Brian Williams, NYT’s Gay criticized over math flub: Report

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Brian Williams, NYT's Gay criticized over math flub: Report
Brian Williams, NYT's Gay criticized over math flub: Report

MSNBC anchor Brian Williams is facing criticism after making a simple math error on television Thursday night.

The former “NBC Nightly News” host and a guest, The New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay, were discussing a tweet posted Tuesday about former Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg’s campaign spending. The billionaire spent $500 million on advertising before dropping out of the 2020 race this week, money that some have argued could have been spent elsewhere.

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“Bloomberg spent $500 million on ads. The U.S. population is 327 million. He could have given each American $1 million and still have money left over, I feel like a $1 million check would be life-changing for people. Yet he wasted it all on ads and STILL LOST,” Williams read, quoting a Twitter user’s post.

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“It’s an incredible way of putting it,” Williams reacted.

“It’s an incredible way of putting it. It’s true,” Gay said. “It’s disturbing.”

Williams and Gay did not accurately fact-check the math, however. $500 million divided evenly between 327 million people would be approximately $1.53 for each person.

“Brian Williams” became a trending topic on Twitter Thursday night and Friday morning as social media users reacted to the blunder.

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