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Don't Blink or You'll Miss the "Business News" on Fox's "Premiere Business News" Show

Reported by Melanie - November 12, 2007 -

As I suggested on Friday, let's stop pretending that Fox's "premiere business news" program, Your World w/Neil Cavuto, is about business news. Cavuto certainly has. Take today (November 12, 2007). Cavuto opened with four, rapid-fire,15-second-ish Fox News Alerts. The first was about an armored car heist in Miami, the second was about the situation in Pakistan, the third was about a fire at a warehouse in Ohio, and the fourth was about the closing number on the Dow. There was no more business news until 42 minutes into the show, when, during a roundtable discussion about how Australia is considering charging a "fat tax" for obese air travelers, a chyron popped up that read, "BusinessALERT," and the following information appeared at the bottom of the screen:

- Dow Finishes Down 55.19 Pts to Close at 12,987.55

- The Last Time the Dow Closed Below 13,000 was August 16, 2007

- 14 of the Dow 30 Stocks Finished Higher Today

- Dow is Up 4% So Far This Year

- Nasdaq is up 75 So Far This Year

- S&P is up 2% So Far This Year

- Dow is up 7% in Past 52-Weeks

That's it. That is the extent of the business news that aired today on Fox's "premiere business news" program. Of course, Cavuto has his priorities, like two segments bashing Hillary Clinton, one about teens "seen grinding" on a party promoter's website, and one about the "good news in Iraq" and whether that's "bad news for anti-war Democrats." When you've got an election coming up, propaganda is the business.