Snopes went first amongst liberal “truth checkers” in defending Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in opposition to conservative critics of her Instagram Stay testimony in regards to the trauma of the Capitol riot, however different aggressive defenders adopted, at AP and PolitiFact and The Washington Submit. Solely CNN determined to flag AOC for saying some unproven issues.
PolitiFact skipped their “Fact-O-Meter” for a characteristic titled Ask PolitiFact: Where was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during the Capitol riot? PolitiFact author Invoice McCarthy was defense-lawyering for AOC:
“AOC wasn’t even within the Capitol constructing throughout her ‘close to demise’ expertise,” learn one headline on RedState, one in every of several conservative websites that questioned Ocasio-Cortez’s account.
“AOC lied!” one other headline said. “She Wasn’t Even within the Capitol Constructing In the course of the Riot…Her Life Was By no means in Hazard: Report.”
Comparable claims attacking Ocasio-Cortez cropped up in widespread posts on Fb, the place they had been flagged as a part of the corporate’s efforts to fight false information and misinformation on its Information Feed. (Learn extra about our partnership with Facebook.)
The criticism additionally reached cable information. “There have been no rioters in (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s) hallway,” said Fox Information host Tucker Carlson. “Trump voters weren’t making an attempt to kill her.”
….It’s true that Ocasio-Cortez was not in the principle Capitol constructing the place the Home and Senate chambers are situated as rioters broke in. She was within the Cannon constructing.
However she by no means claimed in her video to have been in the principle Capitol constructing, and the Cannon constructing was one in every of two buildings within the broader Capitol advanced that was pressured to evacuate.
McCarthy had nothing on AOC claiming Ted Cruz tried to get her killed. For an additional instance of how tremendously biased McCarthy is, see the latest from James Agresti.
Associated Press checker Ali Swenson was additionally “all in” for defending AOC:
CLAIM: U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, falsely claimed she confronted rioters in the principle Capitol constructing throughout the Jan. 6 revolt.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Ocasio-Cortez by no means claimed she was in the principle Capitol constructing, nor did she declare she was face-to-face with a mob of violent rioters.
Swenson even went tender on Jussie Smollett: Critics “appeared to liken the congresswoman to former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging a racist, anti-gay assault in opposition to himself in 2019.” Cannot a truth checker acknowledge he faked it?
Washington Submit truth checkers Glenn Kessler and Adriana Usero got here final on Saturday, assigning “4 Pinocchios” to Marjorie Taylor-Greene for saying on Friday “I used to be within the chamber, in contrast to AOC — Consultant Ocasio-Cortez — that faked her outrage with one other hoax, simply one other hoax that will get shared in every single place.” They waited for the most well liked anti-AOC take: “There was no hoax. Ocasio-Cortez’s phrases have been twisted past recognition.”
Kessler and Usero concluded: “Ocasio-Cortez has many critics who leap at any potential misstep, however the issue was compounded when a tweet by a GOP member of Congress was perceived as confirming the right-wing critique. As a substitute, that lawmaker was faulting the media for misreporting Ocasio-Cortez’s story.”
Ocasio-Cortez additionally has many defenders who leap to defend her and ignore any missteps. Take a bow, Posties.
CNN’s Daniel Dale deserves credit score on this case for being the one one in every of these to judge AOC, not simply defend her. Is that so onerous? For instance:
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Wednesday, “The bombs Trump supporters planted surrounded our workplaces too.”
Details First: The assertion that Trump supporters planted the bombs has not been proved.
And the Ted Cruz slur on Twitter:
Ocasio-Cortez responded, “I’m completely satisfied to work with Republicans on this concern the place there’s frequent floor, however you nearly had me murdered 3 weeks in the past so you’ll be able to sit this one out. Comfortable to work w/ nearly every other GOP that are not making an attempt to get me killed. Within the meantime if you wish to assist, you’ll be able to resign.”
Details First: There isn’t a proof for the accusation that Cruz was “making an attempt” to get Ocasio-Cortez killed. Whereas Ocasio-Cortez can mount an inexpensive argument that the Texas Republican’s actions had the impact of fueling the violent revolt, that is totally different than saying he truly tried to realize the killing of any member of Congress. Cruz didn’t advocate violence in opposition to Ocasio-Cortez, a lot much less name for her homicide.
For his test on candidate AOC’s dramatic staging of the immigration concern at a fence in Texas, see here.
Additionally see how nobody requested for AOC stating “without evidence” that she was a sexual assault sufferer.