From our American correspondent, Esteban:
As they say, you can’t make this stuff up – Brian Williams and Mara Gay on MSNBC ran with a tweet that Michael Bloomberg spent $1 million per person (presumably U.S. citizens and residents) on his failed presidential bid. In case you’re not familiar with them, Brian was the anchor (top news reader) for NBC Nightly News for 10 years and is now the top anchor at MSNBC. Mara is a member of the New York Times Editorial Board.
If you have a remote sense of proportion you realize immediately that this number must be wrong. If you’re any good at math you figure it out pretty quickly. The number is ABSURD, it’s off by orders of magnitude. The actual number is $1.53. If Blooms had spent every penny of his vast fortune he could have spent $200 per person. The average person in line at the checkout would probably know something is wrong with this figure PDQ. And these two didn’t just come across a tweet and start discussing it on air. This was a topic on their show – they had graphics prepared, producers and writers were involved, likely hours were devoted to the show’s topics – and NOBODY noticed how absurd this is?
When Dan Rather threw his career on a live grenade for using “fake but accurate” documents, an article at National Review described the story as ”God’s own pinata”. Every time you took a whack at it more goodies fell out. We may have competition here.
Of course, Mara and Brian are among the elites of journalism, the best and brightest who should be planning our lives for us, or at least telling us who among the political class should be planning our lives. Shouldn’t they know at least very roughly how many people live in the U.S., say to the nearest hundred million? One wonders how many times they’ve both fallen for the Nigerian email scam.
As they say in the commercials, “but wait, there’s more”. As they wrapped up the segment Mara noted that this shows there’s too much money in politics. Hmm, Blooms spent $1 million per person and failed spectacularly – seems like this doesn’t support the theory that money is a big deal. So, first we fail to notice that a claim is astronomically absurd, then we get the moral of the story 180 degrees wrong. I’m beginning to see how they think AOC is a sharp one.
Yes, we definitely want to turn over more control of our lives to people like this.