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Neil Cavuto’s Pro-Wal-Mart Coverage Of Supreme Court Decision On Class Action Suit

Reported by Guest Blogger - June 25, 2011 -

By Brian

On Monday (6/20/11), Your World with Neil Cavuto covered the Supreme Court’s decision rejecting a class action sexual discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart. The supposed “fair and balanced” coverage of the case began with an objective news report/overview followed by an interview with Ted Boutrous, lead attorney for Wal-Mart. There was no interview with anyone from the other side. Cavuto, of course, was sympathetic to Boutrous throughout.

Boutrous said, "This class action is over… All nine justices voted that this class should be thrown out… The majority found that Wal-Mart has a policy forbidding discrimination and that the plaintiffs' evidence was worlds away from showing some kind of pattern."

Cavuto added helpfully, "That doesn't mean that women who feel that they were slighted or some injustice was thrown at them can't file individually, right? …Just not as a class action."

"That's exactly right, Neil,” Boutrous said. “They deserve their day in court. They deserve compensation if they've been wronged."

Interestingly, Cavuto did not question whether or not the women had been wronged. Instead, he gave Boutrous an opening to disagree with Nancy Pelosi. Cavuto said, "Nancy Pelosi reacted to this today, saying that the Supreme Court decision sets back the cause for equality for women, and for all Americans in the workplace and in our society, and it will make it more difficult for workers to come together to file claims of gender discrimination. What do you make of that?"

"That's just wrong,” Boutrous said – as if he’d say anything else! “Wal-Mart strongly believes that (women do deserve equal treatment and equal pay). It has a policy against discrimination. Wal-Mart has a strong diversity policy that tries to foster successful women in the company. It's a great place for women to work."

Comment: So much for fair and balanced. According to NOW, women are paid 4.5-5.6% less than men at Wal-Mart. But Cavuto never addressed the substance of the complaint.

Editor's note: As the result of a technical glitch, a short portion of the video below repeats. We apologize for the inconvenience but the entire segment is otherwise presented accurately.

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