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Furman College Republicans to host John Stossel, co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20
March 21, 2005

 The Furman University College Republicans and the College Republican Confederation of South Carolina announced that they will be hosting a lecture with John Stossel: the co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20.  The event, entitled "Freedom and Its Enemies," will be held on Tuesday March 22, 2005 at 7:30 P.M. in McAlister Auditorium on the campus of Furman University.

Mr. Stossel is best known for his "Give Me a Break" segments.  Recently for 20/20, Stossel has reported on a case of alleged sexual misconduct at Brown University, on teens who suffer from Tourette Syndrome, on women-apparently unhappy in marriage-who discover later in life that they are lesbians; and on why many Americans younger than 35 believe that Social Security system will not exist when they face retirement.  

In the past, Stossel has traveled the world to compare American life with life elsewhere and ask: Is America Number 1? In You Can't Say That!, he looked at the battle between free speech and censorship. In Freeloaders, he focused on how getting "something for nothing" appeals to all of us, including rich people who use the power of government to help themselves.

Sex, Drugs and Consenting Adults questioned why Americans are jailed for voluntarily participating in so-called consensual crimes.  Moreover, he examined bogus lawsuits in The Trouble With Lawyers, and bogus scientific claims in Junk Science: What You Know That May Not Be So.

During his career, Stossel has received 19 Emmy Awards. He has been honored five times for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club. Among his other awards are the George Polk Award for Outstanding Local Reporting and the George Foster Peabody Award.

"We are extremely excited about hosting an incredible, thought-provoking journalist like John Stossel," said Joey Turner, Furman College Republican chapter president.  "Unlike many of his colleagues in the media, Mr. Stossel is an unequivocal advocate of personal freedom and less government intervention."

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