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Misleading in Plain Sight: The Difference Between Fox's Website and its TV Broadcast

Reported by Melanie - January 13, 2006

I've often noticed a drastic difference between the schedule of Fox's "premiere business news" program, Your World w/Neil Cavuto, as presented on Fox's website and the content of the show presented on television. Below is an example of what I mean. I'm left wondering: Why is Fox's web presence so different from its television presence? Why is what it puts in writing on the web so sanitized? Is Fox afraid of something?

Here's what happened today on the televised version of Your World, the "business news" program that "offers news and insight on Wall Street and other market activities, while wrapping up the business news of the day." (The segments are listed in order of appearance.)

Charles Krauthammer, conservative columnist and a "Fox News Contributor," and Llan Berman, of the "American Foreign Policy Institute" on Iran. There was no different of opinion. Both men said we have to do something to stop Iran's nuclear program. Krauthammer said the UN probably won't do anything "of substance" and that "in the end," the world "will do nothing about the rising threat." (So, of course, it'll be up to us to take care of it.) Berman said the "real issue" is not about nukes but "about regime character." (Sound familiar?)

News break.

Bob Novak, now a "Fox News Contributor" and Sasha Burns, a "Democratic strategist" on, "Will the Republicans be Too Confident After the Alito Hearings?" The gist of the conversation was no, they won't be.

Roundtable discussion about whether "our markets are being held hostage by Iran." The title of the segment was "Nuclear Showdown!" The concensus was that consumers might be affected because Iran controls so much oil.

Fox Stox - a 90-second segment during which Cavuto rattles off corporate (and non-corporate) "headlines." Today's "headlines" were about Pfizer, Tyco, GM, the guy who made a $1 million selling pixels on his website, and glowing pigs.

A segment titled "Kong v$ Gay Cowboys." This was the third or fourth segment aired on Your World recently about the horrors of the movie, Brokeback Mountain. Guests were David Kupelian, of WorldNetDaily.com and the author of The Marketing of Evil and Glenda Testone of GLAAD. The conversation was very disjointed but the gist of it was that the attention the media is giving Brokeback Mountain compared to King Kong is proof that it is liberal.

John Stossel of ABC on a special that will air tonight on 20/20 called "Stupid in America." Stossel argued that the US public school system is "a government monopoly, and monopolies fail" and that we need competition in our school system. He said the reason things are so bad is because the "teachers union and the education establishment" don't want to "give up their power." Stossel was basically arguing on behalf of charter, religious, and private schools with some union bashing added for flavor.

News break.

Next came Dennis Kneale of Forbes magazine. He was the lone guest in what Cavuto promoted as a "fair and balanced" segment about whether American cars are "really bad, or do they get a bum rap for no good reason?" Kneale argued that foreign cars offer gizmos that are attractive to buyers and Cavuto argued that American cars are too expensive because of pension and health care costs (more not-so-subtle union bashing).

Fox's Dan Springer reported from Seattle on the "stunning" turnaround of Boeing. Boeing was lauded as being much more successful than France's Airbus. The segment provided a way to toot America's horn while dissing the French.

Two members of PETA, one of whom legally changed his name to KentuckyFriedCruelty.com. They talked about the cruel treatment chickens get at the hands of KFC but, naturally, Cavuto treated them like they were both wacko.


Cavuto's "Common Sense" segment or "analysis" (designed to give the impression that his opinions are confined to this one segment). Today's was titled "The Nuclear Option." In it Cavuto claims that if Iran is "patient and a little sneaky, you can dodge all the threats and get them to come to the table for what you're really after: money." Any loyal Fox watcher knows that the "them" Cavuto referred to are the likes of Germany, France, Russia, India and China -- countries we might need to blame in the future for not helping us keep the world "safe," so to speak.

The end.

Compare that to the web version of the show:

First segment: "Will Iran's saber rattling keep oil prices high and nuke stocks, sending investors to safe havens like gold?"

Second segment: "Plus, do American cars get a bad rap for no reason?"

Third segment: "And, John Stossel has a message for all you parents out there: America's schools are hurting our kids!"

That's it.

COMMENT: Is Fox afraid to put into writing what it is airing? I think so. I think it knows that it's being watched but it gambles that many of those "watching" do so via its web content, not via the content presented on television. So if anyone out there is "monitoring" Fox based on what it puts on its website, think again. What you see on the web is a sham. You're being faked out. The web schedule is the sanitized, politically correct, innocent version, and it has no correlation to the propaganda being pumped out through the television screen every day.

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