The 'Oh Snap!' Files: "Do You Have a Degree in Economics?"

Actually yes, yes he does.

While losing an economic debate with Rep. Al Brooks, Contessa Brewer throws down the “well do you have a degree in economics?” card.

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Ed Morrissey notes:

Brooks actually has three degrees: political science, economics, and law. As a lawyer, Brooks would have been experienced enough not to make Brewer’s mistake in a cross-examination, which is to ask a question without first knowing the answer. Not only that, but Brewer was being flat-out rude as well as foolish; MSNBC invited Brooks to appear to get his perspective on the issues. If their hosts respond by belittling them (whether it backfires or not), what does that say about MSNBC, its management, and the kind of invitations they make?

Since Brewer made an issue out of having an economics degree before engaging in economics debates, she must have a doctorate in the subject herself, right? Not exactly. According to her Wikipedia entry, Brewer has a baccalaureate in broadcast journalism (magna cum laude). Apparently they didn’t teach interviewing skills at Syracuse, or logic either, as a requisite for the degree.

Would Brewer merit enough intelligence to discuss the issue with a degree?

Likely not. She has one in journalism yet fails to objectively (or politely) interview Rep. Brooks, why think the same for another degree?


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