MSNBC correspondent Joy Reid found herself at the unusual end when she was subjected to a fact-check by Jake Tapper of CNN.
Recently, Reid wrongly tweeted that a factoid about the results of the 2000 presidential election was the origin of the name for the popular polling site FiveThirtyEight. On Monday night, Reid wrote: “The thing is The reason there is a thing called @FiveThirtyEight is that 538 was the margin in FL when the Republican SCOTUS reversed the 2000 election during a recount and made Dubya president. This is the kind of margin where races can turn around. That is not what is happening now”.
The thing is this: The reason there is a thing called @FiveThirtyEight is because 538 was the margin in FL when the Republican SCOTUS reversed the 2000 election during a recount, making Dubya president. This is the kind of margin where races can turn around. That is not what is happening now.
– JOY WE VOTE!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😉 (@JoyAnnReid) November 10, 2020
However, Reid was wrong, as Tapper emphasized on Tuesday. On his Twitter account, the CNN correspondent wrote about a retweet of Reid’s message: “This is not correct. The margin in Florida was 537 votes (538 is the number of voters in the electoral college)”.
Tapper was not finished there. He also added that “SCOTUS did not reverse the 2000 election” and “Bush was always leading in every count.
This is not correct. The margin in Florida was 537 votes (538 is the number of voters in the electoral college); SCOTUS did not reverse the 2000 election (Bush always led at every count). https://t.co/oVREnnu6nT
– Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 10, 2020
As Tapper also indirectly pointed out, the website Fünf-Achtunddreißig is actually named after the number of voters in the electoral college. In all 50 states and the District of Columbia there are a total of 538 votes (and 538 voters). Although each state receives its voter votes based on population size, each state has at least 3, so Joe Biden or Donald Trump needed at least 270 votes to win the election – a simple majority of 538.
Of course other Twitter users let Reid hear it for their mistake. The user below could not believe that she had not yet deleted the tweet. (It was still active at the time of going to press).
MY GOD. SHE HAS NOT DELETED THIS one yet. https://t.co/aIoDmRBzmX
– Jeff B., who on earth is this guy? (@EsotericismCD) November 10, 2020
This author pointed out that there is an HBO documentary that came out last October about the 2000 election, which is actually called 537 votes:
This number was 537 lol. There is literally a documentary about this election called 537.
538 is the total number of votes, so you need 270, the majority, to win https://t.co/ohbS8OeYMp.
– manny (@mannyfidel) November 10, 2020
Some had been tougher on Reid.
One has to admire Joy Reid for having so much faith in her completely wrong, incoherent opinions. (538 is the total number of votes) https://t.co/OrqdFjmtkr
– Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) November 10, 2020
Another pointed out that Reid was once a Florida-based blogger. (She ran her blog, The Reid Report, from 2000 to 2014, and was a columnist for the Miami Herald from 2003 to 2015).
Joy Reid’s tweet is even more amusing when you consider that she started her famous blog in the 2000’s in … Florida in the 2000s.
– David Rutz (@DavidRutz) November 10, 2020
The well-known journalist Glenn Greenwald seemed to particularly enjoy attacking Reid.
This is from a Joy Reid confusion almost as hilarious as when she said Yugoslavia was part of the Soviet Union, Slovakia was part of Yugoslavia and Ivana Trump was not Slovak – all in one tweet! https://t.co/ugyxVueT4i https://t.co/6AGuxTywdK
– Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 10, 2020
Some people had fun at Reid’s expense by attaching popularly used numbers to false origins / meanings.
7-Elevens are named after the Islamic conquest of Iberia.
– tsar becket adams (@BecketAdams) November 10, 2020
This user also played the number game:
I am pretty sure that 538 is an indication of the number of minutes in a day.
– David Hill (@davehill77) November 10, 2020
This commentator took the opportunity to address an unpleasant moment from Reid’s past when homophobic comments were posted on her blog. In the Reid report there were stories with lines like “most heterosexual people killed