John Stossel Rides Again
There aren’t enough people like John Stossel on television: smart, curious, cantankerous, and very willing to shoot at sacred cows. I say this not because Stossel hosted the recent hour-long 20/20 program on Freakonomics, but because I’ve always admired his reporting and especially his attitude. His recent 20/20 special on education, “Stupid in America,” is a particularly good example.
Now he has followed up with Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity, which challenges conventional wisdom in a number of arenas, especially the media, medicine, parenting, and gender. The book is already a New York Times best-seller; here’s more information on Stossel and the new book. I am guessing that most people who hang on out Freakonomics.com would agree that Stossel has a lot to say that is worth hearing.