The New Math From The Media.

There’s discernible flaw in the “thinking” of this tweet by writer Mekita Rivas:

Rivas is not some “blogger writing in the basement in her pajamas.” (We always resented that line. None of the staff here have basements, but we digress.)

Mekita Rivas is a writer and editor based in Washington, D.C. She holds undergraduate degrees in journalism and English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her current projects include a collection of short stories and a feature film screenplay.

Rivas also has bylines in Glamour magazine and the Washington Post.

(We wonder if they are fact checking anything she wrote?)

We have all had moments like this where we screw up some math and yes, we are trying to be kind. (If Bloomberg spent $500 million on his failed campaign that would be $1.53 per American. That’s “one dollar, fifty three cents.”)

Yet the tweet took on a life of its own when it was referenced during a broadcasted segment by MSNBC’s Brian Williams and New York Times editor Mara Gay.

When I read it tonight on social media it kind of all became clear,” Williams said. “Bloomberg spent $500 million on ads, U.S. population 327 million. Don’t tell us if you’re ahead of us on the math. He could’ve given American $1 million dollars and had lunch money left over. It’s an incredible way of putting it.”

“It’s true,” Gay responded. “It’s disturbing.”

Okay, it’s easy to think that Williams and Gay got caught and their iPads, smart watches and smart phones didn’t have working calculators or something like that. It’s possible, but this was part of a planned segment. Williams and Gay knew the topic was going to come up.

For the tweet to appear on MSNBC, it had to be vetted by some producer who can’t do second grade math. It had to be put into a graphics package for broadcast by some college graduate intern for whom math is a mystery.

Yet no one at MSNBC caught the obvious error.

The problem is, of course, that these types of talk shows are designed to sway opinions. When you claim that something that is easily shown to be false and known to be false by the hundreds of people watching Williams on MSNBC, there is a problem when you say “it’s an incredible way of putting this,” and “it’s true.”

If MSNBC can’t get the basic math right on a point they are trying to make, what else are they factually wrong about? This is the problem with the so called “media elite.” They tell the general public what to think on issues and yet they don’t have the most basic facts down.

Their lofty perches in ivory towers looking down their noses at the masses far too often result in things like this.

That’s okay. At least the masses can do basic math.

2 Responses to “The New Math From The Media.”

  1. Truthful says:

    Fact: “a thing that is known or proved to be true.”

    This is simple math that the sanctioned media can’t get right. Who can trust those spewing out emotions rather than facts – ever?

  2. Percy says:

    I think she really meant to say that Bloomberg could have given each of the entire MSNBC viewing audience (327 people) over a million dollars each or something like that.