By Bill O'Reilly
As we reported last night, the "New Haven Register" newspaper ran an editorial earlier this week that compared Fox News to the Ku Klux Klan. Apparently the paper upset that some people they don't like, like Ann Coulter and Ted Nugent have appeared on this network.
"Talking Points" demanded an apology from The Register and now we have it quote, "We did not intend to compare Fox News specifically to the KKK. And we should have done a better job clarifying that. There is no comparing Fox News and the Republican Party to the KKK. And we were wrong in making that connection," unquote.
However, on its Web site the "New Haven Register" is displaying this editorial cartoon which is a nasty piece of work demeaning Fox News viewers. So I don't really believe the "New Haven Register" is all that contrite. But the paper does have a right to its editorial point of view. However, when it gets irresponsible, then the marketplace will take action and in the Register's case it has.
In 1995, the paper circulation was more than 100,000. Today it's about 62,000. In 2009, the Journal Register Company which owns the paper went bankrupt. What the media never seems to learn is that once you cross a line into zealotry, you will fail. There must be a fairness in reporting or the folks will walk away in large numbers.
Now, on to the core problem we have been dealing with -- helping poor black Americans. There are reports that President Obama might finally get involved now that the issue is center stage.
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WENDELL GOLER, SENIOR WHITE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT: Yesterday's talks with the House Democrats the President reportedly said the administration is considering ways to improve the circumstances of at- risk youth particularly minority youth. Can you talk to me about some of those ways? Can you give me any specifics?
JAY CARNEY, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: I don't have anything to add on to that except to say that he is obviously interested in, as many are, what we can do as a country and at various levels to ensure that our children have opportunity to be educated and to join the economy in a productive way.
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O'REILLY: With all due respect that's not going to cut it. So here, Mr. President Are some very specific things that I hope you do.
First, poor children -- poor children cannot afford private education in this country. So please endorse school vouchers. That would get every American child an equal chance at a good education.
Second, any school district receiving federal funds will require public school students to wear uniforms. That sends a message -- you're in school not on your block playing around.
Third, you, Mr. President, should begin calling out entertainment companies, name them, that peddle garbage to kids. I submit that you as a father do not allow your daughters to listen to that destructive gangsta rap stuff. It coarsens, it promotes disrespect. It should be condemned by people who want the best for children.
Fourth, have the Department of Education launch a massive, massive campaign to discourage black girls and women, and also whites too and Hispanics, from becoming pregnant outside of marriage. Yes, that would require a value judgment, Mr. President, something you don't like to make but the out-of-wedlock birth rate is why poverty and crime is so intense in many black precincts. Unless you take steps to counter the destruction of the traditional black American family, all the other programs will amount to little.
As we have seen over the past two weeks here many civil rights people simply want to talk and talk and talk. They don't want to do anything. If you, Mr. President disagree with my suggestions I would like to know why because those things that I have just laid out would help the situation immediately.
And that's "The Memo."
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