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Bush's Business, Not the Business of Business

Reported by Melanie - March 22, 2005

The web page for the show, Your World w/Neil Cavuto, describes the show like this:

"Your World with Neil Cavuto" offers news and insight on Wall Street and other market activities, while wrapping up the business news of the day.

Today "on Wall Street and [in] other market activities," the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by a quarter point. U.S. Treasury notes tumbled after "the Fed" expressed concern about "faster inflation." The Dow dropped 94.88 points, the Nasdaq fell by 18.17 points. New numbers were released which indicate that inflation at the wholesale level increased last month by 0.4%, the largest increase in three months, as energy and food costs "shot upward."

Today, Your World lead with an interview with Brother Paul O'Donnell, the spiritual advisor to Terry Schiavo's parents. O'Donnell described the agony the parents are in and of course advocated that Schiavo's feed tube be reinserted. Following that, Cavuto interviewed a woman who'd suffered a stroke, was in a coma for 70 days, and recovered. She likened her own experience and condition to Terry Schiavo's and said essentially that if she can do it, so can Terry. Cavuto seemed to agree.

At 4:23 p.m. ET, Cavuto finally showed the closing numbers on the Dow and the Nasdaq in the three second "Market Update" flash, and he hosted a roundtable about interest rates.

Comment: Notice how the guests are arranged in reverse order on Cavuto's web page? There, one gets the impression that the business news will come first, and the spiritual advisor and the woman who suffered a stroke will come near the end of the show. In reality, the propaganda came first and the business came second. Nearly half the show was over before Cavuto finally moved off the business of Bush's business and on to the business of business.

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