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"Fair & Balanced Journalist" Neil Cavuto Argues for the State on the Issue of Privacy

Reported by Melanie - August 22, 2006 -

Fox's Andrew Napolitano appeared on Your World w/Cavuto today (August 22, 2006) to argue that we do not need to sacrifice our privacy for our security. Neil Cavuto, a person commonly referred to as a "journalist" on the "fair & balanced news" channel, channeled George Bush and argued against Napolitano's position. Far from helping his audience understand the facts and the complexities of the issue, Cavuto, like Bush, reduced it to the size of a pea.

Here's a link to video of the segment. Below is a taste of what happened.

Napolitano's premise was that, "It would be bitterly ironic if, in the name of national defense, we had to give up the very freedoms that make the nation worth defending." He said that, "The basic floor of civil liberties, of guaranteed liberties, has to be maintained in a time of war and a time of peace."

Here comes Cavuto, the "journalist," someone who's supposed to be neural and report only the facts:

But would you risk losing some of those freedoms...or having them curbed, if you could live? There are some things that we have to be a little bit more flexible on because people wanna kill us.

Napolitano:

Get a warrant...the [FISA] court sits 24/7.

Cavuto:

But time's a wastin'.

Napolitano:

If it's an emergency Mr. President, we'll allow you to tap the lines first and give you three days to go get a warrant.

Cavuto:

But, what if you don't have the time even to do that?

Napolitano:

Then the congress should provide for more judges and more FISA courts so time is not the issue.

Cavuto:

The British are apparently pragmatic on this issue.

Napolitano:

The British don't have a constitution, Neil. They have a tradition that allows their legislators to re-write the tradition...

Cavuto:

No, they have a tradition of wanting to live, right?

Comment: There was a time, 15 or 20 years ago, when "journalists" thought it unethical to advocate for one side or another. They viewed their job as being one of reporting facts and what Cavuto did today would have been deemed outrageous. How far we've fallen.