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The Resource Give me a break : how I exposed hucksters, cheats, and scam artists and became the scourge of the liberal media--, John Stossel

Give me a break : how I exposed hucksters, cheats, and scam artists and became the scourge of the liberal media--, John Stossel

Label
Give me a break : how I exposed hucksters, cheats, and scam artists and became the scourge of the liberal media--
Title
Give me a break
Title remainder
how I exposed hucksters, cheats, and scam artists and became the scourge of the liberal media--
Statement of responsibility
John Stossel
Title variation
How I exposed hucksters, cheats, and scam artists and became the scourge of the liberal media--
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When he hit the airwaves thirty years ago, Stossel helped create a whole new category of news, dedicated to protecting and informing consumers. As a crusading reporter, he chased snake-oil peddlers, rip-off artists, and corporate thieves, winning the applause of his peers. But along the way, he noticed that there was something far more troublesome going on: While the networks screamed about the dangers of exploding BIC lighters and coffeepots, worse risks were ignored. And while reporters were teaming up with lawyers and legislators to stick it to big business, they seldom reported the ways the free market made life better. In Give Me a Break, Stossel explains how ambitious bureaucrats, intellectually lazy reporters, and greedy lawyers make your life worse even as they claim to protect your interests. Taking on such sacred cows as the FDA, the War on Drugs, and scaremongering environmental activists -- and backing up his trademark irreverence with careful reasoning and research -- he shows how the problems that government tries and fails to fix can be solved better by the extraordinary power of the free market. He traces his journey from cub reporter to 20/20 co-anchor, revealing his battles to get his ideas to the public, his struggle to overcome stuttering, and his eventual realization that, for years, much of his reporting missed the point. Stossel concludes the book with a provocative blueprint for change: a simple plan in the spirit of the Founding Fathers to ensure that America remains a place "where free minds--and free markets--make good things happen."
Summary
The ABC correspondent and co-anchor of "20/20" recounts his transition from consumer reporter to free-market advocate, citing his efforts to thwart scam artists while posing strong arguments for free markets and free speech
Tone
Writing style
Biography type
autobiography
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174241
Cataloging source
SVP
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Stossel, John
Dewey number
  • 070.92
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PN4874.S733
LC item number
A3 2004
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Stossel, John
  • Stossel, John
  • Television journalists
  • Fraud
  • Fraud
  • Television journalists
  • United States
  • Journalism
  • Liberalism
  • TV commentator
  • Stossel, John
Target audience
adult
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how I exposed hucksters, cheats, and scam artists and became the scourge of the liberal media--
Label
Give me a break : how I exposed hucksters, cheats, and scam artists and became the scourge of the liberal media--, John Stossel
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0645/2004302588-d.html
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Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
What happened to Stossel? -- Confrontations -- Confusion -- Epiphany -- Scaring ourselves to death -- Junk science and junk reporting -- Government -- Welfare for the rich -- The trouble with lawyers -- The left takes notice -- It's not my fault! -- But what about the poor? -- Greed or ambition? -- Owning your body -- Free speech
Control code
ocm54022351
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
294 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9780060529147
Lccn
2004302588
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)54022351
Label
Give me a break : how I exposed hucksters, cheats, and scam artists and became the scourge of the liberal media--, John Stossel
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0645/2004302588-d.html
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
What happened to Stossel? -- Confrontations -- Confusion -- Epiphany -- Scaring ourselves to death -- Junk science and junk reporting -- Government -- Welfare for the rich -- The trouble with lawyers -- The left takes notice -- It's not my fault! -- But what about the poor? -- Greed or ambition? -- Owning your body -- Free speech
Control code
ocm54022351
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
294 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9780060529147
Lccn
2004302588
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)54022351

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