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  • July 10, 2014

    "Breaking... News" (9PM ET on FBN)

    MEDIA BIAS: When I began my career as a consumer reporter, I had an obvious agenda: Businesses cheat consumers! Government must regulate them! Here I am when I still ...

  • July 04, 2014

    The Good NEW Days (Sunday at 10PM ET on FNC)

    DOOM AND GLOOM MEDIA: The media tell you about problems-like poverty, climate change, and an energy "crisis." But "

  • June 26, 2014

    Crapitalism (Sunday at 10PM ET on FNC)

    Might this year be the beginning of the end of crony capitalism, or as I call it: crapitalism? That's the cozy alliance between big-government spenders and politically-connected ...

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Stossel's Syndicated Column

  • July 09, 2014

    Important Slow News for 07/09/2014

    Wars, plane crashes, mass murder — it's easy to report news that happens suddenly. Reporters do a good job covering that. But we do a ...

  • July 02, 2014

    "Crapitalism!" for 07/02/2014

    There's capitalism, and then there's "crapitalism" — crony capitalism. Capitalism is great because it lets entrepreneurs raise ...

  • June 25, 2014

    Omission Control for 06/25/2014

    Reporter Sharyl Attkisson's story sounds familiar to me: A major network got tired of her reports criticizing government. She no longer works ...

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.

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