Keep the government shut? That sounds nuts, but remember that this is just a partial shutdown, and my hope is that this pause in some government spending -- will be a teaching moment. More people may realize that lots of what government does is not so important and given that America's going broke, we ought to cut some of it now, permanently.
THE SHUTDOWN: Senator Mike Lee proudly says he kick-started the defund Obamacare movement that led to the shutdown. Economist Ben Powell agrees with my hope that a government shutdown will be a good thing.
PRIVATE SECTOR: Companies lay workers off all the time. At the beginning of the year, American Express announced it would cut over 5,000 jobs. It's the creative destruction that helps them innovate and stay useful. Why is it so hard for politicians to make similar decisions? Former NFL defensive lineman turned entrepreneur, Tyoka Jackson, will explain how private businesses constantly make the tough choices, choices that government won't make.
MEDIA BIAS: Some say the media hate Republicans, and it's true that they have "A Slobbering Love Affair" with Barack Obama. But I think the media also has a slobbering love affair... with big government. Bernie Goldberg and I debate the media's coverage of the shutdown.
IMPERIAL WASHINGTON: Tourists visit Washington and admire the beautiful buildings. When I visit Washington, I see politicians and bureaucrats serving themselves. Cato Institute's Executive Vice President, David Boaz, explains why 4 out of 5 of America's richest counties now surround Washington D.C.
GOP: I hear Republicans want to cut government. But Reason's Editor-In-Chief Matt Welch says the GOP wimps out when it comes to making real cuts.
MY TAKE: When asked why Democrats won't negotiate over spending, Nancy Pelosi told CNN's Candy Crowley, "Because the cupboard is bare. There's no more cuts to make." They spend $3.7 trillion, and the cupboard is "bare"? Give me a break. Tonight I'll rummage through Nancy's cupboard and see what I find.
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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