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Forget November — Neil Cavuto Moved John McCain into the Oval Office Today

Reported by Melanie - August 13, 2008 -

All this week, Neil Cavuto, Fox's "business news" anchor, has been playing up John McCain's machoness and alleged foreign policy expertise vis-a-vis the situation between Russia and Georgia. Yesterday we learned that McCain has supposedly known Georgia's president Mikheil Saakashvili since Saakashvili was 16 years old; that McCain is so close to him that he calls him "Misha," and that McCain has talked to "Misha" every every single day during this crisis. We heard several times from Cavuto that McCain had a "better read" on Vladimir Putin than George W. because McCain looked into Putin's eyes and "saw the KGB," instead of his soul.

Over the course of three segments about the crisis yesterday, McCain got serious attention but Bush was mentioned only in passing, and not in a very complementary way. It was as if McCain was the president instead of Bush. Today (August 13, 2008), Cavuto moved McCain into the Oval Office.

Cavuto opened his show trumpeting a news conference that John McCain would hold at any minute to "address the escalating conflict between Russia and Georgia." Cavuto sounded — urgent, loud, excited — exactly like he sounded two or three years ago when Fox covered every move "the President of the United States, George Bush," made. You've got to watch the video (below). My transcript doesn't do it justice, but this is what Cavuto said:

"We had President Bush, Condoleezza Rice and now, now we are about to hear from Senator John McCain on this escalating conflict between Russia and Georgia. We are told he will indeed take questions. We are live in Birmingham, Michigan as you can see in the right corner of your screen. Senator McCain got ripped initially for being so brutally frank about the Russians; turns out he has been mighty prescient. As soon as he speaks: We. Are. There."

Here's video:

While waiting for McCain, Cavuto went to Steve Harrigan for a report from Georgia and to Wesley Clark.

During the segment with Clark, Cavuto, the allegedly neutral, "fair and balanced journalist" (and we all know what a crock that is), suggested that Barack Obama's response was whimpy: It was "overly cautious," it was diplomatic, yes, but "it didn't seem to have the sense of magitute that John McCain's did saying that the Russians and their bulldoggedness were a problem," which was "a view that eventually the rest of the world came to share including the president of the United States himself." [Wow, McCain must be good, huh?!] But, on this "first key foreign policy test" maybe Obama "botched it," because, "Obama wants to trust" the Russians, "but John McCain knows them."

At one point he interrupted Clark to say, "Just to remind people at home, here in the lower right portion of your screen that is a scene in Michigan, ah, John McCain, ah the presumptive Republican nominee is going to be talking to reporters about this. He has been very strong in his condemnation of the Russians really from the get go when this first came out."

Adding to the hype, for over ten minutes, again, reminiscent of Bush's heyday, Fox showed a shot of the podium where McCain would speak in the lower right hand corner of the screen (note time in the left hand corner):

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Fox cut away from the McCain presser after 20 minutes (McCain's money line was: "In the 21st century, nations don’t invade other nations.") and Cavuto recapped, insinuating that the whole world agrees with John McCain, even Obama, who fell in behind him like a little puppy: The "headline event for this was the ongoing situation in Russia. John McCain had a very hard line approach to this when Russia and Georgia first went to war last week, and it was that hard line approach that was eventually adopted by much of the world, the White House and eventually his opponent, Barack Obama himself."

Comment: After watching this blatant propaganda on "America's news channel," the "place to go" for "fair and balanced news," I'm too disgusted and sickened to make a sane comment.