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You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet

Reported by Melanie - March 11, 2005

Fox News's Your World w/Neil Cavuto is laid bare as the farce of a business show it is on a day like today (March 11, 2005) when the television "news" channels are devoting wall-to-wall coverage to a story like the shootings in Atlanta.

If you believe Your World w/Neil Cavuto is a business show, let me show you what Cavuto covered today compared to what CNBC covered during the same hour on its show, The Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo.

Fox 4:01 p.m. - Open show, and to reporter Jonathan Serrie for a live report from Atlanta on courthouse shootings.

CNBC 3:59 p.m. - Begin wrap-up of Wall Street's day/week with four reporters covering Nasdaq, Dow and bond market.

Fox 4:04 p.m. - To reporter Catherine Herridge for a report on the vulnerability and lack of security for judges.

Fox 4:06 p.m. Roundtable on how secure judges are.

CNBC 4:12 p.m. End wrap-up of Wall Street's day/week.

Fox 4:15 p.m. Segment regarding the likelihood of an attack on the U.S. power grid, introduced by Cavuto as, "the threat you're not hearing about."

Fox 4:19 p.m. End segment on U.S. power grid attack.

CNBC (Missed start time.) Two-guest segment on the U.S. trade deficit, the possibility of higher interest rates and oil prices.

CNBC 4: 21 p.m. End segment on U.S. trade deficit.

Fox 4:22 p.m. Roundtable with five (including Cavuto) participants. Cavuto introduced them by asking, what happened in our market "a year after the Madrid attacks"?

Fox 4:24 p.m. Break away from roundtable and go live to Atlanta to watch pistol-whipped reporter being interviewed.

CNBC 4:24 p.m. Begin segment on Bush's Social Security push.

CNBC 4:27 p.m. End segment on Bush's Social Security push.

Fox 4:28 p.m. Leave live pistol-whipped reporter and go to Fox's Greta Van Sustren regarding Atlanta shootings.

CNBC 4:30 p.m. Recap of the week on Wall Street. To report on a court case involving Apple Computer, the trial of Bernie Ebbers (Worldcom) and the "Biz Brief" segment.

Fox 4:33 p.m. End segment with Van Sustren and return to roundtable discussion (originally begun at 4:22 p.m.).

Fox 4:34 p.m. Leave roundtable and return live to Atlanta for DA press conference on Atlanta shootings.

CNBC 4:38 p.m. Two-guest segment on next week's OPEC meeting, the oil market generally and oil stocks.

CNBC 4:44 p.m. End two-guest segment on next week's OPEC meeting.

CNBC 4:48 p.m. Segment on Saudi Arabia, "The Kingdom Built on Oil" (an on-going series) and the Sabic Oil Company. The report included information about Sabic's booming mineral and chemical business as well as its oil production.

Fox 4:52 p.m. Leave live Atlanta DA press conference and go to Cavuto for recap.

CNBC 4:52 p.m. End segment on Saudi Arabia's Sabic Oil Company.

Fox 4:54 p.m. Leave Cavuto's recap and bring in Bill Bennett on the Atlanta shootings and a discussion about how broken "our system" is.

CNBC 4:55 p.m. To segment on the Salt Lake City housing market.

4:59 p.m. Both shows end.

Comment: News Corp. will launch a second 24-hour cable news channel this fall. It will allegedly be a 24-hour cable business news channel and it's my understanding that Neil Cavuto will be the managing editor of the whole shebang. If the "business" on the new channel is like the "business" Cavuto covers, the new channel will be just like the Fox News we already have. Cavuto's primary message isn't business. The difference between Cavuto's show and the other Fox News shows is that he tosses in some business lingo, has some businessmen on as guests (but they usually end up talking politics), and he tosses in "Fox Stox" and "Biz Blast," seconds-long segments about stocks, to make it look like a business show. Otherwise, Cavuto's show is as much about spreading right wing propaganda as any of the other Fox shows.

After the launch of the second 24-hour Fox News channel, the Bush administration will have two, 24/7/365 propaganda channels brainwashing the unsuspecting, uninformed, gullible, and naive citizens of the United States.

You think it's bad now? Just wait.



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