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When Neil Cavuto Doesn't Announce the Closing Numbers on the Dow First Thing, You Know it Was Down

Reported by Melanie - April 2, 2008 -

The Dow was up almost 395 points yesterday. Fox's "business news" guy, Neil Cavuto, opened the show with a wizbang FOX NEWS ALERT and excitedly told his audience about the number.

Here's a picture.

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Today (April 2, 2008), the Dow was down 45.44, but far as I knew as I watched Cavuto's show, the Dow might as well have been closed. It wasn't until 44 minutes in that Mr. Fox Business News showed a shot of "the big board" during an interview with Jeno Paulucci, the founder of Jeno's Pizza. They were talking about what it was like to live through the Great Depression. (Message: Financial troubles? Why are you complaining? We're just a bunch of softies!)

When the shot popped up, Cavuto didn't say a thing about what happened today or why the Dow was down; the shot (below) just kinda quietly rolled around and stayed on the screen for a few seconds.

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Then at 4:59 p.m. ET, while Cavuto was signing off, he showed another few seconds of the big board but again, nothing about what happened or why. Here's a picture of that:

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Note to Fox "business news" watchers:

When your, ahem, "business news" guy opens his "business news" show, as he did today, with segments on...

•• Hillary Clinton proposing $7 billion a year in tax incentives to create jobs (where are we going to get the money?!);

•• Hillary Clinton's economic plans will cost $93 billion (where are we going to get the money?!);

•• Are "Dems" getting tapped out as campaign drags on (let's hope so!)?

...you'll know the stock market was down and your trusty "business news" guy would rather you not know. He'll probably, though not always, show you the closing number in one form or another, but it might pass by so fast you won't notice. But if the Dow is up, that's another story. Cavuto will make absolutely positively sure you know about that.