We are constantly assured that journalists are our intellectual and personal betters, but the evidence on that front is extremely lacking. For the latest example, we go to a Huffington Post reporter named Jennifer Bendery who made an attempt to trash Mike Pence as a liar. Let’s just say it didn’t go well.
See if you can spot the problem here.
Instant classic pic.twitter.com/rdEClD7oHi
— Matt Wolking (@MattWolking) December 30, 2020
I guess in journalist math, over two million does not actually add up to the plural form of “millions.” Of course, Bendery probably knows this but is such a partisan hack that she can’t allow herself to possibly give the orange man’s administration credit for following through. I’m sure she was doubting there would be a vaccine at all by the end of the year. The goalposts must be moved to “they aren’t giving out enough doses” now to keep the negative narrative going.
You’ll probably be less than surprised that Bendery doubled down.
Morning! ☕️ To the 2.1M trolls I have heard from kindly telling me that 2.1M is "millions," of course it is, technically.
Would I refer to a # barely over 2M is "millions" without citing the 2.1M? No. It misleads to suggest more, which I believe Pence is doing intentionally. https://t.co/2hb37xU3KH
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) December 30, 2020
The internet wasn’t kind in response.
Haha. So typical. She’ll start blocking people any minute. #safespace
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) December 30, 2020
This brilliance is from a senior reporter. Imagine how stupid the junior reporters are.
— Freedom Recon (@FreedomRecon) December 30, 2020
You’re the reason girls are made fun of in STEM
— St. Antonio MD PhD PE (Dr.) (@LoneStarTexian) December 30, 2020
Here’s the truth of the situation. Donald Trump said we’d have a vaccine by the end of the year. He also said we’d have millions of doses given out by the end of the year. Both of those things were true. No amount of media spin or shifting the standards to complaining about the exact amount given so far will change that. They simply can’t take Trump’s accomplishment away from him. And that drives them nuts. Thus, you get stupidity from this “senior” reporter in which she shows her inability to understand how numbers work.
Meanwhile, all we get from Biden is him giving the same speech over and over about masks, a mitigation measure that quite obviously doesn’t do much of anything. There’s a reason California leads the country in per capita infections the last few days. The lockdowns, the masks, etc. are pointless. The vaccine was always the only path forward, and Trump delivered the goods.
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