FBN: When Word Games Attack!

From the I’d-be-cringing-in-horror-if-I-weren’t-laughing-so-hard department: footage of noted nuance-lover Barack Obama submitting to free-association game-playing while being interviewed about the economy. (Keep it snappy, Barack. No nuance allowed!) The whole thing, be warned, is incredibly, almost painfully awkward to watch.

And just to clarify, it isn’t from Saturday Night Live or The Daily Show. It’s from Fox Business News.

In other words, it isn’t a joke. It’s journalism.


In her magazine profile of FBN (well worth a read, here), Liza Featherstone notes that the fledgling business network, commendable in many ways for its everyman appeal, is, at times, “just plain dumb.”

I’d agree with her, but right now I’m too busy cringing.

[h/t: Gawker]

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.