MSNBC host Brian Williams and New York Times Editorial Board Member Mara Gay faced a growing backlash on social media Friday after falsely claiming Mike Bloomberg’s campaign budget could have given every American $1 million.
“It’s an incredible way of putting it,” said Williams.
“It’s an incredible way of putting it. It’s true,” Gay agreed.
MSNBC’s Brian Williams reads a tweet: "Bloomberg spent $500 million on ads. U.S. Population, 327 million. He could have given each American $1 million"
NYT Editorial Board Member Mara Gay: “It’s an incredible way of putting it. It’s true. It’s disturbing”
It's $1.53 per person pic.twitter.com/dIiwCESgh8
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 6, 2020
Both journalists failed to catch the blatant math error. Mike Bloomberg spent $500 million on his 2020 presidential campaign. There are 300 million Americans, meaning the billionaire could have given each resident $1.53.
“Turns out Mara and I got the same grades at math. I’m speaking of the tweet we both misinterpreted. He could give each American $1. Again, I didn’t have it in high school. I don’t have it tonight. I stand corrected. Sorry about that. The tweet is wrong,” Williams told viewers later in the evening. “Garbage in, garbage out.”
Tonight on the air we quoted a tweet that relied on bad math. We corrected the error after the next commercial break and have removed it from later editions of tonight’s program. We apologize for the error.
— 11th Hour (@11thHour) March 6, 2020
Watch Williams’ comments above.
AOC EXPLODES: Ocasio-Cortez TRASHES Bloomberg, Calls for ‘Restorative Justice’ to Fix His ‘Racist Policies’
Controversial Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ripped New York Billionaire Mike Bloomberg on social media Thursday; calling for “restorative justice” to heal the wounds from “stop and frisk” police procedures.
“Will people get their records expunged? Will young people sucked into the spiderweb of incarceration get their lives back? Unless there is restorative justice, there is no ‘moving on’ from Stop & Frisk. It’s just a billionaire trying to cover up authoritarian & racist policy,” posted AOC.
Will people get their records expunged?
Will young people sucked into the spiderweb of incarceration get their lives back?
Unless there is restorative justice, there is no “moving on” from Stop & Frisk. It’s just a billionaire trying to cover up authoritarian & racist policy. https://t.co/2wv6KO9YJT
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 13, 2020
Sean Hannity weighed-in Wednesday night on billionaire Mike Bloomberg’s racially-charged comments regarding his ‘Stop and Frisk’ policy; saying his campaign is now in full-fledged “damage control” mode.
“Bloomberg’s campaign is in full on damage control after footage surfaced of his racially charged remarks on minorities, Stop and Frisk, and more,” said Hannity.
“It’s pretty horrendous to be honest with you,” said one New York City resident. “You think it’s just that easy that we can be xeroxed, copied? It’s going too far back in a historical context.”
“Now you want to apologize and say you’re sorry? After you humiliated our community? We don’t want your apology, we don’t want you as our President,” said another.
Watch New Yorkers’ reactions above.
AOC VS AMAZON: Cortez Says Amazon Can Return to NYC if they ‘Consult’ Local Communities
Embattled Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez opened the door for Amazon to return to the Big Apple this week; saying the technology giant must “consult” local communities that would be impacted by the new headquarters.
“One of the most concerning aspects in what happened with the deal previously is you have all of these folks in Long Island City, in Sunnyside, in Woodside and all the way out to Jackson Heights, that will be impacted by this and they were not consulted,” said Cortez at her New York City office Monday.
“What [Ocasio-Cortez] was vocal about was the process by which it happened,” her Chief of Staff told Bloomberg TV. “The deal was sort of sprung on the community without any input and there’s a real cost whenever tech companies come in without community input, rents go up, people get evicted, there’s an actual human cost that is associated with Amazon coming in.”
Cortez found herself in hot-water among New Yorkers after her fiery rhetoric and fierce opposition forced Amazon to abandon their plans to relocate to the Big Apple; effectively killing 25,000 new jobs and upwards of $27 billion in tax revenue.
Read the full report at Fox News.