Newly-elected Democrat Congresswoman from New York Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just can’t seem to stay out of the way of controversy. This time, she has taken to Twitter to complain about the same things the conservative side has been saying for years: that the media picks and choose whom to target and whom to fact-check.
And, inadvertently, the self-proclaimed Socialist is starting to sound a lot like her political foes.
“Facts are facts, America. We should care about getting things right. Yet standards of who gets fact-checked, how often + why are unclear.
“This is where false equivalency+bias creeps in, allowing climate deniers to be put on par w/scientists, for example.”
“For example, it looks like @PolitiFact has fact-checked Sarah Huckabee Sanders and myself the *same* amount of times: 6.
"She’s been serving for almost 2 years. I’ve served 4 days.
"Why is she fact-checked so little? Is she adhering to some standard we don’t know about?”
“Or why did @washingtonpost give my confusing tweet on military accounting offsets the same 'Pinocchios' as Trump’s flat denial of how many Americans died in Puerto Rico?
"These are legitimate questions not intended to attack. Who makes these decisions? How? Is there a rubric?”
“Another question for @politifact: some officials’ statements (ex. Andrew Cuomo) get rated “true” frequently.
“I say true things all the time - I’d hope most do. When does Politifact choose to rate true statements?
“Is there a guide? I’d be happy to repost if there is.”
The Washington Post and Politifact claim they do have guidelines for their fact-checking process, but Ms. Occasion-Cortez must just raise too many red flags with her ‘facts.’
In response to Ms. Ocasio-Cortex’ accusations, the Washington Post responded via Twitter.
“FYI: The Washington Post Fact Checker generally does not award Pinocchios when a politician admits error. We may still do a fact check, but we don't try to play gotcha. We understand that everyone makes mistakes, especially at a live event. (PS: few take us up on this offer.)”
And the newly-elected congresswoman from New York, in what at first appeared to be a post of gratitude, just had to get the last word:
“This is helpful! Thank you.
“I do think it is important to point out that there is still admitted discretion: ‘we select the most newsworthy+significant ones.’
“That means no real standard. So it’s still fair to ask why a controversial WH Press Sec is getting let off so easy.”
Just substitute the words 'former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton' for 'WH Press Secretary' and you are on the exact same page as the most prominent Conservatives in the country. And it's a question that they are waiting eagerly to be answered.
Now, I’m sure that when Ocasio-Cortez went on her rant, she was in no way trying to stand on the side of President Trump or any of the multitude of conservative pundits who have either been banned or removed from social media. Nevertheless, that seems to be the end result. Her arguments only serve to bolster what the likes of Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Roger Stone have been saying for a long time.
It’s a slippery slope when social media begins to spin what news the consumers receive. And if that is what Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is trying to say, then she IS siding with the Right. But, don’t tell HER that…
Ocasio-Cortez’s team did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.