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Oops! Ian Williams Exposes Neil Cavuto's Audience to a Few Moments of Balance on the Iran "Crisis"

Reported by Melanie - March 30, 2007 -

The first five -- yes, five -- segments on Fox's "premiere business news" show, Your World w/Neil Cavuto today (March 30, 2007) were about "the Iran hostage crisis." Out of all those segments, the only guest who brought a perspective other than the one we've all heard on all the networks for the past week, was Ian Williams of The Nation magazine. What he said must have caused the eardrums of Cavuto's viewers to explode.

During the segment, which asked whether all members of the U.N. should stop buying Iranian oil, Cavuto's guests were Williams and Claudia Rosett , one of the few female uber neo-cons and the person Cavuto calls on whenever he needs someone to bash the U.N.

Cavuto let Rosett speak first, of course, and she said essentially the same thing we've all been hearing for a week now: That, "the U.N. should be kicking Iran out." That, "the message so far has been, 'go ahead, take hostages, sponsor terrorists, start wars, destroy any chance of democracy in Iraq or Lebanon, do whatever you want and build a nuclear bomb so you can do more of it.'" Yada, yada, yada.

Then Cavuto turned to Williams and the sun began to shine:

Look, I think banning the sale of Iranian oil is a spectacular way of shooting yourself in the foot to get sympathy. I mean, if American commuters are prepared to pay a couple of dollars a gallon extra, that is what the cost would be of banning Iranian oil sales. It would hurt us as much as it would them.

Cavuto asked if Williams thought the, "U.N. has been effective in its response to this?"

Williams said,

Well, look, response to what? There are two points here. I am open minded on the question of whose map showed where these guys were. The Iranians have been really stupid and what they're doing is illegal. You're not supposed to show prisoners. They should have handed them over with a big spectacular yell: 'Look what we did for you!'

But, um, you've got to put this in perspective the way the rest of the world sees it. These guys aren't in orange jumpsuits. They're not being blindfolded and gagged. They're not being tortured in Abu Ghraib or shown naked. They're not being flown on secret renditions to secret torture chambers in other countries or ending up in Guantanamo with long sentences. They are going to get out.

So, you know, I think the Iranians are stupid because they're giving people...

Cavuto interrupted. Natch. Too much truth-telling goin' on here. He turned to Rosett and asked what she thought and the Darth Cheney fog rolled in again:

This has nothing to do with Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo or anything else. This is actually a serious issue. This is a major issue involving the war, the real war that we are in, and a huge challenge to the civilized order of the world.

Several seconds into Rosett's rant Williams slipped in another bit of pertinent information: "You have to remember, the U.S. is holding five Iranian diplomats in contravention of the Geneva Convention...," before Cavuto cut him off again.

Comment: Congratulations to Williams for cutting to the chase and making good points before Cavuto stopped him. Maybe, just maybe, he gave Cavuto's audience something to think about. Nah. They're probably writing hate emails about Williams to Cavuto at this moment, which Cavuto will gleefully read on Monday.