MSNBC’s Katy Tur is perhaps most famous for proclaiming journalists are like firefighters, because after all, reading from a teleprompter and writing articles is totally like risking one’s life to go into a burning building. It was at that moment that the media’s inflated sense of self-importance became undeniably clear and it’s been a basis for parody ever sense.
Tur also happens to be one one of the more biased “journalists” out there, using her platform to routinely spin Democratic talking points. Recently, she bemoaned “gerrymandering” in Senate races, which happens to not be a thing since state lines can not be gerrymandered.
MSNBC’s @KatyTurNBC asks how “gerrymandering” can help Republicans get elected to the Senate.
She is quickly reminded that you can’t gerrymander states.
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 7, 2020
Not to be outdone by herself, Tur simply moved her beer to the other hand as she made another ridiculous comment, this time about the economy.
We’ll get to the obvious mistake here in just a second, but it should be noted that she’s essentially repeating a DNC talking point verbatim. It’s a common refrain that seeks to downplay the impact of the stock market gains and pretend the “middle class” aren’t prospering. Turn claims many people don’t have 401Ks and this means the economy isn’t working for them. I’m not sure how true that is, as I’d guess a majority of Americans have some form of retirement account. Regardless, Gov. Sununu expertly takes her apart on that topic, pointing out that the economic gains go far beyond just the stock market. Wages are up, unemployment has bottomed out at historical lows, and Americans feel more confident in the economy than they have in decades. What Tur is trying to sell is just absolute nonsense.
Then, while making her false contention, she manages to make the silly claim that people can’t buy houses but can get car loans that last “30 years.” I guess that was supposed to signal some kind of oppression, whereby lenders are keeping people in debt? But it’s laughably untrue. Car loans are not 30 years. No bank is going to lend on an item that will be depreciated to nothing before the loan is paid back. That’s why car loans are typically 3-5 years.
It’s a shame Sununu didn’t catch the error in real time so he could ask her what the heck she’s talking about.
She's really not very smart. https://t.co/7pIg9YapD5
— RBe (@RBPundit) February 11, 2020
To end, I’ll posit that this latest episode shows just how much of a bubble many of these media figures live in. It appears probable that Tur has never even taken out a car loan herself before. Coupled with the gerrymandering comments, it paints a picture of a “journalist” who seems to have less common sense than the very people she routinely preens at.
Either that or she’s just so desperate to spin the booming economy into a negative that she mixed up her facts. Neither is a good look.