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Neil Cavuto Pulls Another Chris Wallace and Ambushes Wesley Clark

Reported by Melanie - October 19, 2006 -

One of the segments on Your World w/Neil Cavuto today (October 19, 2006) featured General Wesley Clark. Fox News hired Clark, generating a fair amount of fanfare, in June of last year to be its "Foreign Affairs Analyst," but his name has since disappeared from the Fox News bios so the two have apparently parted ways.

At any rate, Clark was on to talk about the relationship between North Korea and China, and about whether or not he thought North Korea would conduct a second nuclear test.

At the end of the three to four minute chat, Cavuto popped this on Clark:

Um, I'd be remiss if I didn't pass along this report that says George Soros, ah, through a 527, ah, gave $75,000 to you. He wants to see you elected president apparently. What do you make of that?

Clark replied:

I don't think that's what this is about. I am going around the country, as you probably know, I am campaigning for a lot of Democrats. I've been in, I don't know, 15 - 20 states. A lot of them are Vietnam veterans. Some of them are friends of mine from the military who are running for congress. Joe Sestak in Philadelphia; a Naval Academy graduate. Mike Weaver, retired colonel in Kentucky. They're doing a great job and I think they'll be tremendous members of congress [Fox shows full-screen picture of George Soros] and I can't do that. I'm not in elected office. I'm not independently wealthy so I've had a lot of people help me do this. I think it's going to help change America for the better.

Comment: Clark obviously handled Cavuto's ambush with grace and class but that isn't the point of this post. It is that Chris Wallace isn't the only Fox News anchor who pops difficult questions on Democrats (Bill Clinton) while letting Republicans slide. This is the second time this month that Cavuto has changed the subject on a Democrat, the last one being, ironically (or not), George Soros himself. As I said in the Soros post, Democrats and progressives would be wrong to assume that what Wallace did to Clinton was particular to Wallace. Ambushing Democrats and progressives is a Fox News tactic, aimed at flustering them and throwing them off. Fox lets Republicans glide through interviews but it likes nothing more than a flustered Democrat. Not only that, you'll be the first to know when Cavuto asks a Republican about his or her donors.