WashPost Fact Squad Gently Taps Ilhan Omar's McDonald's Wages Fiasco With '2 Pinocchios'

NewsBusters | 2/12/2019 | Staff
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The Washington Post "Fact Checker" threw a penalty flag on Tuesday at freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D.-Minn.), but not about her scandalous chatter about Israel. It's about wages paid at McDonald's. She mangled her numbers badly -- by as much as 300 percent -- but chief "Fact Checker" Glenn Kessler only rated this as "2 Pinocchios," or "half true." Half? This was Kessler's quote of Omar:

“The median pay for a McDonald’s worker was $7,000 in 2017. And that is the pay gap between the CEO that’s making 21.8 [million] to the 7,000 [dollars] that a worker who has put in 40 hours [a week] gets paid. To me, that just morally does not sit well.”

Half - Pay - Gap - CEO - Burger-pusher

Apparently the "half" that's true is the pay gap between CEO to burger-pusher is dramatic, even when compared to other restaurant conglomerates. But here's how badly Omar mangled the facts. Kessler noted that a witness at Omar's hearing explained he earns $11 an hour, which Kessler noted "adds up to $22,880 a year. That’s three times $7,000."

Where did Omar get her "facts"?

Company - Time - Workers - Date - Disclosure

“The Company considered all full time, part-time, seasonal and temporary workers employed on such date,” the disclosure said. “Our methodology was straightforward and transparent; we did not exclude employees or make any adjustments to compensation. Using this methodology, 2017 total compensation for our median employee (a part-time restaurant crew employee located in Poland) was $7,017.”

But Omar was not talking about part-time workers, let alone one in Poland. She referred to 7,000 [dollars] “for the worker who has put in...
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