Det er en svær tid for satirikere, der kan synes at være udsat for unfair konkurrence fra den såkaldt virkelige verden. En af ugens nyheder var, at legetøjsgiganten Mattell måtte tilbagekalde store kvanta legetøj fremstillet i Kina, da det viste sig den kinesiske fabrikant havde anvendt blyholdig maling til legetøjet. Det affødte følgende kommentar fra tv-stationen CNBCs Erin Burnett:
“A lot of people like to say, scaremonger about China, right? A lot of politicians and I know you talk about that issue all the time. I think people should be careful what they wish for on China — you know, if China were to revalue its currency, or China is to start making, say, toys that don’t have lead in them, or food that isn’t poisonous, their costs of production are going to go up. And that means prices at Walmart, here in the United States, are going to go up too. So, I would say China is our greatest friend right now.They’re keeping prices low, and they’re keeping prices for mortgages low too.”
I The Daily Show replicerede Jon Stewart: Det siger noget om USAs status i verden, at vores angiveligt bedste ven forsøger at give os blyforgiftning!