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Cavuto Disses a "Liberal" Guest for the Third Time This Week

Reported by Melanie - July 27, 2005

In March of this year, Paul O'Neill, President Bush's former Treasury Secretary and a man who told the truth about what it was like to work inside the Bush White House, was a guest on Your World w/Neil Cavuto. O'Neill was invited on, ostensibly, to talk about his plan to fix Social Security. Only problem was, Cavuto interrupted O'Neill no less than 24 times so he wasn't able to say much. Through his endless interruptions, Cavuto clearly communicated his dislike for O'Neill and his lack of interest in what he had to say.

Today (July 27, 2005), one of Cavuto's guests was a civil rights lawyer named Michael Gross. Gross was on to talk about the false sense of security created by putting cameras and police officers on every corner, in every mall, and on every bus and train. While Cavuto wondered "What's the big deal?" and argued that we haven't had another attack since 9/11, Gross tried to communicate that we must get to the reasons behind bombings. He said we must "understand the problem" because if we don't, the bombers will win because they will "have created totalitarianism."

Cavuto interrupted Gross 16 times.

Comment: "Fighting terror" by bombing, by profiling, by searches and seizures, by surveillance, and by the Patriot Act is discussed and encouraged day in and day out and day in and day out on Fox News. Voices such as Gross' are effectively missing. Apparently the definition of "fair and balanced" on Fox is to invite guests with opposing points of view to appear on screen, period. Having the body there is all that seems to matter because when a guest is interrupted 16 times (conservatives aren't treated like that), the Fox anchor talks more than the guest (mouthing administration propaganda) and the alternative point is effectively silenced.

Cavuto has used three different tactics this week to discredit "liberal" guests. Here and here are the other two.

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