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When Does a Statement Become a Lie?

Reported by Melanie - September 16, 2004 -

At 4:34 p.m. ET today (September 16, 2004) on Your World w/Neil Cavuto, Cavuto held one of his regular round table discussions, today's topic being the economic impact of the succession of hurricanes.

At 4:34 p.m. ET, a banner appeared at the bottom of the screen: "Increase in Jobless Claims Blamed on Hurricane Charley."

Here's an article titled August Inflation Mild, Jobless Claims Up, from Reuters, reporting on the jobless claim numbers which were released this morning. Included in the article is this:

For the first time in weeks, the claims data appeared unaffected by hurricanes, the Labor Department said.

And this:

The increase partially reversed a sharp drop at the start of the month that had been pinned in part on Hurricane Charley, which struck Florida in mid-August. A second storm, Hurricane Frances, hit the state during the Labor Day holiday weekend early this month, but its impact has yet to be seen.

COMMENT: We all know jobs are a big issue in this election. Why would Fox News want to mislead its viewers into thinking that the jobless number has everything to do with Hurricane Charley, instead of, say, this administration's economic policy? One can only imagine.