The Factor vs. CNN

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Hi, I'm Bill O'Reilly.  Thank you for watching us tonight.

The Factor versus CNN, that is the subject of this evening's Talking Points Memo .

I respect CNN and appreciate the competition.  It's fun to go up against professionals.  And most of the folks working for CNN are pros.  But what that network did yesterday is flat-out wrong, and whoever orchestrated it should be disciplined.

You may remember our story about Planned Parenthood sending out a Christmas card that says "choice on earth" instead of "peace on earth."  Well, we found that card to be inappropriate and commissioned a FOX News/Opinion Dynamics poll to see if you felt the same way.

Our poll was scientific.  That is regular, registered voters were called at random and presented with a clearly worded question.  Was the "choice on earth" sentiment okay or not?  Sixty-four percent of you said not, and 23 percent said okay.

So that's that.  The American people have spoken in a way that is scientific and beyond dispute.

But wait a minute.  CNN picks up the story after our reporting and does what they call a Quickvote.  That's a Web site-driven survey of viewers who watch CNN.  In the fine print, CNN wrote that the Quickvote is not scientific, but nonetheless put it on television, and, of course, the majority of their audience found the Planned Parenthood card appropriate.

This situation tells us a couple of important things.  First, that CNN Web site voters are clearly liberal, and that CNN will feature on-air surveys that really have no validity at all.

The question is, why would CNN do this?  They have in place an excellent polling system that does important scientific reporting, just as FOX News does.  So why wouldn't they use that unit in this story?

The reason may be -- and I repeat the word may -- that CNN is desperately trying to convince the country that FOX News is an agenda-driven network and has no credibility.

Now, last night we more than doubled CNN in the ratings.  Perhaps the Atlanta boys are acting out.  But Talking Points believes that featuring Internet polls as news is cheap and misleading.

Points is very disappointed.  CNN is indeed better than that.

And that's The Memo.

The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day

Time now for "The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day..."

I don't care about Michael Jackson, but I am compelled to once again mock him.  I don't know why I do this, it is ridiculous, I admit it, and you can hold it against me.  Anyway, our pal, Gloria Allred, is asking the authorities to take action against Jackson for holding his baby over a railing.  We've all see the pictures.  Jackson was asked about Allred's crusade.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE:  She's an attorney who's calling for an investigation by human services as a result of the...

MICHAEL JACKSON, SINGER:  Ah, tell her to go to hell.


O'REILLY:  Ridiculous?  Not to the devil.

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