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A Week of What Fox Calls "Fair and Balanced"

Reported by Melanie - July 28, 2006 -

Fair and balanced? Get this:

The guests and topics covered on Fox's "business news" program, Your World w/Cavuto this week (July 24 - 28, 2006), focused almost exclusively on the Middle East (excluding Iraq, which was not covered). All but three of the week's guests were pro-Israel. One guest (Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss) was anit-Israel. Two (Dennis Kucinich and Luke Campbell) were anti-war. Of the 34 guests, only one (Kucinich) was identified as a Democrat. Cavuto's hottest topic after Israel was the purported threat posed by Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela.


Here is this week's line-up. It excludes reports by Fox News reporters, the daily roundtable discussion segment that tries hard (but always fails) to be about business news, and the two "news breaks" built into every hour of Your World.

This guest and topic list should give you a pretty good idea of why we News Hounds have a problem with Fox's use of the term, "fair and balanced."

Monday

Roy Blunt (R-Mo) - on what if Rice's diplomacy fails?
Dennis Kucinich (D-Oh) - on his House Bill No. 450 urging a ceasefire in the Middle East.
Elie Wiesel - on Israel v. Hezbollah.
Mort Zuckerman, the Editor of U.S. News & World Report - on Israel v. Hezbollah.
Lynn Smith Derbyshire, whose brother was killed by Hezbollah in the l983 Marine barracks attack - on Israel v. Hezbollah.
Tom DeLay - re John Kerry's remarks about Middle East crisis.

Tuesday

Wayne Simmons, identified as a '"former CIA operative" - on how we know (or don't know) where money send to the Middle East is going.
Mansour Ijaz - on the Saudis giving $1.5 billion to Lebanon.
John Voinovich (R-Oh) - on why he flip-flopped (those words not used, of course) on John Bolton's nomination.
Michael Barone of U.S. News & World Report - on the danger posed by Hugh Chavez.
Col. Robert McGinnis (Ret.) - on the danger posed by Hugo Chavez.
Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss of Jews United Against Zionism - on why the state of Israel shouldn't exist.
Dave Neeleman, the CEO of Jet Blue - on the cost of doing business.

Wednesday

Christopher Hitchens - on whether we should talk to Syria and Iran.
George Allen (R-Va) - on Al-Malaki's speech before a joint session of congress and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer's boycott of it.
David Gergen - on letting Israel and Hezbollah "duke it out."
John Browne, the CEO of British Petroleum - on, "war, oil, profits."
James Woosley, former head of the CIA - on faulty Israeli intelligence.
Martha Stewart - on why Americans are "nesting."

Thursday

Shimon Perez, identified as the "Vice Prime Minister" of Israel - on the Middle East.
Trent Lott (R-Ms) - on the new Al Qaeda tape.
Alfonse D'Amato, former Republican senator from New York - on, "Is Israel doing America's job?"
Morton Klein, Zionist Org. of America - on Bolton nomination.
Ann Coulter - on whether the Mideast crisis is helping the GOP.
Luke Campbell, identified as a "hip-hop enterpreneur" - on "Should America stay completely out of the Mideast war?"

Friday

Henry Kissinger - on Israel v. Hezbollah.
John Warner (R-Va) - on Israel v. Hezbollah.
Jan Egeland, identified as the UN "Humanitarian Chief" - on the need to get humanitarian aid to Lebanon.
Connie Mack (R-Fl) - on the dangers posed by Hugo Chavez.
Dennis Lormel, identified as the "former FBI chief of terror finance" - on Hezbollah's money.
Tom Tancredo (R-Co) - on "Mideast War: Are we losing focus on illegal immigration?"
Jean Jacques Masterton, identified as a former aide to Jacques Chirac and a talk show host - on how France should "just shut-up" about the Middle East.
Marvin Heir of the Simon Weisenthal Center - to rebut Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss of Jews United Against Zionism who appeared on Tuesday.