John Stossel on the Media's Obsession with Bad News


Reporters sleep with clear consciences because we (usually) don't say anything completely false, says John Stossel. We tell ourselves that we may save lives and draw attention to important issues—and so what if people err on the side of safety?

But the answer to "so what?" is that people waste time, money and emotional energy, and we are less safe, because we worry about the wrong things.