After Bastille Day blunder, esteemed journalist Andrea Mitchell gets history lesson

After Bastille Day blunder, esteemed journalist Andrea Mitchell gets history lesson
Andrea Mitchell, historian (Image via Twitter)

Now, class, what does Bastille Day commemorate? You could ask NBC News veteran and chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, but if you did you’d get the wrong answer.

At least that was the case yesterday before she was schooled on Twitter for writing that Bastille Day marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War II.

Her tweet was an addendum to a message sent by the official Twitter account of NBC Nightly News:

Actually Mitchell, who recently received the Joseph M. Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Los Angeles Press Club, was off on two counts. Not only is Bastille Day not a reminder of the anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War II (it marks the anniversary of storming of the Bastille in 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution). But the hundredth anniversary of the U.S. entering World War II will not take place for another 24 years. (Does Dec. 7, 1941 — the day that will live in infamy — ring any bells for Mitchell?)

Fellow Twitter users corrected both her errors but also raised an important point:

You’d think that’s the case, but apparently not — at least not in 2017, when all that really matters to the Democrat-media complex is ousting Donald Trump and spreading conspiracy theories about Russia.

Mitchell isn’t the only one to make that mistake, as we reported earlier. On Thursday, CNN’s Jeff Zeleny made the same error, claiming on air that Bastille Day marked the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I. (What are liberals snorting these days?)

Clearly Mitchell and Zeleny were both thinking of World War I, which the U.S. actually did enter one hundred years ago. But how they got that fact tied to Bastille Day boggles the mind.

Mitchell never corrected herself nor acknowledged her mistake on Twitter. Worse yet, the tweet remains up as of this writing.


Bear in mind that Mitchell and others of her ilk are the ones who tell us that they — and only they — are the arbiters of all that is to be considered “real” news. Maybe they should go back to school and learn a few basics.

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