Watch this short clip of a member of New York Times editorial board, Mara Gay, and MSNBC’s Brian Williams. It’s perhaps the most astonishing display of innumeracy you will ever see. The order of magnitude they have no grasp on is mind-boggling. Aside from the math issue, they are apparently relying on Twitter for analysis.

-Mark Glennon

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mqyl
7 months ago

In certain cases, being math-challenged doesn’t by itself disqualify people from functioning and even doing well in the working world, but it makes everyday life more difficult, embarrassing, and awkward. However, these people shouldn’t have jobs that involve reporting, providing recommendations, or making decisions on math-based information. Therein lies one of the main reasons why Illinois is currently so screwed up.

Poor Taxpayer
7 months ago

Call a U Haul and Kiss Illinois GOOD BYE.

s and p 500
7 months ago

If you tell a public school teacher that her school district is a billion dollars in debt, her response will be “when will schools be fully funded with a librarian in every school?”, or “schools are not a business”, or “we need to invest in the kids”. If you combine bad arithmetic with bad pension accounting we’re in big trouble.

debtsor
7 months ago
Reply to  s and p 500

I just looked it up today and in my district, my kid’s second grade teacher makes more money than nearly all of my middle class clients. My school district’s superintendent graduated from a low ranked college and his ‘phd’ is from a teacher factory. Pay the $25k, get the degree, go work for a public school, make $200k a year. Stupid, this insanity has to stop. The guy would be grooming dogs for a living if he wasn’t a superintendent.

mqyl
7 months ago
Reply to  debtsor

… and, remember, your middle class clients work full years, making this imbalance even sillier.

Governor of Alderaan
7 months ago

Is this really any different from what Crazy Bernie, Fauxcahontas, or any Democrat has been saying for the past 55 years?

nixit
7 months ago

These are the same folks promoting free college and universal health care. What’s worse is that once they “liberate” the billions from the billionaires, they don’t realize that its a one-time payment and all you have left is worthless stock no one wants to buy.

https://twitter.com/iowahawkblog/status/1235916749146435587

Freddy
7 months ago

Maybe this math works both ways. I owe $7,000 in property tax on one home but in reality I only owe $7.00 They put the decimal point in the wrong spot this entire time. I would like a refund on all my over payments.

The Truth Hurts
7 months ago

Now you know why they think they can tax the rich for everything. There are over 500 billionaires in the US. Using their logic if we taxed each one of them then each American could have $500 million each. We need to redistribute now.

Governor of Alderaan
7 months ago

When your whole mindset and life are based on whining about what others owe you, mistakes like this happen

Richard Brroberg
7 months ago

Public school graduates.

Governor of Alderaan
7 months ago

Taught by union members. Look for the union fable…

Old Spartan
7 months ago

This has to be a SNL joke skit. First of all you have Lyin; Brian , who shouldnt be allowed on any TV channel after his whopper fibs, and who doesnt even question the math. Then you ad into the mix a NYT buffoon who cant even do simple arithmetic, and doubles down on it. Yep–MNBC–“This is who we are”

nixit
7 months ago
Reply to  Old Spartan

It would be a SNL skit if it were 2007 or 1998 or 1991 or 1987 or 1983 or 1979 or 1976. Unfortunately, bi-partisan political humor on SNL went into hibernation in 2008 and only awakens for Trump gaffes.

debtsor
7 months ago
Reply to  nixit

There is a rumor that SNL might be cancelled. It’s viewership has dropped to its lowest in its 45 year history…wonder why, when you alienate half the country with constant virtue signaling and anti-Trump humor..no thank you.

https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/this-snl-season-had-the-worst-ratings-in-the-shows-history.html/

nixit
7 months ago
Reply to  debtsor

SNL’s farewell tribute song-and-dance to Obama was the last straw, if their “Hillary sings Hallelujah” wasn’t already.

Being Had
7 months ago

This one made my day.

This is also an example of what I call the Havers and Takers mentality. One of the reasons why there are many people in this country who don’t want government, or voters, to redistribute wealth. A person doesn’t have to be wealthy or anywhere close to be grossed-out by Havers and Takers.

Sort of beside the point, I’m wondering how much of Bloomberg’s ad money was spent at his own media company.

joe blow
7 months ago

hahahaha they are mentally challenged for sure… like how could the dozen people looking at this bit not notice that these numbers were ridiculous? or do they not even care and want to push their propaganda, probably the latter I suppose