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God, Morals, and Money

Reported by Melanie - April 5, 2005

As Your World w/Neil Cavuto began today (April 5, 2005), I started to get the feeling I'd accidentally turned to a religious channel.

The show opened with a ten minute roundtable featuring five Catholic businessmen (six, if you count Cavuto who was raised a Catholic). The segment was titled: "Ultimate Chief Executive." Next came Bill Simon, conservative millionaire and a former California gubernatorial candidate. He swooned over his faith and his pope. A few minutes later I endured a second roundtable titled, "Moral Money Makers," and after that I listened to Lee Iacocca talk about meeting not one, but two popes.

For me though, the icing on the cake was a short segment about Catholic and Christian mutual funds, hosted by Fox's Degan McDowell. It was about how "you can put your money where your faith is." Some of the captions Fox used were, "Investing and Religion," "Moral Money Makers," and my personal fave, "Church-Going Funds."

At the end, McDowell said, "Your pocketbook never needs to be far from your prayer book." Cavuto finished her sentence with, "Or your Bible from your bank statement."

Comment: Fox is using the Pope's death as an opportunity to repeat words like faith, God, devout, prayer, life (a very big word these days), moral, and ethical. The hypocrisy is hard to take.

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