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Neil Cavuto Hides Bad Economic News, Again

Reported by Melanie - June 27, 2007 -

One of Neil Cavuto's constant -- and I mean constant -- refrains is that the U.S. economy is doing just great, thank you very much. He claims over and over again that business is booming and wages are rising and then he looks askance at the camera, shakes his head, shrugs his shoulders and wonders why people don't get that. Why is everyone so gloomy, and why aren't people giving George Bush the credit he deserves, dammit?

There's a method to Cavuto's madness. For all intents and purposes, he just leaves the bad news out. Yes, he does "report" it, so to speak, but not in a way that the audience is likely to hear. No, he doesn't shout it out, like he does, say, when he calls the democratically elected president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, a DICTATOR, and he tell his viewers that that DICTATOR is in RUSSIA right now LOOKING TO BUY ARMS because he's preparing for a WAR with us.

No, when bad news comes out, like today (June 27, 2007), when the government announced that,

Durable goods orders dropped in May, adding to fears about the health of the U.S. business investment ... the first decline since January and well below a predicted 0.2 per cent gain.

he hides it.

Well below a predicted 0.2% gain? That's a lot. But in Cavuto's world, this news was reported just after the bottom of the hour in a chyron that ran during a segment about whether or not the new Apple iPhone is worth the money. The chyron read: "U.S. factory orders plunged last month by the largest amount in four months." No hard numbers. No explanation from the managing editor of business news at Fox as to what this means. Nothing. And if you didn't have your eyeballs on the screen or were involved in the discussion about the iPhone, you probably missed it. That would make Cavuto very, very happy, because the next time he claims that the economy's doing just great, thank you very much, you'll think that he's telling you the truth.