What’s the best way to make a point? As wisdom has doled, “Say it in a song.”
That’s the advice MSNBC guest Roben Farzad followed Wednesday while discussing gas prices with host Katy Tur.
In case you missed it, Biden peered into a teleprompter earlier in the day and proposed a gas-tax vacation.
RedState Senior Editor Joe Cunningham covered it thusly:
Joe Biden has officially announced his plan to ask Congress for a three-month gas tax holiday. Proponents see it as an opportunity to ease the burden high gas prices are putting on American families, particularly middle- and lower-class families.
The problem, as opponents are pointing out, is the negative impact such a holiday would actually have.
As my colleague Nick Arama pointed out earlier today, one of the biggest impacts a gas tax holiday will have is to increase demand while decreasing supply. And when demand goes up and supply goes down, prices also go up. The supposed 18 cents per gallon motorists would save? Negated by the increasing price of the dwindling supply.
In addition to blaming Big Oil, the President put it to Putin and Republicans:
“[F]or all those Republicans in Congress criticizing me today for high gas prices in America, are you now saying we were wrong to support Ukraine? Are you saying we were wrong to stand up to Putin? Are you saying that we would rather have lower gas prices in America and Putin’s iron fist in Europe?”
Biden: "For all Republicans criticizing me for high gas prices in America, are you now saying we were wrong to support Ukraine and stand up to Putin? Are you saying that we'd rather have lower gas prices in America than Putin's iron fist in Europe?" pic.twitter.com/Z7U8YIFgnM
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 22, 2022
On MSNBC, journalist Mike Memoli seconded oil-company castigation:
“You heard him talk about the oil companies, who are making record profits at a time that Americans are increasingly concerned about record costs.”
Then radio host and NPR contributor Roben Farzad chimed in with something downright toe-tappable. Amid the lighting-up of gas, he burst into a Backstreet Boys hit.
“Who’s to blame for the cost of oil being so high right now?” he asked. “Is it because of President Biden’s policies, or are there other effects going on?”
Roben teed his ball, pulled back his club…
“Did you see this back-and-forth between Biden and the CEO of Chevron? And kind of his emotions, he was so touchy-feely, and I could see if the oil execs had kind of more chill to them, they’d be like, ‘Quit playing games with my heart.'”
But he didn’t merely speak the words. Roben gave it his boy-band best. And honestly, he wasn’t bad.
The man even did the moves.
MSNBC guest brings his boy band best to live segment on gas prices and the Biden administration's treatment of gas companies. pic.twitter.com/EayXr1uHTO
— Virginia Kruta (@VAKruta) June 22, 2022
It was a true game-changer.
Afterward, the interview couldn’t proceed normally. Katy admitted, “I mean, I like you’re singing. I was a little bit thrown by the singing, even though I know you warned me that you were going to do it…”
For anyone able to focus on what followed, Katy posed that Americans won’t feel bad for oil companies when electric cars “wipe out [their] business model.”
“If you really want to get into it,” she offered, “and talk about why we are so dependent on oil, you could make a strong argument that Exxon is the reason because they changed their corporate model.”
Roben was in sync: “But ask Exxon, Exxon is owned by its shareholders…and they’re probably baying for a bigger dividend right now, or dividend visibility or stock buybacks. And no one wants to hear that, and it’s unpatriotic. But it’s not a state-owned oil company.”
Back to the singing, I think all MSNBC guests should have to belt out their beliefs from now on. After all, there’ve been epic ideas; I can only imagine they’d make for sensational songs…
Is Biden part of the Thousand-Year Reich we're in now? pic.twitter.com/yIZ3LYtbNQ
— Alex Parker (@alexparker1984) June 23, 2022
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