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O'Reilly on Fox News vice president Neil Cavuto: "I think he is a demented guy"

February 02, 2007 3:20 pm ET

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On the February 1 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly brushed aside criticism of Fox News' propensity to air images of scantily clad women, saying of fellow Fox News anchor and vice president of business Neil Cavuto's frequent airing of racy images: "I don't have anything to do with Cavuto. I think he is a demented guy."

During the discussion, nationally syndicated radio host Laura Ingraham noted Fox News' "constant" use of video depicting scantily clad women as part of its news reports, and stated: "I don't know if there's a rampant midlife crisis going on on this network among the male anchors, but I can tell you that my female listeners are saying ... what is the purpose? ... You can talk about cultural issues and cultural debates without running the constant loop of this video." Ingraham further asked O'Reilly: "[W]hy did you do the story about the naked parties at Yale. Do you think that's really a cultural phenomenon that a T-warrior needs to fight against?" After correcting Ingraham that the "naked parties" had taken place at Brown University, O'Reilly explained that he aired the report because "student activity fees were being used to fuel an orgy," and that he aired the video of the party "[t]o show people what happened at Brown." Ingraham countered: "You don't think people know what a nude party would look like? You had to see it?" O'Reilly responded: "I had to. I didn't know." The segment concluded with O'Reilly vowing, "No more bikinis! They're over," and promising to "[n]ever again" air images of, in Ingraham's words, women with "hands over the boobs."

As Media Matters for America has repeatedly noted (here, here, here, and here), Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto has frequently aired photos and videos of scantily clad women and has featured segments and interviews with Hooters girls, strippers, Playboy models, Playboy founder and CEO Hugh Hefner, Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis, and many others.

From the February 1 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:

O'REILLY: They say, look, nature screwed up. It should be, you know, everybody in a free-fire zone. Now, I understand -- I did not hear this, so correct me if I'm wrong -- on your program, you had people giving Fox News jazz because we used --

INGRAHAM: Intervention time, Bill. Here we go again.

O'REILLY: -- cheesecake video, right?

INGRAHAM: What is the purpose of your running the continuous loop -- are we going to run the B roll of this? This is what I am talking about. What is --

O'REILLY: We ran it last night for cosmetic surgery.

INGRAHAM: Here is what I'm saying.

O'REILLY: Cosmetic surgery.

INGRAHAM: I don't know if there's a rampant mid-life crisis going on on this network among the male anchors. But I can tell you that my female listeners are basically saying you can make these debates -- have these debates. Are we having more? This is what I mean! What is the purpose? We don't care about the coffee shop babes with their bikinis. OK?

You can talk about cultural issues and cultural debates without running the constant loop of this video.

O'REILLY: I'm putting you in charge now.

INGRAHAM: It's ridiculous.

O'REILLY: You're in charge of the Fox News Channel.

INGRAHAM: Yeah right. You'd get better demos with me, Bill.

O'REILLY: We do a story like we did last night on cosmetic surgery. OK? Women enhancing themselves. You say no video of that. Correct?

INGRAHAM: No, you are trying to make --

O'REILLY: No, I'm saying this is the truth. That's why we used it.

INGRAHAM: Bill, why did you do the story about the naked parties at Yale. Do you think that's really a cultural phenomenon that a T-warrior needs to fight against?

O'REILLY: It was at Brown.

INGRAHAM: Wherever.

O'REILLY: Student activity fees were being used to fuel an orgy.

INGRAHAM: Why did you run the video? Why?

O'REILLY: To show people what happened at Brown.

INGRAHAM: You don't think people know what a nude party would look like? You had to see it?

O'REILLY: I don't think so. I had to. I didn't know.

INGRAHAM: Why did your pal Cavuto, who I like very much --

O'REILLY: And nobody was naked, by the way.

INGRAHAM: Why did you run the video, during Cavuto, of, you know, the guy who came up with the Girls Gone Wild franchise?

O'REILLY: I don't have anything to do with Cavuto. I think he is a demented guy.

INGRAHAM: I like Neil Cavuto. But the point is, it's really started to creep into the Fox programming.

O'REILLY: I just want to get this clear. You, Laura Ingraham, no video of cosmetic surgery or anything. None.

INGRAHAM: No. You can talk about an issue without training the camera on a particular --

O'REILLY: I didn't shoot those shots.

INGRAHAM: You know what also I find interesting? All the women also wanted to know this. Where did all the segments about the Playgirl, you know, issues out there? Where are all the men? Where are all the male enhancements?

O'REILLY: I don't know anything about those stories. I don't know. I'm confused.

INGRAHAM: Why are those photos all of women? You say is you are a T-warrior, right? You're a T-warrior.

O'REILLY: I am.

INGRAHAM: Then act like one and stop playing this video.

O'REILLY: No more bikinis! They're over.

INGRAHAM: How about the hands over the boobs.

O'REILLY: No hands! No anything!

INGRAHAM: You don't want to hear me, Bill, but you should hear me, because people are tired of it.

O'REILLY: Never again. We'll be right back with Dick Morris.

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    • Author by Easy to refute wingnuts (February 02, 2007 3:28 pm ET)
         

      Wow. For once I agree with O'Reilly.

       

      Cavuto  is demented.

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      • Author by tex (February 03, 2007 6:37 am ET)
           

        Cavuto, "demented"?

        Hmmm. He displays scantily clad women at every opportunity. Childish, newly pubescent, perhaps nerdy. Sophomoric and immature, sure. Buth "demented"?

        No evidence of "demented". But also, no evidence of the gravity and seriousness it takes to be a proper "news" reporter. Entertainment maven, tabloid jerk, sensationalist exploiter, YES. But a "news", or even a "business news" anchor? No friggin' way.

        Sadly, this shows that in at least one instance, FOX has installed in a position of supposed "authority" and "responsibility", a person whose judgment is crippled in arrested development. We're supposed to be impressed as he discusses the potential of a stock offering, and then, let's look at these girl's boobies!!!

        Then there's Hannity, O'Reilly, Gibson, Hume, and the other FOX "personalities", all of whom are ill suited to be on screen as the "anchors" of anything but a wet-T-shirt contest.

        Hey, this is FOX NEWS. What do you expect? Quality? Expertise? Serousness? You gotta be kidding! 

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        • Author by redking75687 (February 04, 2007 2:18 pm ET)
             

          Call it the Rupert Murdoch Effect. He's taking the Page 3 Girl from the pages of the English tabloids and putting it on US tv. But all it proves is that FOX is just a tabloid-on-TV....but we already knew that.

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    • Author by bkboase3653 (February 02, 2007 3:29 pm ET)
         

      Damn...I missed those segments...How can I become a T & A Warrior too?

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    • Author by jeter2 (February 02, 2007 3:29 pm ET)
         

      Was this a comedy skit?

       Ingraham & O'Reilly were actually funny.

      I predict a succesful stand up comedy career for this duo on a Vegas stage ;-)

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    • Author by tommy (February 02, 2007 3:30 pm ET)
         

      This was a joke by O'Reilly.......anyone can see that. 

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      • Author by Lynn (February 02, 2007 3:35 pm ET)
           

        Actually I think it was O'Rielly's way of giving Cuvuto a compliment, he admires that in a guy. BTW, I think Laura was seriously disturbed about women being relegated to eye candy at Fox.

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        • Author by tommy (February 02, 2007 3:57 pm ET)
             

          I agree Lynn, and Ingraham made a good point.....

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          • Author by Limit Corp. Ownership (February 02, 2007 4:50 pm ET)
               

            Oh yes, excellent point!

            I have an idea:  Let's get O'Reilly and Ingraham all greased up and do one of those oil fights, or whatever the hell they are.  Maybe integrate it into a WWF broadcast.

            I'd pay to it.

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        • Author by open_mind (February 02, 2007 4:01 pm ET)
             

          Actually, I have to give Ingraham credit.  She is the first conservative I have seen that has been critical at all of the Fox boob channel.

          Of course MMFA has noticed this apparent contradiction for a while.  Glad to see there is an issue where at least Ingraham isn't a complete hypocrite.

          I doubt our vaunted "Culture Warrior" hypocrite gets it, though.  Any bets whether O'Reilly keeps his vibrator in the same place he keeps the smuggled unpixelated video of the "naked parties"?

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      • Author by riofrio (February 02, 2007 3:39 pm ET)
           

        That's what I thought too. I think MM should be a bit careful with this one.

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      • Author by Limit Corp. Ownership (February 02, 2007 4:46 pm ET)
           

        O'Reilly is a joke.

        Anyone can see that. 

         

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      • Author by wolf kotenberg (February 02, 2007 7:58 pm ET)
           

        Like a Ann Coulter joke ?

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    • Author by Marker (February 02, 2007 3:30 pm ET)
         

      I like the end of the story with O' Reilly saying no, never again and we'll be right back with Dick (toe sucker) Morris, only on Fox.

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    • Author by oscar the grouch (February 02, 2007 3:34 pm ET)
         

      MOOB!!!! (the sound of an implosion at Fox)

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    • Author by fluid_09 (February 02, 2007 3:35 pm ET)
         

      O'REILLY: I don't have anything to do with Cavuto. I think he is a demented guy.That's the pot calling the kettle black don'tcha think O'Flafal?

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    • Author by magnolialover (February 02, 2007 3:35 pm ET)
         

      Are they eating their own now? Bill O not only has it out for NBC, MSNBC, and well, just about everyone else, but now he's starting to bite the hand that is feeding him? Who is demented?

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    • Author by bkboase3653 (February 02, 2007 3:41 pm ET)
         

      Damn...I missed those segments...How can I become a Fox T & A Warrior too?

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      • Author by vysotsky (February 02, 2007 4:29 pm ET)
           

        Oh, it's easy.  Go to Bill O'Reilly's website and sign up.  He'll send you a Factor Falafel. 

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    • Author by IRONY 101 (February 02, 2007 3:45 pm ET)
         

      I saw it...!

      I happened to catch this O'Reilly segment last night and it was great! Laura Ingraham was busting O'Reilly's balls like you wouldn't believe. Basically, she called him out for gratuitously showing so much young, firm female skin... with no reasonable purpose other than to show young, firm female skin. She parctically painted him as a dirty old middle age guy obsessed with scantily-clad young hotties. And she absolutely nailed him at the end when she said if he was going to call himself a culture warrior, "Then act like one..."!

      I never dreamed there would ever come a day when I would admire something Laura Ingraham said, but this was it. Watch the clip of this segment... it was great. 

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    • Author by rusty shackleford (February 02, 2007 3:48 pm ET)
         

      This is awesome.  O'Reilly says something I agree with, while Ingraham blathers TV jargon and talks about being a "T[radition]-warrior" while utterly failing to grasp that exploitative images of women are about as traditional as it gets in her chosen field.

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      • Author by gttntoobed5295 (February 05, 2007 11:57 am ET)
           

        Leave it to Crusty to side with the phone-sex-obsessed O'Reilly and slam Ingraham, a truly decent person. Way to go, Crusty. Get back to your Cheetos and porn.

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    • Author by Watcher_IL (February 02, 2007 4:28 pm ET)
         

      "INGRAHAM: How about the hands over the boobs.

      O'REILLY: No hands! No anything!"

      Does this mean that naked women, when shown on Fox, will not have their hands over their boobs?

      Because I seriously doubt we've seen the last of provocative video on FNC or the 100 million or so FOX affiliates. This sort of low brow, white trash entertainment has been Fox's bread and butter since it became a network.

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      • Author by Limit Corp. Ownership (February 02, 2007 4:43 pm ET)
           

        Faux's "News" stinks so bad they may as well

        turn to porno.

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    • Author by jscott (February 02, 2007 6:12 pm ET)
         

      FUX News Channel???

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    • Author by jscott (February 02, 2007 6:12 pm ET)
         

      Sorry, couldn't resist.

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      • Author by Limit Corp. Ownership (February 04, 2007 9:29 pm ET)
           

        Fux News Channel is good.

        Or, the "Fock You Channel"....But I do like Olbermann's latest:  The Fox Noise Channel.  It's hard to choose?

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    • Author by sportsguydave (February 02, 2007 7:39 pm ET)
         

      "We'll be right back with Dick Morris."

      ================================================

      From Laura Ingraham to Dick  Morris.

      Now, THERE'S a step up.

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    • Author by dr. engine (February 02, 2007 9:13 pm ET)
         

      We'll be right back with Dick Morris. A far dirtier form of pornography than girls in mini skirts.

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    • Author by FootballFan (February 02, 2007 9:23 pm ET)
         

      What is your point?  I have to laugh at the Fox News haters.  They just can't stand that Fox News is the #1 cable news channel, and has been every month for the past 5 years.

      The Fox News haters remind me of those dorky kids in grade school that sat in the front row and just loved to tattletale on other kids.  Those are probally the same ones that hate Fox. 

       

       

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      • Author by valentinian (February 02, 2007 10:38 pm ET)
           

        Dorky kids? "Probally?"

        Do your parents know you are using the computer? 

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      • Author by Lynn (February 02, 2007 10:44 pm ET)
           

        They are the dorks, actually Fox' s talent is a good example of what happens to dorks and nerds when they get a little cash. They become delusional and begin to believe that their money somehow makes them cool. They're not they are still the little dorks that got smack around by daddy at home or were the victims of serial wedgies in school. Seriously who would go out with Neil Cavuta if it weren't for his stock portfolio? Here is a list or wing nut dorks, please feel free to add to the wing nut dork list:

        Neil Cavuta, John Gibson, Steeve Doocy and the Docettes from Fox and Friends, Dick Morris, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Rick Santorum, George Allen, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Leatherhelmet, the Black guy with the crossed eyes that makes frequent guest appearances on Hardball - he's like king of the dorks. They should have a contest for the loud mouthiest stupidest wing nut dork. There is an endless suppy of contestants

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        • Author by gttntoobed5295 (February 05, 2007 12:06 pm ET)
             

          Wow, Lynn. You live a wonderfully rich life, don't you? Howz 'bout turnin' the TV off for a few milliseconds?

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      • Author by solon (February 03, 2007 2:56 am ET)
           

        And when they can beat the cartoon sponge or come anywhere near network news get back to us. As it is its kinda like leading the minor leagues in walks, who cares. I have to laugh at ANYONE that thinks FOX propaganda network has anything to offer other than todays flavor of koolaid to the already hopelessly brainwashed.

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        • Author by FootballFan (February 03, 2007 3:24 am ET)
             

          Fox News and CNN are more trusted news sources than NPR or the The New York Times, according to a new poll from BBC/Reuters/Media Center.

          Among U.S. respondents, the most trusted national media were Fox News and CNN, with 11% of respondents naming each, unprompted, as most trusted, followed by ABC (4%), NBC (4%), NPR (3%), CBS (3%), Microsoft/MSN (2%), USA Today (2%), New York Times (2%), CNN.com (1%), Time Magazine (1%), and friends/family (1%).

          http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6331047.html?display=Breaking+News

          HOW DO YOU LIKE THEM APPLES ?? 

           

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          • Author by tex (February 03, 2007 6:53 am ET)
               

            FOOTBALLFAN:

            As a rightwinger, you show typical hypocricy.

            You tout the "popularity" of FOX NEWS, while your supposed ideology has you decrying the decline of culture in America. As the rightwing sports many religio-fascists, the Republicans push for more and more laws cracking down on supposed "immorality", from banning hollywood movies, cracking down on porn wherever it might be, or preventing gays from getting married.

            The Porn industry is a Multi-Billion dollar enterprise in America. If rightwingers truly believed in "supply and demand" and "free markets", they would celebrate porn. But no, "MORALITY" guides them in this instance, and they are ever so judgmental and censorous and intolerant when the goods being sold do not meet their standards.

            Except, of course, FOX NEWS, which knows that SEX=RATINGS. So, CNN is "trusted" for news, and FOX is "trusted" to show lots of young female skin (soft porn).

            FOOTBALLFAN, if you only had the sense to apply logic, you would be a mass of conflicted feelings, because you LIKE propaganda, you LIKE nude women, you LIKE football, you LIKE war, but you are on record as finding sex and porn and exploitation abhorrant. What to do, what to do? Ah, well. Just tout FOX's cable numbers, and don't look too closely at that ideology of yours. It won't take much scrutiny at all. 

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            • Author by FootballFan (February 03, 2007 7:54 am ET)
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              Tex,

              You need to let it go.   The Fox News haters crack me up.  If you don't like Fox News, don't watch it.

              Liberals are obsessed with attacking Fox News and conservative talk radio.  They get all worked up and angry ..... for what?

              The more liberals get angry, the more we laugh them.

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              • Author by roundhouse (February 03, 2007 3:51 pm ET)
                   

                Sure. Limbaugh, Hannity, Ingraham and Coulter aren't angry? Whatever.

                What is most telling is that your baseline for success is measured by how ticked you can make your opponent. Facts and deliberation be damned, we must be doing something right look at how much we have miffed the left.

                Face it. Modern day Republicans have no principles, they are reactionaries who simply say and do the opposite of Democrats and call it governance.

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              • Author by moe (February 04, 2007 7:18 am ET)
                   

                Hold on to them apples!!!

                I don't hate Fox Noise.  Shoot, they're better than the comedy channel...and funnier too.

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              • Author by redking75687 (February 04, 2007 2:26 pm ET)
                   

                That's one of the symptoms of dyssocial sociopathy....a desperate craving for negative attention, the delight in doing very bad things and having people getting angry about it. That's why you often see serial killers smiling at the cameras as they're hauled off in cop cars after getting arrested.

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          • Author by redking75687 (February 04, 2007 2:23 pm ET)
               

            And a lot of Germans once trusted Hitler....your point?

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        • Author by gttntoobed5295 (February 05, 2007 12:44 pm ET)
             

          "And when they can beat the cartoon sponge or come anywhere near network news..."

          Please don't tell me you watch "network 'news". That would explain things, though.

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      • Author by redking75687 (February 04, 2007 2:22 pm ET)
           

        But's it's not a news channel. It's a propaganda tabloid, meant to sell war crimes and one-party totalitarianism to the masses. If I want real news, I read Counterpunch. I never watch FOX.

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    • Author by sasami (February 03, 2007 3:04 am ET)
         

      The No Boob Zone. Except for the boob behind the desk; he's the host.

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    • Author by nukeboot (February 03, 2007 10:37 am ET)
         

      Ironically, the next night (Friday) Hannity did a segment from the Bunny Ranch. The piece was one long T&A show with the hookers being interviewed in their underwear.

      Hannity's intent was to "improve their morals". Too funny.

      BTW, the girls and the owner ate his lunch when it came to debating the issues involved.   

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    • Author by Missouri Democrat (February 03, 2007 11:05 am ET)
         

      Face it the people who "love" Al Foxeera have been proven to be less informed about world events than the people who watch the MSM. I believe it was the University of Maryland that did a study about the effects of media and the people who watch specific channels on tv. As for me I don't hate Faux news I hate the bias and propaganda they claim to be "balanced and fair". What a joke!

      The reason I did not post the link to the study is I'm not sure how to do it on MMFA. Would someone please post it for me? Thanks for the help.

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      • Author by webprogrammer (February 03, 2007 11:45 am ET)
           

        Here's one study. There's a button at the top of the edit window to create or edit a link.

        And yes, it shows that Fox viewers are the most ill-informed people in the country, offering up incorrect answers on 80% of the questions they're asked about Iraq. Popularity doesn't equate to credibility as has been said here so many times before. The study also shows that supporters of the Iraq war are far more likely to be misinformed about the war than others.

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    • Author by erikvilius.blogspot.com (February 03, 2007 11:40 am ET)
         

      They're all Fnnn nuts @ FOX...

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    • Author by Missouri Democrat (February 03, 2007 1:02 pm ET)
         

      Web thanks for finding and posting the link. Being as how I use AOHell I wasn't exactly sure how to do it.

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    • Author by mwolfson6024 (February 03, 2007 1:22 pm ET)
         

      Wow. this was terrible.  What's wrong with showing the female body?  Women actually get offended by this?  Why can it not be admired.  As far as the play-girl issue goes.  Nobody wants to see it.  There's no demand.  Compare the sales of playboy to the of playgirl. 

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      • Author by Easy to refute wingnuts (February 03, 2007 4:40 pm ET)
           

        Nothing, if the female body (or the male body for that matter, but the average Fox viewer is so far in the closet if he took a step backward he'd be in Narnia) being shown has anything to do with the story being "reported" at the moment. Usually it doesn't.

        (I can't remember who posted the Narnia line here a few weeks ago, but it was classic, and I would have reposted it with attribution had I remembered the original poster)

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    • Author by RINO Hunter (February 04, 2007 3:18 pm ET)
         

      O'Reilly was obviously joking here. He has had Cavuto on his show several times, and he always seems to get along with him. MMFA always takes things way too seriously. They don't seem to be able to differientiate humor from seriousness.

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    • Author by clumberfeet (February 04, 2007 4:08 pm ET)
         

      That's like Buddy Hackett telling you you're funny looking.

      How much offense can you take? 

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    • Author by professionalstrongman (February 05, 2007 2:48 pm ET)
         

      The snarks about Cavuto's fascination with "well-endowed" women just continue to create themselves. 

       

      I'll bet Cavuto uses phone sex often. 

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