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Fox, Confuse Me With Facts, Please

Reported by Melanie - June 30, 2005

On Your World w/Neil Cavuto, where bad economic news is either obscured, omitted altogether, downplayed, spun, or blamed on Alan Greenspan (he was "Recession Al" today due to the interest rate hike), life can look better than it is. For example, the number of people who applied for unemployment insurance for the first time last week. 310,000 people. True, that number is 6,000 fewer than the week before, but just think, 310,000 Americans filed first-time claims.

Neil Cavuto didn't actually report this bit of information today (June 30, 2005). Instead, a banner at the bottom of the screen appeared twice during the show. It read, "US Jobless Claims Fell by 6,000 Last Week."

Comment: On other networks, particularly during business news shows, this information is usually reported by an anchor, at the beginning of the show, along with other statistical data. The announcement usually sounds something like this: The Labor Department reports that claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to 310,000, 6,000 fewer than the week before.

Not on Fox. The only thing the Fox audience learned today was that claims fell by 6,000 which, by itself, sounds great, right? Precisely what Fox wants its viewers to think.

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