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1 in 5 Americans Can't Find the U.S. on a Map & Neil Cavuto's Show is About Business

Reported by Melanie - December 10, 2007 -

You've got to give Neil Cavuto some credit -- for his sense of humor. I mean, the guy is still, yes still, pretending that his show is about business news, which has got to be the biggest joke in the television industry. The only people who buy it are his viewers, and I don't want to go there as to what that says about them. Guess they have a good sense of humor too, heh?

Take today (December 10, 2007) for example. Yes, Cheryl Cassone gave an upbeat review -- almost goading viewers to buy -- of a new report that says "existing home sales and prices expected to rise in 2008." The author of the report? The National Association of Realtors. Gosh. I think I'll run right out.

And yes, Cavuto spent, oh, 12 seconds talking about Washington Mutual's plans to "slash" 3,000 jobs due to the mortgage mess.

And yes, the usual trio of Wall Street types gathered for a roundtable discussion -- about a doctor in Australia who wants to tax couples to the tune of $5,000 if they have more than two kids. No, the discussion wasn't about money or taxes, it was about crazy environmentalist (or, "greens" as the chyron read). One of the panelists, Jonathan Hoenig, made the money quote: "The environmentalists' real motivation is to reduce human population because they hate humans...they value plant life more."

So, what happened on Wall Street? What was the closing number on the Nasdaq? The S&P? Where did gold close? Oil? How about the dollar? Where does the dollar stand against the euro and the yen? What did the overseas markets do today?

Well, here's the extent of what we heard about that:

Ah, Pam, if we could take a real quick look [I'll say!] at the markets today before we get to this tease. For those just joining us [no, Cavuto didn't cover this earlier], we were up 101 points on the Dow today. Growing optimism interest rates are going to be at least a quarter point lower tomorrow. We'll keep you posted on that.

No, Cavuto didn't keep us "posted on that." As a matter of fact, he didn't say anything more about it or "the markets." Oh well. Given that 1 in 5 Americans can't find the United States on a map its no wonder Fox can convince its audience that this is a "business news" show.