quote:Originally posted by Sweetwuzzy:
I do not know if you saw this, but John Stossel did a show called "Dumb in america."
I was a little annoyed how the show did not present both sides of the issue, ...
John Stossel has been a right wing shill for as long as he's been a part of 20/20. NOT showing both sides of the story is his modus operandi.
excerpted from the book
How the Right Wing Is Turning America into a One-Party State
by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber
Jeremy Tarcher/Penguin, 2004
- The career of John Stossel on ABC's 20/20 offers another example of the way the echo chamber works to place conservative ideas into the mainstream media, while hiding the interests of the people who promote those ideas. Stossel's programs regularly rely on interviews and information provided by conservative think tanks, which in turn help advance and defend Stossel's career. Writer David Mastio (himself a conservative pundit who writes for publications such as National Review) detailed some of those relationships in a February 2000 report for Salon.com. Mastio noted that Stossel has a business arrangement with the Palmer R. Chitester Fund, a conservative, tax-exempt nonprofit organization that is partly financed by the Bradley and Olin foundations. Through the Chitester Fund, Stossel's ABC specials are also used as classroom educational materials. The Chitester Fund hires conservative economics instructors at George Mason University, which is itself a magnet for more than $36 million in funding from Olin, Koch, Bradley, Scaife and other conservative foundations. The economics instructors write study guides to go with several of Stossel's TV shows, and the Chitester Fund sells them to schools through a program that it calls "Stossel in the Classroom." The Heartland Institute, a conservative think tank in Illinois also funded by Bradley, Scaife and the others, advertises "Stossel in the Classroom" in its publication, the School Reform News.
Forget his idea of the schools causing us to be "dumb in America", he's helping to make sure we are dumb!
Think about this: our current pResident is the least articulate, intellectual and insightful in recent history, yet the media pulls out descriptions of him that range from "plain spoken" to someone that the average Amurican wants to "have a beer with". Is that what we need in a commander-in-chief -- someone that relies on cliches and repetition to get his point across, has no diplomatic skills and is incurious about the world? He and his base promote creationism as a scientific theory, alternate between lambasting the UN and claiming to have its support for imperialistic excursions into other countries... they support Israel only because they believe that white folks in America are the chosen people and Jesus will return for them and the Jews will all die.
Americans in general are dumb, and the powers-that-be want to keep it that way. It's easy to run roughshod over an uneducated populace, hence the unyielding efforts to end public school education as we know it!