Being from New York isn’t the only thing the President and the newly-minted freshman Representative have in common. No, they both share a habit for lashing out at the press when they believe a story is “fake news,” or “birdcage lining,” as AOC’s father calls it.
They do it in the same ways too! Maybe it’s a New York thing?
Sometimes they diminish specific reporters, like AOC did just the other day when she used asterisks around the word “editor” in a tweet to belittle Josh Kraushaar, the Politics Editor at National Journal, while they battled on Twitter and like Trump does with (primarily) Acosta.
They will also go after entire outlets for an alleged incorrect report. For example, AOC has rebuked Politico on two separate occasions. In the latter of the two, she reprimanded them for publishing articles about her with “*0* named sources to back claims containing false information,” she said in a tweet. That should sound quite familiar as President Trump has done the same thing.
Now, maybe they’re not always in the wrong. There are many instances where President Trump was right to call out the media, and AOC obviously feels the exact same way, and that’s all fine. They can call them out as they see fit.
As long as President Trump and Rep. AOC aren’t aren’t trying to limit someone’s rights– like AOC did in this first example– they can have at it.
Here are the five examples:
- AOC suggests Daily Caller’s coverage of her could be considered harassment.
In response to a Daily Caller tweet where they acknowledged their Twitter headline came off badly, AOC ripped them for not apologizing and for posting “hysteric, misrepresentative articles” of her. She then accused them, Tucker Carlson, and Fox News of practically being white supremacists. She even took it a step further in her next tweet, asking, “At what point is their nonstop, targeted behavior considered harassment?”
- Politico is to AOC as CNN is to Trump
In their first notable encounter, AOC ripped Politico Capitol bureau chief John Bresnahan, striking a report about an alleged heated exchange with a colleague over climate change down as “completely false” and even asking, “When did Politico turn into TMZ?”
The President may even be a little jealous of that one. Bresnahan directly refuted this, saying it was “100% accurate” in a tweet.
- AOC vs. Politico Round 2
In round two, Politico put out a story saying AOC’s next target was Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. AOC disparaged it for not having single named or verifiable source. She also voiced her discontent with D.C. journalism as a whole, saying, “One disappointment about DC is the gossip that masquerades as “reporting.”
She finally polishes it off with a favorite line of her fathers to describe these “junk” articles: “Birdcage lining.” Pretty good saying, not going to lie. Maybe not as legendary as “fake news,” but it could catch on.
Then, after political report from CBS Grace Segers compared her rhetoric to Trump’s, she doubled-down on her position, restating that the previous story about the fracas over climate change was false as well. Furthermore, she asks a question to her followers: “When is a journalist required to cite a source?” This being a similar argument President Trump has made.
- AOC insinuates journalists are white supremacy sympathizers if they don’t ask the right questions
In a tweet regarding the media’s coverage of Rep. Steve King’s remarks on white supremacy, AOC suggested that journalists may be conflated with King if they don’t ask the right questions. In the tweet, she says that if reporters and pundits don’t cover King’s comments like they cover the Democrats embrace of socialism, they’re telling on themselves, insinuating they’re embracing white supremacy.
She’s done this before. When Washington Examiner Senior Political Correspondent David Drucker reported that Steve King had spoken with Rep. Steve Scalise about addressing his “racially-tinged remarks” on the floor, AOC quoted the tweet saying he “spelled ‘racist’ wrong.”
She then said that people who use phrases like “’racially tinged’ or ‘racially charged’” should have to “explain why they chose to employ those terms instead of ‘racist’/’racism.’” Then adding: “If the answer is their own discomfort, they’re protecting the wrong people.”
- AOC vs. fact-checkers
In this showdown, AOC was fact-checked for a second time– first time being her claim that the unemployment rate was so low because people were working two jobs– this time regarding her claim that the Pentagon had $21 trillion in lost money that could be used to fund 66% of Medicare for all.
When the WaPo fact-check came out, she struck it down as “bias” and “false equivalency.” She then continued this line of thought, attacking Politifact for fact-checking her and Press Sec. Sanders the same amount of times while pointing out Sanders has served longer. She then returned to attacking WaPo, asking why her claim received the same amount of scrutiny as “Trump’s flat denial of how many Americans died in Puerto Rico.” Then, once again, returning to Politifact to ask why they only pointed out her incorrect statements while pointing out some people’s – Andrew Cuomo – true statements were pointed out.
Additionally, when AOC asked if they fact-checkers had a standard, and one responded with the standards, she knocked it as “no real standard” and again claimed they were letting Sanders off easily. Furthermore, when the WaPo fact-checker responded to her with their rubric, she responded condescendingly about how their system of “Pinocchios” and “whoppers” were childish. “Cheeky, but really not okay to be held to a jokey standard when 45 is advancing conspiracy theories.”
Then even more recently, she, once again, scolded WaPo fact-checker Glenn Kessler, asking why he would use a “Walmart-funded think tank as reference material for wage fairness?” Then, when Kessler pointed out that the author was Obama’s Chairman of Council of Economic Advisers, AOC brushed it off as “revolving-door politics” and insinuated that the author was in politics like others to “collect a title, & leave to collect a lobbyist check.”
These are just a few of the examples. A quick look at her Twitter will give you plenty examples of her disdain for the media. It isn’t rare, either; it typically happens a few times a week. Also, it’s not just Fox News and the Daily Caller— though, she harps on them nearly daily— but also liberal outlets. Any outlet that puts something out critical of her or that she disagrees with is fair game.
She really is the Donald Trump of the left.
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