ABC television journalist and author John Stossel will be in Wichita on October 12 to deliver a lecture as part of Wichita State University’s Elliott School of Communications 20th anniversary celebration. The Wichita Business Journal article ABC’s Stossel to speak in Wichita provides more details of this event.
Stossel is an anomaly in the mainstream media, as he is one of the few libertarians in that business. Milton Friedman wrote this about Stossel’s first book Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media: “Stossel is that rare creature, a TV commentator who understands economics, in all its subtlety. Read this fascinating book to learn — example by example — how the indirect, unseen effects of government policies often dominate the direct, seen effects. Again and again, policies have the effects opposite of those intended.”
P.J. O’Rourke wrote this about the same book: “There’s nothing matter-of-fact about John Stossel’s fact-finding. He seeks the truths that destroy truisms, wields reason against all that’s unreasonable, and uses and upholds the ideals that puncture sanctimonious liberalism. He loves liberty in a way that goes far beyond liberalism. He makes the maddening mad. And Stossel’s tales of the outrageous are outrageously amusing.”