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October 30, 2007

Milton Friedman vs. Phil Donohue

by Doug Mataconis

If you grew up in the 1970s, you probably remember Phil Donohue, who was a loud-mouthed talk show host before loud-mouthed talk shows hosts were cool. And he was, very, very liberal.

Here’s a classic segment of an interview with the great Milton Friedman where he tries to trap a Nobel Prize winner in an intellectual debate:

Nice try Phil, but you lose.

H/T: Club for Growth

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4 Comments

  1. [...] From the Liberty Papers: [...]

    Pingback by A Second Hand Conjecture » Milton Friedman and Phil Donahue — October 30, 2007 @ 11:04 am
  2. Ahhh…. that was great.

    Comment by somebody — October 30, 2007 @ 11:15 am
  3. You know what was great about that? Phil knew when to shut his trap and listen. He knew enough to let his guest talk, uninterrupted, and give a full answer.

    Today we have Hannity and O’Reilly, who, after 5-10 seconds, jump in and cut off their guests mid-sentence, shouting them down and calling them names.

    Comment by David M — October 30, 2007 @ 5:44 pm
  4. Doug,

    Thanks so much for that clip. As I’ve mentioned before, I love hearing Uncle Milty speak. It’s like a breath of cool sweet air. Unvarnished, positive, clear-thinking truth.

    Today we have Hannity and O’Reilly, who, after 5-10 seconds, jump in and cut off their guests mid-sentence, shouting them down and calling them names.

    So true!

    Comment by Akston — October 30, 2007 @ 7:28 pm

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