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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Parchments
President Obama and the American media
Guests: Larry Sabato and Shira Toeplitz

"Last night Bernie Goldberg said 'journalists are Barack Obama's most loyal base,' and that is true. A 2004 study found that 52% of journalists supported John Kerry, while just 19% favored George W. Bush. Another survey said 32% of journalists describe themselves as liberal, while only 8% call themselves conservative. The press in America clearly favors the more liberal candidate, but what does it mean in the upcoming election? First, it gives the Democrats a major advantage because their agenda will be covered far more extensively; second, stories that make the President look bad will be played down in the national press, while anything Mitt Romney does will be described as a gaffe, a mistake, or just plain dumb. The cumulative effect will be to influence voters who do not pay attention. Talking Points estimates that will give the President about 3% or 4% of the popular vote. Why are most journalists liberal? Peer pressure is the main reason. In order to prosper in their careers, many journalists believe they have to toe the liberal party line. And a lot of journalists are educated in liberal universities and brought up in liberal environments. There are not a lot of Levittown or Abilene guys in the national press. No spin!"

The Factor further explored the topic with political scientist Larry Sabato and reporter Shira Toeplitz. "There's no question there is a lot of bias in the media," Sabato said, "and that key editors and reporters and producers vote for Democratic candidates. But I think you exaggerate the impact they have on undecided voters. I would argue that about 95% of the people who will actually show up in November have already decided, and tens of millions of Americans won't cast a ballot in November." Toeplitz also questioned whether the media's leftward tilt has much of an effect. "Independent voters who are still undecided probably aren't listening to these news reports at all. When I talk with women in particular, they can't even name some of the people up for vice president. We can't underestimate how long these voters take to make a decision." The Factor concluded that "the media anointed Barack Obama the 'cool guy,' they made him, they gave him the image."
President Obama on Romney-hood
Guests: Monica Crowley and Alan Colmes

The President has dubbed Mitt Romney "Romney Hood," accusing his Republican opponent of wanting to take money from the middle class and give it to the wealthy. The Factor asked Monica Crowley and Alan Colmes to opine. "This line of attack is particularly rich," Crowley said, "coming from the king of wealth distribution. Barack Obama has been running around like a demented Robin Hood, aggressively redistributing wealth through Obamacare and massive restructurings of the energy sector and financial sector." Colmes disputed the notion that President Obama's policies have damaged average Americans. "He has lowered taxes for 95% of working families, and a bunch of independent studies have shown that the only way to make Romney's numbers work is to cut benefits for middle-income people. He doesn't have any specifics."
Should drug dealers face mandatory minimums?
Guests: John Stossel

Following up on Monday's debate about the proper punishment for drug dealers, The Factor asked Fox Business host and libertarian John Stossel about the drug wars. "You can't make the drug problems go away with tough laws," Stossel asserted. "In my ideal libertarian world, the selling of drugs to adults is legal. Do you want to take another run at prohibition? Isn't alcohol poison? In my world, if my daughter dies, the drug dealer is no more responsible than the wine dealer is responsible when someone has a DUI." The Factor argued that hard drugs and alcohol are, in effect, apples and oranges: "If you deal in substances like heroin, crack cocaine, or Oxycontin, the difference between the effects on your physiology compared to a glass of wine is enormous. If someone is selling you heroin, that's a violent act."
Jesse Watters investigates Cambridge's dislike for The Factor
Guests: Jesse Watters

Factor producer Jesse Watters, apparently a glutton for punishment, visited Cambridge, Massachusetts, another town where Fox News is channel non grata. Here's what some folks told him: "I feel like Fox News is factually inaccurate" ... "I would rather live in a country that posited itself as neutral" ... "Don't put that camera in my face!" Watters summed up his adventure thusly: "We got booted off the Harvard campus, we were not allowed to film there. The one professor I did find walked away in the middle of the interview. I asked how much the stimulus cost and he had no idea."
AZ shooter Jared Loughner declared mentally competent
Guests: Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle

Jared Loughner, who opened fire at a political rally in Arizona last year, has pleaded guilty to murder and attempted assassination. Legal analysts Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle elaborated on his plea deal. "What's unusual is that he sounded sane," Wiehl said. "He looked straight at the judge and said he knew exactly what he did and pleaded guilty to all the charges. That is such a different picture of the guy that we saw a year-and-a-half ago. He'll get life without parole." Guilfoyle contended that the plea is in the interests of everyone. "Both sides have agreed that this man is now competent. They wanted the judge to find that so he could enter the plea and avoid the death penalty at taxpayers' expense." The Factor agreed that the guilty plea is the best outcome, saying, "We don't have to waste all this money and this guy will never be seen again."
Does Krauthammer regret criticizing Romney's Olympics comments?
Guests: Charles Krauthammer

Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer criticized Mitt Romney when the GOP presidential candidate questioned whether London was prepared for the Olympics. Dr. K entered the No Spin Zone and defended his earlier comments. "He wasn't being interviewed as an Olympic expert," Krauthammer said, "he was being interviewed as a presidential candidate about to head overseas on a trip to three places that were chosen precisely because President Obama had dissed each of these three allies. The point of the trip was to show solidarity, so when you're asked that question about the Olympics, you just say, 'I'm sure the Brits will have a wonderful Olympics.' This was a gaffe." The Factor took the other side, saying, "I want people to answer a question the way they think it should be answered, I respect candor and he didn't say anything wrong."
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Al Becker, Rockford, IL: "My daughter died from an overdose of Oxycontin five days after her 21st birthday. Whoever supplied her should be in prison for ten years."

Paul Minshew, Round Rock, TX: "Dealers are not responsible for people overdosing. They don't force people to use."

Dorothy Schawk, Davie, FL: "Selling drugs is almost worse than murder. They rob people of their dignity."
Website lists unclaimed money
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