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Joy to the (Right) World

Reported by Melanie - December 16, 2005

Neil Cavuto was full of holiday (whoops, I mean Christmas) cheer today (December 16, 2005), but before he began the festivities he got in a Fox-fix of hate for his viewers.

The first predictable segment, given the impending transit strike in New York City, asked whether "unions threaten to cripple America?" Cavuto's guests were Victoria Barret of Forbes and Susan Estrich, a "Fox News Contributor." Two chyrons ran during the segment: "Get Rid of Unions?" and "Labor Unions: Bad for America and its Workers?"

Barret took the usual pro-corporate stance, saying that unions are negotiating themselves out of jobs and stalling the growth of corporations. She argued that "Unions are bad for our economy." Estrich did a pitiful job of defending unions and workers: "To blame all of corporate America's mistakes on unions seems rather simplistic."

Next came a discombobulated segment titled, "Are Democrats Admitting They Blew it on Iraq?" It began with a very short, undated video clip of Nancy Pelosi speaking at a press conference about Republicans taking too much time off for the end-of-year break. Cavuto then steered guests Mike Gallagher, a radio talk show host and Mary Ann Marsh, a "Democratic strategist," into a discussion about how Democrats want an immediate withdrawal from Iraq.

Following the union and Democrat bashing came a liberal-Hollywood-bashing segment. Andrea Peyser, a columnist at the News Corp.-owned New York Post (the audience wasn't informed of the connection, of course) was on to talk about how Stephen Spielberg's new film, Munich, is "anti-Israel." She said, "The massacre of the athletes at the Olympics was an unprovoked attack and I don't know how you can justify it by saying that the Palestinians have a right to a homeland, and that's what the movie attempts to do."

Capping off the show was a visit by Santa himself. He spread the joy and the "Christmas spirit" by telling Cavuto who was not on his list this year (you'll never guess): the ACLU, Howard Dean, and John Kerry. Ho, ho, ho.

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