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Neil Cavuto Thinks a Guy Who has Been Dead for 12 Years Leads North Korea

Reported by Melanie - July 13, 2006 -

I often wonder, with much concern and embarrassment, what people in other countries think about us when they watch Fox News, which is broadcast internationally. They probably think we are self-absorbed, full of angry, hateful people who have turned on each other and on the world as a whole. We are likely seen as arrogant and disrespectful of other nations, as evidenced, in one way, by news anchors who don't bother to know the names of world leaders, much less how to pronounce them. For example, after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected President of Iran last August, it took Neil Cavuto, host of Fox's "premiere business news" program, Your World w/Cavuto, several weeks to pronounce his name correctly, something he flippantly joked about several times.

Today (July 13, 2006), during an interview with Franklin Graham, Cavuto pronounced the name of the leader of North Korea correctly. Problem is, the guy whose name he used - not once, but twice - has been dead for 12 years.

Graham was on to urge George Bush to hold one-on-one talks with the leader of North Korea. Midway through the segment, Cavuto said:

I don't mean this disrespectfully, to you or your father Reverend, but the businessman in me says, knowing Kim II-sung as much of the world knows him, that you might be used here; that he knows that this is good PR for him and he's using you.

Kim Jong-il, Kim II-sung's son, is the leader of North Korea. Kim II-sung died in l994.

Now, even if Cavuto didn't hear himself use the wrong name, you'd think his producer or a sound guy or gal or someone in the control room would have noticed. You'd think one of them - someone! - would have whispered a correction in Cavuto's ear. But you'd be wrong. After Graham spoke for approximately 15 seconds (long enough to get a message to Cavuto), Cavuto's next question was:

You think President Bush should meet with Kim II-sung?

What's with this? Is Cavuto a space cadet? How can he spend his life in a newsroom and not know who the leader of North Korea is? Was this an intentional slight? Is Cavuto just plain stupid, and where were "his people?" IMHO, Fox doesn't give a sh*t about getting right what it sees as insifignificant details like this.