Ho writes, “Stossel is fundamentally a journalist with common sense, a consumer advocate who became a Libertarian. Ultimately, he finds most, if not all, government regulation incompetent, inefficient and/or pointless.
“‘You need government for pollution control rules, keep us safe from foreign enemies and keep me from hurting you or stealing your stuff,’ Stossel said. ‘Thatâ€™s about it.’
“When I asked him if there was any government agency that operated well, he couldnâ€™t come up with any. ‘The Peace Corps was a good idea in the beginning. So were public schools. But bureaucracies decay. Government never does things more efficiently than the private sector.’
“Stossel is used to doing scripted, polished TV specials. His Fox show is more free wheeling and is taped in front of a live audience.
“‘Iâ€™m struggling to learn a new skill,’ Stossel said in an interview last week. ‘I spent years where I would edit this little movie. This is much more spontaneous. Thatâ€™s the Fox way.'”
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