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Comment of the Day: Thomas Sowell Has More Important Things to Do Than Be on Fox News

October 17, 2009
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2009 October 17
Bob Meyer permalink

Sowell is brilliant but he’s too valuable to waste his time playing the part of “Fox’s Black Economist”. He writes books and columns that are much more important than a few hours a week on TV.

On the other hand, someone ought to be touting his books on TV especially his book on the housing debacle. If Fox is willing to give him enough time to actually explain economics to people, say as a regular guest on John Stossel’s coming show, then he could really be valuable. Sowell is highly intelligent and highly personable, qualities that make him a good teachers and a pleasure to watch.

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19 Comments
  1. Richard Fontaine permalink
    October 17, 2009 1:33 pm

    Dr. Sowell would be very valuable to help explain what the current Obama administration is trying to do and why. He is one of the best educators and clearest writers I have ever seen. If there is some format that would allow him to reach a broad audience it would be extremely valuable to the entire country especially now as race tensions are rising dramatically in our nation. If the African American community could see that they have one of the most talented thinkers about the free market they might not be so easily swayed by the current rhetoric about “social justice” and identity politics. Likewise it is extremely valuable for the white audience to not think that the African Americans are a monolithic group who are represented by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson or our President.

  2. Tully permalink
    October 17, 2009 2:44 pm

    I would like to hear a great deal more from Dr. Sowell. Moreover, I think it would be valuable to the country to hear a great deal more from him. If that means being interviewed on FNC more often than the current practice of once in a blue moon, I think it would be great. Lengthy, one-on-one, in-depth interviews would be my preference. But, whatever format is chosen if a Sowell/FNC arrangement is made, I hope Dr. Sowell will avoid Bill O’Reilly. BOR has his place and that’s fine such as it is, but his tendency to interrupt his guests and lecture them would be more than I could take in the case of Dr. Sowell. The idea of BOR thinking he knows more than Dr. Sowell does is beyond what my frontal lobes can handle.

    • October 18, 2009 12:31 pm

      too funny. But I agree about Bill O’Reilly. I don’t like him interrupting people to say something. I mean, it works both ways. And I would LOVE to be able to hear Mr. Sowell more often. I am always checking his website or JWR to read his column before it appears in our newspaper. And while on the subject of Fox, the few times I have watched Hannity, when they (he and his guests) ALL start talking at once, I can’t STAND it. I have to turn it off. I’d rather read what they say than listen to them. Too much for my ears to handle.

  3. Walt permalink
    October 17, 2009 4:12 pm

    I do not think that Dr. Sowell would be wasting his time. Outside of conservative circles, he is virtually unknown. It is really important not to cede ground to leftist blacks and validate their claims that they are the sole legitimate representatives of the black community. Are Al Sharpton and Louis Farakhan to be the only ones who purport to speak for the black community?

  4. Theodore Blunt permalink
    October 17, 2009 6:25 pm

    Dr Sowell and I are about the same age. I have damn few heros left. Dr Sowell heads my list oh heros. Ive never read anything he has written that I couldnt support. It is just to bad that he cant sit and quietly explain economics to an interested audience. I do hope he doesnt replace Dr Hill on BORs program. Dr Sowell thinks on a plane far above BOR yet he can make the uneducated understand with the simplicity of his words. Dr Sowells views make life wort living

  5. October 18, 2009 5:22 am

    Dr. Sowell is one of the very few living intellectuals and writers for whom I have respect as a thinker. Walter Williams is another, together with Charles Krauthammer. I can always count of them to bring calm, reality-oriented reason to their statements. It would be inaccurate to call them “conservatives,” because they never try to integrate religion in their positions. Dr. Sowell, however, wrote one of the best refutations of Marxism I’ve ever read, Marxism: Philosophy and Economics (1985), and since Marxists are in the White House and populating the administration (e.g., Anita Dunn), his observations on Fox on that subject would be not only invaluable but critical for Fox’s audience. Sowell could rip the “progressive” mask from the ideologues in power now and show Americans the core, anti-freedom motives of Obama and his Gang (aside from stripping Congress down to its collectivist knickers for all to see). I’m surprised he hasn’t been invited to be on Glenn Beck’s show. Beck could at least tout Sowell’s books. Someone should mention that to him, and suggest it as a subject for a program. Does anyone know what Sowell’s position is on becoming a Fox regular?

    • October 18, 2009 12:34 pm

      ditto here. Mr Walter Williams has subbed for Rush and I enjoy him…and also his column that appears in JWR. And that goes for Mr. Krauthammer. Enjoy listening to him or reading his column.

  6. October 18, 2009 5:58 am

    About Bob Meyer’s remark about Sowell possibly being “Fox’s Black Economist” — why should anyone regard his primary value as being “black”? I value Sowell for the content of his character and mind, not his skin color or race. Meyer introduced the subject, and he should qualify his remark. Race is not the first thing that pops into my head when I read or hear anyone’s statement.

  7. oldwolves permalink
    October 18, 2009 7:04 am

    To David Swindle,
    Perhaps David, you could ask Mr. Horowitz to have Dr. Sowell as a regular guest on fox? If an old war horse like myself is capable of understanding the good doctors books, then he would be a great asset to FOX. Dick Morris is good at explaining “what” will happen but Dr. Sowell could explain how and why.

  8. MaryAnn permalink
    October 18, 2009 7:33 am

    Dr. Sowell has been on Beck’s show, once maybe twice. He would be a good sometime guest on Bair’s panel. I’d hate to see him on television all the time. Television somehow detracts from people. Maybe that’s just my personal feelings about television.

  9. October 18, 2009 8:32 am

    Sowell is brilliant, Nothing I would be interested in hearing. Fox is to picky thank god. Why is he going to tell us how corrupt this administration is, or how Seniors are getting screwed.
    You go to college or read his books. Americans want to know how to get America back. How to live our lives in peace. We don’t need a one sided bull to wast our time.

  10. oldwolves permalink
    October 18, 2009 9:06 am

    “Sowell is brilliant, Nothing I would be interested in hearing”

    And that is your right.Don’t listen then. But how do expect to get America back if you aren’t sure about ‘how’? Dr. Sowell , is what I believe, a patriot. Sometimes one makes sacrifice to further the cause. Dr. Sowell is a ‘Bull’ that is equal to Paines letters during the American revolution. He can explain clearly to us who were not educated by the elite in simple terms. I did not get the chance to further my education but Dr. Sowell is quite comprehensible to me. As I mentioned before Dick Morris says whats going to happen. Dr. Sowell explains why and how. God bless him.

  11. Linda permalink
    October 18, 2009 11:14 am

    Just because of his brilliance, he is needed on Fox. The man writes and talks so aritculately and clearly that he should be able to argue (debate) any point. The problem is would there be any liberal who would want to debate him? Too bad the people who need to hear him would not be viewing Fox.

  12. October 18, 2009 12:01 pm

    I’ve enjoyed from time to time listening to Thomas Sowell on that Racist Rush Limbaugh program where Rush allows Dr. Sowell to fill in for him at times when Rush is away or on vacation. Most of us know Rush is no racist, and Dr. Sowell would never allow himself to be associated with Rush if he believed there was a racist bone in Limbaugh’s body. Dr. Sowell is a true conservative, and does not follow the blame whitey mentality of the likes of the Rev. Jackson or Al Sharpton. Dr. Sowell is in the same company of other conservative thinking blacks like Chief Justice Clarence Thomas. America and the black community would be better off if it had many more Thomas Sowell’s and less Revf. Jacksons, Al Sharptons and Maxine Waters. My hats off to a fine and true conservative, Thomas Sowell.

  13. Morry permalink
    October 18, 2009 12:36 pm

    Books lying unread in bookstores don’t educate anyone. I think if Dr Sowell were to spend even one hour on FOX fortnightly it would probably be a great “stimulus program” for the sales and circulation of his books and the readership of his column. The best academics, and even the best economists amongst them, are not necessarily always as good at being businessmen or at being their own PR agents. I have only the highest admiration for the great job Sowell’s doing to improve our culture’s awareness of and knowledge about many important issues — but there’s always room for a little improvement. History is replete with stories of those who built a better mousetrap, only to find that people beat a path to the doors of their inferior competitors who had made a wise business decision to advertise.

  14. October 18, 2009 12:37 pm

    Another thing to Dr. Sowell’s credit, early on in his life he was a Marxist, but when he taught college, his students NEVER knew it. One even told him later on that she was surprised to find out he had been one. His answer was that kids were not in college to be indoctrinated by their teachers. I admired him even more after I read that. And for anyone interested, his book, A Personal Odyssey, is well worth the read.

  15. politicalmoxie permalink
    October 18, 2009 1:33 pm

    Not only is Dr. Sowell brillant, his persona says he is a gentleman and a gentle man.

  16. Jeff McDonald permalink
    October 18, 2009 3:36 pm

    I am a great fan of Dr. Sowell’s, have six of his books and read his columns. He has been on Hannity and Beck’s shows but really needs a show of his own. However, would people listen to him? I think he is one of America’s most brilliant mind and he can make his points so that even the majority of Americans can understand him.

  17. Richard R. Everson permalink
    October 18, 2009 9:36 pm

    Years ago, I became highly impressed with Dr. Thomas Sowell’s economically well-educated but down-to-earth wisdom and ability to impart arcane concepts with clarity for lay people. His respect for and explanations of the free market as an essential part of our freedoms is unmatched and comparable to those of the late Dr. Milton Friedman. All Americans, regardless of their education, who prize freedom, America, our Constitution, and way of life should become familiar with this modest, soft-spoken champion of truth; particularly in this new and unbelieveably destructive political climate. His race is but an asset in countering popular black faux-leaders who only damage and mislead the blacks and phony so-called “liberals.”

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