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Fox Guest Repeatedly Refers to Greenpeace Activists as Terrorists

Reported by Melanie - February 25, 2008 -

One of the segments Neil Cavuto featured on his "business news" show today (February 25, 2008) was about four Greenpeace activists who climbed on top of an airplane at London's Heathrow airport and wrapped a green banner around the tailfin that read: "Climate Emergency - No 3rd Runway - Greenpeace." Here's a picture.

According to reports, the airplane was parked and the passengers had disembarked.

Heathrow, already one of the world's busiest airports, is planning to build a third runway, which neighbors and critics alike say will create more noise and add to carbon levels.

This is how Neil Cavuto reported this news, which he did immediately after doing a story about how we should all be very afraid because two airplanes clipped wings at Dulles airport over the weekend:

Now, while we're on this subject of scaring you on the runway, how about scaring you before you even get to the runway. Look at how these activists managed to commandeer a flight at Britain's Heathrow airport. You know what they said? It was really easy to do.

With that Cavuto introduced his guest, Mike Boyd, and asked how this could happen.

Boyd said the two men and two women probably "walked through an open door." Remember, he said, "terrorists are people with an agenda and that describes pretty much what Greenpeace is. So, effectively, terrorists got out. And remember, they're on top of that airplane. They had to have help on the ground just as they did on 9/11, the terrorists did, to get on the airplanes."

Comment: Look at the picture linked to above. Note the ramp? Looks to me as if they could have hoisted themselves up from there.

Cavuto pointed out that they were wearing vests "to make them look official" and no one "gave them a second thought, right?"

Boyd said, "What we have here is a terrorist attack that got through. Luckly, these terrorists only were carrying a banner, not a bomb."

Cavuto noted that Heathrow is supposed to be one of the safest airports in the world so how, he asked, "do we police this kind of stuff if planes aren't clipping each other on the ground, you've got these renegade groups that somehow commandeer the planes before they even leave the gate."

Comment: Remember, the plane had landed and all the passengers had disembarked.

Boyd said we have to have a "proactive system" but that we're in as much danger now as we were on 9/11.

Cavuto wrapped the segment with, "We'll be keeping an eye on the airlines and airplanes."

(Emphasis added.)

Comment: Great way to marginalize both Greenpeace and their message isn't it? Call them terrorists. I see Fox as the terrorist here: (1) manifesting fear in its audience, (2) trying to stifle the speech of a group it doesn't agree with, and (3) muting the global warming issue, which will be the end of us all unless we deal with it.