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Watching Fox News is Hazardous to Your Future

Reported by Melanie - April 26, 2005

According to the Houston Chronicle, fewer than "1.5 percent of all people [Americans] who died in 2003 had estates that ended up subject to the inheritance tax." In 2004, "more than half the estates subject to the tax were worth more than $10 million." Nonetheless, Republicans (and some Democrats) want to repeal the estate tax, reducing taxes on the rich, and leaving it up to you and me to make up the difference.

Neil Cavuto, the host of Fox's weekday "business news" program, Your World w/Neil Cavuto, favors a repeal of the estate tax. (Cavuto calls it a "death tax," a name concocted by conservatives to make every American (we'll all die) believe it'll apply to them.) Cavuto formally endorsed repeal of the tax in his April 14, 2005 "Common Sense" editorial (as if the whole show isn't an editorial), titled "Taxing Times."

In a March 3, 2005 "Common Sense" editorial titled, "Crisis Management," Cavuto endorsed Bush's "plan" (such as it isn't) to "fix" Social Security.

Today (April 26, 2005), Cavuto opened his show with three segments about Social Security. The first and third segments featured guests who favored "fixing" Social Security. The guest for the middle segment was Barbara Kennelly, president of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. Kennelly was cautious, concerned and hesitant. One of the questions Cavuto asked Ms. Kennelly was: "Don't you think the older Americans among us have an obligation to look after the younger people among us?"

Comment: Neil Cavuto doesn't care if Americans "look after" Americans. Neither the repeal of the estate tax (shouldn't the rich "look after" the poor?), or the debt we'd incur if we "fixed" our unbroken Social Security system would benefit most Americans.

Thousands of Americans watch Cavuto every day. They trust him to tell the truth, and they believe he cares about their well-being. Instead of being truthful, objective, or neutral, Cavuto uses his position as a "news anchor" to lobby for those who have no regard whatsoever for you or me or Fox's unsuspecting, trusting audience. "Fair and balanced news?" Far from it.

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