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Neil Cavuto Conducts Another Boring Interview with George Bush

Reported by Melanie - August 8, 2007 -

I always dread Neil Cavuto's "rare and exclusive" interviews with George Bush. Cavuto hypes them so much that one expects something big will happen, or we'll learn something new or interesting, but we never do. They hype itself is more exciting than the interview. Cavuto asks leading questions and doesn't challenge anything Bush says so it's like entering the Giant Spin Zone.

Take today's (August 8, 2007) "rare and exclusive" interview. Cavuto and Bush talked about the coal miners trapped in Utah but not about the Bush administration transforming the Mine Safety and Health Administration, "from an agency that at least nominally enforced safety regulations into a 'partner' with the mining industry."

They talked about the bridge collapse in Minneapolis and our infrastructure in general, but not about the fact that the projected $1 trillion dollar cost of the Iraq war would have been enough to fix most of it.

They talked about the mortgage crisis. Cavuto told Bush that Hillary Clinton has proposed a bailout but Bush said, "No, I'm not for a federal bailout. ... Let the market work." (Interesting that he said he's not for a "federal bailout." I wonder if he would oppose a bailout by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. They are quasi-federal agencies and there is some talk that they may get involved in one way or another.) He also said he feels sorry for homeowners who are in trouble and he recommended cracking down on predatory lending. I.e., he said all the right things and he looked like a "compassionate conservative."

They talked about the real estate bubble. Bush said, "The verdict is still out on the real estate bubble," but there is no doubt there has been "a correction," and he hopes for a "soft landing."

In his one question about Iraq, Cavuto brought up the alleged (he didn't use that word) weapons being brought into Iraq from Iran. Bush said, "There will be a consequence for doing it," but Cavuto didn't ask about the hundreds of thousands of U.S. weapons that the Pentagon dumped there that are undoubtedly being used to kill our soldiers and Iraqis alike.

They talked about the economy. Bush pointed out that the economy was up in the second quarter, "3.4%. I remind people that the economy's pretty darn strong." Cavuto didn't point out that 3.4% is actually pretty darn pitiful when compared to the growth many other countries are experiencing.

They talked about the early start to the '08 presidential race. They talked about the very serious issue of China threatening to dump its U.S. treasuries (China owns more U.S. treasuries than any other country. Saudi Arabia is second.). Bush said, "First of all, that would be foolhardy for them to do that." He said he hopes we can "work out our differences in a cordial way." The money quote from the interview, in my opinion, was this from Bush:

It is in the interest of the United States, Neil, in my judgment, that we encourage the Chinese to go from a savings economy to a consumer economy and then have access to those markets so that U.S. producers and service providers can expand their businesses and therefore create more jobs here at home.

In other words, turn the Chinese, who are wise to have a tradition of saving -- into what we've become -- rabid, indebted consumers. Good luck to the unsuspecting, soon-to-be-exploited Chinese. And how will doing that create more jobs here? What do we make that China wants to buy? They already make just about everything. It sounds to me like Bush is talking about the Wal-Marts and the McDonalds (the service providers) expanding their businesses and profits but I don't get the jobs-creation part.

Cavuto ended back on the '08 election, and Bush said he is "confident" a Republican will win.

With that, Cavuto teased a second segment during which Bush would talk about the pressing issue of Barry Bonds, and then he headed to a break with,

Reaction to my interview, then, from two former presidential candidates, Gary Hart and Steve Forbes.

After the break Cavuto interviewed Hart about a potential bailout. Hart was very kind and complementary. He essentially agreed with Bush. Turns out Steve Forbes wasn't on to give a "reaction" to Cavuto's interview. He was on to bash the Democrats -- primarily John Edwards -- which appears to be his assignment. He's on at least once a week for that purpose alone. Of course, he is a senior advisor to the Giuliani campaign so, well, you get the picture.

So, those "rare and exclusive" interviews Cavuto has with George Bush several times a year, the ones he promotes endlessly before they air and he refers back to endlessly afterward, are, for all intents and purposes, a total bore.

If you have time to kill, here's the video.