Fox News host apologizes for inviting alleged fake CIA analyst
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Fox News’s Neil Cavuto is apologizing for inviting a man who is accused of falsely presenting himself as an ex-CIA agent on his show.

Wayne Simmons, who was arrested on Thursday for allegedly committing major fraud, wire fraud, and making false statements to the government, was a guest expert on “Your World with Neil Cavuto.”


Cavuto said if the charges are true, “that’s big, and that’s on me, and only me.”

“You have the right to expect that guests who appear here to be who they say they are,” Cavuto said on his show on Friday. “Now it’s a very rare slip-up, but it’s a very big slip-up and I will make doubly sure something like this never, ever happens again. I value your trust, and I promise to work very hard to regain it.”

He said he may not have been the only one apparently fooled, pointing to a report that places Simmons in a Pentagon program that gave military analysts direct access to top-ranking officials in President George W. Bush’s administration.

“You as viewers have little reason to be comforted by the excuse that Mr. Simmons might, and I stress might, have fooled many others, including no less than former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld,” Cavuto added.

A Fox News spokesman told the Huffington Post on Thursday that Simmons was a guest, but not a paid contributor.

Simmons made appearances on other Fox shows, including “Hannity” and “Fox & Friends.”