Cavuto's Saturday Stock Show Framing Problem

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I always have a wonderful time pointing out the favorable push the GOP gets from FOX. I've talked often about their Saturday morning stock line up that's chock full of free market----tax cut---worshipers. On Neil Cavuto's show, he framed two segments in contrasting ways that obviously favor Republicans. In the first segment, he focused on Hillary's new economic stimulus plan and asked if it will boost the economy or just...hint...hint "buy votes."

The last segment of the show featured Rudy's new plan and framed it as a historic proposal and asks if it's the best plan for our economy. Hmmmm, you mean Rudy wouldn't be trying to "buy votes" during primary season? So Hillary just wants to buy your vote and Rudy wants to save your life. Nice! The guests were fairly balanced in their responses, but that's not the point. It's all in the framing and how it leads the discussion on the topic.

Paul Krugman on all the candidates: Responding to Recession

Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani wants us to go for broke, literally: his answer to the economy’s short-run problems is a huge permanent tax cut, which he claims would pay for itself. It wouldn’t.

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Last week Hillary Clinton offered a broadly similar but somewhat larger proposal. (It also includes aid to families having trouble paying heating bills, which seems like a clever way to put cash in the hands of people likely to spend it.) The Edwards and Clinton proposals both contain provisions for bigger stimulus if the economy worsens. And you have to say that Mrs. Clinton seems comfortable with and knowledgeable about economic policy.


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