Media makes up controversies to avoid criticism of Ocasio-Cortez

Media makes up controversies to avoid criticism of Ocasio-Cortez
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Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Democratic demolition derby Julián Castro endorses Rep. Cuellar's primary opponent in Texas Overnight Energy: Controversial Trump adviser reportedly returning to EPA | Delta aims to be first carbon neutral airline | Dem senator gives EPA D-minus on 'forever chemicals' MORE has been a darling of liberal journalists since she first hit the national stage. Now they are even defending her from criticisms that exist only in their fevered imaginations. This rather bizarre episode began when an anonymous Twitter account posted a video of the freshman Democrat as a carefree college student letting loose with her friends on a rooftop. The video is a nicely executed reimagining of the famous library dancing scene from the classic film “The Breakfast Club.”

If Ocasio-Cortez had hired professionals to produce a flattering video to burnish her image, they would not have been able to do a better job. As adorable as the dance moves of the younger Ocasio-Cortez are, this still seems like thin ice for a national new story. But not to worry, the liberal media found a hook! Conservatives, as it turns out, showed “outrage” over her college dancing video, according to the blaring headlines. As far away as the United Kingdom, liberal journalists were smugly writing about the many philistine conservatives who found the dance moves scandalous.


I am a conservative. Was I outraged? Not for a moment. Nor were any of the conservatives I know. Were you outraged? Of course not. As it turns out, the conservative “outrage” that sent liberal journalists gleefully scurrying to their keyboards never existed outside their biased minds. Not one prominent Republican or conservative of any stripe could be found to substantiate the claims made without evidence in any of the sneering articles that nonetheless mocked them as political buzzkillers.

The only remotely critical comment came from the anonymous Twitter account that originally posted the video, which had captioned the post, “America’s favorite commie know it all acting like the clueless nitwit she is.” That mysterious account disappeared soon after nearly everyone, liberal and conservative alike, pointed out the obvious that if this were a real attempt to smear Ocasio-Cortez, it was clearly not a very good one.

But that did not stop liberal media outlets from ascribing the views of an obscure Twitter account to conservatives across the country despite the complete lack of any evidence that there was widespread conservative “outrage” over a dancing college student. Of course, the liberal media never apologized. Instead, Ocasio-Cortez got a 60 Minutes segment with Anderson Cooper to take advantage of all this manufactured publicity.

Unsurprisingly, after repeating her call for a 70 percent tax rate and failing to explain how the country would pay for her “Medicare for All” socialized health care scheme or her “Green New Deal” that would cost trillions of dollars, Ocasio-Cortez also used the interview to call President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press MORE a racist, providing no more evidence to support that claim than liberal journalists did in their tales of conservative “outrage” over her dancing.

Liberal journalists have not batted an eye over this unsubstantiated and preposterous claim of racism. But in a rare moment of integrity, Cooper did seem to challenge Ocasio-Cortez during the interview on her equally ridiculous claim, based on a misunderstanding of a news story she read, that the Defense Department had wasted $21 trillion which she said could have been used to pay for her “Medicare for All” plan. Even the liberal Washington Post fact checker gave her “four pinocchios” for that one.

When Cooper pressed her on it, her response was unbelievable. “I think that there are a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right,” she said. At least the Washington Post had the guts to call her out again, calling the remarks “problematic” and “very bad.” Cooper only reminded her to assure viewers that she believes factual accuracy is important.

With so many substantive reasons to criticize Ocasio-Cortez, from her socialist pipe dreams to her disdain for basic facts, conservatives do not have the time, much less the inclination, to attack her over some innocent collegiate gyrations. But then again, it was probably much easier for the liberal media to convince people of that nonexistent “outrage” than it would be to defend Ocasio-Cortez on the merits of her policy agenda.

Madison Gesiotto is an attorney and commentator who serves with the advisory board of the Donald Trump campaign. She was an inauguration spokesperson and former Miss Ohio. She is on Twitter @MadisonGesiotto.