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Fox Guest Says Iranians are "Looking Forward" to the U.S. Taking Military Action Against Their Country

Reported by Melanie - January 15, 2007 -

The third segment today (January 15, 2007) on Your World w/Neil Cavuto, Fox's "business news" program, was about the "hate America tour" Cavuto claimed that Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez have launched. Cavuto's guest was Ghazal Omid, an opponent of the Iranian government and the author of Living In Hell: A True Odyssey of a Woman's Struggle in Islamic Iran Against Personal and Political Forces.

For the duration of the segment, the chyron at the bottom of the screen read: "Iran and Chavez to Spend Billions to Spread Hate Against U.S."

While Hugo Chavez was included in Cavuto's teaser and in his intro, his discussion with Omid centered on Ahmadinejad and the influence Iran allegedly has on what's happening on the ground in Iraq. Toward the end of the segment, Omid said that recently she has, "been talking to people in Iran, on the street, and asking them what would happen if the U.S. strike Iran and they said, you, you know, we are looking forward to it..."

Cavuto interrupted: "What do you mean when they said they're looking forward to it? That they would retaliate themselves?"

Omid: "No. What people said, we're so fed up with this government that we know the opposition's merely a joke outside the country. They said we are happy to have the U.S. soldiers on our ground."

Comment: The supposed need to invade Iran is a theme that Cavuto is weaving through his show with more frequency of late but this is the first time one of his guests has insisted - as did some of those pushing for the Iraq invasion - that the citizens of Iran would welcome it. The wind blowing out of Fox News is becoming more and more ominous folks. Oh, and by the way Neil, what makes you any better than Ahmadinejad and Chavez? Seems to me you're spreading an awful lot of hate yourself.