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Thu Jul 5, 2012, 02:10 PM

Fox "News" Spokesmodel John Stossel poses as homeless man: You shouldn’t give to these street people

Stossel poses as homeless man: ‘You shouldn’t give to these street people’

By David Edwards
Thursday, July 5, 2012 11:52 EDT



http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/07/05/stossel-poses-as-homeless-man-you-shouldnt-give-to-these-street-people/

Fox Business host John Stossel says he recently dressed up as a homeless person and begged for money to prove that “you shouldn’t give money to these street people.”

“Yes, we are turning into a nation of freeloaders,” Stossel told the co-hosts of Fox & Friends on Thursday. “Because you feel like a sucker if you’re not when government keeps offering you stuff.”

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In an effort to prove that freeloading was a lucrative pastime, the libertarian host said he recently posed as a homeless person as stunt for his Fox Business show. In the video clip, Stossel can be seen wearing a fake beard and dirty clothes. He asks people passing on the street to put money in his Styrofoam cup while he holds a sign that reads, “Homeless & Cold: Anything will help, please. God bless.”

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“With one sign that said, ‘I really need help’ and one sign that said, ‘I’ll be honest with you, I just want a beer,’ I collected the same rate,” he added. “People just automatically give.”

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Reply Fox "News" Spokesmodel John Stossel poses as homeless man: You shouldn’t give to these street people (Original post)
Amerigo Vespucci Jul 2012 OP
Duer 157099 Jul 2012 #1
benld74 Jul 2012 #32
unblock Jul 2012 #2
demwing Jul 2012 #3
jberryhill Jul 2012 #4
Botany Jul 2012 #5
thelordofhell Jul 2012 #6
Kennah Jul 2012 #34
struggle4progress Jul 2012 #7
TlalocW Jul 2012 #8
PopYoColla Jul 2012 #9
Archae Jul 2012 #10
muntrv Jul 2012 #11
frylock Jul 2012 #12
nanabugg Jul 2012 #13
rppper Jul 2012 #14
JHB Jul 2012 #17
Comet Jul 2012 #15
JHB Jul 2012 #18
agent46 Jul 2012 #21
The Velveteen Ocelot Jul 2012 #25
Kennah Jul 2012 #35
Fortinbras Armstrong Jul 2012 #39
Kennah Jul 2012 #36
Aristus Jul 2012 #16
DEMTough Jul 2012 #19
JHB Jul 2012 #22
DEMTough Jul 2012 #27
nashville_brook Jul 2012 #23
DEMTough Jul 2012 #28
carla Jul 2012 #20
BlueJazz Jul 2012 #24
Bluerthanblue Jul 2012 #26
sabrina 1 Jul 2012 #29
Lydia Leftcoast Jul 2012 #30
Live and Learn Jul 2012 #31
xfundy Jul 2012 #33
Quantess Jul 2012 #37
Quantess Jul 2012 #38
raccoon Jul 2012 #40
Kablooie Jul 2012 #41

Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 02:13 PM

1. What a humongous dick

All he proved is that he is a dishonest person. Asshole.

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Response to Duer 157099 (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 09:17 PM

32. Oh I seriously DOUBT that!

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 02:14 PM

2. this sort of thing belies the true hatred and evilness of the right-wing.

it's one thing to object to government helping people because there is an element that we all pay for it, even if you object to the spending.

but it's another thing entirely to complain about private individuals making voluntary private gifts.

in fact, the USUAL argument they make against government help is that this should be left to private charity.

so then they go and complain about private charity as well.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 02:16 PM

3. I wonder what he did with the money?

did he use it to rid himself of the smell of asshole?

He better go out again, the first try didn't work.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 02:16 PM

4. Charity is now a vice

What's next?

Humility? Well, I don't even know if that one is already on the vice list, given their preference for swaggering blowhards.

Patience and kindness are on life support as well.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 02:20 PM

5. What a really nasty bag of monkey puss



The homeless are just living the good life.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 02:23 PM

6. Reminds me of the time I dressed up as a CEO and went to a board meeting

I didn't have to say a thing and I got a 5 million dollar raise, 10 million stock options, and a corporate jet.

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Response to thelordofhell (Reply #6)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 03:54 AM

34. So YOU ruined it for the rest of us?

I tried that, they threw me through a glass window, and I got arrested for disturbing the peace.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 02:25 PM

7. Real Americans don't watch Fox News

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 02:45 PM

8. Goddamn people and their basic human decency!!!

That's what it's all about. I'm sure there are scammers out there, but I doubt anyone is going to be living the good life from begging. Did he look for scammers? No. He's saying people are chumps for giving a person who looks down on their luck a quarter or two.

What he's probably most pissed about is that his rich masters haven't figured out how to benefit from it like in this Monty Python skit.



TlalocW

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 03:03 PM

9. what is it with these RW dickheads....

that think the homeless and welfare recipients are just living sooooo high on the hog....i just don't get it....if it's so good to just beg for money, why don't more people do it???

that's right...because it sucks not knowing where you can go when you gotta take a shit...

assholes...

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 03:37 PM

10. The thing is there is no one category, "The Homeless."

Homeless people have to be dealt with on an individual basis.

Drug and alcohol abuse needs treatment.

And so on.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 03:56 PM

11. No problem. I won't give to stossell.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 04:24 PM

12. now do it for a month and then come back and tell us about the freeeloaders, dickhead

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 06:30 PM

13. Yeah, it's much better to give to banksters in credit card fees and interest. nt

 

And why isn't begging a capitalist eandeavor. It takes nerve to go out into the street and beg those hard-hearted, bastards for money.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 10:40 PM

14. i think back in the 80's......

when Stossel got the taste slapped out of his mouth by that wrestler, it caused him permanent damage for life.....he used to be a decent journalist, but that's a decade or two behind him now.....

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Response to rppper (Reply #14)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 06:38 AM

17. That's my take too: it was his "f*** this!" moment

Before then he'd done the consumer interest beat, plus entertainment fluff like the wrestling gig.

After that, he climbed on the "miracle market" bandwagon and left the crappy (for a reporter) jobs behind him.

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Response to Comet (Reply #15)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 06:50 AM

18. No, he's not particularly "full of logic and common sense", just the usual BS

Is it a DU violation to berate an already-banned poster? I'll run the risk.

I don't believe you "been a Democrat most" of your life, or if you were you've been a damn lazy one.

Do you know what a Libertarian is? A useful idiot who myopically sees some government abuse, declares it all tyranny, and proceeds to help dozens of smaller private tyrants dismantle the only thing keeping them from running loose all over the rest of us.

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Response to JHB (Reply #18)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 04:06 PM

21. That covers it, doesn't it.

People these days seem able to identify with a label based on only an emotional sense of what the word means. This is how easily people are divided by propaganda. Discourse and critical thinking have given way to quotes and photo pic memes published on FaceBook.

Click the Like button and Share if you agree!

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Response to Comet (Reply #15)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 07:38 PM

25. A "Libertarian" has been accurately defined as

a Republican who wants to smoke pot.

John Stasshole makes me think, all right - makes me think he's an idiot.

And what he's full of is not logic.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #25)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 03:56 AM

35. I thought it was smoke pot and get laid

Real Republicans don't know about vagina

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #25)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 07:19 AM

39. I prefer the definition by the writer Iain Banks

Last edited Sat Jul 7, 2012, 10:15 AM - Edit history (1)

In his novel Transitions, Banks defines libertarianism as "A simple-minded right-wing ideology ideally suited to those unable or unwilling to see past their own sociopathic self-regard".

The libertarian mantra is "I've got mine, so screw you!"

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Response to Comet (Reply #15)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 03:57 AM

36. *deleted due to Comet's posting priviledges revoked*

Didn't seem fair, but it's not like he's likely to stay.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 10:56 PM

16. GODDAMN THAT FUCKING SON-OF-A-BITCH!!!!

I wish I could rip off his head and shit down his neck!

I work with the homeless every fucking DAY, you hamhock! And not one of them is a freeloader.

Die horribly, you shit-stain!!!!



I'm sorry, DU peeps. I'm a little overwhelmed...

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 09:32 AM

19. As someone who was previously homeless, I can say that he absolutely repulses me.

I had to watch an ABC News special on greed done by the ass in my AP Government/Economics class, in which the video claimed that Michael Milken A.K.A: The "Junk Bond King" did more good for society because he "Created work", than regular philanthropists and people who give to charities.

I had to spend a whole hour listening to this right-wing nonsense while resisting the urge to flip off the television and shout about how skewed it was. (My family couldn't at the time and still can't pay many of our dues. All of my graduation money went towards the rent this month.)

He hasn't changed since that video was made, it seems.

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Response to DEMTough (Reply #19)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 04:45 PM

22. Welcome to DU!

Stossel's a real hoot, isn't he. And by hoot in this case, I mean things that come out the back of the owl more than the front.

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Response to JHB (Reply #22)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 08:10 PM

27. Thanks!

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Response to DEMTough (Reply #19)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 05:29 PM

23. hey, welcome to DU!

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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #23)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 08:10 PM

28. Thank you!

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 03:49 PM

20. Stossel is excrement.

Little doubt remains that he is fit to be on the air. Posing as a homeless person in order to spoil their already precarious reputation and situation is a slow as a psychopath will go to get some ratings points. His sanctimonious and preachy approach make me want to find a wrestler who has experienced homelessness then have him beat the stupid out of this vermin. I wish him cancer in a very sensitive place and maybe that he be mauled by pitbulls and set on fire by hooligans. Sorry, but I can't think of anything more fitting for that pampered jerk.

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Response to carla (Reply #20)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 05:53 PM

24. Yep...I've despised the piece-of-human-garbage for so long, it's become a nice habit .

Welcome to DU !

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 08:07 PM

26. people shouldn't give money for blowhards like him to waste airtime-

It doesn't matter if he is reporting on something of national importance, or just making up shit- He still gets 100% more than he's worth.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 08:15 PM

29. he added. “People just automatically give.”

And there is something wrong with that? Count me in as one who 'automatically gives'.

'For it is in giving that we receive'.

I haven't noticed him or his right wing cohorts asking what the bailed out failures do with the billions of tax dollars we all had to donate to them. Did anyone ask if they were buying beer or coke or yachts eg?

These people are shameful. And I bet he calls himself a 'Christian' too.

If someone who is homeless can get a little pleasure from buying a beer, if I give that person a donation, then it is his, and if buying a beer makes his/her day a little brighter, then that is money well spent.

They cannot stand to see money going to the poor. As far as he is concerned ALL money belongs to THEM.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 08:35 PM

30. He once said that poor people aren't really poor because they have VCRs

This was at a time when VCRs cost about $30 and videotapes rented for $1. He never thought about the fact that buying a VCR is cheaper than taking a family of four to the movies.

Another favorite right-wing cliché is that the poor aren't really poor because they have air conditioning, stoves, and refrigerators. I remind such people that 1) Most poor people live in apartments, 2) It is illegal to rent an apartment without a stove and refrigerator, 3) Most apartments in Minneapolis have built-in window or wall air conditioners because not to have air conditioning in the summer here is like not having heat in the winter, and they can drive around in the poorer neighborhoods of the city and see that I'm right.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 08:54 PM

31. He claims that they make $80,000 a year begging.

What an ass. Claims he was making money at the rate of $24,000 a year although he just did it for a few hours but showed absolutely no proof.

I have no proof of it but I am going to call him a pathetic liar anyway.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 11:51 PM

33. He always struck me as looking like a "clone"

ie, a gay man "clone" in the 80s.

I don't care if he is gay, we certainly don't want that kind of fascistic pig in our ranks. I suspect he's a closet queen dripping with self-hatred just to get the bucks.

I knew several men in the 80s who claimed to have had sex with Geraldo. EWWWWW.

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Response to xfundy (Reply #33)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 06:38 AM

37. Stossel has quite the dick-duster, if I may say so.

He and Geraldo, both. I don't know what the giant mustache is about, maybe just their signature style. It doesn't matter. All I know is, Stossel is an irrelevant P.O.S.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 06:44 AM

38. Does anyone else suspect a few of them had just snorted a little cocaine?

The lady in blue and John Stossel.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 09:02 AM

40. Saw on a news program where Stossel's beach house was washed away by erosion


and Government-sponsored insurance paid for the house.


what a hypocrite.


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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 02:38 PM

41. I'm not busy this weekend. I'll play 'homeless man' and get some mad money for myself.

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