Today I was shocked to see the new Mercedes Benz advertising campaign:
Great. Mercedes goes Communist? It had something to do with a new web application that is supposed to make it easier for people to car pool. Car pools-sharing-Communism-Che Guevera and Revolution...get it? And Che is so good looking!
I understand that some idiot teenagers and OWS protesters think that way. When I see them in their Che T-Shirts I like to tell them, "Hey, what a great T-shirt... do you have the full set?" They ask, "what do you mean?" I answer, "Do you have the Hitler and the Pol Pot shirt too?" They stare back cluelessly.
Is my comparison unfair? Hitler and Pol Pot did kill more people, but Che was a murderer. He personally executed dozens of people. He is said to have taken sadistic pleasure in killing. He may have killed hundreds of people. Communism continues to wreck lives. I understand that OWS protesters may not know that, but shouldn't the giant German car company know it?
Then, some good news: Just as I was railing about the idiocy of our political and cultural discourse, and before I could ask Mercedes Benz if they planned a "Viva Hitler" campaign next, Mercedes apologized!
Apparently, there are limits to idiocy.
This Week's Show -- July 10, 2014
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.
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