Association is the trade group for companies in the hotel industry, including chains, independent hotels, hotel management companies and industry suppliers. AHLA's board includes members from major hotel and resort companies, including Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Omni, and others.

The well-compensated heads of those hotels include:

-- CEO Christopher Nassetta, Hilton Worldwide, made $9.9 million in 2014
-- CEO Arne Sorenson, Marriott Hotels, made $14.9 million last year
-- CEO Mark Hoplamazian, Hyatt Hotels, made $6.3 million last year.

Omni Hotel CEO Robert Rowling is one of the richest people in the world, with a net worth of $5.8 billion. Rowling has given huge contributions to Karl Rove's American Crossroads and the Koch Brother's Freedom Partners, which contribute to Republican politicians across the nation to block higher wages, paid sick days and union representation.

And some of Rowling's money works behind the scenes to keep wages in the hotel industry low through the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

Despite claiming that most industry workers are already paid above minimum wage, AHLA strongly opposes efforts to raise it. The term "extreme wages" first appeared in January 2014 when AHLA announced it would "beat back the growing emergence of extreme minimum and living wage initiatives."

In a September 2014 op-ed, AHLA CEO Katherine Lugar warned of "local extreme wage battles in cities such as Seattle, Chicago and Los Angeles." And she referenced "extreme wage initiatives" no less than five times in a November 2014 Lodging Magazine interview.

Now in Los Angeles, where more than 40 percent of the city's hotel workers currently earn below the federal poverty line, AHLA has sued to block an ordinance raising minimum wages for hotel employees to $15.37 an hour. In other parts of the country, as CMD has detailed, the goal is to pass laws at the state level to preempt local ordinances to raise the wages.

The lawsuit and the wage preemption bills are part of a coordinated legislative, legal and PR strategy detailed by an AHLA lobbyist at a recent conference.

At the 2014 joint meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its local offshoot, American City County Exchange (ACCE), AHLA Senior Executive Brian Crawford compared the industry's battle against local wage laws to a game of Whack-a-Mole: "We're trying to beat them down when they pop up."

The AHLA is a major mover behind the "Coalition to Save Local Businesses," which is encouraging lawmakers on the Hill to challenge the National Labor Relations Board general counsel's determination that McDonald's is a joint employer of franchise employees.

The joint employer standard has thrown the big fast food and hotel franchisors and their trade associations into a panic, as it calls into question the business model that has allowed franchisors to get rich while offloading responsibility for low wages and poor working conditions onto local franchisees.

As with its lobbying partner, the National Restaurant Association which champions the $2.13 tipped wage, the AHLA seeks to preserve an industry wage structure that leaves many workers living in poverty while company executives and owners reap millions.

The sale of Hilton last year earned its private equity owners $10 billion on a business they owned for six years!

They are making millions and millions in profits, and in some cases billions, and they still do not want to pay a living wage to the people who make them all that money. It's pure greed, and they even lie to try and keep making all that money without fairly paying their employees who make them all that money.

Missouri National Guard Called Civilian Protesters Enemy Forces
By: Steve - April 22, 2015 - 11:00am

And of course the great so-called journalist Bill O'Reilly never once reported or mentioned this story on his so-called no spin news show.

Adding to the backlash from the bloody crackdown on public protests in Ferguson, Missouri last year, leaked international Missouri National Guard documents reveal that the Guard was officially referring to demonstrators as "enemy forces" in mission briefings.

Missouri Army Chief of Staff Col. David Boyle realized pretty early on how bad that looked and in a November 18 email urged officials to reduce the "public militarization perception" and avoid potentially inflammatory language.

But the National Guard is defending the label, with Captain John Quinn insisting it was "standard language in general military planning."

Capt. Quinn went on to insist that the National Guard would also consider inclement weather and heat potential threats.

Which is just ridiculous, and if you buy that garbage I have some land to sell you.

It also underscores just what a blunder it was to use the term "enemy forces," despite Capt. Quinn's protestation, presumably state National Guards do not, as a general rule, refer to tornadoes or thunderstorms as "enemy forces."

The decision to label civilian protesters as "enemy forces" is deliberately provocative, and part of a policy throughout the Ferguson debacle of treating civil unrest and unfriendly media coverage as problems to be solved through military force.

And one last thing, I very much doubt the founding fathers would have supported calling American citizens who were protesting, enemy forces, when they gave them the right to protest in the fricking constitution. It's called the 1st amendment.

O'Reilly Caught Using Propaganda From A Right-Wing Group
By: Steve - April 22, 2015 - 10:00am

Lie #402: On Monday night O'Reilly was caught lying about the number of tax increases Obama has proposed, and he based his lies on a report from the far-right Americans for Tax Reform, a conservative anti-tax group headed by Grover Norquist. Not to mention, he never once reported that Obama has lowered taxes on most of the people, and that the tax increases he has proposed would only be on the wealthy.

This is more proof that O'Reilly is nothing but a biased lying right-wing hack, who will never be fair to Hillary Clinton, or any Democrat. These are talking points from fricking Grover Norquist, the biggest right-wing liar on earth, and O'Reilly spewed them out for all to hear, like the good little dishonest Republican he is.

Monday night Bill O'Reilly parroted a previously debunked claim that President Obama raised taxes more than 442 times since taking office -- a claim rated "Mostly False" by PolitiFact in 2014.

During the April 20th O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly pointed to federal tax revenue to dismiss political rhetoric on income inequality, lamenting the tax rates of "Americans earning more than $400,000" and noting that "the U.S. has the highest tax rate on business in the world."

O'Reilly complained that President Obama has imposed "punishing taxation," claiming that "since taking office, President Obama has proposed a whopping 442 tax increases" and asking, "how much more can the government take from the affluent without crashing the entire free market economy?"

Which is just laughable, because corporations are making record profits, jobs are up, and the stock market is at a record high over 18,000. So what O'Reilly said in not just a lie, the free market is thriving under Obama and businesses are doing great. And btw folks, O'Reilly still ignores the fact that after Bill Clinton raised taxes on the wealthy the economy boomed and created 22 million new jobs in the next 7 years.

Proving that when you raise taxes on the wealthy it does not hurt the economy or the free market, and it even helps it. O'Reilly is just a flat out liar about all of this.

O'Reilly's claim that Obama tried to raise taxes 442 times comes from Americans for Tax Reform, a conservative anti-tax group headed by Grover Norquist, and was rated as "Mostly False" by PolitiFact in 2014.

According to PolitiFact, Americans for Tax Reform "overstated the total number by a significant amount," noting that "removing duplicates eliminates about 159 of the proposals" and "failed to account for other tax cuts that are part of Obama's record, including nearly $220 billion in tax cuts that were part of the federal stimulus."

Bill O'Reilly is a liar, about Obama and about the effects of tax increases on the wealthy. And that is a fact.

Another Reason Why O'Reilly Is An Idiot About Fighting Terrorism
By: Steve - April 21, 2015 - 10:00am

After floating the idea of creating a giant mercenary army to fight terrorists around the world on Tuesday, Bill O'Reilly had the founder of Blackwater on his show to rubber stamp the grandiose plan. Even though almost every military and political expert in the world thought it was an insane idea, and most Republicans even said it was a bad idea, O'Reilly held his ground and talked to Erik Prince about it.

"It's possible and doable," said Erik Prince, former CEO of the notorious private security firm Blackwater USA.

He went on to address some possible objections: "There's three arguments against this, there's reliability, accountability and cost."

But O'Reilly quickly waved off concern over the cost of raising a 25,000 man army, saying countries like Saudi Arabia would "kick in" to fund the force.

As for accountability, O'Reilly quickly noted that four Blackwater contractors currently face charges for killing at least 14 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad in 2007, but that overall, a paramilitary force would be trustworthy.

"You know, in war, bad things happen inevitably, but there is control, there's a central control over such a force," O'Reilly said.

Prince, who sold the company in 2010 after stepping down as CEO in 2009, went on to compare O'Reilly's giant mobile mercenary unit to the French nobility assisting America in the Revolutionary War.

"It's as part of American history as apple pie," he said, citing the involvement of the Marquis de Lafayette and Rochambeau during the Revolution.

Other than being an insane idea, it's all a fairy tale that will never happen. How does O'Reilly know that every one in a paid mercenary army would be trustworthy, when they are doing it for the money. What if someone from the other side offers them more money, they could switch sides and take the money.

And how does he know Saudi Arabia would fund the force, he does not know, it's all guessing and speculation, something he says he never does. It all sounds like a plan from a crazy person in a mental home.

And here is a small example of why it would be a terrible idea.

US Court Sentences Blackwater Guards Over 2007 Baghdad Massacre

4-15-15 -- Following up on the October convictions of four Blackwater employees for their roles in the 2007 Nisour Square Massacre in Baghdad, a US court today sentenced all four to substantial prison terms.

Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, and Dustin Heard each faced multiple counts of voluntary manslaughter, and were each sentenced to 30 years in prison.

The heaviest charges fell on Nicholas Slatten, however.

Slatten, who bragged to friends of his intention to "kill as many Iraqis as he could as payback for 9/11," was charged with first-degree murder in the killings, and was sentenced to life in prison. He was also the one who fired first.

The Nisour Square Massacre left 17 Iraqi civilians dead and 20 injured and led to the revocation by the Iraqi government of Blackwater's license to operate in the nation, though they remained for quite some time under State Department auspices anyhow.

The guard were charged in a relatively rare case of using the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act of 2000. The defense argued unsuccessfully that this did not apply because they were working as military contractors for the US State Department, not the military itself.

And of course, O'Reilly never reported the convictions on the Factor, no mention of it at all, no segments about it, nothing. And since his 25,000 man terrorist army idea went public he has never mentioned that again either, most likely because he figured out it was a crazy idea that nobody agreed with.

Note to GOP Donors: Your Campaign Donations Are Being Wasted
By: Steve - April 20, 2015 - 11:30am

This is campaign money that was donated to pay for elections and political ads, etc, not for Chris Christie to fly to Dallas so he can hang out with Jerry Jones. And if I were a Republican donor I would be mad as hell that my money was paying for this loser to party in Dallas using private jets.



White Power Business Owner Gets A Racism Reality Check
By: Steve - April 20, 2015 - 11:00am

This is what happens when you are a racist white power business owner, and as a white man myself I do not feel sorry for this racist jerk at all.

A business owner says he's suffering financially just because he publicly expressed his controversial views and there is now a crowdfunding page to help him out. Sound familiar?

Well, unlike in the case of Memories Pizza, New Jersey deli owner Jim Boggess didn't say he would refuse to serve certain people, he just asserted a certain controversial racial viewpoint.

The idiot put a sign in the window of his New Jersey Deli saying this: "Celebrate your white heritage in March, White History Month"

That viewpoint he talks about? That people should be free to celebrate their "white heritage" for White History Month.

Boggess owns Jimbo's Deli, and he got in trouble after a customer complained about the sign last month. Boggess refused to take it down, and both he and the man who complained got some pretty vicious responses. Boggess insisted, "I love everybody, and everybody should celebrate what they are. I shouldn't have to feel bad about being white."

He ended up taking it down, but last week he set up a GoFundMe page saying he's been suffering financially:

It was only supposed to be a white thing but people read more into it than that... I have become heavily in debt and getting shut off notices from everywhere for both business and home. I don't think I deserve this just because I wanted to be proud of being white and be able to celebrate my heritage like everyone else does.

If you read this, please leave a comment and what state your from so I can see where my support is coming from. Thank you for all the support and. I WILL stay strong and hope to find a job.

As of this posting, he's received a whopping $245.00

After quite a bit of negative backlash, Boggess eventually apologized and removed the sign. Even though he finally gave a public apology, the backlash has caused his business to go under. Basically, he lost almost all of his customers and he could not pay his bills any more.

I would say this, you have a right to be an idiot and a racist, and the people who support your Deli also have a right to go somewhere else, which is what happened. And as you can see almost nobody feels sorry for him, not even the usual right-wing fools that donate money to these racists, because he can not even raise $300.00 from his gofundme campaign.

Republicans Prove Once Again They Are Owned By The Wealthy
By: Steve - April 20, 2015 - 10:00am

House Republicans made it clear whose side they are on last week by voting to pass a $3 million tax cut for millionaires and billionaires.

The final vote was 240-179 along party lines.

Speaker of the House John Boehner tried to sell his tax cut for millionaires and billionaires as a bill that helps families by righting a wrong, saying this: "Family farmers, ranchers, and small business owners work tirelessly to create jobs in our communities, put food on our tables, and (God willing) have something to pass on to their children and grandchildren. Taking away that opportunity with a massive death tax bill is simply wrong. And while the money is nothing more than a drop in the bucket to the federal government, it can prove devastating to families -- forcing them to sell land, lay off workers, and even shut down entirely."

Boehner also said this: "The Death Tax Repeal protects families and small businesses, and makes it easier for them to grow and plan for the future. We've also taken another step to bring more certainty to the tax code by extending and making permanent a provision allowing families and small businesses to deduct sales tax from their tax filings, helping them keep more of what they earn. These are common-sense bills that make the tax code simpler and fairer for hardworking families and I urge the president to reconsider his opposition to these measures."

Which is all a load of bull, and nothing but right-wing propaganda. There is no death tax, it's a tax on getting that money, just as winning the lottery has a tax on that money. The dead person is not being taxed, the living people who get the money are. So when they call it a death tax they are being dishonest, and it only involves 0.2% of the people who are filthy rich.

The White House also debunked Boehner's death tax fairy tale in their threat to veto this bill, "Repealing the estate tax exclusively benefits just the wealthiest one or two estates out of every thousand -- which would receive a tax cut averaging more than $3 million each -- because current law already exempts more than $5 million of wealth for individuals and more than $10 million of wealth for couples from the tax."

Yes, you heard that right. There is no estate tax on $5 million or less for singles, and $10 million or less for couples. Funny how Boehner, O'Reilly, or anyone on the right ever mentions that. They act like everyone with money who dies has kids that have to pay the tax, which is just wrong. Because it does not kick in until you have over $5 or $10 million in assets.

"Given these large exemptions, well over 99 percent of Americans, including virtually all small businesses and family farms, do not pay any estate tax."

H.R. 1105 would also shift a greater share of the tax burden onto working Americans at a time when the top one percent already holds more than 40 percent of the Nation's wealth and wealth disparities have risen to levels not seen since the 1930s.

Republicans have made it clear who they are standing with. The GOP isn't supporting hard working people who are falling behind a little more each day. John Boehner showed more sympathy for the plight of a few of the richest families in the country than he ever has for working class Americans.

The good news is that Senate Democrats are certain to block this bill, and if, by some off chance, the legislation would get to President Obama's desk, he has promised to veto it.

This vote demonstrated the Republican priorities in the clearest way.

John Boehner loves to claim that he works for "The People's House," and Thursday's vote demonstrated exactly who the people are that the Speaker is working for, the mega wealthy.

Senator Bernie Sanders Schools O'Reilly About Clinton & Reality
By: Steve - April 19, 2015 - 11:00am

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) rolled through all of Bill O'Reilly's attempts to split the left while knocking down his attempts to use him for right-wing propaganda purposes.

Sanders didn't bat an eye when O'Reilly began the interview by trying various techniques to get him to say something negative about Hillary Clinton. Sanders was aggressive and seized the interview from O'Reilly. He forced O'Dummy to pivot away from his usual blustering attacks and towards a friendly softer tone. Sanders even got O'Reilly to admit that he agrees with him on some issues like money in politics.

O'Reilly made a joke that Sanders has no chance to be President (if he runs) unless he makes O'Reilly his Vice President pick. Which was not funny, and nobody laughed at it.

What really stuck out was Sander's ability to shift O'Reilly and the interview anywhere he wanted it to go. It's rare that a guest on the Factor is more aggressive than the host, but the senator from Vermont was aggressive without being combative. The segment never turned into a scream fest. In fact, Sanders handled O'Reilly fairly easily by keeping the tone civil and not falling for the loaded and biased questions he was trying to lead him with.

Sanders was able to successfully take apart O'Reilly and his right-wing talking points by weeding through the bias that most of the questions were based on. Sanders took on O'Reilly and showed him what a strong liberal looks and sounds like.

O'Reilly tried to rely on his gimmick of being the voice for the folks, but it never worked when confronted with an authentic voice that actually works for ordinary Americans, as Bernie Sanders does.

The lesson for any member of the left who appears on the Factor (or any show on Fox News) is that it is important to be aggressive while not taking the questions at face value.

The political motivation for Sanders to appear on Fox News is that he is trying to rally grassroots support on all sides for his potential presidential campaign.

Sanders was not going to be used to divide the left ahead of 2016, no matter what tactics O'Reilly used. In fact, it was O'Reilly who ended up bending to the will of Sanders. He did not let O'Reilly control the interview and spin his views, he took control and made O'Reilly listen to him.

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O'Reilly Thinks We Are Still In A Recession

O'Reilly's Nazi Comment Defense Was Laughable

Fox News The Least Trusted Cable News Network

O'Reilly Caught Lying About The Media (Again)

O'Reilly Claims Estate Tax A Seizure Of Property

O'Reilly Called Bernie Sanders A Loon

Bloomberg Tax Cut Poll Proves O'Reilly Was Lying

O'Reilly Ignored Positive DADT Study & Story

O'Reilly & Fox Ignore Judge Being A 9-11 Truther

More Real News O'Reilly Has Ignored

More Proof O'Reilly Spins The Obama Job Ratings

O'Reilly Got The Ireland Economic Crisis Wrong

O'Reilly Ignored The Tom Delay Conviction Story

Women Of America: You Need To Read This

Conclusive Proof O'Reilly Is Dishonest & Crazy

O'Reilly Nazi Comparison Hypocrisy

O'Reilly Ignores New Poll While Promoting Paladino

Andrew Sullivan Called O'Reilly A Dishonest Propagandist

O'Reilly Caught Lying About The Nevada RCP Senate Poll

O'Reilly Ignored Right-Wing Abortion Bomber Terrorism Story

Fox & O'Reilly Ignored Friday Pro-Mosque NY Rally

O'Reilly Busted For Health Insurance Premium Lies

Most Factor Gear Made in Vietnam And China

O'Reilly Caught Lying About His Ratings Again

O'Reilly Busted For 1st Time Retraction Lie

The Bill O'Reilly Non-Apology Shirley Sherrod Apology

O'Reilly & The Right Are Racist Idiots

O'Reilly Ignored Tea Party Express Racism Story

O'Reilly Compares Gay People To Al-Qaeda

Proof O'Reilly Spins The Obama Job Rating Polls

O'Reilly Ignored Mark Kirk Military Award Lie Story

Where Are The Sedition Charges Now O'Reilly

O'Reilly Caught In A Massive Lie About Jail Time

O'Reilly Running Ads For Emergency Food Supply

O'Reilly Caught Lying About Tea Party Militia Links

O'Reilly Caught Spinning Gallup Tea Party Poll

O'Reilly Ignored Harris Poll Showing Republicans Are Stupid

O'Reilly Caught Lying About Health Reform Bill Tax

O'Reilly Caught Lying About NEJM Health Care Survey

O'Reilly Caught Lying About His Ratings Again

The Truth About Ratings For News Shows

Gallup Poll Proves O'Reilly Is A Right-Wing Spin Doctor

O'Reilly Spinning Fox News Most Trusted Poll

Fox News Did Not Air Hope For Haiti Telethon

O'Reilly Caught Spinning Obama Terrorism Polls

O'Reilly Caught Lying About House Ethics Committee

O'Reilly Caught Lying About His Ratings Increase

O'Reilly Caught Lying About Limbaugh Racism

O'Reilly Caught Lying About Religious Festival

O'Reilly Caught Red Handed Lying About CNN

O'Reilly Caught Violating Journalistic Standards Again

O'Reilly Caught Lying About The ACLU & Racial Profiling

More Proof O'Reilly & FOX News Do Not Tell The Truth

O'Reilly Called Bruce Springsteen Un-American & Un-Patriotic

The Bill O'Reilly Senate Torture Report Countdown Clock

O'Reilly Caught Lying About The Obama Approval Numbers

FOX News Caught Lying About Obama Budget

O'Reilly Busted For Helping GOP Smear Pelosi

O'Reilly Caught Lying About Obama Earmark Promise

Military.com Report Proves O'Reilly Wrong About Homeless Vets

O'Reilly Places 7th in 2008 Wingnut of The Year Award

O'Reilly Denys Reality About Abstinence Only Programs




Proof The O'Reilly Factor is Biased Against Barack Obama
O'Reilly said he is a non-partisan Independent, who is fair to both sides, and that he has been fair to Barack Obama. To check that claim I did a 3 month study of the Factor, it started on August 1st, 2008, and ran until October 31st, 2008. I watched the Factor every night and counted the negative and positive comments for Obama and McCain.

Visit the web page I set up, and you will see the stunning bias from O'Reilly and his mostly Republican guests against Barack Obama. Then you will see there is no doubt Bill O'Reilly is a dishonest and biased Conservative. This study is conclusive proof that O'Reilly is in the tank for John McCain.

Visit The Web Page Below to See The 3 Month Factor Bias Study:

www.oreilly-sucks.com/3mbiasnumbers.htm

Proof O'Reilly Lied About The Balance on His Show
O'Reilly claims the factor is balanced, and that he personally makes sure every week he has an equal number of Republican and Democrat guests. This is a bold faced lie, and I can prove it. I put together a web page that shows the guest list from the factor for the last 2 weeks. Read it and you will see with your own eyes that Bill O'Reilly is lying when he says the factor is balanced.

And remember that we are 3 weeks before a major Presidential election, or the Republican bias numbers would be worse than it is normally. O'Reilly is actually having more Democrats on than he usually does, and the balance is still not even close. If we were not so close to an election it would be a lot worse.

Visit The Web Page Below to See The Lies About The Factor Balance:

www.oreilly-sucks.com/oreillybalanced.htm

O'Reilly Sucks Investigation: Dishonesty, Deception, And Bias By Bill O'Reilly
O'Reilly claims there are no Republicans or Conservative groups that rival George Soros. O'Reilly said the top three conservative tax-exempt foundations are totally dwarfed by Soros and the radical Ford Foundation. And that they have 15 times more the assets. George Soros net worth is $8.5 billion, the Ford Foundation has a net worth of $13 billion. But the seven billionaires who donate to Newt Gingrich and other right-wing causes have a combined net worth of $34.8 billion dollars.

Somehow O'Reilly claims that Soros and the Ford Foundation have 15 times more the assets than anyone on the right. When the seven billionaires alone who give money to Newt, have roughly $14 billion more than Soros and the Ford Foundation combined.

Visit the web page below to see the massive money O'Reilly has ignored from the right:

www.oreilly-sucks.com/oreilly-investigation.htm

(( Right-Wing Hate Speech Ignored by Bill O'Reilly ))
O'Reilly claims there is no hate on the right, that it's all on the left. But the way he defines hate is ridiculous, if a liberal blog or website writes an article that criticizes George W. Bush (or any Republican) O'Reilly calls it hate. When it's not hate, it's reporting the facts, there is no hate. A great example is when websites like oreilly-sucks.com, mediamatters.org, etc. criticize O'Reilly he calls it hate, and says they are hate groups who lie about him.

That is a lie, it is not hate, and they are not hate websites. There is real hate on the internet, but O'Reilly does not report it, because most of it is from the right. I have documented this hate in my blog and on a web page, all of it was ignored by Bill O'Reilly, and it was never reported on the Factor.

Visit the web page below to see the massive right-wing hate O'Reilly has ignored:

www.oreilly-sucks.com/right-wing-hate.htm


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