Remember a couple of days ago when Maxine Waters told that whopper about 170 million people losing their jobs because of sequestration? Of course there are only about 134 million people working in the U.S.

Her handlers at the presser later scaled that number back twice, first saying it was 750,000 jobs that would be lost.

Ms. Waters had tweeted that number previously:

Then, her staff corrected themselves one more time and claimed the proper number was 170,000.

Of course, numerous media, including the National Review Online, commented on her inaccurate numbers. The NRO story was written by Charles C.W. Cooke.

Mr. Cooke subsequently heard from Eric Orner, Waters’ deputy communications director. Mr. Orner told Cooke in a statement that the 170 million jobs comment was a “slip of the tongue.” He also scolded Cooke for posting the video at all, saying “I think this was below your standards, and I hope you’ll reconsider the post.”

Here it is:

I just noticed a post by National Review On-Line contributor Charles C. W. Cooke about House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Water’s obvious slip of the tongue (she accidentally said 170 million , when she meant 170 thousand) when referring to the number of jobs that may be lost as a result of sequestration.

I think this was below your standards, and hope you’ll reconsider the post.

Eric Orner

Deputy Communications Director
Financial Services Committee
Representative Maxine Waters, Ranking Member

Cooke’s response? “Never mind. When the very fabric of the republic collapses at 11:59p.m. tomorrow, this will all be rendered moot.”

Mr. Orner should perhaps consult with his boss to get her own figures straight before he lectures reporters for reporting the truth. Or was her tweet a “slip of the tweet”?

When Wall Street Journal columnists refer to your boss as a “famous idiot”, there may be a few adjustments you need to make in approach.