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If You Believe U.S. Economic Growth is "Rocket-Like," You Watch Fox

Reported by Melanie - March 20, 2006

Here are the business headlines that were displayed on FoxNews.com/Business today (March 20, 2006) while Your World w/Cavuto was on the air:

•Stocks End Mixed Ahead of Bernanke Speech

•Oil Prices Tumble Despite Nigeria Attack

Banker Quattrone's Conviction Overturned

•Company Makes Good Living Through 'Patent Trolling'

•Dell to Double India Employees

•Ongoing Oracle: Buffett Says He Won't Retire Soon

•Leading Indicators Decline

Sirius Surpasses 4 Million Subscribers

•Chrysler Recalls 268,000 Vehicles

•Report: Microsoft Working on iPod, PSP 'Killer'

•GM, UAW May Be Closing in on Deal

•Michaels Stores On the Market

•Ford's Volvo to Start Manufacturing Cars in China

•Earnings: Williams-Sonoma

Arthur Andersen Accountants Testify in Enron Trial

The two "business features" listed at the top of the page were:

China Push: Retail giant Wal-Mart will add up to 150,000 workers in the country over the next five years.

Group: Geico Rates Unfair - Consumer group accuses insurance company of using background info unfairly.

Comment: The bolded items above were the only stories from this list that Neil Cavuto "covered," if you call mentioning them in the 90-second "Fox Stox" segment, "coverage." (He did mention the birth of Donald Trump's baby.) I don't guess it's all that surprising though, given that Cavuto painted a rosy picture of the economy in his Common Sense (or, "analysis") segment at the end of the show. Given what he said in Common Sense ("You'd think, listening to many in the media, that the economy has stopped. It hasn't. Growth like this would be termed rocket-like a decade ago.") it probably wouldn't be a good idea to tell your viewers that Dell is going to double its Indian employees (to 20,000), that Chrysler recalled 268,000 vehicles, that Wal-Mart will add 150,000 Chinese workers to its payroll, that the "leading indicators" declined, that Ford will begin manufacturing one of its cars in China, or that Geico might be ripping-off its customers. Doesn't sound so "rocket-like" to me.

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