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ABC’s John Stossel Moves to Fox

Filed under: Media Bias — DRJ @ 1:54 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

John Stossel is moving to Fox Business channel and will also appear on Fox News:

“Stossel is a libertarian whose work won both headaches and viewers for ABC during his 28 years at the network. He’ll anchor a weekly program on the Fox Business Network and appear regularly on Fox News Channel.

His new show on the business network will explore consumer issues and libertarianism. Stossel was known for his “Give Me a Break” stories on ABC, which he turned into a best-selling book.”

I look forward to more of Stossel’s reporting. He strikes me as a skeptical and fair person — just what a reporter should be.


11 Responses to “ABC’s John Stossel Moves to Fox”

  1. While I hope this is a good move for John, I lament that the one guy at ABC who could “balance” all the other talent is gone. FBC is currently the pits in terms of impact and relevance. I just don’t see how this is a good thing.

    Did the Mouse push him out? Did they low-ball him as NBCU has been doing with its talent?

    Ed from SFV (9b7f1a)

  2. Maybe so, but it could also be that Stossel was prevented from reporting on subjects his superiors didn’t want covered. Maybe this will free him to look at those subjects.

    DRJ (6a2898)

  3. Stossel’s work has never been fully appreciated at ABC. I’ll enjoy watching him wherever he ends up.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  4. ABC is clearly not the place for anyone who isn’t on the Obama bandwagon. They are particularly shameless lately.

    I guess no one watches CBS evening news, but it would be interesting if Fox developed a competitor… or have they tried that? All the local fox stations I am familiar with are pretty liberal.

    Juan (bd4b30)

  5. From DRJ’s lips to God’s ear.

    Old Coot (83c1d1)

  6. John Stossel. Total tool. Found libertarianism, became self-righteous and well…annoying. The man is dumb mediocrity posing as an informed opinion. That he’s moving to Fox? They can have him and his cheesy 70s mustache. Cheeseball city.

    Assclown doodyheads (2be977)

  7. Yes, I once made the mistake of reading one of his books. Pap and more self-righteous faux freedom and faux individualism and faux anti-gov pap. Huge ego, very self-important. Cheesy mustache. Oh sorry, already mentioned the cheesball mustache.

    Assclown doodyheads (2be977)

  8. dumb mediocrity posing as an informed opinion. – Assclown doodyheads — 9/10/2009 @ 11:16 pm

    Apogee (e2dc9b)

  9. Stossel often merely states that 2 plus 2 equals 4, which when it runs counter to the “we’re too humane and compassionate to ever be wrong or look bad” mindset of “lefty” types in the media must breed a lot of disquiet and resentment in them. It’s somewhat analogous to a difficult or no-win situation in the workplace, in which a person has a major case of BO or bad breath and will become quite insulted and offended when one of his (or her) co-workers points out that problem to him.

    Mark (411533)

  10. I look forward to more of Stossel’s reporting as well, but I’m not sure he can characterized as fair — a lot of his 20/20 pieces appeal to me (and I’m sure a large part of your blog audience) because they draw and emphasize conclusions with which we agree. I think a “fair” reporter would just report facts and a back-and-forth debate rather than choosing a side to win and present it as such. So, I think he’s a great presenter, but too (rightfully) biased to be a true neutral reporter.

    Of course, not to say that there are many “fair” reporters, nor that many (any?) liberal reporters are any less unfair than Stossel.

    Ben (7d5ee1)

  11. Stossel favors freedom over forced “equality” & “fairness”. That’s a pretty good place to be, if you ask me.

    Icy Texan (259a85)

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