Column: AOC Goes Truth Verify-Free on Intercourse-Assault Declare


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a darling of the Left, not simply within the information media, however in Hollywood and the pop-culture venues. She’s been on the duvet of Time, Vainness Honest, Rolling Stone, Bloomberg Businessweek, New York journal, and The Hollywood Reporter. She is hailed throughout for her social-media prowess.

However at a time when these left-wing venues have expressed an enormous panic over misinformation on the web and the necessity for fact-checking, they don’t appear to really feel this manner about something spouted by AOC. 

Within the February 1 CNN “Dependable Sources” publication, a high story was “AOC reveals she’s a sexual-assault survivor in emotional IG Dwell.” Oliver Darcy didn’t use the phrase “alleged” assault. There was no query reporters normally ask, the questions of Who, When, or The place. All Darcy provided was AOC’ s emotional wallop. “In an emotional second on Instagram Dwell, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted Republicans as she revealed she is a survivor of sexual assault,” he wrote. 

He reported the congresswoman stated she was “getting emotional” as a result of “they informed us to maneuver on, that it is not a giant deal, that we should always overlook what occurred.” Ocasio-Cortez then characterised the GOP as using “the ways of abusers.”

Then got here the punch: “I am a survivor of sexual assault and I have never informed many individuals that in my life. However after we undergo trauma, trauma compounds on one another.” So Republicans have been carelessly compounding trauma. CNN liked that narrative, pushing the AOC video no less than 11 occasions the subsequent day.

MSNBC’s Brian Williams – no stranger to narrating himself into hectic conditions – touted AOC on The eleventh Hour on February 1. “The Congresswoman there, Tim, was speaking about the opportunity of dying in the course of the revolt. She additionally tonight talked forthrightly about being a sufferer of sexual assault previously…The place do you come down on witnesses in the event that they’re half as compelling because the Congresswoman?”

These “gatekeepers” of knowledge echoed one another. Twitter, which banned Donald Trump, additionally touted as breaking information “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez opens up about being a sexual-assault survivor as she describes trauma of Capitol revolt.” 

On CBS This Morning on February 2 reporter Vladimir Duthiers touted “Ocasio-Cortez recalled the traumatic occasions contained in the Capitol and the aftermath introduced forth one other painful reminiscence from her previous.” On CBS Night Information, Kris Van Cleave compounded it: “Chatting with greater than 150,000 watching on Instagram stay, AOC additionally revealed she’s a sexual assault survivor and criticized the push from the suitable to maneuver on after the violence.”

Everybody ought to perceive the worry and trauma of the riot. However is the whole lot primarily based on emotion right here? Did anybody ponder asking AOC for extra particulars? Apparently it’s impolite after a traumatic occasion to examine. Nobody used the phrase “claimed with out proof.”

After it was revealed that AOC was not in imminent hazard within the riot – she was within the Cannon Home Workplace Constructing, a block away  – conservatives acquired the hashtag trending “#AlexandriaOcasioSmollett.” This was a bit off, since Smollett’s assault was faux, and the riot was actual. However there was a similarity within the media’s dramatic reluctance to query any factual ingredient of the story when it went so viral.  

A greater analogy is Christine Blasey Ford, who was hailed as a heroine and glamorized on journal covers as a sexual-assault sufferer with out ever having to determine when or the place she ever met or was allegedly assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh in highschool. 

Maybe somebody will be grateful AOC didn’t title an assailant. However the media’s self-proclaimed gatekeepers typically let the gates swing wildly open, when there are Republicans to be shamed as akin to sexual abusers.