John Stossel
consumer reporter, author
John Stossel
John F. Stossel is an American consumer reporter, investigative journalist, author and libertarian columnist. In October 2009 Stossel left his long time home on ABC News to join the Fox Business Channel and Fox News Channel, both owned and operated by News Corp. He hosts a weekly news show entitled Stossel, on Fox Business which debuted December 10, 2009, airing in prime time every Thursday repeating on both Saturdays and Sundays.
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John Stossel: Trump, media should stop making things up
Fox News - 4 days
President Trump makes a good point: The lamestream media spin left but won't admit it.
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John Stossel: I wish Trump luck getting rid of bad programs. He needs it
Fox News - 11 days
Republicans promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But now they are hesitating.
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John Stossel: Why I hope Trump will break many of his promises (and soon!)
Fox News - about 2 months
Two more weeks until the new administration begins!
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John Stossel: President-elect Trump, I wish you lotsa luck draining the "swamp"
Fox News - 3 months
President-elect Trump says he's uniquely qualified to "drain the swamp" in Washington, D.C.
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John Stossel: Thanksgiving tragedy
Fox News - 3 months
Tomorrow, as you celebrate the meal the Pilgrims ate with Indians, pause a moment to thank private property.
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John Stossel: I was a fool
Fox News - 3 months
I was so dumb last week. I wrote my column Tuesday -- before election results were in. I assumed Hillary Clinton would be president-elect.
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John Stossel: Your ballot matters beyond Clinton vs. Trump. Here's why
Fox News - 4 months
The presidency isn't the only choice next week. There are more issues than "Who's worse, Trump or Clinton?"
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Why John Stossel supports Gary Johnson
Fox News - 4 months
Explaining his vote
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John Stossel: What both Trump AND Clinton won't say
Fox News - 5 months
Since we're $20 trillion in debt, you'd think journalists would press candidates to explain how they'll pay the bills. But they don't.
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John Stossel: What I saw at this week's presidential debate
Fox News - 5 months
President Obama's proudest accomplishment is increasing the number of Americans with health insurance. A better idea would be to help people escape government care altogether.
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John Stossel: Why I worry about Hillary, Trump and the Supreme Court
Fox News - 5 months
The current Supreme Court is not young. Our next president may get to choose five new justices.
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John Stossel: Gary Johnson gets it. America is electing 'neither dictator nor king'
Fox News - 6 months
It was refreshing to moderate a “town hall” with the Libertarian presidential and vice presidential candidates last week because Govs. Gary Johnson and William Weld respect limits on presidential power.
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John Stossel: Why Johnson and Weld are much better than Clinton or Trump
Fox News - 6 months
Some libertarians say Johnson and Weld are not libertarian enough. I'll confront the candidates with those criticisms this week.
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John Stossel: Bill and Hillary Clinton have a remarkable record of sleazy dealings. Why do they still thrive?
Fox News - 7 months
This week, as Democrats fawn over Hillary Clinton, I'm struck by how both Clintons continue to thrive despite their remarkable record of sleazy dealings.
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John Stossel: Why politicians are important (and dangerous)
Fox News - 7 months
My Fox News colleagues are in Cleveland, diligently interviewing Republicans. Next week, they'll interview Democrats. I'm glad they do it -- because I despise most politicians.
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John Stossel: Let's stop making it so hard for ex-cons to find work
Fox News - 8 months
Just got out of jail? Odds are that within five years, you'll get caught doing something illegal and go back to jail.
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John Stossel: We are not idiots... Why warning labels are killing us
Fox News - 8 months
When you use a coffeepot, do you need a warning label to tell you: "Do not hold over people"?
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A shift at FNC and a congratulations to Jay Wallace, promoted to Executive Vice President News and Editorial! ( Bill Shine remains Senior Executive Vice President; Michael Clemente has been transferred to a new Specials Division where he is Executive VP
Fox News - 10 months
Some of you may already know this news – it is about a week old – but I forgot to post it.   Newly minted Executive Vice President of News Jay Wallace has been at Fox for many years – just as Senior Executive Vice President of Programming Bill Shine has been at Fox News for years (since the beginning!).   I don’t often work in the Specials Division that Michael Clemente now heads but I am sure he will have fun in his new job.  It is a different pace and a new challenge. And of course, the TOP boss, Jay’s and Bill’s, is the one who created Fox News – Chairman and CEO of Fox News Roger Ailes FOX NEWS CREATES NEW SPECIALS DIVISION Michael Clemente to Oversee New Unit Jay Wallace Promoted to Executive Vice President News and Editorial FOX News will launch a new centralized long-form specials unit, announced Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of FOX News. Effective immediately, Michael Clemente will transition from his current position managing news to overseeing this new division ...
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Which GOP candidate can appeal to small gov't libertarians?
Fox News - 12 months
John Stossel provides insight
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Election 2016: Gamblers better predictors than pollsters?
Fox News - about 1 year
John Stossel breaks down the betting
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Stossel
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 68
    On April 20, 2016, Stossel, who stated that he had never smoked, revealed that he had lung cancer which was caught early and given an excellent prognosis.
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    Stossel was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Stossel's style combines reporting and commentary. It reflects a libertarian political philosophy and views on economics which are largely supportive of the free market. He began his journalism career as a researcher for KGW-TV, was a consumer reporter at WCBS-TV in New York City, and then joined ABC News as a consumer editor and reporter on Good Morning America. Stossel went on to be an ABC News correspondent, joining the weekly news magazine program 20/20, going on to become co-anchor. As a reporter, Stossel has received numerous honors including 19 Emmy Awards, and he has been honored five times for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club. Stossel has written three books recounting how his experiences in journalism shaped his socioeconomic views, Give Me a Break in 2004, Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity in 2007, and No They Can't! Why Government Fails but Individuals Succeed in 2012. ABC said: "His reporting goes against the grain of the established media and offers the network something fresh and different but makes him a target of the groups he offends." Stossel has also served as a spokesman for the Stuttering Foundation of America.
  • 2012
    Age 64
    On April 23, 2012, Stossel was awarded the Chapman University Presidential Medal, by the current president, James Doti, and chancellor, Danielle Struppa.
    More Details Hide Details The award has been presented to only a handful of people over the past 150 years. Stossel received an honorary doctorate from Universidad Francisco Marroquín.
  • 2010
    Age 62
    Stossel came to embrace his Jewish heritage after marrying his wife, who is Jewish, and their children have been raised in that tradition. Stossel identified himself as an agnostic in the December 16, 2010, episode of Stossel, explaining that he had no belief in God but was open to the possibility.
    More Details Hide Details Stossel's brother, Thomas P. Stossel, is a Harvard Medical School professor and co-director of the Hematology Division at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital. He has served on the advisory boards of pharmaceutical companies such as Merck and Pfizer. Stossel's nephew is journalist and magazine editor Scott Stossel.
  • 2009
    Age 61
    The program, entitled Stossel, debuted December 10, 2009, on Fox Business Network.
    More Details Hide Details The program looks at consumer-focused topics, such as civil liberties, the business of health care, and free trade. His blog, "Stossel’s Take", is published on both FoxBusiness.com and FoxNews.com. Stossel has written three books. Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media is a 2005 autobiography from Harper Perennial documenting his career and philosophical transition from liberalism to libertarianism. It describes his opposition to government regulation, his belief in free market and private enterprise, support for tort reform, and advocacy for shifting social services from the government to private charities. It was a New York Times bestseller for 11 weeks. Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel – Why Everything You Know Is Wrong, which was published in 2007 by Hyperion, questions the validity of various conventional wisdoms, and argues that the belief he is conservative is untrue. On April 10, 2012, Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, published Stossel's third book No, They Can't: Why Government Fails – But Individuals Succeed. It argues that government policies meant to solve problems instead produce new ones, and that free individuals and the private sector perform tasks more efficiently than the government does.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2001
    Age 53
    In 2001, the media watchdog organization FAIR criticized Stossel's reportage of global warming in his documentary, Tampering with Nature, for using "highly selective information" that gave "center stage to three dissenters from among the 2,000 members of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which recently released a report stating that global temperatures are rising almost twice as fast as previously thought."
    More Details Hide Details Stossel groups supporters of the scientific consensus on climate change with astrologers and psychics in his second book, Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity. He claims that proposals surrounding the proposed solutions to reduce global warming are "myths," which will not only not solve the problem but will "restrict freedom." On December 28, 1984, during an interview for 20/20 on professional wrestling, wrestler David Schultz struck Stossel after Stossel stated that he thought professional wrestling was "fake". Stossel stated that he suffered from pain and buzzing in his ears eight weeks after the assault. Stossel sued and obtained a settlement of $425,000 from the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). In his book, Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity, he writes that he has come to regret doing so, having adopted the belief that lawsuits harm many innocent people. Schultz maintains that he attacked Stossel on orders from Vince McMahon, the head of the then-WWF.
  • 2000
    Age 52
    However, he re-edited that portion of the program for its September 2000 repeat, in which Stossel paraphrased, "Even economists who like Europe's policies, like James Galbraith, now acknowledge America's success."
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    A February 2000 story about organic vegetables on 20/20 included statements by Stossel that tests had shown that neither organic nor conventional produce samples contained any pesticide residue, and that organic food was more likely to be contaminated by E. coli bacteria.
    More Details Hide Details The Environmental Working Group objected to his report, mainly questioning his statements about bacteria, but also managed to determine that the produce had never been tested for pesticides. They communicated this to Stossel, but after the story's producer backed Stossel's recollection that the test results had been as described, the story was rebroadcast months later, uncorrected, and with a postscript in which Stossel reiterated his claim. Later, after a report in The New York Times confirmed the Environmental Working Group's claims, ABC News suspended the producer of the segment for a month and reprimanded Stossel. Stossel apologized, saying that he had thought the tests had been conducted as reported. However, he asserted that the gist of his report had been accurate. In a March 2007 segment about finances and lifestyles of televangelists, 20/20 aired a clip of Apostle Frederick K. C. Price, a TV minister, that was originally broadcast by the Lifetime Network in 1997. Price alleged that the clip portrayed him describing his wealth in extravagant terms, when he was actually telling a parable about a rich man. ABC News twice aired a retraction and apologized for the error. The suit concluded with an out of court settlement including a public apology by ABC.
  • 1999
    Age 51
    FAIR responded that AIDS had killed more people in the United States in 1999, but Stossel was speaking in more broad terms than a single country over a single year.
    More Details Hide Details In a February 2000 Salon.com feature on Stossel entitled "Prime-time propagandist", David Mastio wrote that Stossel has a conflict of interest in donating profits from his public speaking engagements to, among others, a non-profit called "Stossel in the Classroom" which includes material for use in schools, some of which uses material made by Stossel.
    For example, Stossel was criticized for a segment on his October 11, 1999, show during which he argued that AIDS research has received too much funding, "25 times more than on Parkinson's, which kills more people."
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    University of Texas economist James K. Galbraith has alleged that Stossel, in his September 1999 special Is America #1?, used an out-of-context clip of Galbraith to convey the notion that Galbraith advocated the adoption by Europe of the free market economics practiced by the United States, when in fact Galbraith actually advocated that Europe adopt some of the United States' social benefit transfer mechanisms such as Social Security, which is the economically opposite view.
    More Details Hide Details Stossel denied any misrepresentation of Galbraith's views and stated that it was not his intention to convey that Galbraith agreed with all of the special's ideas.
  • FORTIES
  • 1994
    Age 46
    He told The Oregonian, on October 26, 1994:
    More Details Hide Details Stossel argues that individual self-interest, or "greed", creates an incentive to work harder and to innovate. He has promoted school choice as a way to improve American schools, believing that when people are given a choice, they will choose the schools best suited for their children. Referring to educational tests that rank American students lower than others he says: Stossel has criticized government programs for being inefficient, wasteful, and harmful. He has also criticized the American legal system, opining that it provides lawyers and vexatious litigators the incentive to file frivolous lawsuits indiscriminately. Stossel contends that these suits often generate more wealth for lawyers than for deserving clients, stifle innovation and personal freedoms, and cause harm to private citizens, taxpayers, consumers and businesses. Although Stossel concedes that some lawsuits are necessary in order to provide justice to people genuinely injured by others with greater economic power, he advocates the adoption in the U.S. of the English rule as one method to reduce the more abusive or frivolous lawsuits.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1981
    Age 33
    In 1981 Roone Arledge offered Stossel a job at ABC News, as a correspondent for 20/20 and consumer reporter for Good Morning America.
    More Details Hide Details His "Give Me a Break" segments for the former featured a skeptical look at subjects from government regulations and pop culture to censorship and unfounded fear. The series was spun off into a series of one-hour specials with budgets of half a million dollars that began in 1994. They include: During the course of his work on 20/20, Stossel discovered Reason magazine, and found that the libertarian ideas of its writers made sense to him. Stossel was named co-anchor of 20/20 in May 2003, while he was writing his first book, Gimme a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media, which was published in 2004. In it, he details his start in journalism and consumer reporting, and how he evolved to harbor libertarian beliefs. In September 2009, it was announced that Stossel was leaving Disney's ABC News and joining News Corp. 's Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. In addition to appearing on The O'Reilly Factor every Tuesday night, he now hosts a one-hour weekly program for Fox Business Network and a series of one-hour specials for Fox News Channel, as well as making regular guest appearances on Fox News programs.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Born
    John F. Stossel was born on March 6, 1947, in Chicago Heights, Illinois, the younger of two sons, to Jewish parents who left Germany before Hitler rose to power.
    More Details Hide Details They joined a Congregationalist church in the U.S., and Stossel was raised Protestant. He grew up on Chicago's affluent North Shore and graduated from New Trier High School. Stossel characterizes his older brother, Tom, as "the superstar of the family", commenting, "While I partied and played poker, he studied hard, got top grades, and went to Harvard Medical School." Stossel characterizes himself as having been "an indifferent student" while in college, commenting, "I daydreamed through half my classes at Princeton, and applied to grad school only because I was ambitious, and grad school seemed like the right path for a 21-year-old who wanted to get ahead." Although he had been accepted to the University of Chicago's School of Hospital Management, Stossel was "sick of school" and thought taking a job would inspire him to embrace graduate studies with renewed vigor.
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