Because we watch Trumpland TV so you don't have to, today we learned someone was asleep at the wheel at One America News as the right-wing network aired a Brexit segment that depicted the economic horrors that can result from a nation closing its borders.
It could be that there’s a subversive liberal producer at the network, which employs Pizzagate and Seth Rich conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec. Either way, it’s the best journalism we’ve seen on OAN in awhile, perhaps the only good journalism we’ve ever seen on the network.
Here’s how OAN reporter Matthew Larotonda educated the viewers:
Chris Chinn has a problem. A big problem. His family’s been farming for almost 100 years, and his seasonal workers are disappearing. No workers means no harvest, no money, and eventually no farm, because of Brexit. Like many British farmers, Chinn relies on farmhands from elsewhere in the European Union; in his case, Romania and Bulgaria. It’s made possible through the EU’s freedom of movement laws.
There’s so much fear and confusion over Brexit for these workers, particularly over whether they’ll even be welcomed in the U.K., that they’re just going elsewhere instead, like Germany or the Netherlands.
20% means Chinn’s operating at a loss. At 50% he fears he might go bankrupt. And the idea of hiring British people to pick his asparagus is a complete fantasy. It’s a job no Briton wants, he says. [...] If farmers can’t harvest, then either the food isn’t going to grocery stores, or it needs to be imported. Either way, it means prices are going up.
OAN soon followed the segment with their hourly roundup of “the cost of illegal immigration,” a spuriously sourced National Debt Clock-like fear calculator that came without any observation of the irony.