Longtime consumer reporter Horowitz dies at 81
David Horowitz, whose “Fight Back!” syndicated program made him perhaps the best-known consumer reporter in the United State, has died. He was 81.
An AP story states, “In 1987, Horowitz was taken hostage during a KNBC-TV broadcast by a gunman with mental problems. The journalist read the man’s statements on camera although the hostage-taker didn’t realize the broadcast had been cut. The weapon turned out to be an empty BB gun.
“The experience led Horowitz to join a successful campaign to outlaw realistic-looking toy guns in California and other states.
“His reporting was criticized by some consumer advocates and reporters as being too concerned with showmanship and less-serious consumer concerns, such as whether a particular popcorn brand lived up to its advertising.
“But the Chicago Tribune noted in 1987 that Horowitz waged successful campaigns to remove life-threatening sulfites from salad bars and to require automakers to install rear window collision-avoidance lights. He was honored by consumer groups and in 1981 became the first newsman to receive the Chief U.S. Postal Inspector’s Award for uncovering mail fraud, the Tribune reported.”
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