Thursday, January 01, 2004

<<<<<<iB::Topic::Self-Righteous Reporters and Their Cynical Work: "Self-Righteous Reporters and Their Cynical Work

Neil Cavuto
Fox News
December 15, 2003

So I’m watching the coverage of Saddam Hussein’s capture, and I’m incredulous.

One network reporter asks, 'Why did it take so long?' Another says, 'But the far bigger fish, Usama bin Laden, remains at large.' Still another talks about the White House's wishful thinking if it thinks this will make our troops in Iraq any more secure.

For a moment, I thought I was watching Pravda. No, just a smattering of some of the broadcast and news network reporting. ">>>>>>>

Hmmmm, I wonder if Neil remembers who was responsible for the 9-11 attacks? One of the two guys mentioned above has taken responsibility and be pinned by the government (FOX's government) as the guy responsible for that atrocity. Guess what? He's still at large in a non-oil-rich area near the Pakistan/Afghanistan border.

After 8 months, you'd think a 'reporter' like Neil for FOX (News?) would understand that Saddam posed no immediate threat to the USA.

It looks like the reporter questioning whether Saddam's capture would make American troops more secure was also asking a solid question. Neil, American troops are still dying in Iraq.

Neil, real reporters ask questions about what impact a story will have. Try it sometime.

According to Fox wonk, Larry Kudlow, we're seeing Another re-election economy. Apparently, Larry hasn't spent much time looking at the unemployment statistics published by the BLS:

2000 Unemployment %: 4.0
2002 Unemployment %: 5.8

Facts do tend to get in the way of arguments by Fox (News?) commentators.

2003 should see some improvements, but clearly more people are out of work today than at the start of Bush's presidency. Somehow I doubt those those unemployed folks would share Larry's rosy view of today's economy. And I'm positive they have enough voting power to sway an election if things end up being anything like 2000.

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