My Drunken Wisdom on Foreign Aid on Fox News

I had a couple cameos in the two-part Fox News report this week on foreign aid. At one point in the sit-down interview with Fox’s John Roberts, he mentioned a couple foreign aid “success stories.” I doubted the success claims but I commented that there had been so many programs over the years, that….. Well, here’s the one sentence outtake Fox used:

JIM BOVARD, AUTHOR/FOREIGN AID CRITIC: “Sort of like if you have a drunk throwing darts at a dart board from 50 feet away, every now and then, there’s going to be a dart that hit.”

I’m always happy to come on to a TV program and add a little tone.

The prior night, they popped in a sentence from me counterpointing quotes from foreign aid backers:

JIM BOVARD, AUTHOR/FOREIGN AID CRITIC: “I think it’s a great idea to start the foreign aid budget at zero and then leave it there, because there’s simply not evidence for the vast majority of countries that the foreign aid has helped them.”

I am looking to track down copies of the actual broadcast segments. If anyone has any suggestions or leads, I’d be much obliged.

James Bovard


4 Responses to My Drunken Wisdom on Foreign Aid on Fox News

  1. J.D. Tuccille December 15, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

    I missed the broadcast, but those are great quotes. Honestly, a few pithy words will have more impact than a paragraph of dry analysis.

  2. Jim December 15, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

    Thanks, J.D.!

    I also haven’t seen the broadcast yet, though I have been assured by a couple people that did that Fox News did not show the clodhoppers I was wearing that day.

  3. Dirk Sabin December 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    I think ole Ed Abbey used the allied old quip that
    “even a blind hog roots up a truffle now and again. ”

    Nice one Bovard

  4. Jim December 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

    Dang, if only I’d thought of that high-toned line….