Many television news outlets touted a USA Today/Gallup poll putting President Bush's job approval rating at 44 percent as a success for Bush, asserting that his rating is "the highest it's been in a year." But four days earlier, the same news organizations ignored a Pew Research Center poll showing Bush's approval rating at 37 percent.
On Your World, Neil Cavuto failed to challenge Dan Bartlett's straw man argument that "nobody has suggested that or directly said that Saddam Hussein ordered" the 9-11 terrorist attacks. In fact, no one is accusing the administration of claiming that Saddam ordered the terrorist attacks; rather, critics point out the Bush administration's repeated attempts to link Iraq and 9-11 more generally.
On Your World, Neil Cavuto responded to retired Gen. Wesley Clark's assertion that President Bush describes "anybody who disagrees with him on ... his attack on Iraq as someone who is soft on terror" by falsely claiming that Bush "is not equating Iraq [to the war on terror] in that sense." In fact, Bush recently claimed that those advocating a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops are "wrong" because it "would be a defeat for the United States in a key battleground in the global war on terror."
Neil Cavuto claimed that incumbent Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman "is 12 points ahead in the polls right now" in the Connecticut Senate race. In fact, three polls taken after the poll that Cavuto apparently cited have shown a closer race.
On Your World, Pat Buchanan claimed that immigration is "the most important domestic issue" to Americans and "almost equals Iraq in the minds of the American people." In fact, according to the most recent polling, the most important domestic issue to Americans is the economy.
On Your World, Neil Cavuto suggested that the British have "been pragmatic" in their efforts to combat terrorism and that they have enacted some counterterrorism laws that would be unconstitutional in the United States because the British "have a tradition of wanting to live."
Fox News' Neil Cavuto hosted Christian author Joel C. Rosenberg, who warned of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's "apocalyptic mind-set," asserting that Ahmadinejad "is saying ... that the end of the world is rapidly approaching and that it's his mission to bring it about by destroying Israel and ... the United States." But neither Cavuto nor Rosenberg disclosed that Rosenberg is the author of a book laying out his vision of the Apocalypse and has claimed that he had been invited to the White House, Capitol Hill, and the CIA to discuss the Rapture and the Middle East.
Fox News' Neil Cavuto interviewed evangelical pastor John Hagee regarding the recent United Nations-brokered cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah, but Cavuto made no mention of the apocalyptic vision Hagee presented in his recent book, which foreshadows a nuclear showdown with Iran that "could ... be the beginning of the end." Cavuto also failed to note that Hagee has led an intense lobbying effort on Capitol Hill to present government officials with his message of Armageddon, or that Hagee's efforts have been praised by President Bush and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
On Your World, during a segment in which Jonathan S. Tobin, the executive editor of The Jewish Exponent, chastised Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton for "appeas[ing] the Arabs and try[ing] to pressure Israel not to take military advantage or not to defend itself fully," the onscreen text read: "The #1 President On Mideast Matters: George W. Bush?"
Neil Cavuto's interview with President Bush featured softballs, false assertions, and a failure on Cavuto's part to ask any substantive questions regarding the Iraq war. In addition, Cavuto rarely challenged Bush's answers, including Bush's claim that "I think about Al Qaeda every day" -- even though he previously asserted that he was "not that concerned" about Osama bin Laden.
During an interview with former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Neil Cavuto allowed DeLay to claim that "we went and got" the terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq. In fact, recent reports indicate that the security situation in Iraq and Afghanistan has deteriorated significantly.
On Your World, Neil Cavuto turned to Ann Coulter and private investigator Richard "Bo" Dietl for insight into the current conflict between Israel and Hezbollah. In separate interviews, Coulter declared that, if she were president, she would first "deport all liberals" and then focus on the Middle East, while Dietl, answering a question about Hezbollah's finances, suggested that Turkey is seeking to reinstitute "the Ottoman Empire" by "overpopuliz[ing]" [sic] Germany.
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Fox News' Neil Cavuto spent nearly four minutes discussing a protest of The New York Times and interviewing its organizer, even though the event drew fewer than 100 people, and a previous protest against the Times was attended by only "about 15" protesters.
Commenting on President Bush's recent trip to Baghdad, Neil Cavuto claimed that Bush "apparently didn't listen" to advisers who told him it was "not a good idea" to go to Baghdad, concluding that Bush's surprise trip may "say as much about the man as the mission he holds dear" and that "maybe, just maybe, the value of the mission is bigger than the man who leads it -- or heads into it."
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