Monday, September 22, 2008

"Remembering Stephanie Tubbs Jones" by Neil Cavuto

It's not a coincidence that the first three blogs are about politics. This is really the focal point of most of media biases. No matter how hard I tried to navigate away from politics-related news, I'm still brought back to the same topic.

Let me start out by giving you an overview of the article posted on Fox News by Neil Cavuto. It was written on August 21, 2008, a day after the Ohio Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones passed away due to brain hemorrhage. The article at first appears to be sort of an obituary for Mrs. Jones. However, with every sentence we read, it becomes more obvious that the article is meant to attack the Democratic party, at first implicitly, and later directly.

According to Mr. Cavuto, the congresswoman was never disagreeable, and "she was never phony, neither." She never said she supported the Iraq war, "unlike scores of Democrats," who supported the war at the beginning but now don't admit they ever supported it. What else could he imply by saying that? The implication here is that many Democrats are phony and inconsistent. Yes, there may be some Democrats who are inconsistent. But what is the proportion of them compared to the party as a whole? On the other hand, aren't there Republicans who changed their minds? It's normal for politicians to change their minds. They are just like any other human beings, don't they have the right to reconsider an issue?

What matters here is that Mr. Cavuto uses a collection of offensive vocabulary towards the Democrats, such as "phony," "swore on a stack of bibles, or "smarmy." It is no doubt he is being opinionated and certainly against the Democrats. What is worse is that he turns to Congressman Jones as the only representable member of the party, who is no longer serving us. What is it supposed to mean? He is implying that the party is hopeless, and that the public should no longer rely on it.

I'm not at all defending the Democrats, but Mr. Cavuto certainly shouldn't focus on one side of the argument to attack the party the way he does in the article.

Neil Cavuto is a well-known television anchor and commentator on the Fox Business Network. He is host of three television programs: Your world with Neil Cavuto, Cavuto on Business, and Cavuto.

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