Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is going after fact-checkers a day after she was shown on TV implying that her socialist cause takes precedence over facts.
On Sunday, a “60 Minutes” episode showed the young congresswoman being interviewed by Anderson Cooper.
Asked about the “four Pinocchios” she had been “awarded” by the Washington Post for a dubious statement she made about Pentagon spending, Ocasio-Cortez replied, “If people want to really blow up one figure here or one word there, I would argue that they’re missing the forest for the trees. I think that there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right.”
“But being factually correct is important,” Cooper corrected her.
Then on Monday, Ocasio-Cortez complained about mainstream fact-checkers like the Washington Post and Politifact being biased against her, even though they lean to the left — the Post more so than Politifact — according to Media Bias/Fact Check.
“Facts are facts, America. We should care about getting things right. Yet standards of who gets fact-checked, how often + why are unclear,” she wrote on Twitter. “This is where false equivalency+bias creeps in, allowing climate deniers to be put on par w/scientists, for example.”
She then linked to a Salon article bashing the Post for giving her as bad of a truth rating as President Trump. Interestingly enough, Media Bias/Fact Check gives Salon a bias rating so far to the left it’s nearing the “extreme” category.
“For example, it looks like @PolitiFact has fact-checked Sarah Huckabee Sanders and myself the *same* amount of times: 6,” she continued. “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?
What Ocasio-Cortez didn’t mention is that Sanders has also been heavily criticized for far longer than she has. Plus, the congresswoman may have only been in office for four days, but she’s been a nationally known figure criticizing people on both sides of the aisle and promoting socialism for much longer than that.
But she wasn’t done complaining yet.
“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?” she continued. “These are legitimate questions not intended to attack. Who makes these decisions? How? Is there a rubric?”
She added, “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.”