Ana Marie Cox, founder of Wonkette, is one of those types who’s perfectly happy to go on Fox News when it suits her purpose, and then turn around and stick in the shiv, with relish. She has an audience, you know, that expects some good, juicy smearing of Fox. So, summoning up that rapier wit for which she is unknown, she gave us this:
Where to begin? With the obvious: the graphic is absolutely true—buy two tickets and your chances of winning double. This is unlike the ABC News report suggesting you should pick numbers that have won most often in the past, which will increase the chances of your winning by zero. But Ana Marie Cox didn’t make fun of that report, which was at best misleading, maybe outright false. She made fun of the report that was mathematically accurate—because Fox.
Did Ana Marie Cox see the segment in question? Don’t be silly…note the Gawker citation on her graphic. This came from a like-minded website. Echo chamber journalism. In fact the segment she’s smearing was a corrective to mathematically unsound reports like the ABC News one cited above. Really, Ms. Cox, the science is settled. Buying two tickets will double your chances to win.
Ms. Cox says this screengrab will tell you what to expect from the Fox Business debate. Wouldn’t watching the last Fox Business debate be a better barometer of what to expect from this one? Especially when you consider that the screengrab she’s using isn’t even from the Fox Business Channel? Whoops. Ms. Cox didn’t tell you that, if she even knew.
So who are these Fox Business people that Ms. Cox holds in such low esteem, who are too unsophisticated to understand even rudimentary mathematics, let alone intricate financial matters? Who are the questioners at the Fox Business debate?
Ana Marie Cox has cultivated a reputation as a stalwart feminist. She earned the respect of The Cable Gamer for that very reason. But here she is, resorting to one of the hoariest anti-female stereotypes in existence: math is hard for women. Maybe these ladies should restrict their participation to making coffee and leave the questioning to men. After all, it’s a man job. Right, Ana?
Is The Cable Gamer making too much of this? She doesn’t think so. Ana Marie Cox knows full well who the Fox Business moderators are. She live-tweeted the previous debate! But years of championing the feminist cause have to take a back seat to something more important: ridiculing Fox. It’s what the echo chamber wants to hear. And if it means trashing women— throwing her “sisters” under the bus—well, that’s fine with Ana Marie Cox.
The feminist turns misogynist. Because Fox.