As Twitchy reported, AT&T announced Wednesday after the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that it would pay a special bonus of $1,000 to more than 200,000 of its U.S. employees.
NEW — AT&T announces it will "pay a special $1,000 bonus to more than 200,000 AT&T U.S. employees" because of the tax reform passage and will also increase US capital spending by $1 billion
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) December 20, 2017
Seattle Times reporter Mike Rosenberg warned Americans to be skeptical of AT&T’s announcement; after all, AT&T had made that same announcement just a week earlier … sort of.
Just one nagging detail about AT&T’s earlier announcement — the union-mandated bonus was slated to go to 20,000 employees, not 200,000.
Lefties keep sending me this re: AT&T. What am I missing? The union deal calls for $1,000 for 20K employees; today’s bonus is for *200K* employees https://t.co/k7OmG1zeWg
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) December 20, 2017
That says 20,000 employees, not 200,000. Big difference.
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) December 20, 2017
"Reporter" confuses 20,000 with 200,000.
A microcosm of the Press reporting of the tax bill all week. https://t.co/vttG7niyL1
— Lee Doren (@LDoren) December 20, 2017
Be skeptical of people confusing a bonus for 20,000 employees with a bonus for 200,000 employees https://t.co/BMlw99bQ75
— Josh Perry 🎄 (@MrJoshPerry) December 20, 2017
To his credit, Rosenberg screen capped his own tweet and deleted the original, explaining that “the text didn’t call out the discrepancy in the two screenshots.” Here’s Take 2:
AT&T's announcement today for $1,000 bonuses for 200,000 employees follows an announcement last week to pay 20,000 employees $1,000 bonuses as mandated by a union agreement https://t.co/6YUqORzDaC … https://t.co/Bw7lgQqatd pic.twitter.com/3LCYJuYNcS
— Mike Rosenberg (@ByRosenberg) December 20, 2017
Funny, since we’re dealing with basic math and all … the first tweet racked up more than 1,300 retweets, while the clarification is currently hovering around 25. Big difference.
Maybe journalists should skip sexual harassment training and take a refresher on how to report good news for a change.
So Boeing, Fifth Third Bank, and AT&T so far are giving bonuses to employees based on Tax reform.
Just in time for Christmas.#CryingDemocrats
— Melissa Mackenzie 🌐 (@MelissaTweets) December 20, 2017