05 February 2009
Losing 500 Million Jobs Monthly
That's what Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says in the clip above. Specifically, she says that, "Every month that we do not have an economic recovery package, 500 million Americans lose their jobs."
The population of the United States (as of 04 February 2009 at 18:30 on the U.S. Census Bureau website) is 305,749,982.
I'm relatively confident that Speaker Pelosi meant 500 thousand, not 500 million, and this isn't the only time that she has made this mistake, either. On 18 January 2009, Pelosi spoke of 500 million people losing their jobs monthly on FOX News Sunday, prompting Chris Wallace to confirm that she meant 500 thousand.
Looking back at my last post regarding media bias, I believe that there would be heavier coverage of this if it was said by a polarizing Republican Speaker of the House. Even though video is readily available from C-Span and FOX, the MSM has failed to present Speaker Pelosi's "500 million job loss" gaffes. Bias by exclusion.
You can watch it here, though. It's funny until you remember that this is the person who is only a couple of heartbeats away from the presidency.
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