Mara Gay Claims Her Math Error that Went Viral Was “Trivial,” Blames “Racist Twitter Mob”

NY Times Editorial Board member Mara Gay is claiming she’s the victim of the “Racist Twitter mob” after her epic math flub went viral.

Per FoxNews, in an op-ed published Wednesday, titled, “My People Have Been Through Worse Than a Twitter Mob,” Gay responded to what she called the “racist Twitter mob” who went after her following her MSNBC appearance.

“I thought the flub was pretty funny, too. I tried to laugh it off. ‘Buying a calculator,’ I wrote on Twitter on Friday. ‘Brb.’ In a normal time, that would have been the end of it. But, the country has lost its mind, so instead, it was only the beginning,” Gay wrote.

Gay singled out the “right-wing trolls” and the mostly male journalists who “celebrated” her blunder but then cited the racially charged responses she apparently received as well — including someone who told her she’s a “great example of why we need to end Affirmative Action.” Others said she only “fills a seat… because [you’re] black,” and “have a banana,” Gay wrote.

“I am a black woman who writes for The New York Times and appears on national TV. And, if you’re black in America, no matter who you are, what you accomplish or how hard you work, there will always be people to remind you that you are black, that you are ‘just a n—–,'” Gay continued. “We are living in a world where there is no grace for the smallest, most inconsequential mistake. In an instant, I became a target of those who are furious with the media for being too liberal, or not liberal enough, a totem for the grievances of millions of people who seem to be hurting. No doubt, some people piled on because they just wanted the ‘likes’ and brushed aside the inconvenient fact that I was a human being.”

Not everyone was buying it.

Last week, per TCO, MSNBC apologized for promoting a tweet with egregiously incorrect math as “true.”

Newsweek reported a factually incorrect tweet from journalist Mekita Rivas got more credit than it deserved on Thursday, when it was read on the air by MSNBC’s Brian Williams.

The tweet criticized Michael Bloomberg’s spending on his now-suspended presidential campaign, saying that the $500 million in campaign-ad spending could’ve instead been given to the 327 million people living in the United States, guaranteeing each person $1 million.

Williams featured the tweet on his show, The 11th Hour, and he and his guest, New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay, took it at face value.


Of course, the math in Rivas’ tweet makes no sense. Bloomberg’s campaign would’ve only been able to give each American about $1.50, not $1 million.

“When I read it tonight on social media, it kind of all became clear,” Williams said during Thursday’s segment. “It’s an incredible way of putting it.”

Gay agreed with Williams. “It’s an incredible way of putting it,” she said. “It’s true.”