John Stossel: Omission Control
The CBS correspondent reported on Fast and Furious, the shifting explanation for the Benghazi, Libya, attacks and the bungled rollout of the Obamacare website.
“There are people who simply would rather just avoid the headache of going after powers that be because of the pushback that comes with it, which has become very organized and well-financed,” she says on my TV show this week.
“I do a lot of reporting on corporate interests and so on, so there’s pressure from that end,” says Attkisson, but “there’s a competing pressure on the ideological end.”
They are much less fond of complex stories in which problems are solved subtly by the dynamism of the free market. The invisible hand, after all, is invisible. It works its magic in a million places and makes adjustments every minute. That’s hard for reporters to see — especially when they’re not looking for it.
That’s why it’s good that there’s a new media organization called Retro Report that reveals media hype of the past.
But all we’ve really done is spread the hype pushed by the big-government establishment. They fool us again and again.
John Stossel is host of “Stossel” on the Fox Business Network. He’s the author of “No They Can’t: Why Government Fails, but Individuals Succeed.”
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