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Business Show or Christian Family Hour?

Reported by Judy - March 3, 2006

Last week it was a gym that let you work out with scripture sayings on the wall. Yesterday it was strippers for Jesus. Friday (March 3, 2006) it was abortion, family value movies, and a sermon about Jimmy Carter. Is "Your World with Neil Cavuto" a business show or the Christian Family Hour?

It is getting harder and harder to tell what Cavuto thinks qualifies as business news. He has ignored the Enron trial, troubles in the auto industry barely get a 15-second mention, an agreement between Northwest and its pilots is announced with absolutely no details.

Instead, we hear from Ted Baehr, a conservative movie critic and founder of Movieguide, who says "family values" films do better at the box office than Oscar winners. He didn't say he was "Christian" but by the way he flaunts his distaste for gays, he must be. Asked about his thoughts about the movie industry if "Brokeback Mountain" wins the Oscars, he said, "I'll think that they're just moving more and more into the cutting edge of irrelevance. They've lost their ability to win the American public. They've lost their ability to speak to the large audience out there. They have lost all sense and sensibility."

From family values, it was on to abortion -- the business angle of which was well-hidden. This was a debate between Jennifer Stockman, co-chair of the Republican Majority for Choice, and Christine O'Donnell, of the Catholic Advocacy Network. Stockman argued that Republicans risk alienating many of the pro-choice people in their party by placating pre-life extremists and passing legislation such as that in South Dakota that would ban virtually all abortions, even in cases of incest and rape. "Can you imagine that Republicans would choose a criminal, a rapist, over a mother and her doctor?" asked Stockman. Well, yes, I can. Where have YOU been?

O'Donnell was not conciliatory toward pro-choice Republican women. ""If pro-abortion women are going to leave the Republican Party on this then, good-bye because the Republican Party was founded on the pro-life issue," she said, betraying her total ignorance of the 19th century beginnings of the GOP and going on to repeatedly interrupt and talk over Stockman.

Stockman looked annoyed at O'Donnell's rude interruptions, and then tried to put O'Donnell in her place. "Something you said earlier is an insult. I am a mother. Most pro-choice women I know are mothers. We are pro-life, we are pro-family, we are pro-child. ... We really resent the fact that the other side, the extremists, for the purposes of advancing their own agenda, are calling us pro-abortion," she said.

None of that fazed O'Donnell, who had an air of innocent ignorance, looking too young and financially secure to have had any of her friends trapped in bad marriages, left pregnant by a boyfriend, beaten by a drunken husband, or their health ruined by bearing one too many children. Marriage is still a fairy tale to her, and she showed it by prattling on about women not having to "abandon their femininity."

Cavuto took a brief break from piety to bring up a favorite Fox News business topic -- will the stock market tank if Democrats sweep both houses of Congress in November 2006? This in light of a Fox News Opinion Dynamics poll showing 48 percent of Americans would vote Democratic if the elections were held today and only 34 percent would vote Republican, with 18 percent undecided. The answer from the panel was more mixed than usual from a Fox business panel.

Then came the ringing conclusion -- Cavuto's sermon to former President Jimmy Carter for daring to take a position opposite that of George Bush on a matter before the U.N. having to do with a human rights commission. Cavuto was not interested in the details of the squabble. He only wanted to bring it up so he could lecture Jimmy Carter for acting "too saintly" and for commenting in response to a question about his religion and George Bush supporters' religious views. Carter said that he worships "the prince of peace" and not pre-emptive war. That galled Cavuto, who thinks Carter should not oppose "our" position in the U.N., should not criticize a sitting president, and should not act so pious. "Truly holy men do not compare their holiness to each other," he said.

Well, true business shows don't cram religion down their viewers' throats, either.

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