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Tue Feb 19, 2019, 08:19 AM

David Horowitz Dead at 81

...unfortunately, not THAT David Horowitz.

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David Charles Horowitz (June 30, 1937 February 13, 2019) was an American consumer reporter and journalist for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles, whose Emmy-winning TV program Fight Back! would warn viewers about defective products, test advertised claims to see if they were true, and confront corporations about customer complaints. He has been on the boards of directors of the National Broadcast Editorial Conference, City of Hope, and the American Cancer Society. He has been on the FCC advisory board and advisory board for the Los Angeles District Attorney.

Horowitz has been described as a consumer advocate; he personally shunned the description, noting that he always tried to maintain an objective point of view toward both the consumer and the businesses he profiled.

Early life
David Horowitz attended Bradley University, where he became a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi,[5] and graduated with high honors in 1959. Horowitz earned a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, then worked at newspapers and TV stations in the Midwest, including KRNT-TV in Des Moines, Iowa. He was a writer for the Huntley Brinkley Report. He opened the first news bureau for NBC News during the Vietnam War. Horowitz was then offered a chance to develop a consumer-awareness segment for NBC's Los Angeles newscast, but nearly turned it down because they had offered it to six other people before him.

Appearances
Horowitz made a guest appearance on the Super Mario Bros. Super Show! in 1989. He also appeared as himself on an episode of Silver Spoons, ALF, the Golden Girls, The Munsters Today, and Saved by the Bell. Horowitz was also a regular guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (which also occasionally parodied him as "David Howitzer".

Hostage situation
On August 19, 1987, during KNBC's 4 p.m. newscast, a gun-wielding mental patient identifying himself as "Gary" got into the NBC Studios in Burbank, California, as a guest of an employee on the set and took Horowitz hostage live on the air. With the gun pressed on his side, Horowitz calmly read the gunman's statements on camera; unbeknownst to the gunman, the news feed had been taken off the air. The unidentified man revealed at the end of his statement that the gun was an empty BB gun, and set the gun down on the newsdesk, at which point anchorman John Beard quickly confiscated it. It led Horowitz to start a successful campaign to help ban "look-alike" toy guns in several states, including California and New York.

Controversies
In 1998, Horowitz joined a political campaign to urge voters to defeat a California ballot initiative calling for a 20% cut in electricity rates for private utility customers and ending surcharges on ratepayers to pay for nuclear power plants. Horowitz later admitted he was paid $106,000 by the campaign. Horowitz approached the organizers of the campaign and asked to be a part of it.

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"Stay aware and informed, Fight Back, and don't let anyone rip you off!"


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Dennis Donovan Feb 19 OP
hlthe2b Feb 19 #1
Dennis Donovan Feb 19 #2
Adrahil Feb 19 #4
lagomorph777 Feb 19 #5
denbot Feb 19 #3
zaj Feb 19 #6
littlemissmartypants Feb 19 #7
dalton99a Feb 19 #8
hunter Feb 19 #9
Dennis Donovan Feb 19 #10
Liberal In Texas Feb 19 #11
ProfessorPlum Feb 19 #12

Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2019, 08:24 AM

1. You know, the 2 "David Horowitz" have been conflated on DU for years and I'd never seen corrected.

At least in death, those who see your post will realize that the guy we remember as a consumer advocate actually did NOT take a perverse turn in later life to a far RW extremist.

RIP to the late David Horowitz. I'm sorry for any part I might have played in conflating you with the horrible man who shares your name.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 19, 2019, 08:45 AM

2. 25 yrs ago, I bought this book:


...thinking that it was co-authored by the consumer advocate (not knowing of the other one).

And, it was the biggest hit piece on FDR's branch I'd ever read. TR was a God and FDR was scum, according to the book. One of the very few books I'd ever thrown away...

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 19, 2019, 09:00 AM

4. Thanks for pointing that out!

 

I admit I did confuse them!

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Response to Adrahil (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 19, 2019, 09:05 AM

5. +1 I had no idea. I always thought the consumer guy had reversed his decency.

I hope his soul forgives me.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2019, 08:58 AM

3. He was a fixture in Los Angeles tv

RIP Mr. Horowitz.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2019, 09:12 AM

6. I didn't know!

I'm shocked they aren't the same man.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2019, 10:26 AM

8. R.I.P.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2019, 10:49 AM

9. I clicked this link hoping it was the other guy.


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Response to hunter (Reply #9)

Tue Feb 19, 2019, 10:50 AM

10. I think half the recs I got was from DUers hoping the same.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2019, 10:58 AM

11. RIP

I remember the syndicated reports he used to do that would air on local stations.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2019, 11:08 AM

12. I loved "Fight Back!" as a kid

got me in the mood for some real activism and watchdog journalism.

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