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Fox Says Al Qaeda is "Certainly" Going to Try and Strike this Weekend

Reported by Melanie - November 23, 2005

Just in case Fox's audience was thinking about going over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house instead of how terrifying the world is, Neil Cavuto opened his program today (November 23, 2005) with a FOX NEWS ALERT and a segment about potential terror attacks.

Cavuto's guests were Peter Brookes of the Heritage Foundation and Wayne Simmons, identified as a "former CIA operative." Throughout the segment, a chyron at the bottom of the screen read, "Is Al Qaeda trying to strike this holiday season?"

Cavuto introduced his guest by saying that, "It is the most wonderful time of year but it also might be the most dangerous time as well." He said there are, "Three major worries for Americans this holiday weekend - terror, weather, and travel. First, to terror."

Simmons was fairly relaxed and reasonable, telling the audience that we, "need to go about our business," and that, "quite frankly, I'd be a little more concerned about the carnage on the highways than I would be with the terrorists."

Brookes, on the other hand, aced it. He said, "Well, it certainly, they're certainly going to try. Lots of people gathering, lots of people traveling. I don't know of anything, I haven't heard that the terror rate has been raised or people are more concerned than normal, but if you were a terrorist this would be really a good time to get a lot of people that are out shopping on Friday or traveling on all sorts of conveyances."

Comment: Fox loves a talking head who's willing to appear on air and proclaim, as fact, that terrorists are certainly going to try and strike. Never mind the basis for Brookes' statement. What matters is that the American public remain frightened and edgy. Tomorrow, as you chew your turkey, keep an eye out for strange people and unidentified packages lurking under grandma's table and use caution if you travel on a conveyance.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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