Left-wing congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has never shied away from accusing her opponents of getting things wrong. Most recently the “democratic socialist” newcomer accused veteran Republican Steve Scalise of not understanding how marginal tax rates work. She certainly talks as if honesty and accuracy are very important to her. So why is she getting so annoyed about being fact-checked?
Few politicians are stirring up as much controversy as the newly-elected far left firebrand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The New York congresswoman has been quick to call out conservatives on what she says are factual errors – but she’s not so happy when the scrutiny is turned on herself.
- Since her shock primary win over Joe Crowley last year, Ocasio-Cortez’s sudden prominence has attracted the attention of journalists and websites who specialize in checking the claims of politicians. In particular, she has been checked several times by PolitiFact and the Washington Post’s fact-check unit.
- On Monday it seems she was fact-checked once too often for her liking. In response, she launched a furious barrage at investigators, claiming they’re paying too much attention to her.
- “Facts are facts, America. We should care about getting things right. Yet standards of who gets fact-checked, how often + why are unclear,” she tweeted. “This is where false equivalency + bias creeps in, allowing climate deniers to be put on par w/ scientists, for example.”
- Ocasio-Cortez complained that she and White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, have been fact-checked by PolitiFact the same number of times – six – despite Sanders having been in office for two years and Ocasio-Cortez for four days.
- This claim could do with some fact-checking itself, because PolitiFact’s checks on her go back to her primary victory last year, not the date she took her seat.
- The WaPo fact-check unit was quick to fire back, pointing out that they’ve fact-checked Ocasio-Cortez twice, and President Trump 7,645 times. This seems to have pushed the congresswoman into backing down. In a later tweet she admitted that fact checkers are essential, and thanked them for the work they do.
- She also claimed it’s more important to be “morally right” than factually accurate when challenged on 60 Minutes about her habit of being less than reliable about the facts.
The last word went to the Washington Post, who reminded Ocasio-Cortez, “No one likes to be fact checked. There’s a simple way to avoid it.”