There are lots of things “everybody knows” these days. “Everybody knows,” for instance, that radiation is deadly, especially when food is exposed to it. “Everybody knows” that public school teachers are underpaid, and public schools underfunded. “Everybody knows” that outsourcing puts Americans out of work. The trouble is, in these and so many other cases, what “everybody knows” is flat wrong. Now, in “Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity,” John Stossel exposes the errors behind hundreds of media-generated myths — and reveals that the truth is often the opposite of what we’ve been taught to believe. Just as important, he also reveals who benefits from the deception — whether it’s big government, greedy lawyers, or special-interest groups looking for political advantage at taxpayers’ expense.
Running parallel to his investigative reports for ABC’s 20/20, Stossel’s book covers everything from consumer cons and health myths to environmental scare-mongering and big-government propaganda.
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