By Bill O'Reilly
In a strange, strange twist of history, it seems like this program, The Factor, now in charge of stopping the madness. You'll remember in December we had to threaten the Mexican government in order to get Marine Corporal John Hammer out of prison down there. He was thrown in jail for absolutely no reason. After we exposed the abuse, the Mexican President finally relented and the corporal was released. That was a very serious situation. And we're happy that we could help.
But there have been dozens of other things not quite at that level. For example, a professor at Florida Atlantic University recently punished a student for not stomping on the word "Jesus." After we reported the story the professor was suspended. The student reinstated by the university.
In Alabama, an elementary school principal said this:
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
LYDIA DAVENPORT, PRINCIPAL, HERITAGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: We've had a parent that questioned us about some of the things that we do here at school, so we are just trying to make sure that we respect and honor everybody's differences. We just try to make sure that we don't say the Easter bunny so that we don't infringe on the rights of others.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
O'REILLY: Now, after we brought you that, two days later the Easter bunny was magically back on campus at that school. So you get the picture. When strange occurrences break out, no longer do you call the "Ghostbusters", you call The Factor.
Now that puts some pressure on me and my producers because we can't right every wrong and we have to be very careful about the causes we take up. For every story like Florida Atlantic there are 10 that don't pan out the way they are initially reported.
But it is true that The Factor is now mandated to keep American lunacy in check. And, believe me, there is plenty of it.
And that's "The Memo."
- You can catch Bill O'Reilly's "Talking Points Memo" weeknights at 8 and 11 p.m. ET on the Fox News Channel and any time on foxnews.com/oreilly. Send your comments to: email@example.com.