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On Fox, Sex Sells When Stocks Aren't

Reported by Judy - March 4, 2006

The stock market is flat, Bush's poll numbers are in the tank, so what did "Bulls and Bears" focus on during its show on Saturday (March 4, 2006)? Sex, of course.

Sex as personified by Anna Nicole Smith, that is. Brenda Buttner's opening to the show included a promo on how viewers who can't marry a 90-year-old billionaire can have their own "stock sugar daddy." The sexual come-on was merely the lead-in for the weekly stocks picks by Gary B. Smith, the middle-aged, balding "expert" from Exemplar Capital.

Smith's segment did not come until mid-way through the show, so there were lots of opportunities for runway video of Anna Nicole Smith, video of Anna Nicole Smith lounging on a bed, and audio of the sleazy Tobin Smith, changewave research, saying, "Yeah, Baby."

"We are a shameless network," giggled Gary B. Smith, obviously thinking the whole thing was hilarious.

While the "Bulls and Bears" crew could barely restrain itself from salivating over the thought of Anna Nicole Smith, they let it be known they have no love for another woman often in the news -- Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York.

Charles Payne, CEO of Wall Street Strategies, predicted that "Hillary Clinton is going to finally admit that she is running for office. ... Wall Street will love it. She is so beatable. It's going to be great if she becomes the frontrunner."

"Yikes!" screamed Tobin Smith at the thought of a Clinton candidacy, adding that will make all the rich people give their money to Republicans, who will win.

Gee, Payne, everybody knows Senator Clinton is running for office -- she is running for re-election to her Senate seat. As for being beatable, the Republicans haven't even been able to find a credible candidate to challenge her there.

Maybe Payne meant Clinton will announce she is running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2008. There's not a chance that will happen before November, IMHO.

The male panelists' locker-room reactions to women were juvenile -- salivate at sexy, recoil at smart as their fragile egos and increasingly fragile hold on power of all kinds are threatened.

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