John Stossel

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John Stossel Profile

ABC Co-anchor and Correspondent for 20/20

John Stossel joined Fox Business Network (FBN) in 2009. He hosts Stossel, a weekly program highlighting current consumer issues with a libertarian viewpoint, which debuted on December 10, 2009. His first shows covered health care, global warming, the novel Atlas Shrugged, “food police,” and the Road to Serfdom.

Stossel also appears regularly on Fox News Channel (FNC) providing signature analysis.

Prior to joining FBN, Stossel co-anchored ABC’s primetime newsmagazine show, 20/20. There he contributed in-depth special reports and recurring segments on a variety of consumer topics, from pop culture to government and business.

His John Stossel specials asked tough questions facing Americans today. Sick in America delved into the debate between private vs. government health care. Stupid in America exposed the government school monopoly. John Stossel Goes to Washington revealed government growth under both parties, while Hype exposed media distortions.

Stossel’s economic programs have been adapted into teaching kits by a non-profit organization, Stossel in the Classroom. High school teachers in most American public schools now use the videos to help educate their students on economics and economic freedom. They are seen by more than 12 million students every year.

Stossel has received 19 Emmy Awards and been honored five times for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club. Other honors include the George Polk Award for Outstanding Local Reporting and the George Foster Peabody Award. The Dallas Morning News named him the “the most consistently thought- provoking TV reporter of our time” and the Orlando Sentinel said he “has the gift for entertaining while saying something profound.”

Earlier in his career, Stossel served as consumer editor at Good Morning America and as a reporter at WCBS-TV in New York City. His first job in journalism was as a researcher for KGW-TV (NBC) in Portland, Oregon. He is a graduate of Princeton University, with a B.A. in psychology.

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    • Pandering to Fear: The Media′s Crisis Mentality
    • Give Me A Break: Asking the Right Questions
    • Looking at Current Affairs With John Stossel

    John Stossel of ABC News 20/20 talks about the amazing benefits of individual freedom and free markets, and what he′s learned in his 30 year journey from Portland, Oregon consumer reporter to his current job as ABC′s in-house contrarian. "Liberty," says Stossel, "is what made America great, yet little by little, Americans are giving up that liberty." He discusses:

    • Who are today′s American heroes?
    • Has our fear of technology led us to reject the very freedom that has lifted more people out of poverty than any society anywhere, ever?
    • Might safety regulations actually injure more people than they protect?
    • Finally, why does the media ceaselessly hype unrealistic fears?

    Every day newspapers and television warn us of new, unsuspected dangers—from Alar and asbestos to cyclamates to the Audi 500. Stossel compares those risks to life′s REAL risks.

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Books by John Stossel:
    Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel–Why Everything You Know Is Wrong

    John Stossel—award-winning journalist, tireless consumer-rights crusader, and anchor of ABC′s newsmagazine 20/20—has built his reputation on his willingness to debunk conventional wisdom, no matter the source. In his latest New York Times bestseller, which has sold more than 200,000 copies in hardcover, he busts the myths, lies, and downright stupidity clogging media outlets on all sides of the spectrum. Taking a shovel to the heaps of misinterpretations and outright mistakes passing for “fact” these days, Stossel proves:

    —That contrary to popular belief, Americans have more free time now than ever before;
    —How DDT could actually save millions of lives annually, if only we hadn′t been wrongly convinced it caused cancer;
    —That Republicans don′t shrink government—they expand it;
    —Why bottled water is a rip-off (hint: not only doesn′t it taste better than tap, it′s no healthier either!);
    —How “defective product” lawsuits end up depriving us of safer products;
    —Why it′s okay to marry your cousin;
    —And much, much more.

    Bursting with facts, sharp insights, and plain old common sense, Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity is a modern muckraking classic.

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    Give Me a Break

    Ballooning government? Millionaire welfare queens? Tort lawyers run amok? A $330,000 outhouse, paid for with your tax dollars? John Stossel says, “Give me a break.”

    When he hit the airwaves thirty years ago, Stossel chased snake-oil peddlers, rip-off artists, and corporate thieves, winning the applause of his peers.

    But along the way, he noticed that there was something far more troublesome going on: While the networks screamed about the dangers of coffee pots, worse risks were ignored.

    In Give Me a Break, Stossel explains how ambitious bureaucrats, intellectually lazy reporters, and greedy lawyers make your life worse even as they claim to protect your interests. Taking on such sacred cows as the FDA, the War on Drugs, and scare-mongering environmental activists — and backing up his trademark irreverence with careful reasoning and research — he shows how the problems that government tries and fails to fix can be solved better by the extraordinary power of the free market.

    He traces his journey from cub reporter to 20/20 co-anchor, revealing his battles to get his ideas to the public, his struggle to overcome stuttering, and his eventual realization that, for years, much of his reporting missed the point.

    Stossel concludes the book with a modest proposal for change. It′s a simple plan in the spirit of the Founding Fathers to ensure that America remains a place “where free minds — and free markets — make good things happen.”

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