Fox Airhead Discovers: It’s Not Always Sunny in Dusseldorf
February 11, 2013
When a Fox News airhead “analyst” Shibani Joshi told the Fox & Friends audience last week that solar energy was doing well in Germany because “they’ve got a lot more sun than we do”, the youtube clip went viral, as more evidence that Fox is indeed the preferred news source for what Bobby Jindal calls “the stupid party”.
One has to assume that sometime over the weekend, someone showed her a globe. At some point monday, a nearly invisible apology appeared, not on television, but on an obscure posting on the Fox News website.
But I incorrectly stated that the chief difference between the U.S. and Germany’s success with solar installations had to do with climate differences on a “Fox and Friends” appearance on Feb. 7. In fact, the difference come down more to subsidies and political priorities and has nothing to with sunshine.
The apt adage is “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”
That said, a quick look at Shibani Joshi’s wikipedia entry shows that she is married to Joshi Rahul Advani, “a principal at Energy Capital Partners”, a firm that, according to its website, “focuses on investing in the power generation, midstream gas, electric transmission and energy and environmental services sectors of North America’s energy infrastructure.”
So in this case, stupidity conveniently serves Joshi’s long term financial interests, as well as the ideological bent of her employer. Don’t believe for a second there would have been an apology if not for the outcry from citizens fed up with journalists, businesspeople and public officials who’ve built careers by failing upward with exactly this kind of serial incompetence.