Yesterday Students For Liberty sent out a Facebook message to our followers advising them that John Stossel’s first show aired last night and that in the future students could sit in his studio audience. Here is the text:
John Stossel’s new show on the Fox Business Network is finally beginning! The show premieres this Thursday, December 10th, at 8pm EST, and the first topic will be global warming!
The new show, simply called “Stossel,” will tackle many important political and economic issues from Stossel’s unique libertarian perspective. Be sure to check your local listings to see if your cable provider carries the Fox Business Network yet.
Also, if anyone in SFL is interested in being a part of the studio audience for future tapings of the show (generally filmed on Thursdays), please email Stosseltix@foxnews.com or call 877-369-8587. They have made a special offer to SFL members to be part of the audience.
Sincerely & For Liberty,
Don’t forget to register for the 3rd Annual International SFL Conference coming up in February in Washington DC: http://politicalconferences.org/2009/07/zow/.
Doesn’t seem very controversial to me. Apparently though a couple of bloggers thought this was newsworthy. AMERICAblog News and Media Matters for America ran posts about our Facebook message. Here, see for yourself.
FOX reportedly soliciting Teabaggers to populate its live audience for new “business” show
Only at FOX would they hire John Stossel, a longtime partisan hack, and have him do his first show about “global warming,” and then try to secretly populate the audience for the show with Teabaggers. A friend is one a Teabagging email list. Here is the email he just got: [insert facebook message here]
Media Matters for America:
Stossel’s new Fox show makes “special offer” to Students for Liberty to attend shows
December 10, 2009 11:33 pm ET by MMFA Staff
As John Aravosis noted on Americablog, the message below was apparently sent to members of a mailing list for the Tea Party Patriots. The message was apparently sent from the Facebook group for the Students for Liberty, a 501c3 organization of students whose “mission is to provide a unified, student-driven forum of support for students and student organizations dedicated to liberty.” SFL’s office is at the Cato Institute.
The message encourages readers to watch John Stossel’s new show on Fox Business Network and says the show has “made a special offer to SFL member[s] to be part of the audience.”
From the email message: [insert Facebook message here]
Please allow me to clarify a few points for our liberal blogging friends.
1.) Students For Liberty is not a “Tea Bagging” or “right wing” organization, whatever those labels are supposed to mean. We are a coalition of students and student groups who support a broad philosophy of liberty. Here is our statement of principles: “Economic freedom to choose how to provide for one’s life; Social freedom to choose how to live one’s life; and Intellectual and academic freedom.” In addition to supporting greater economic freedom, Students For Liberty supports a swift conclusion to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, equal rights to all Americans regardless of sexual orientation, and an end to the drug war that inordinately targets minority communities. We welcome collaboration with any group or individual that shares our passion for individual liberty, and will stay true to these core principles regardless of the political currents at the time.
2.) John Stossel is not a partisan hack. The term partisan implies that he advocates for one political party or another which he does not do. He has been critical of both Republicans and Democrats, often calling out Bush for his big-spending ways. John Stossel is a friend of liberty, advocating for more personal freedom for all Americans. Students For Liberty has had a positive relationship with John Stossel, and Drexel Students Liberty Front featured him as a keynote speaker at a recent event. SFL believes that an open and civil dialogue is of paramount importance in a free, democratic society. Consistent with our statement of principles, we encourage students to expose themselves to a broad variety of opinions and to make judgments for themselves.
3.) It is laughable how both left and right wing commentators continually make this error. Both sides constantly try to lump libertarians into one camp or the other. If we are not with them on one issue, we must be against them on all issues. They cannot see beyond their left/right fight and see that the real political spectrum is far more complex than that. In truth libertarians agree with liberals on many issues and conservatives on others. We advocate human freedom and prosperity as the highest ideal and don’t particularly care for the squabbles of political parties.
Yesterday must have been a slow news day for our lefty blog friends. Yes, John Stossel, a libertarian, invited young libertarians to be a part of his studio audience. This hardly qualifies as news or some sort of scandal these blogs are trying to create.