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Joy Reid is an actual host on a program aired a “news” network.

Just keep that in mind while I tell you this next part.

Apparently, Reid doesn’t know how many votes are up for grabs in the Electoral College – or that the political polling and analysis organization FiveThirtyEight is named after it.

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In an embarrassing tweet that for some reason is still live, Reid claimed FiveThirtyEight is named after the tiny margin of votes that wound up giving George W. Bush the presidency back in 2000.

“Here's the thing: the reason there's 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 the president. That's the kind of margin where races can flip. That's not what's up now,” the MSNBC host claimed in a tweet, suggesting the margin of votes currently separating Joe Biden from President Donald Trump could be due to an error.

Here's the thing: the reason there's 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 the president. That's the kind of margin where races can flip. That's not what's up now.

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— Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷) (@JoyAnnReid) November 10, 2020


Except that’s not true. At all. FiveThirtyEight is named after the 538 available Electoral College votes, not the margin in the 2000 race. (And side note: the dispute during the 2000 vote was largely due to human factors, not allegations of rampant and intentional voter fraud.)

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Additionally, SCOTUS never 'reversed' the 2000 election results. In fact, Bush was ahead in every count. What the Supreme Court did do was stop the Florida recount, determining that it was unconstitutional because there were no across-the-board standards being applied to all the ballots (remember those hanging chads?). The re-count halt stalled, leaving Bush leading with 271 electoral votes to Gore's 266.

On top of that, Bush won Florida by 537 votes, not 538 – which a simple Google search would have told Reid, and likely save her from the egg currently dripping off her face. But as usual, spouting partisan nonsense is far more important to the media than getting the basic facts right.

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There’s “being wrong,” and then there’s “being so wrong that Twitter publishes a dedicated fact-check in your honor.”

MSNBC’s Joy Reid is no stranger to the former. On Tuesday, she became a veteran of the latter.

“Here's the thing,” the cable news host said late Monday evening, “the reason there's 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 the president.”

Here's the thing: the reason there's 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 the president. That's the kind of margin where races can flip. That's not what's up now.

— Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷) (@JoyAnnReid) November 10, 2020

Oh dear.

The website FiveThirtyEight, which specializes in opinion poll analyses, takes its name from the number of electors in the electoral college. The fact that FiveThirtyEight rose to real prominence during the 2008 presidential election should be the giveaway. A political pundit should know this.

Also, the margin in Florida in 2000 was 537, not 538.

“The website FiveThirtyEight is named after the number of electors in the Electoral College, journalists and fact-checkers report,” the social media site declared in a fact-check displayed prominently on its homepage.

It adds, “On Tuesday, CNN's Jake Tapper and other fact-checkers noted that the name of the website FiveThirtyEight originates from the total number of Electoral College votes that determine the US presidency, correcting an inaccurate claim made by MSNBC's Joy Reid.”

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Reid cut her teeth in political commentary during the 2000 presidential election blogging on her now-defunct Reid Report. Her entire career in punditry has been about understanding and (supposedly) explaining American politics. So...that's a bit awkward.

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