Originally published in JulioRVarela.com
There is journalism and then there is fluff. FOX's "STOSSEL" show is fluff. One-sided agenda journalism at its worst.
Republican and pro-statehood Puerto Rican governor Luis Fortuño, the incumbent who is trailing in polls to an opponent who has his own issues, is trying to put a spin on an economic situation on the island as he runs for re-election.
Strategy #1: Get on a show where you get the most softball of questions from a supposed journalist.
As for John Stossel?
Try asking actual factual questions, like: Why is your island still stuck at 15% unemployment? Why is your labor force shrinking? Why is public sector employment still growing? If you are so popular, why are you not leading in the polls, even though you claim that you and your opponent are "dead even?" And why are young people leaving the island for jobs in the United States? Also, Fortuño should take credit for one thing: cutting taxes since the rate in Puerto Rico was actually much worse than the mainland, so all he did was bring it down to US levels. So, basically, it is not like Fortuño cut taxes to levels that are favorable.
Sure, taxes in Puerto Rico were high, how hard was it to lower it to levels that match the US?
And why should you need facts to tell your story when you are running for re-election as an incumbent and losing in the polls?
To the Fortuñistas, the following video is the central focus on their re-election campaign.
To the rest of Puerto Rico, it is a sham. And Stossel? Do some more homework about Puerto Rico, and stop pretending that you are all of a sudden an expert about it.
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