Montage: The 20 most mortifying media moments of 2020

18 – Mara Gay & Brian Williams Can’t Math

There’s mortifying media moments, and then there’s Brian Williams and the New York Times’ Mara Gay haughtily attempting basic math on air — and failing fantastically.

While trying to make some kind of point about Mike Bloomberg spending too much money, Williams and Gay forgot how division works, somehow thinking $500 million divided by 327 million equals something north of 1 million.

For good measure, after making this massive mistake, Gay assured viewers: “It’s true. It’s disturbing.”