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Throw it Against the Wall and See if it Sticks

Reported by Melanie - November 5, 2007 -

Fox would have you think it was a slow day in the business world today (November 5, 2007), even though problems with the subprime mortgage crisis, the rise in oil prices, and the drop in the dollar all seem to be signaling bad things to come. Fox's "premiere business news" anchor did cover the problems whirling around Citigroup and the problems with the dollar (so to speak -- more on that in another post) but he also devoted time to the "scandal" at Oprah Winfrey's school in South Africa, to Britney Spears, to a discussion about whether or not Santa Claus needs to lose weight, and to people who use cell phone jammers to jam annoying cell phone calls being made by people around them.

As for the cell phone jammer segment, it featured guest Nicholas Thompson of Wired Magazine. It was a decent segment. Cavuto and Thompson talked about how irritating it can be to listen to people talk on cell phones and about how there are now cell phone-free zones. They also talked about how jamming cell phone calls is illegal and about how it could be dangerous to do so if, say, someone had a medical emergency but couldn't call an ambulance or doctor because their cell phone was blocked.

That being said, what got me was the picture Fox used to illustrate what a jammer looks like. Here are jammers. They range in size from that of a pack of cigarettes to a medium sized desktop radio. Below is video of the picture Fox used. What the heck is that? It looks like a garage door opener. It's not even close. I guess the thinking is that it's an electronic thingy so it'll do, huh? Geez. That's Fox. Throw something up. It doesn't matter if it's accurate.