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What With the Tanking Economy, Fox's "Premiere Business News Show" is Turning into Fox's Premiere Weather News Show

Reported by Melanie - March 19, 2008 -

Neil Cavuto, the anchor of Fox's "premiere business news show" opened today (March 19, 2008) with a FOX NEWS ALERT and a report about "massive flooding" over the central United States. He then went to David Oliver, a reporter for Fox affiliate KSFX in Missouri who talked about the flooding in that state. Next it was on to Lt. Nick Humphreys of the Missouri Highway Patrol who talked about problems there. Fox reporter Kris Gutierrez followed Lt. Humphreys. Gutierrz reported from the Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) airport about all the delays and cancellations taking place there due to heavy rain. Next came Jeanenne Diefendorf, a "travel expert," who discussed the ripple effect the DFW delays and cancellations were having across the nation.

Next came Fox weather guy Rick Reichmuth who talked about a tornado watch in Tennessee and local rainfall totals.

Following the weather, which Mr. Premiere Business News guy is spending more time on than ever these days, he devoted, literally, 35 seconds to what happened with the Dow today (it was down 293 points). And that was the extent of the "business news" (unless you want to count a report about how JetBlue is going to start charging people $10 - $20 for extra leg room).

Comment: What with conservative and free wheeling economic policies (or the lack thereof) coming home to roost, I suppose weather is as good a cover as anything. (CNBC -- you have nothing to worry about.)