Fox Business Network’s Stuart Varney got his comedic come-uppance last night on The Daily Show. Host Jon Stewart compared Varney’s sneering attitude toward the "undeserving" working poor with Pope Francis' denunciation of unfettered capitalism. “You’re going up against the Pope on how to help the poor?” Stewart asked, with comic astonishment. Yes, Varney was – and guess who won?
Stewart repeatedly skewered Varney for his Scrooge-like attitude. But what really nailed him was this line: “You’re telling the pope how to do his job? The pope doesn’t come over to where you work and slap (J.P. Morgan CEO) Jamie Dimon’s *** out of your mouth!”
For your Friday afternoon enjoyment.
I don’t watch Varney’s FBN show but have seen more than enough of Stuart “I’ve got mine” Varney on F&F to know that when facts get in the way of his/FOX’s conservative political and financial agenda, he just leaves them out. And, of course, as is FOX’s modus operandi, he is very good at ratcheting up the phony outrage against the so-called “takers” and “entitlement” programs. It’s quite a ridiculous spectacle (especially when he gets the 3 stooges of the curvy couch to gleefully join in). Looks like Ailes has seen the poll that says the Americans are more likely to buy goods sold to them by someone with a British accent – even when this person is selling a pile of crap like Varney. He is being presented to the folks as a fount of knowledge in all things economic but, from what I’ve seen of him on FOX, nearly every thing that comes out of Varney’s mouth should be fact-checked for spin and conservative bias.
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– John Fugelsang