Socialist congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was thrust into the national spot by an adoring mainstream media as the new face of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
But with great attention comes the harsher realities of non-stop media coverage.
Her campaign manager, Vigie Ramos Rio, complained about 28-year-old Ocasio-Cortez getting “mobbed” by reporters "even though we said no Q&A and no one-on-one [interviews]," according to the Washington Examiner.
As a result, Ocasio-Cortez banned the media from covering her next two public events — a town hall meeting in the Bronx on Aug. 8 and Queens gathering on Sunday.
Campaign spokesman Corbin Trent explained to the Queens Chronicle: “We wanted to help create a space where community members felt comfortable and open to express themselves without the distraction of cameras and press. These were the first set of events where the press has been excluded.”
Hold on one sec, Alex. Is your campaign implying that the media is the enemy of the people?
President Trump, who has called the press that in reference to mainstream media outlets that spread fake news, frequently gets “mobbed” by reporters shouting questions — thinly veiled accusations — at him whenever they seem him in public, regardless of whether he’s hosting a Q&A time. In fact, the questions they yell at him often have nothing to do with the event he’s attending at the time and are frequently hostile.
During a meeting with Trump earlier this year, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte even turned to the president and asked, “Is it always like this?” during a deafening cacophony of shouting reporters inside the White House.
Trump did ban a CNN reporter from an event once for repeatedly shouting questions at the prior gathering, and the mainstream media was aghast. Even a modicum of that outrage has not been directed yet at Ocasio-Cortez.
“Just because the White House is uncomfortable with a question regarding the news of day [sic] doesn’t mean the question isn’t relevant and shouldn’t be asked,” CNN complained in a statement. “This decision to bar a member of the press is retaliatory in nature and not indicative of an open and free press. We demand better.”
But there may be another reason for Ocasio-Cortez banning the media from her events. She has difficulty answering questions about some of her views, like her pro-Palestinian ones, and throws around a lot of wild claims that fact-checkers have a field day with.
Fox News recently wrote a piece entitled “Ocasio-Cortez claims have fact-checkers working overtime,” which cited critical pieces from the Washington Post and Politifact.
And then there was this really awkward conversation when CNN’s Chris Cuomo grilled Ocasio-Cortez and pointed out her ignorance: