Fox Business Host in Mud-Slinging Contest with Chinese State TV Host, Demands an ‘Honest Debate’

Fox Business Host in Mud-Slinging Contest with Chinese State TV Host, Demands an ‘Honest Debate’

Fox Business host Trish Regan has gone full-on “Debate me, coward!” with a broadcaster on Chinese state television.

Regan has been pounding the drum recently in favor of Donald Trump’s trade war with China. This got the attention of Liu Xin, a host for the Chinal Global Television Network. Xin accused Regan of sounding like a spokeswoman for the president.

Considering that Xin’s network is state-run and Regan’s network is more or less a propaganda arm of the Trump White House even if it is not owned and operated by the government, the layers of irony in this dust-up are already thicker than the smog in Shanghai on a bad day.

Xin said of Regan that “in carefully analyzing her words, it’s all emotion and accusation, supported with little substance,” suggested that Americans who didn’t know better like Regan might also “clench your fists and pound the wall,” and noted the “close, symbiotic relationship that the Fox channel has with the current U.S. administration.”

Honestly, it was a fairly accurate if trenchant critique of Fox in general:

Regan got mad at Xin for calling her “emotional” and played the sexism card:

Liu answered:

As of now, no debate is yet scheduled.

Gary Legum

Gary Legum has written about politics and culture for Independent Journal Review, Salon, The Daily Beast, Wonkette, AlterNet and McSweeney's, among others. He currently lives in his native state of Virginia.