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You Could Be Next: Cavuto Says Poor People are "the Worse Half"

Reported by Melanie - June 6, 2005

In keeping with the "business news" theme of his show, Neil Cavuto opened Your World w/Neil Cavuto today (June 6, 2005) with three segments about the Alabama student, Natalee Holloway, missing in Aruba. (Later he found time for two segments on the "Jacko" trial and an interview with Miss Universe, but apparently he didn't want to stray too far from "business news" ;). He didn't have time for the Downing Street memo or the ruling in the Washington state governor's race.)

Justin McNaull, a spokesperson for AAA was a guest for one of the Aruba segments. The stated topic of the segment was whether or not Aruba's tourism industry will "take a hit" as a result of Holloway's disappearance, while the actual tone of the discussion had more to do with the scary, scary world that lies beyond the safe, orderly and civilized confines of the U.S. border.

During their discussion Cavuto indicated that not only is there a lot to worry about out there, but apparently poor people are especially dangerous. Here's what he said:

"Should you be leery of countries where there might be extreme poverty, where you have one side of the island, for example, that might be very industrious and commercial and there might be a great deal of interest in tourism, and the other side that shows, certainly, how the worse half lives and that somehow this is very close to where, you know, vacationers congregate"?

Comment: "The worse half"? Because you're poor you're "the worse half"? Boy, if that isn't a neo-con way of thinking, I don't know what is.

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