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Neil Cavuto’s Make-Believe World About Fox News And The White House

Reported by Guest Blogger - October 13, 2009 -

Guest blogged by Brian

Neil Cavuto joined the chorus of other Fox News hosts yesterday (10/12/09) in whining about White House communications director Anita Dunn’s strong words about Fox News, calling it “either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party.” On yesterday’s Your World, Cavuto used his “Common Sense” editorial segment to hit back at Dunn.

Cavuto: So, I’m hearing an awful lot about how the White House communications director hates Fox, really, really hates Fox…

"Anita Dunn saying… ‘Let’s not pretend they're a news network.' …Lately, it’s been her shtick. Her game. So, Ms. Dunn, let's continue playing it. Let's pretend you're serious. Let’s pretend you’re not a tad – oh, I don’t know – thin-skinned. Let’s pretend you get your facts straight on whether we thoroughly reported Nevada Republican Senator John Ensign's affair, which we did, or only trash Democrats and not Republicans… Let’s pretend you are open to criticism. Let’s pretend you see alternative points of view on health care. Let's pretend when someone opposes your view, they might have a point... Let's pretend you have a memory and recall Fox programs like this one disparaging last year's financial rescues and whether they were pouring good money after bad. Let's pretend you know history, and recall that a Republican was in the White House back then, and a Republican Treasury Secretary refused to come on this very show back then… Let’s pretend you work for the United States and not some left-wing blog in the United States… And let's pretend you care about all of our independent viewers and aren't being just careless about those viewers’ cares… just as we should pretend you're not overwrought and snapping. Maybe you’re just over worked and snippy."

Comment: Let's pretend, Neil, that you don’t interrupt more Democrats than Republicans in your interviews. Let's pretend, Neil that you have liberal regulars to counter Art Laffer, Charles Payne and Craig Smith of Swiss America. Let's pretend, Neil, that your Common Sense comments, while sometimes very good, don’t lean mostly to the right. Let's pretend that Faux is fair and balanced.