(This article is published in Salon.)
Fox News host Neil Cavuto apologized on air on Oct. 16 after hosting a con artist on his show for years. From 2002 on, Fox favorite Wayne Simmons presented himself as a former “CIA outside paramilitary special operations officer” and “national security and terrorism expert.” In reality, he was an expert in deceit.
“It has come to our attention that a frequent guest on this show might not have been who he purported to be,” Cavuto said. “If it’s true that all our due diligence and vetting on Mr. Simmons missed this, that’s big and that’s on me, and only me,” he added.
Cavuto’s remarks have a tinge of caution, but federal prosecutors are certain that Simmons is not who he said he is. A federal grand jury indicted Simmons on several counts of fraud and making false statements. He was never in the CIA, they revealed; he deceived the government for years.