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There's More Than One Way to Diss a Guest

Reported by Melanie - March 9, 2005

The first several segments today (March 9, 2005) on Your World w/Neil Cavuto were about the stock market (sort of) and oil prices (more so) and drilling in ANWR (mostly). Melinda Pierce of the Sierra Club was a guest for one of the segments. She strongly advocated against drilling in ANWR.

Anyone who watches even five minutes of Fox News knows that Fox flashes lots of banners at the bottom of the screen, above the rolling news strip which is ever-present. When guests are speaking, their name appears there, then their affiliation, then maybe highlights from their bio and the address of their website, and often quotes from what they just said.

In the case of Melinda Pierce? Nothing. No name. No Sierra Club. No web address. No bits and pieces from her bio. No quotes from what she just said. The bottom of the screen was blank.

I think Melinda Pierce just got a big "screw you" from Fox News.

UPDATE: March 10, 2005/5:13 p.m. ET: One of our loyal readers pointed out to me that there were no banners during the entire first block of Your World w/Neil Cavuto. While one banner appeared at 4:06 p.m. which read: "What to Do You Think? Cavuto@FoxNews.com," the reader tells me that flashing that banner requires a separate "system" from flashing the kind of banners I talk about in this post. Maybe a "system was down." I don't know, but I do know that the lack of banners, this time, was not particular to the segment featuring Ms. Pierce.

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