John Stossel is once again being a git, a snot, and pushing his agenda and views on the public and not making a news report, and doing it with condescending comments that belittle his viewers.
Tonight ABC aired his latest special called “Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity” in which myths or common beliefs are “debunked,” like elephants being fearful of mice or that red cars get pulled over more often than cars not painted red. That’s all nice, but most of his top ten myths were beliefs held by those who oppose his libertarian views or more to the point, the left leaning ideology, and he promotes his own views surreptitiously.
The show ended up by saying that we have infinite amounts of oil but offers no information on pollution, global warming, or whether we should give polar bears swimming lessons. According to him, price gouging during disasters like Katrina is A-okay and the moral thing to do. Secondhand smoke isn’t all that harmful; it’s just scientists with religious-like zeal running a crusade against smoking. And there’s more, and he does make some good arguments.
But despite all that, in the end what I found offensive and insulting wasn’t his obvious agenda (as most of his reports are just that). It is that this 20/20 episode was a one-hour infomercial to promote his new book of the same name. That is cheap and should insult anyone with an average IQ. You watch TV for certain content but instead it’s a commercial ad parading as news content.