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Guest Is Reprimanded for Not Doing the Fox Trot

Reported by Melanie - August 1, 2005

Today (August 1, 2005), on Your World w/Neil Cavuto, Cavuto held a roundtable discussion about whether the death of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd would have an affect on the stock market. One of the participants was a first-time guest and, well, he needed a nudge before he realized that straight talk was against the rules.

Cavuto opened the segment wondering what Fahd's death meant for the markets. "Maybe more than you know," he said, ominously. After he introduced Jack Steinman of InvestedCentral.com, Cavuto said, "Jack, what do you make of the King going down?" Steinman said, "It has no affect whatsoever. In fact the markets..."

Cavuto interrupted, "Whoa, whoa, whoa, sparky. Now, I know you're new here but we've devoted a segment to this and you forgot the key rule of thumb here. If we devote a segment to it, you can't dismiss it. Having said that, continue."

Comment: By 4:00 p.m. ET today, King Fahd's death was old news. Wall Street had digested it and moved on. If Steinman wants to be invited back, he'll have to learn that exaggerating and alarming viewers is Fox's MO; he's supposed to play along.

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