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John Stossel Gets the Treatment

John on November 4, 2009 at 11:41 am

Well, that didn’t take long. Consumer advocate turned libertarian John Stossel left ABC to join Fox news a few weeks ago. The dogs of media correctness are already barking:

I made The New York Times last week. It even ran my picture. My mother would be proud.

Unfortunately, the story was critical. It said, “Critics have leaped on Mr. Stossel’s speaking engagements as the latest evidence of conservative bias on the part of Fox.”

Which “critics” had “leaped”? The reporter mentioned Rachel Maddow. I wouldn’t think her criticism newsworthy, but Times reporters may use MSNBC as their guide to life.

Rachel Maddow? Seriously?!

All this because I spoke at an event for Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a “conservative advocacy group.”

It is odd that this is a news story. In August, AFP hired me to do the very same thing. I give the money to charity. The Times didn’t call that “shameful.”

But in August, I worked for ABC News. Now, I work for Fox. Hmmm.

Here’s how a hero becomes a goat:

I was one of America’s first TV consumer reporters. I approached the job with an attitude. If companies ripped people off, I would embarrass them on TV — and demand that government do something. (I now regret the latter — the former was a good thing.)

I clearly had a point of view: I was a crusader out to punish corporate bullies. My colleagues liked it. I got job offers. I won 19 Emmys. I was invited to speak at journalism conferences.

Then he began to turn his attention to government:

My reporting changed. I started taking skeptical looks at government — especially regulation. I did an ABC TV special, “Are We Scaring You to Death?” that said we TV reporters often make hysterical claims about chemicals, pollution and other relatively minor risks. Its good ratings — 16 million viewers — surprised my colleagues.

Suddenly, I wasn’t so popular with them.

I stopped winning Emmys.

I was invited on CNN’s media program, “Reliable Sources,” to be interviewed by The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz and an indignant Bernard Kalb. They titled the segment, “Objectivity and Journalism: Does John Stossel Practice Either?” It was in big letters over my head.

Apparently, I had broken the rules.

Yes, having been partially credited for destroying journalism, we get how that works here at VS. Here’s a good working definition:

Journalism: Liberals pretending to be neutral as they decide what the news is.

When conservatives offer another point of view it’s a not only a breech of the rules, it’s an assault on the truth and a scandal. Hence, Fox news is not a “real” news organization. But Rachel Maddow…high quality journalism.

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