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Fox Won't Let ACORN Speak

Reported by Melanie - October 16, 2008 -

Yesterday at this time Neil Cavuto was pulling his hair out after hearing that Barack Obama criticized Fox "News" in an interview that will appear in the New York Times' Sunday Magazine. In Fox's defense, Cavuto whined - bitterly - about being singled out: "I mean, we take a great deal of care on this show to go over each candidate's positions. Some, you know, like that. Some don't like that, but I think it's fairly bipartisan."

Moving from "candidate's positions" to positions in general, Cavuto seems to have convinced himself that Fox truly is "fair and balanced" and that it does in fact "take a great deal of care" in presenting opposing views. So say you Neil, but take a look at this hypocrisy. Cavuto is essentially silent during an interview with "Joe the Plumber" on October 14:

Putting the "we take a great deal of care" ah, "bipartisan" argument to the test today (October 16, 2008), Scott Levenson, the national spokesman for ACORN, was a guest on Cavuto's show. After giving Levenson time to make an "opening statement," Cavuto wouldn't let Levenson get a word in edgewise. Cavuto interrupted, over talked, waved his fists, flailed around and pounded the desk, making it literally impossible for Levenson to complete a thought.

Below is video of the interview. During my upload I lost roughly the first minute so here's what was said then:

Video of McCain last night: "We need to know the full extent of that relationship. We need to know the full extent of Senator Obama's relationship with ACORN who is now maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country; maybe destroying the fabric of democracy."

Cavuto: "So, is John McCain trying to fight voter fraud or is he attacking ACORN to suppress voter turnout? That is what the group of community organizers is saying today. Scott Levenson is ACORN's national spokesperson. ACORN under investigation for voter fraud as we speak. So, you think it's not nearly as bad as it sounds?"

Levenson - given roughly 40 seconds to speak before Cavuto shut him up: "Ah, it's not even a question of nearly as bad Neil. What's really interesting in the way this whole issue rolled out is how the facts that were just wrong got so far down the road before anybody..."

Cavuto: "What facts?"

Comment: Fox has been attacking, bashing and eviscerating ACORN for days. Yes, it invited ACORN's spokesperson to be on but for all intents and purposes he was muzzled. Fox's BS about being "bipartisan" and taking the time to "go over each candidate's position" is, well, BS. If a guest can't get their point across, what's the point of being on? Who wins? Fox. Because they can claim that they're being "fair and balanced."