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Neil Cavuto Redirects Off-Script Guest

Reported by Melanie - October 3, 2004 -

Does Fox News tell its guests what to say, or prompt them in some way? I'm curious because of an exchange which took place on Your World w/Neil Cavuto on Friday, October 1, 2004, the day after the first Presidential debate.

Cavuto opened the segment, a round table discussion with several "guests," with this: "New quarter. Fresh gains. Markets jumping over 100 points today. This despite the sentiment that if the President would do poorly in this debate this largely Republican bastion would sell off. It did not happen today. What was really going on today?"

Scott Bleier, President of Hybrid Investors.com (and a paid Fox News "analyst"), was one of the participants. When it was Bleier's turn to speak, this is what happened:

Bleier: "Neil, I think the market completely ignored yesterday. Totally and completely ignored yesterday as the start of a new quarter today was greeted with institutions buying stocks that they sold last quarter. You know...."

Cavuto, interrupting: "So you say this had nothing to do with the debates?"

Bleier: "It had, today's market had absolutely nothing to do with the debates."

Cavuto: "Even though we led in saying the debates were a big deal?"

Bleier: "Sorry about that Neil. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. Okay, a little to do with it. How's that?"

COMMENT: It sounds to me like something's going on. What do you think?