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Fox News on Martha Stewart: Lookout Martha

Reported by Melanie - February 3, 2005

This is Neil Cavuto's "Common Sense" segment from today (February 3, 2005):

"Well, is it legal to do business while you're doing time? The reason I ask is because of this news Martha Stewart has just signed up for her own version of The Apprentice on NBC. She'll get at least $100,000 an episode, same as the Donald, once she's out. But I'm thinking she's not out. She's still in. So here's my question. How is it possible to negotiate a deal when you're supposed to be negotiating a prison term?

"Now, I'm not here to debate whether it's fair she's in prison. Bottom line, she is. And I don't know any other prisoner entertaining a book or movie offer while still in the slammer. I don't know of any other prisoner who gets special treatment in prison because they were a hot shot before they got to prison. Often just the opposite. Then again, I don't know of any other prisoner quite like Martha Stewart.

"Now, I'm told that when series creator Mark Burnett went all the way down to West Virginia to visit Martha Stewart in prison this Apprentice thing never came up. And as Burnett has said, it was all wrapped up before she even was in prison. Then what in God's green Earth did they talk about? The food in West Virginia?

"Look, I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed but that'd be like me saying I stopped by a bake shop and didn't take so much as a single cannoli. I don't think so. Then how the heck did this deal get done? Through telepathy? My hat's off to Martha for looking forward to a good life after the slammer but right now she's in the slammer. Shouldn't she be doing, like, I don't know, slammer things? Mopping floors? Cleaning bathrooms? I'm thinking cooking meals, not cooking deals.

"Now, I know you can get college degrees in prison. Some discover Jesus in prison. Leave it to Martha to discover just because you get thrown in the slammer for ill-gotten gains, doesn't mean you can't gain financially once you're there. Incredible."

Comment: Martha Stewart is a Democrat, she contributes to the Democratic party and to liberal causes, she is a powerful, independent woman and Fox News can't stand her! They want her to suffer, suffer, suffer. It's driving them insane that she seems to be doing just fine, thank you, and that she has the gall to actually continue to live her life even though she's in prison. Now it looks like they're trying to convict her of doing business while in prison, something she's evidently barred from doing, so they can see her go back to prison for another term for that. Talk about diverting attention away from the real issues. I can think of some people who should be in prison right now for things much worse that anything Martha Stewart has ever done.

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