Reality Check: New York Times Says They're Tough on Obama

This is a RUSH transcript from "The O'Reilly Factor," June 22, 2009. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

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BILL O'REILLY, HOST: Now "Reality Check," where we uncover the truth, no matter where we find it.

"Check" one: There was another big press dog and pony dinner in D.C. over the weekend, at which President Obama said this:

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BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: A few nights ago I was up tossing and turning, trying to figure out exactly what to say. Finally, when I couldn't get back to sleep, I rolled over and asked Brian Williams what he thought.

"Inside the Obama White House" is my favorite new show. There's just something really compelling about the main character.

It's — another difficult challenge is how to help our automakers thrive in the 21st century. We tried a number of different approaches, and tonight I'm announcing a new one. It's a plan passed on to me by a close friend and adviser, Oprah Winfrey. So, if each of you will look under your seat, you will find that you get a car company. You get a car company. And, FOX, you get AIG.


O'REILLY: Well, with the track record of FOX News, Roger Ailes would turn AIG around very quickly. So there.

"Check" two: In this corner, left-wing guy Paul Begala; in the opposing corner, Meghan McCain.


MEGHAN MCCAIN, DAUGHTER OF JOHN MCCAIN: The Obama administration really has to stop completely blaming everything on its predecessor. Completely. And I'm really — I'm sick of hearing we were handed this, we were handed this. I know, everyone knows. But we need to move on.

BILL MAHER, HOST, HBO'S "REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER": You think that's what Obama is doing?

MCCAIN: I do to a degree.

PAUL BEGALA, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: Not to enough of a degree. I'm sorry. Not nearly enough. Ronald Reagan blamed Jimmy Carter every day for eight years. In the speech — in the speech, what President Bush said one of the things he's had to adjust to…

MCCAIN: I wasn't born yet, so I don't know.

BEGALA: I wasn't born during the French Revolution, but I know about it.

MAHER: He's a mean man, Paul Begala.

MCCAIN: You clearly know everything. So — and I'm just a blonde sitting here.


O'REILLY: By the way, we are still waiting for Miss McCain to come on "The Factor." We like her spunk.

"Check" three: Editor of The New York Times Bill Keller says his paper is being tough on Barack Obama.


BILL KELLER, EDITOR, NEW YORK TIMES: Here is a new president who has promulgated one huge ambitious program after another. So, of course, he gets a lot of big page one headlines. But I don't think, at least up until now, that it's been un-skeptical or uncritical.


O'REILLY: But some, including me, your humble correspondent, are skeptical of Mr. Keller, a committed left-wing guy.

That leads us to "Check" 4: A New York Times/CBS poll says most Americans are willing to pay higher taxes so that all Americans can have government-subsidized health care. However, the same poll asks who did you vote for the last time around? Forty-eight percent said Obama; 28 — 25 percent — 25 percent said McCain. Uh-oh. So obviously, The New York Times health care poll was based on a huge pro-Obama crowd, was it not? Paging Bill Keller.

"Check" five: A reporter named Aaron Tru interviewed a martial arts lady named Cyborg Santos.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If you get Gina into a chokehold, how long is it going to take you to put her in a sling?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It takes about three seconds? Well, to the normal person.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: One, two, three. Oh my God, he's out. He's out.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Good, good, good, good. Wait, what happened?


O'REILLY: Where are they, Lithuania? Now, that may have been faked, but I'm not going to volunteer to find out. Cyborg can go her own way.

"Check" six: Tonight we begin a new "Check" feature called "Stupid Press Tricks," with apologies to David Letterman.

Salt Lake City Tribune, a liberal paper in the middle of a conservative state, printed a piece of propaganda from the far-left Media Matters outfit that said I am cruel for "repeatedly quacking that the legalization of gay marriage could lead to folks marrying ducks." Of course, that was a satirical jest but not portrayed as such in the Salt Lake City Tribune, a beacon of honesty. Sorry, another satirical jest.

That is "Reality Check."

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