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Cavuto Worries About Sloppy Reporting

Reported by Melanie - January 25, 2008

I have to laugh when I see Neil Cavuto fret over sloppy reporting, especially when he does so moments after claiming that the stock market dove today (January 25, 2008) because "the stimulus party is over," instead of due to more credit concerns.

But yes, Cavuto, who didn't mention what his colleague John Gibson said on Tuesday, fretted today about the tabloids' "sloppy reporting" on Heath Ledger's death and wondered if it was, "all for the cash."

Prior to introducing guest Melissa Foss, Cavuto set the segment up with:

To New York City. Friends and family of Heath Ledger gathering for a private viewing today. The Medical Examiner still trying to figure out what killed Ledger but many tabloids have been jumping to their own conclusions. Are they doing it all for the money?

Turning to Foss, Cavuto said,

You know what happens is a lot of this, Melissa, is people jump to sweeping conclusions and the, after, I know it's a breaking news story but what's the deal?

Foss said "it's a business like everything else...and really, the people who are first out of the gate are the people who get the most money."

Cavuto and Foss then spent two or three minutes talking about the rolled up $20.00 bill found in Ledger's apartment; whether or not he had pneumonia; whether or not he suffered from insomnia; the "disputes" about his prior drug use; his relationship (or not) with Mary-Kate Olsen, and who called who when his body was found.

Wrapping it all up, Cavuto said, "But we should be very careful making sure we're factually right."

Comment: Well, we know Fox is factually right (wink, wink). Question is, will it work on being factually accurate or hey, how about shooting for that much touted "fair and balanced?" Now there's a project.

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