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Alert: Balance Desperately Needed

Reported by Melanie - January 5, 2005

Jim Rogers, an occasional guest on Your World w/Neil Cavuto and a regular guest on Fox's Saturday morning program, Cavuto on Business, appeared today (January 5, 2005) on Your World. Rogers came on to tell the weekday audience his views on aid to tsunami victims as he was apparently a big hit when he appeared last Saturday.

Rogers, a financial advisor, author and lecturer, doesn't think the US government should give taxpayer money to relief agencies, including the UN. While he says his heart is broken for the tsunami victims, he says there's "nothing in the Constitution" which allows our government to give taxpayer money away. Rogers warned of corruption and waste in big organizations like the UN. (COMMENT: All I could think of was "Iraq," "no-bid contracts," and "faith-based initiatives.") Rogers said the "UN should be abolished" and that the only reason other countries are giving aid to tsunami victims is because it's "in their own self-interest."

COMMENT: The bashing never takes a break on Fox News. As the whole planet weeps for the people in south Asia, as countries around the globe and citizens everywhere come to the aid of their fellow human beings, and as many of us wish there was more we could do to help, this man makes a second appearance on Fox in less than a week and no, there was no one in sight to provide balance. No one to talk about the corrupt ways in which our government "gives taxpayer money away," or wastes money, or does things in its "own self-interest." There was no one to ask whether it mightn't be best to talk about this at another time, after the people in Asia are helped as soon, and as much as possible by the UN or any other organization. Nope. No one at all.

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