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Commentary By Jason L. Riley

Byron Donalds Schools Joy Reid on Social Security

Economics, Economics Finance, Tax & Budget

Liberals who resist reform of entitlements are paving the way for social unrest like we’ve seen in Europe.

Cable news features a kind of combat journalism that tends to reward aggression and certitude more than the calm recitation of facts. Which may be why a spirited exchange last week between MSNBC host Joy Reid and Republican Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida lit up social media.

Mr. Donalds told Ms. Reid that House Republicans plan to use their new majority to take a hard look at entitlement spending, noting that without action, “Social Security is going to be insolvent in 2035.” Ms. Reid, who is often wrong but seldom in doubt, shot back, “That’s not true!” When Mr. Donalds attempted to explain the math, Ms. Reid shook her head and repeatedly shouted over him, “That’s actually not true!”

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Jason L. Riley is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, and a Fox News commentator. Follow him on Twitter here.

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