Joe Rogan slams Biden administration for ‘gaslighting’ over ‘recession’: ‘What a bunch of weasels’
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Podcaster Joe Rogan discussed the state of the US economy with YouTuber Chris Williamson and blasted the Biden administration for hiding the US economic crisis on Tuesday’s episode of The Joe Rogan Experience.
Rogan referred to “the government trying not to call it a recession”, when Williamson told him that the definition of recession had been changed on Wikipedia.
Rogan suggested that to avoid being held responsible for an economic downturn, “they are literally changing the definition, which is terrible and should be pushed back in a big way.”
“It should be something people get mad at, like, ‘Hey, you’re fucking definitions to pretend you’re doing a good job,'” he lamented.
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Rogan described attempts to hide the recession as “gaslighting”, warning that “people would think it’s trivial, because they’re talking about this economic downturn, but it’s not trivial because we’ve always used this term ‘recession'”.
The podcast host recounted that “We’ve always used that term to define whether or not the economic policies that are currently in place and whether management and government have done a good job of making sure the economy stays healthy place.”
“They certainly didn’t do that,” he observed.
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Rogan’s guest Williamson joked that for Democrats, heading into the midterm elections, “If you can’t control the economy, you might as well control the language and hope for the best. “
“What a bunch of weasels,” Rogan replied.
NewsBusters published a report on July 29 claiming that Wikipedia had allowed “at least 116 edits to its site’s ‘recession’ page in the last week alone. This appeared to be an attempt to downplay the ‘technical definition’ of recession. , which is characterized by two quarters of negative GDP growth.”
Washington Post columnist Megan McArdle warned Democrats on Friday that using semantic shell games to hide economic disputes is an unstable strategy.
In an article titled “Enough with the” is it a recession? blather,” McArdle recounted how “Insisting that inflation was just a blip didn’t stop consumers from noticing that prices were rising. Nor did it protect Biden’s approval ratings, which plunged even as the administration continued to insist that everything was fine.”
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She commented that such an effort is indicative of a broader phenomenon among progressives, “it’s emblematic of a dangerous tendency on the left to believe they can control reality by controlling the words we use to describe it”.