*Bill O’Reilly told President Obama’s senior advisor Valerie Jarrett on Thursday night that if the White House is serious about implementing their new “My Brother’s Keeper” program to help strengthen minority communities, they need to “attack” the source of the problem…gangsta rappers.
“You have to attack the fundamental disease if you want to cure it,” the Fox News host told Jarrett on The O’Reilly Factor. “You’re gonna have to get people like Jay Z, Kanye West, all these gangsta rappers to knock it off.”
Jarrett described the new initiative, called “My Brother’s Keeper,” as “a new effort aimed at empowering boys and young men of color.” She said she has already seen improvements and is very hopeful of the program’s success, but O’Reilly insisted there will be no change until “all” rappers go on TV and announce that that kind of behavior “is wrong.”
*Bill O’Reilly is putting the notes from his Super Bowl interview with President Barack Obama up for auction, suggesting someone should have the chance to own a piece of “journalistic history.”
The Fox News host announced on his program Monday that his handwritten notes from the interview, signed by both him and Obama, were up for auction – with the starting bid at $10,000. The proceeds will benefit the Fischer House, a charity that helps the families of severely wounded veterans. He acknowledged that Obama has been a “tremendous help” in raising money for wounded vets.
If $10,000 is too steep, O’Reilly said for a donation $25 or more to the Fisher House, people will receive a replica copy of the notes.
Not to be outdone, Steven Colbert – fresh from his appearance at the White House State Dinner, where he was seated next to First Lady Michelle Obama – is auctioning off the microwave oven he claimed to have stolen from O’Reilly’s green room during his appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” in 2007. [Scroll down to watch.]
*Bill O’Reilly‘s extended interview with President Barack Obama, taped after the live sit-down before the Super Bowl, aired Monday on the Fox News Channel to huge ratings.
Their testy exchange drew 4.204 million viewers for “The O’Reilly Factor” at 8 p.m., according to Neilsen.
It’s O’Reilly’s best total audience numbers since his coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings, when Fox News drew 4.825 million viewers April 15, the day of the marathon attack, and 7.626 million viewers April 19 during a Shep Smith-hosted special in the slot on the night of the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ended with his capture.
Monday night’s “Factor” also garnered 626,000 viewers in the key adults 25-54 news demo.
*Bill O’Reilly featured Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, Thursday night on his Fox News program to discuss the Wednesday arrest of George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed her teenage son.
O’Reilly, who has criticized the media for “rushing to judgment” about Martin’s case, told Fulton that he was sorry for her loss.
“I can’t imagine the pain you go through,” he said. “So I think all Americans are feeling your pain. And we all want justice in the case…From the beginning, we’ve just called for calm. Let the system work. Let’s not convict Zimmerman on television. Let’s not make these wild charges.”
MSNBC’s Al Sharpton has been a vocal proponent for justice in the killing of Martin, and has organized rallies with the family in Florida through his action network. O’Reilly said that he has called for MSNBC host Al Sharpton to apologize for some of the things he has said. “Was I wrong to say that?” O’Reilly asked Fulton.
Fulton said that Sharpton “also promotes peace,” and that they called for peaceful protests and peaceful demonstrations in their call for justice. “We’ve never asked for anyone to do anything out of the ordinary,” she said. O’Reilly called Fulton, Martin’s father and their lawyer “magnificent,” but said that others around the country have “whipped up emotion.” O’Reilly again said that Sharpton should apologize.
“You want me to comment on that? I don’t know everything that’s behind it. I haven’t been watching a lot of the news. And I haven’t been watching what everyone was saying. So I’m not sure what response you want,” Fulton said.
Fulton’s lawyer Benjamin Crump jumped in and said that O’Reilly and Sharpton should discuss that topic. He added that the demonstrations and protests were necessary to ensure that Zimmerman was arrested.
O’Reilly said that his beef was not with anything Fulton or her family has done, it was only with “convicting Zimmerman on TV.” Crump said that Fulton really just wanted to see Zimmerman have his day in court.
“We’re all Americans here. No one wants a 17-year-old son shot down on the street … Mr. Zimmerman doesn’t want to see his son’s life ruined because of this. This is a tragedy all the way around. And we have to handle it with the utmost respect,” O’Reilly said.
Clint Eastwood in the Chrysler "Halftime in America" Super Bowl Ad
*As political pundits continue to dissect Clint Eastwood’s Super Bowl commercial for Chrysler, which has been accused of supporting President Obama’s decision to bail out America’s auto-industry, the Libertarian actor says he has no “affiliation” with the current administration – or any politician or party, for that matter – and has donated his salary to charity, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama,” Eastwood told Fox News Channel on Monday.
“It was meant to be a message,” Eastwood told “The O’Reilly Factor” producer Ron Mitchell, “just about job growth and the spirit of America. I think all politicians will agree with it. I thought the spirit was OK.”
The ad, which has Eastwood declaring that it’s “halftime in America,” appears to support the White House decision to bail out certain carmakers – including Chrysler – with taxpayer money, a decision that sits better with Democrats than it does Republicans. [Watch the ad below.]
White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer tweeted his support for the commercial, as did Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod. Republican strategist Karl Rove, on the other hand, told Fox News on Monday that he was “offended” by the ad, even though he’s “a huge fan of Clint Eastwood.” Other conservatives also weighed in. Columnist Michelle Malkin, for example, tweeted: “Agh. WTH? Did I just see Clint Eastwood fronting an auto bailout ad???”
Despite the political brouhaha, Eastwood told Fox News that the ad is non partisan.
“I just want to say that the spin stops with you guys, and there is no spin in that ad. On this I am certain,” Eastwood said. “I am not supporting any politician at this time.”
Eastwood also told Fox News that he donated to charity the money that Chrysler paid him for starring in the suddenly controversial Super Bowl commercial.
*Nancy Grace – whose coverage of the Casey Anthony murder trial received nearly as much attention as the case itself – says her focus now is to put the backlash behind her.
“I know that a lot of people hate me and say rotten things about me,” the HLN network legal commentator, 51, tells The Hollywood Reporter. “The only thing I can do is keep working.”
Though she expressed outrage over Casey Anthony’s acquittal, Grace – a former prosecutor – says she still has faith in the American legal system.
“It’s a very hard thing to digest when your justice system fails you, but … you cannot stop believing in it because it is the best system in the world,” she says. “The system can fail, but that’s all we have.”
With Anthony set to be released on July 17 (moved from the original release date of July 13) Grace says she will now devote her attention to other cases.
“We’ve covered literally hundreds of missing people, missing children, unsolved homicides since Caylee went missing,” she says. “It’s just hard when you’re so emotionally invested in a particular case. … But like every good trial lawyer, what you have to do is set aside those emotions and that investment, because there are other cases that need you. So I’m going to pick up the next file and go on to the next missing person or missing child or unsolved homicide.”
Click here to watch Nancy Grace’s immediate reaction to the Casey Anthony verdict.
Meanwhile, on his Fox News Channel show Thursday, Bill O’Reilly went off on the Casey Anthony juror who gave an interview to ABC News explaining why they voted that Casey Anthony was not guilty.
After playing a clip of Ford telling ABC News’ Terry Moran that she thinks Caylee may have died after a pool accident, which is the theory the defense put forward, O’Reilly fumed, “What on earth is Jennifer Ford talking about? … Are you kidding me? There is no evidence that Caylee Anthony died from an accident. None. It was a theory from the defense team, and when crunch time came they couldn’t present a shred of evidence to back up the theory. Yet Jennifer Ford — and I believe other jurors — apparently believes there could have been an accident involved. Based on what? Maybe a Martian came down and put duct tape over Caylee’s mouth? Juries have to operate on facts, not irresponsible, unproved theories.”
Click here to watch O’Reilly’s Talking Points tirade.