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Politics as Business (or is it Business as Politics?)

Reported by Melanie - April 29, 2005

As the week progresses, Fox News begins running promos, with increasing frequency, for its "Saturday morning business block." The "Saturday morning business block" consists of four Saturday morning "business news" programs. The programs are advertised as being about "business news," but the business news is scarce, while the politicking isn't.

The promos consist of a full screen advertisement showing the title of the particular show, the words, "Cost of Freedom," a picture of the host, the show time, and a headline announcing the topic. The only thing that changes from week-to-week is the show topic. Below are the show topics for tomorrow's "business block."

Cavuto on Business (Cost of Freedom): "The Tax Hike About to Crush the Housing Market."

Forbes on Fox (Cost of Freedom): "Blame Liberals For High Oil and Gas Prices!" (Here's a picture.)

Cashin' In (Cost of Freedom): "Social Security Battle: Class Warfare Begins!"

Bulls & Bears (Cost of Freedom): "Did President Bush Save the Stock Market?"

Comment: Imagine being a regular Fox-watcher and seeing these headlines time and time again throughout the week. There is, after all, more than one way to get a message across.

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