I’m not quite sure what a flibbertijibbet exactly is, but I do know a will-o'-the wisp clown when I see one. That would be the Fox Business Network's new Thursday night start, John Stossel. John Stossel is a problem that clearly needs solving.
Take his latest weird diatribe last night (“Parasitic Tort Lawyers”) and accompanying column, which he begins with the words, “Tort lawyers lie.” And he then goes on to trash the entire profession of attorneys who try to hold corporate wrongdoers accountable in court on behalf of injured people. I suppose that might be believable coming from a guy who once said “Enron is an example of how well the market worked for people.” Except well, turns out, like all good hypocrites, he has no problem running to court himself when he feels like it, like when he once sued a pro wrestler who hit him after Stossel implied pro wrestling was fake, and he got $200,000 for his pain and suffering.
So I guess Stossel’s problem isn’t himself. It’s everybody else who uses the court - and their attorneys who “say their product liability suits are good for us. But their lawsuits rarely make our lives better.” OK let’s see.
How about lawsuits that have saved thousands of womens’ lives? How about just children? Communities living around toxic pollution? Food safety? (Even CNN’s Sanjay Gupta came through on this one.) Cars, airplanes, cleaning products, we could go on – and on – and on. And actually we did, a few years ago, here.
When he says all the fun of playgrounds and such were “taken away” because of lawsuits – that’s a lie.
And when he suggests that without lawsuits, savings due to “defensive medicine” would be anything more than 0.2% of health care costs, that’s a lie.