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Why Ari Fleischer Can't Count Properly (When Tweeting About President Obama)

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorSeptember 25, 2013 9:52 AM


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Lots of people are amused by this tweet from former Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer:

Question to @gov: how come @BarackObama 's last tweet was more than 140 characters? Does he play by different rules??? — Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) September 24, 2013

Many are chortling that Fleischer has a math deficiency. Actually, I think the recent findings by Dan Kahan and colleagues (discussed here by Chris Mooney and here by David Ropeik) better speak to his numeracy error.

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