John Berman Has A Strange Relationship With Math
CNN political news reporter John Berman's Twitter is a rather peculiar sight because of frequent references to math. Math has been a long-running joke on John Berman's account. Oftentimes, people’s interaction with him on the platform is filled with playful comments and jokes regarding math.
On one occasion, many teased him when he got the London time off by two hours—London is five hours ahead of New York but John mistakenly mentioned the time to be 11:14 am in London when it was supposed to be 9:14 am. When pointed out, the CNN New Day anchor replied saying, “no one told me there would be math."
Berman Transitioned from Havard Graduate to Television
John graduated with a BA in Social Studies from Harvard then moved to New York. There, he worked as an overnight desk assistant in ABC News. Eventually, he began working as a political researcher for World News Tonight and the 1996 elections political unit. He was then promoted to the senior writer in just three months after two of the show’s other writers retired and left for another job.
In 1999 and 2000, he worked as an off-air reporter for ABC News covering George W. Bush’s presidential campaign. He then contributed to World News with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, Nightline, and 20/20 during his time at ABC.
After joining CNN, John Berman has served as the co-anchor of CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow (from 2017 to 2018), CNN Early Start with Christine Romans (from 2012 to 2017), and At This Hour with Kate Bolduan. Currently, he co-anchors New Day with Alisyn Camerota.
John Berman Has an Uncanny Ability to Tie Math with Politics
“Math is hard”, “I was never good at math”, “I am no math expert, but….”, “This is bad math” are some of the phrases Berman has used in his tweets to joke about casual to serious issues.
Whilst Matt himself admits his ineptitude with math in his tweets, he has been a good sport and doesn't hesitate to poke fun at himself from time to time.
From his love of sports to politics, math somehow finds its way into tweets. Here are some of them.
Berman's on-air handwritten point valuation for the 2016 Presidential election:
Berman's off-handed joke about math and penguins on way to GMA set:
Berman is not just the one dishing out math tweets, however. Here, he is on the receiving end of some of them from his Twitter followers...
And why didn’t @JohnBerman push back about needing to know math before u understand statistics? U’d almost think it was a Fox interview! https://t.co/UmL6W963nd — Golden girl-left Republican party after 45yrs! (@Furmom49) April 6, 2020
A Twitter follower calls him out about his bad math:
hey @cnn can somebody please buy @JohnBerman & allison a calculator? according to mine 900 X 4 is 3600 all day, can they please explain how 1200 became a larger number than 3600 , libbys may be math challenged but NOT that fuk'n challenged — KTLG (@ProObamaAgenda) March 25, 2020
John Berman Does the Math on President Trump Contracting Covid
The New Day anchor interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIAID and America’s leading expert on Covid-19, on October 5th. During the questioning, Berman asked Fauci about his role in handling the President’s Covid-19 diagnosis.
Fauci answered that he wasn’t cleared to talk about it since he hadn’t been directly involved in the direct care of the president. Dr. Fauci then continued reassuring that qualified physicians were providing the optimal treatment to the President.
Later in the interview, Berman tried to get Fauci to comment on the President going around in an SUV with members of the secret service just four days after showing symptoms instead of isolating. Fauci replied that he did not want to comment on it.
Berman later took to Twitter, once again bringing math into his tweet, about Fauci not commenting on the issue.
Dr. Fauci told me patients should isolate for 10 days after showing symptoms.
He would not specifically comment on the SUV drive-by...but it was at most 4 days after we believe @realDonaldTrump started showing symptoms.
So the math is the math. https://t.co/giYriQx8xV — John Berman (@JohnBerman) October 5, 2020