NBC Network Not Good with Counting, Basic Science

Take a look at this story about tonight’s presidential debate, which went live on NBC’s web site this morning.

With only 14 days until Election Day, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney debate for the second time Tuesday in a town hall setting live from Hempstead, N.Y.  We’ll carry the debate live on NBC News along with post-debate analysis and The Truth Squad, but you can also get the full debate experience away from the television.


Spot the error? NBC lost a week, as we’re currently 21 days away from the election (not counting today), not 14. The network was off by 33% — in basic counting.

Yesterday, as the Red Bull Stratos guy fell from 24 miles up, MSNBC aired this graphic that had even the reprehensible Gawker mocking them.

Light travels at approximately 186,000 miles per second. “Fearless Felix” fell 24 miles, so if he really broke light speed, his fall would have been a very quick swoosh-SPLAT instead of the more than four minute freefall that actually happened. Besides you can’t travel at light speed without encountering crazy relativistic effects.

“Fearless Felix” actually traveled faster than the speed of sound, which is about 768 miles per hour. That’s fast, but nowhere near the speed of light.

Who gets jobs in legacy media these days? Do they teach anything but “social justice” and how to screw over Republicans in j-school these days?


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