More spin and dissembling from Brendan Nyhan:
This year’s Hollywood is out of touch moment from the Oscars — Gwyneth Paltrow’s (pre-written) award introduction began with “Thanks to cell phones, almost everyone in the world is now a cinematographer.” Um, “almost everyone”? There are approximately 2.2 million cell phone subscribers worldwide, but how many of their phones can take video? More importantly, World Bank estimates show that approximately 1.3 billion people make less than $1 a day and another 1.6 billion make $1-$2 per day. Call me crazy, but I don’t think many of those people are taking video with their cell phones.
2.2 million cellular subscribers? As in somewhat less than one percent of the total population of the United States. Follow the link and they seem to be talking about billions of subscribers, but what’s a few orders of magnitude between friends.
I was trying two think of an amusing joke based on a deliberate typo too end this post with but I couldn’t come up with anything.