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They're (Still) Drinkin' the Kool-Aid Over at Fox

Reported by Melanie - February 3, 2006

And They Want You to Drink Some Too

Predictably, Neil Cavuto was ga ga today (February 3, 2006) about the unemployment numbers released by the Labor Department. (Jobless Rate Drops to Four-Year Low.) Cavuto would have his audience believe that the numbers prove that the Bush administration has a steady, knowledgeable hand on the economy, and father-Bush is doing all the right things to bring wealth and prosperity to each and every one of us. The only problem is, the media doesn't report it.

In a segment initially titled, "Jobs Bonanza!", Cavuto wondered why all the "good news about the economy" is "all but ignored by many in the media?" As he introduced his round table panel, a chyron appeared at the bottom of the screen: "95% of America Has Jobs: Where are the Headlines?"

Fox's Rebecca Gomez said she thought the media was just "shortsighted" because one minute they're making a big deal about the GDP and the next they're under-reporting the jobless rate.

Regular guest Charles Payne, of Wall Street Strategies, who Cavuto has admonished before for not playing to the "theme" of a segment, said, "This, this is great news." A "lot of average people out there don't see the good things in this country...it has a lot, obviously to do with the media."

Fox employee Adam Lashinsky, also of Fortune magazine said, "Average Americans...people in construction, business and professional services, health care...the people who are in those jobs know that the recovery, the economy is broadening and that it is going quite well."

Cavuto turned again to Fox's Gomez and asked whether there was a "disconnect" between the media and average Americans. Here is Gomez's nearly unintelligible reply:

I think so, definitely. I mean, you know, you talk to people and they're, like, so glad to be living in this country and in a way, I mean, you know, we always report on these illegal immigrants coming to the U.S. and they're, like, you know, I don't agree with that but I can't blame them. I mean, heck, I say to myself, I'm glad I was born on this side. I could have easily been born on the other side. So yes, I think that there is the fact that people are, like, they would look at this report and say, you know, hallelujah, people are working. We have jobs here.

Comment: Cavuto, Gomez, Payne and Lashinsky are the ones who are out of touch with Americans. I mean, you know, like, do they, you know, like, speak, I mean, for you?

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