Tuesday, October 24, 2006

You Can't Make This Stuff Up ...

Fox News Channel's Neil Cavuto once again demonstrated his painfully partisan "journalism" style yesterday.

Check out the question at the bottom of the image at right: "Will Dems Crush The Economy If They Control Congress?"

It's the latest example of what Jon Stewart last month not-so-affectionately dubbed "The Cavuto."

STEWART: Just a question. Now, technically, that's not really a question mark at the end of that. It's a similar punctuation symbol known as "The Cavuto." It's named for the journalist? (shrugs) who pioneered its use.

Cavuto using "The Cavuto" and calling it journalism is ridiculous. It's not far removed from asking someone "When did you stop beating your wife?"

The sad thing is, Cavuto and the folks at Fox News actually think Cavuto is a serious journalist.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So FOX News cant ask questions? I think its a damn good question to ask with an easy answer. Dems get control. Dems raise taxes. People dont go out, shop and spend because their taxes are too high. Economy tanks.

8:57 AM  
Anonymous trinity said...

But anonymous, although all that is undoubtedly true, you should know by now that these "question mark" type headings are only permitted when done by liberal MSM, speculating about the Republicans.

While it goes virtually unnoticed when the left does it, libs will simply NOT tolerate it coming from conservatives. All of a sudden it becomes "painfully partisan 'journalism' style". ;) Odd.....

10:46 AM  
Anonymous MrToffeeLovesYa said...

Ca-ching, Trinity. You have hit the nail on the head once again.

C'mon liberals. It's a question. If the guest wanted to, he could have said, "no." As it turns out, he said "yes," in fact, the Democrats would destroy the economy if given the chance.

It's a free country, liberals. Don't be upset that you can't brainwash Cavuto or his guests.
Do you really expect Cavuto to agree with the liberal position on anything? Pow!

If Cavuto and his guests want to phrase their opinions in the forms of questions, to allow viewers to have a quic, gut-level "yes" or "no" response, then let him. That's journalism. It may not be the journalism practiced by the New York Times or the Washington Post, but it's not exactly the journalism of Armstrong Williams or Jeff Gannon, either.

Reality check, liberals. Politics is a contact sport. Conservatives know that it's fair game for Cavuto to ask: "Are the Democrats siding with the terrorists, or do they just want to weaken America?" "Is Nancy Pelosi a communist, or does she just propose communist ideas?" "Are Democrats hiding their own Congressional child molestors?" "Why don't liberals support the troops, believe in intelligence gathering, or respect the fantastic leadership of George W. Bush?" and "How quickly will Democrats raise your taxes, close your businesses and steal your first born?" For conservatives, these are all fair questions.

Liberals, if you say that Cavuto is up to no good, or merely posing Republican talking points as objective thoughts, or merely shilling for Ken Mehlman or Karl Rove, you open yourself up to conservatives questioning whether you believe in a free press, regardless of political partisanship. Do you really want to have that fight on the eve of an election, when there are so many other issues out there? Bam!

12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cavuto can throw whatever he wants up on the screen. But whoever doesn't see this for what it is--spreading empty GOP talking points under the guise of asking a responsible question--needs to put down the koolaid, turn off Limbaugh and look at economy/deficit numbers of the 90s.

Truth is, the economy did just fine under Clinton, AND we managed to start paying down the national debt instead of running it up at the rate of over $200B a year. Either people don't know, or they don't mind their grandkids spending their hard earned money paying interest on money the president is borrowing form China.

12:37 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Trinity said. "But anonymous, although all that is undoubtedly true, you should know by now that these "question mark" type headings are only permitted when done by liberal MSM, speculating about the Republicans."

I challenge you Trinity to come up with at least one example where the "liberal MSM" pasted up questions on the screen about Republicans the way Fox News does routinely about Democrats.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

The trolls above are right that this is indeed phrased as a form of a question, but the Jon Stewart reference is the apt one here, as he previously chronicled Cavuto's mendacious and smarmy approach to things. I mean, this is of course the guy who jokingly said he saw a Kerry button on bin Laden. He's a sad excuse for a journalist, and most of what he says is biased babbling. I will admit this isn't the best example, as it actually seems to come a bit closer to an actual question than some of his other claptrap, but it's still a pretty loaded question.

And while politics is a contact sport, Toffee, journalists and commentators - however conservative or liberal - are expected to try to debate these issues honestly, even if the conclusions they come to fall to the left or the right. And people who only want to listen to one side -- to hear what they want to hear -- invariably will gravitate to Cavuto, who will seek as much as possible to please his base and tell them not to worry. Reality is a bitch, though.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous MrToffeeLovesYa said...

journalists and commentators - however conservative or liberal - are expected to try to debate these issues honestly, even if the conclusions they come to fall to the left or the right.>>

Dave, I agree with you wholeheartedly. But what is the definition of "honesty?" Therein lies the rubf for liberals critical of Cavuto and the rest of the Fox gang.

Cavuto can ask what liberals perceive to be an "illegitimate" question, but that's not the same thing as a "dishonest" question, right? Cavuto would have to know in advance that the question was bogus for it to be "dishonest," right? Sort of a Jayson Blair/New York Times thing. Pow!

Reality check time, Dave. Cavuto could ask, "Would Nancy Pelosi make the homosexual agenda her top priority?" but the only way that's a dishonest question is if he knew in advance that Pelosi did not plan to make the homosexual agenda her top priority. And unless liberals have figured out time travel, they can't answer that question, either.

There are other questions that are very partisan, but nonetheless can't be called "dishonest." When Cavuto actually asked "Bush: Best President Ever?" there's no real way to answer that. The liberal defeatocrats have their answer, and conservatives have another.

Wake up and smell reality, Dave. Liberals want Cavuto to follow what they think are the "rules of journalism." Conservatives don't think that way.

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

Cavuto can ask what liberals perceive to be an "illegitimate" question, but that's not the same thing as a "dishonest" question, right?
No, not necessarily. A leading question that doesn't even really approach an issue in anything other than a biased fashion, however? Yes.

Reality check time, Dave. Cavuto could ask, "Would Nancy Pelosi make the homosexual agenda her top priority?" but the only way that's a dishonest question is if he knew in advance that Pelosi did not plan to make the homosexual agenda her top priority.

Oh, come on now. That's about on the level of the "When did XX stop beating his wife?" type level of rhetoric. Is it dishonest? No, because X commentator has no evidence that X is not beating his wife. Is it illegitimate because it's rank speculation on no evidence at all, and therefore reduces the journalist in question to someone merely ranting without evidence? Yes. Therein lies the difference.

Wake up and smell reality, Dave. Liberals want Cavuto to follow what they think are the "rules of journalism." Conservatives don't think that way.

Which reality? The reality you create, or the one the rest of us live in? Journalists have a certain way of doing things. Politicians don't have to follow it, so to speak, but a journalist will try lest he sacrifice all credibility. O'Reilly is a big-mouth, but he doesn't lack for credibility; Cavuto does.

2:17 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

Dave G. said...
"Which reality? The reality you create, or the one the rest of us live in?"


I might ask you the same question. lol Earth to Dave G. The "rest" of us do not all agree with you.

When Americans were asked in a recent poll what percentage were liberal, compared to those who said they were conservative or very conservative, guess which percentage was greater?

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

Trinity, I never said everyone agreed. Wasn't my point. My point is that there's certain standards journalists abide by lest they sacrifice all credibility. Cavuto isn't a politician.

6:11 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Toffee's various cynical simplistic posts appear to be summarized as follows: the winners in either journalism or politics are the ones who are the better lyers, or the ones who can best express and forward their talking points. The truth is always to be damned.
In the shared hope for more honest political campaigns, and more fair and objective news coverage, Toffee must be wrong.

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the shared hope for more honest political campaigns, and more fair and objective news coverage, Toffee must be wrong.

>>

TWOT, who said that Cavuto was a "fair and objective" journalist?

11:14 AM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Toffee did, that's who, when making repeated statements referring to Cavuto as:
"There are other questions that are very partisan, but nonetheless can't be called "dishonest"

4:57 PM  

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