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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-20-06 12:46 PM
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David Sirota Shreds John Stossel’s Misleading Claims About the Minimum Wag
Edited on Tue Jun-20-06 01:00 PM by Omaha Steve

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David Sirota Shreds John Stossel’s Misleading Claims About the Minimum Wage

John Stossel, who in recent months has morphed from a semi-straightforward TV news reporter to a mouthpiece for the far right, recently met his match in progressive journalist David Sirota.

On ABC’s “20-20,” Stossel has dissed the nation’s teachers, claimed the gender wage gap doesn’t exist and even defended “price gouging” after Hurricane Katrina.

Now he’s after the minimum wage.

But although Stossel monopolizes the media pulpit on “20-20,” when he appeared with Sirota June 18 on CNBC’s “Kudlow and Kramer” to talk about the minimum wage, he suddenly found his misleading assertions challenged.

Stossel claimed the minimum wage kills jobs. Sirota pointed to the greater job growth figures in states where the minimum wage is higher than the federal $5.15 an hour.

Stossel asserted a higher minimum wage hurts more people than it helps. Sirota noted the studies that showed there is no job loss when the minimum wage goes up.

Stossel said Sirota once called him a “smarmy-looking liar.” Not missing a beat, Sirota responded: “You are.”

Take a look at the clip. It’s fun. http://blip.tv/file/42657

By the way, Sirota’s latest book, Hostile Takeover: How Big Money and Corruption Conquered Our Government, is available at The Union Shop Online.™



by Mike Hall

tags: minimum wage, John Stossel, David Sirota




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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-20-06 12:52 PM
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1. A lame argument from Stossel.
Edited on Tue Jun-20-06 12:53 PM by AtomicKitten
There is no excuse for perpetuating poverty to increase the bottom line for corporations. It's a morally bankrupt practice.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-20-06 01:12 PM
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4. Argument? Stossel's job is to TESTIFY, to repeat the
piles of horse poo his wealthy friends feed him at cocktail parties.

Sirota was right on the money about that. I've been to those parties. I know what is said. It's all the same garbage that got Stupid looked at funny at Harvard: "People are poor because they're lazy," or "No poor man ever gave anybody a job," or "wage hikes cost jobs." This stuff is repeated over and over again, never supported, just old wives' tales of the super rich, never to be challenged.

Stossel will cry all the way to the bank, as usual.
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-20-06 12:55 PM
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2. Sirota rocks
and rolls all over neocon puppets
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-20-06 01:03 PM
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3. Basic economics and FACTS, courtesy Economic Policy Institute >>>>>>>>>>
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endarkenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-20-06 01:57 PM
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5. "recent months has morphed "?
Edited on Tue Jun-20-06 01:59 PM by endarkenment
Freaking hell, Stossel has been a foaming rightwing liar for literally decades.

google John Stossel lies
Arg - forget that it picks up his stupid book.
Start here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-sirota/john-stossel...

decades of outright over the top fabrications.
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Jeff In Milwaukee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-20-06 02:43 PM
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7. God, Yes...
He's been a corporate shill from at least the late 1980's...

Go the archives at www.fair.org -- they have several publications calling Stossal on any number of outrageous falsehoods.
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ComerPerro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-20-06 02:08 PM
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6. Stossel is a whore
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JohnWxy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-20-06 03:11 PM
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8. Thanks for this post. Sirota's work needs to be mentioned on the net.
We all need to bring up what legitimate people have to say - to try to counteract all the disinformation the MSM likes to parrot - (to please there advertisers).

It's important to point out the dispicable behavior of the sycophants on MSM. Maybe the message will get through to some of the uninformed.

Thanks again!


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