Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic-Socialist running for the 114th District of New York, is currently facing immense criticism for barring members of the media from covering a town hall-style meeting she held with voters.
The Queens Chronical reported that the 28-year-old democratic-socialist refused to allow reporters to attend the event on Sunday, regardless of that fact that it was open to the general public. The Queens Chronical also reported that this was not the first event in which they were barred from attendance with regard to Ocasio-Cortez.
The young democratic-socialist was returning to New York after supporting various primary candidates in the mid-west, all of which lost handily to their opponents. The immense loss was an excruciating body blow to the democratic-socialist movement, which has called for the abolishment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the elimination of national border enforcement.
A spokesman for the Ocasio-Cortez campaign told the Queens Chronicle that all of the national attention contributed to the decision to nix the media from covering the event.
Their reasoning stands to reason. Since Ocasio-Cortez pulled off an upset victory against the incumbent of New York’s 114th District, Joe Crowley, she has been under immense media scrutiny. She had a whirlwind media tour in which she was repeatedly unable to explain how to pay for the policy prescriptions she has been suggesting as well as an interview in which she stated that Palestine was a physical place.
The Washington Post ran a fact-check on the claims Ocasio-Cortez was making and found that she not only makes claims that are 100% erroneous, but she also peddles in debunked conspiracy theories. For example, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made the following statement regarding ICE:
“ICE is the only criminal investigative agency, the only enforcement agency in the United States, that has a bed quota. So ICE is required to fill 34,000 beds with detainees every single night and that number has only been increasing since 2009.”
This conspiracy theory was debunked by PolitiFact, yet she still peddles it and has made no effort to walk her comments back what-so-ever.
So, where is the outrage over Ocasio-Cortez taking revenge on the media outlets that reported negatively on her? Where are the newspapers that colluded with one another to coordinate and air-out their faux outrage at Donald Trump’s criticisms of “fake news?” Where are these “gatekeepers” of the free-press and why aren’t they outraged when a democratic-socialist takes a page from pure socialism and bans the press from reporting on her campaign events?
The fact that Donald Trump called “fake News” the enemy of the American people and is roundly criticized for doing so while Ocasio-Cortez is allowed to completely ban the media from campaign events and is not criticized at all in the mainstream media, speaks volumes of their bias. The simple fact that the President criticized “fake news” and all of the mainstream media outlets took offense is rather alarming in and of its self. Taking their mainstream media’s reaction into consideration, one would assume they view themselves as purveyors of fake news and felt the need to defend themselves. Let’s hope they strive for higher standards going forward.
Through the mainstream media’s lens, reporting on Ocasio-Cortez’s media ban is an obstruction to their narrative that Donald Trump is the one that attacks the free-press. The media believes that by reporting on Ocasio-Cortez’s media ban, they will bring balance to their coverage and for them that simply cannot happen. They are attempting to make it appear as if Donald Trump is the sole “unfair” critic of the media and they refuse to let go of that narrative even though President Trump admonishes fake news, not the free-press.
A Washington Post reporter, Seung Min Kim, tweeted that Ocasio-Cortez “is in for a rough time on Capitol Hill — where reporters roam freely at all hours of the day and night – if this is her attitude towards the press.” Of course, this tweet did not appear anywhere in the mainstream outlets, just a well below the fold of a liberal rag.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has also refused to debate her platform with a number of conservatives who have offered to do so. Ben Shapiro of the Daily Wire offered Ocasio-Cortez up to $10,000 to her campaign to publicly debate him on the issues. She declined to debate Shapiro and cited sexism as her reasoning, albeit in a very strange tweet. Since Ocasio-Cortez cited sexism as her reasoning in declining Shapiro’s offer, numerous conservative women have made similar overtures.
Turning Point USA offered Ocasio-Cortez up to $100,000 to any charity of her choosing for her to debate Candace Owens in a public forum. CRTV host Alley Beth Stuckey, the conservative comedian who turned one of Ocasio-Cortez’s interviews into a hilarious parody, also invited the democratic-socialist to a debate. And Kaya Jones, a member of President Trump’s National Diversity Council, has also threw her hat into the debate ring. Sadly, it appears that Ocasio-Cortez is running scared and refuses to debate the merits of her platform with anyone, which goes hand-in-hand with barring the media from campaign events. She is turning out to be a pure socialist without a hint of democracy in her DNA.
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