Fox News has a business channel which is like reading the Wall Street Journal written and performed by people who have learned economic theory from watching Rambo. Trish Regan is apparently one of these Fox Business hosts and she took time away from reading her copy of Art of the Deal to do a segment on how socialism turns places like Venezuela and Denmark into hellscape welfare states, with never-ending riots for “bread,” and inflation that turns anything you buy into coal instantly. Venezuela is a country that’s easy to place into this box for Fox viewers.
The issues in Venezuela of course, are not really about socialism as they are about a boom and bust oil economy—ironic right? Anythewhos, the problems in Venezuela are considerably more complicated than simply the boom and bust of a single-resource economy but the idea that “socialism” is the problem in Venezuela right now is laughable. More laughable? Denmark. So, Fox Business tool Trish Regan made the classic rhetorical trick used by truly dumb people everywhere, she made a quip with the word Denmark, connected to something else you might recognize … Shakespeare.
As Shakespeare said, There’s something rotten in Denmark.
[I think I just threw up in my mouth]
In a segment hashtagged #TrishIntel,* Regan takes Denmark to task for providing free education and using taxes to provide its citizens with affordable programs. From here Regan blabbers about the high taxes in Denmark and how “everyone is working for the Government.” Also, there’s a “180 percent tax” on cars that you buy! Sounds fucking terrible. Most importantly, according to Regan, because no one has to work, nobody wants to work. Fucking lazy Danes!!!!
What do the Danes have to say for themselves? Here’s Denmark’s Finance Minister Kristian Jensen responding to Fox Business’s lack of education.
So Danes donÃ¢ÂÂt wants to work? 11 places better than US in OECD statistics! We are working much more than Americans and at the same time ranking as the worlds best in Work-Life-Balance. You should come to Denmark if you dare be confronted with facts @trish_regan Ã°ÂÂÂÃ°ÂÂÂ©Ã°ÂÂÂ° pic.twitter.com/hFf9ysy62x
Ã¢ÂÂ Kristian Jensen (@Kristian_Jensen) August 13, 2018
Uh oh, Trish. Them’s the facts.
The Danish Ambassador to the U.S. decided to also hand out a packet of sit-the-fuck-down-and-learn-something as well.
Dear @trish_regan. We did some quick research on #Denmark’s global rankings (https://t.co/IYtJ4jU2th). Useful context to your story abt state of affairs in my country. Go see ???????? for yourself (we would love to assist) although lack of cupcake cafés probl will be disappointing ???? pic.twitter.com/BwU1wukSsV
— Lars Gert Lose ???????? (@DKambUSA) August 13, 2018
Bloomberg reports that Jensen spoke to European news outlets to try and make heads and tails of how goddamn stupid Fox Business and Trish Regan are.
Jensen told the Ritzau news agency that Regan’s comments were “simply an expression of how politicized” and “completely decoupled from facts” some “American news media have become.” The minister also warned that abandoning facts in journalism ultimately hurts democracy, according to the report published by Denmark’s state broadcaster DR.
If you want to watch about three minutes of stupid, go below the fold.
* Still nauseated.
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