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Neil Cavuto: Doing His Part to Influence the Mid-Term Elections

Reported by Melanie - October 17, 2006 -

Neil Cavuto's primary assignment from the GOP this campaign season is to drum into his viewers how well the economy is doing and how much credit George Bush deserves for it. As a result, his show has become something of a monologue on the topic.

For example, it was fortuitous that the Dow hit a new all-time high about ten days ago because every day it has increased since then, Cavuto has flashed (sometimes three or four times per show) a new full-screen graphic announcing the same -- NEW ALL-TIME HIGH -- no matter how small the increase.

Cavuto repeatedly asks his GOP guests why it is, given that the economy is "booming" and the stock market is "soaring," Americans are still pessimistic about the state of the economy. He puzzles as to why George Bush isn't getting the credit for his good and hard work at bringing the economy back from the brink (9/11) and he wonders what it will take to get through to us preoccupied Americans so we will come to understand what an amazing job Bush has done.

So Cavuto was only doing his job today, not as a news reporter, which he fools his audience into believing he is, but as a propagandist when he said the stock market was down because, "North Korea all but says this is war and investors say this is simply too much." That is false. "Liberal media," like Bloomberg and Forbes report that the Dow fell after the U.S. Labor Department reported a bigger than expected jump in core wholesale inflation. Another report showed the biggest drop in industrial production in more than a year.

A faltering economy doesn't fit the rosy picture Cavuto is painting so he didn't tell his audience about either report, and he blamed the drop in the Dow on North Korea.

"Business news?" My ass.