The Fear Industrial Complex

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The Media Likes Scaring Us, and We Like It
By John Stossel
March 21, 2007

I'm embarrassed by my profession. We consumer reporters should warn you about life's important risks, but instead, we mislead you about dubious risks.

I first started thinking about this when interviewing Ralph Nader years ago, before he stopped speaking to me. Nader worried about almost everything: Food? "It can spoil in your own refrigerator," Chicken? "[It's] contaminated with pesticides, herbicides, fungicides." Flying? "Inadequate maintenance." Carpets? "Rugs are dirt collectors. And dirt collectors mean internal, indoor air pollution." Coffee? "Caffeine is not very good for you."

He went on and on. Just interviewing him was exhausting. Nader and interest groups like his fuel the Fear Industrial Complex: the network of activists, government bureaucrats, and trial lawyers who profit by scaring people.

for full article:
http://realclearpolitics.com/articles/2007/03/the_media_likes_scaring_us_and.html
 

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I think John Stossel's editor missed something...

Shouldn't "I'm embarrassed by my profession." have been more aptly written "I'm an embarrassment to my profession."
 

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