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Neil Cavuto Breaks Sacred "Off the Record" Rule

Reported by Melanie - May 4, 2005

On May 3, 2005, Neil Cavuto, host of Your World w/Neil Cavuto, Fox's weekday "business news" program, built his Common Sense editorial around an "off the record" conversation he claims to have had with an unnamed "Democratic congressman."

Cavuto repeatedly quoted the unnamed, "off the record" "Democratic congressman," and told his viewers that the "Democratic congressman" would be willing to "sit and watch" Bush "get electrocuted" over Social Security.

Comment: The Common Sense posted on Fox's website differs from the on-air version in two ways: (l) The bold print that follows was included in the on-air version but is missing from the web version: "He's brutally blunt, off the record, and he's brutally aware the president called Democrats' bluff." (2) The last sentence of the on-air version is missing from the web version: "See what you learn when someone knows they're not being quoted." If Cavuto did in fact speak to a "Democratic congressman" and the "Democratic congressman" thought the conversation was "off the record" and he/she was "not being quoted," then Cavuto lied to that person and broke a fundamental rule of journalism.

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