Norah O'Donnell's Liberal Math: A One Percent Raise Is A Pay Cut

NewsBusters readers know that one of the problems in this country is that liberal media members use a form of math much different than any of us learned in school.

Take CBS's Norah O'Donnell for example who on Sunday's Face the Nation actually said that a one percent raise is a pay cut (video follows with transcript and commentary):

NORAH O’DONNELL: Or that Congress acted quickly when some members of Congress were forced to wait a couple hours on a runway, as opposed to the pay cuts the men and women are serving in the military, where they won't get a 3 percent raise, they’ll get a 1 percent raise. Where in bases across this country, that the coordinators that are hired to take care of families when their loved one goes overseas, that those jobs have been cut and those people have been furloughed.

When you stop laughing, I want you to consider the seriousness of this.

For decades, the left and their media minions have stood in the way of deficit reduction by claiming that a slowing in the growth rate of a program represents a cut.

They did this in the '90s when Republicans wanted to change twelve percent annual increases in some programs to seven percent.

Despite this still being twice the rate of inflation at the time, the press went apoplectic claiming the GOP was taking food away from seniors and children.

Now, decades later, the same playbook is being used by the media to prevent any budget cuts intended to trim our trillion dollar deficit.

You might be thinking this must be some educational deficit, but that certainly can't be true for O'Donnell who holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the prestigious Georgetown University.

Granted, they're in philosophy and liberal studies respectively - yes, this liberal has a master's degree in liberal studies! - but she must have been a good enough math student in high school to score high enough on her SATs to become a Hoya.

So what explains liberals creating their own form of math when it fits their agenda?

If you don't know, I suggest you read some Machiavelli.

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.