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Fox Means (Wink, Wink) Business!

Reported by Melanie - May 23, 2008 -

As of the last few days, Fox has begun to promote its "premiere business news" show, Your World w/Neil (Patrick*) Cavuto at the tail end of "Studio B," which airs immediately prior. They do it by airing a shot of the "big board" at the New York Stock Exchange and teasing the show with a graphic that reads: "ECONOMY ALERT - 4:00P ET: COMPLETE COVERAGE OF MARKETS & YOUR MONEY."

Here's what it looked like today (May 23, 2008):


OK. So let's see about that. Here's what Cavuto covered this afternoon:

• Interview with George Bush. Yesterday Fox promoted the interview, saying "the president discusses America's key economic concerns." Well, not exactly. Instead, the president tried to sell Fox's audience on the Colombia Free Trade Agreement.

• Democratic Strategist Jehmu Greene who gave the "Democratic response" to Bush. Cavuto said he couldn't get a-n-y-o-n-e else to appear. Nobody from the Obama campaign. Nancy Pelosi wouldn't do it. The highest ranking Democrat Fox could muster was Jehmu Greene. (I've got some land in the Everglades...)

• Reporter Sandra Smith of the Fox "Business" Network on gasoline prices and the holiday weekend.

• Jeff Speed, the CFO of Six Flaggs on Six Flaggs cutting admission prices.

• Carl Cameron on the release of Cindy McCain's 2006 tax return. (She's a better person than Teresa Heinz Kerry because she paid taxes at a higher bracket.)

• Reporter Alica Acuna reporting on clean-up efforts in Colorado after yesterday's tornados.

• Democratic Strategist Doug Schoen on the timing (the eve of a three-day holiday weekend) of the release of Cindy McCain's 2006 tax return and the "release" (which wasn't actually a release though Cavuto kept using that word) of John McCain's medical records. (This segment was designed to make Democrats look unreasonable, whiny and nitpickey.)

• Pete Hegseth of Vets For Freedom. This PAC released an Obama attack ad this morning titled, "Senator Obama: Talk to Commanders or Meet with Dictators?" (You can see it here.) Fox obviously wanted to give this group and its ad some free advertising so Fox played the entire ad and Cavuto interviewed Hegseth who essentially said that Obama hasn't traveled to Iraq to talk to General Petraeus but he is willing to talk to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (This ad might hurt McCain more than Obama.)

• Democatic Strategist Julia Piscitelli and "Independent Trader" Eric Bolling on Bush, "blasting lawmakers for wasting taxpayers' money." (We're witnessing the re-writing of history here folks. Come November, Bush will be the most fiscally conservative president in modern history.) Most of the discussion was about the advantages of passing the Colombia Free Trade Bill, which both Cavuto and Bolling arguing in favor of.

• And, last but not least, Cavuto's "Common Sense analysis." The fact that Fox sets aside a time for Cavuto to editorialize is one of the biggest jokes on teevee. It's a ruse — he editorializes throughout the show. Anyway, today's "analysis" was titled, "What we need to remember this Memorial Day." In it, Cavuto essentially says shut up and quit whining about your financial troubles. Things were a lot worse during the Depression. (You can read and/or watch it here, as soon as they post it. Usually takes a few hours.)

As Cavuto's "analysis" drew to a close and the show came to an end, Fox reminded viewers that "FOX MEANS BUSINESS" by flashing that at the bottom of the screen:


Comment: Cavuto made no mention of the closing numbers on Wall Street today much less any of these business news headlines so there you have it folks. The end of yet another week on Fox's "premiere business news" show. Any guess what kind of "business" (wink, wink) Fox is referring to when it says, FOX MEANS BUSINESS? (HInt: Begins with a G and ends with an O and a P.)

Have a great weekend everyone.

* Middle initials being all the rage these days.