• Are Union Thugs Bankrupting America?

      This Friday at 10pm, Fox News will broadcast my heated argument with NYC Transit Worker’s Union President John Samuelsen.  It’s part of my special, “The Battle for the Future.”

      Samuelsen, of course, argues that its ridiculous for me to say that “union thugs are bankrupting America.”   We also have a confrontational exchange about sick days.  I said:  “One fourth of your workers took more than 15 sick days. In the private sector, they wouldn’t last long doing that.”

      He responded, “About 25% of our work force are women. Women have babies!”   I actually was aware that some women have babies.   I observed that there were many women around Fox News too, and some of them have babies.  Sometimes it seems like the anchorwomen are always having babies, but I digress.   Samuelson asked me:  “When they get pregnant how much time do they take off of work?”

      I didn’t know.  So we checked it out.  I reported that, “New mothers at both the MTA and Fox get maternity leave… but not a single fox employee took 15 sick days.  The average was 3 sick days… and women take no more than men.”

      That’s true, but Samuelson then texted me to ask if women at Fox got “paid” maternity leave.   It turns out that he has a point.     Women at Fox get 8 – 10 weeks of paid leave. MTA employees can get up to 12 weeks, but it is unpaid leave, under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

      Of course, that leaves the point of my original question unresolved:  why do so many MTA workers take 15 sick days, or more?

      Mr. Samuelsen’s response blaming pregnant women doesn’t really add up.

      The total number of female NYC transit workers (25%) happens to equal the total number of workers (25%) taking 15 sick days.

      In other words,  EVERY woman would have be pregnant to account for so many workers taking 15 or more sick days. Seems unlikely.

      You can watch the “The Battle for the Future” when it re-airs this Friday at 10 pm ET on the Fox News Channel. 

      Weirdly, it airs at the same time my “Power to Prosper” show runs on Fox Business Network.   I’m competing against myself!   I’m also competing also against 20/20, my old program.  I no longer have any interest in 20/20, because these days they only seem to cover things like celebrities and missing teenage girls.    That’s very sad.

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  • This Week's Show -- July 10, 2014

    MEDIA BIAS: When I began my career as a consumer reporter, I had an obvious agenda: Businesses cheat consumers! Government must regulate them! But when I wised up about the problems with government, my bosses resisted, and I stopped receiving Emmy Awards. Emmys reward liberal reporting.

    CENSORSHIP AT CBS: Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson has a similar story. She explains why she left CBS after it became "harder and harder to get stories on television" that criticized this government and "any powers that be."

    IS STOSSEL BIASED?: Years ago, journalist Howard Kurtz criticized me for not being objective. I said it's impossible for any journalist to be completely objective. Now that Howard Kurtz is on Fox, we debate again.

    THE OBJECTIVITY MYTH: Andrew Kirell of Mediaite.com says, "every journalist has a point of view and they don't just magically check it the minute they walk in the newsroom door."

    NEW MEDIA: Reason TV's Remy Munasifi uses music videos and parodies to complain about things like politicians' spending. One of his latest parodies highlights the scandal surrounding the VA hospitals. Munasifi discusses his videos, which have gone viral on YouTube.

    RETRO REPORT: It's great there's a new media organization called Retro Report, which reveals media hype of the past ("crack babies," America's landfill "crisis," the "superpredator," etc.) and corrects stories everyone in the media got wrong. I discuss the new show with its executive producer, Kyra Darnton.

    REAL OR FAKE?: Sometimes people in the media say things that are so bizarre, you'd think they were made up. Kennedy of The Independents quizzes FoxBusiness.com's Kate Rogers, Fox Business host Charles Payne and me to see if any of us can tell which quotes are real, and which were made up by my staff.

    MY TAKE: I used to report on lots of scares. CBS even ran an ad for me where someone called me a "guardian angel."

    That's bunk. The only guardian angel is a free and open society. That's what allows innovation, gives people longer lives, and lifts billions out of poverty. But these gradual improvements aren't newsworthy. Scares and disaster make the news.

    News is broken not just because we're biased but because most good and important news happens slowly.

    9PM ET on Fox Business Network