Last night, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave a 60-second speech at the DNC that turned some heads. As my colleague Jennifer Van Laar shared, the time limit was a bit of a snub given how highly the freshman Congressional member thinks of herself. But what really confused some people was when she ended her segment by endorsing Bernie Sanders and never mentioning Joe Biden.
Now, because I’ve always thought AOC is an opportunist more desperate for power than revolution, I figured this was a procedural thing and was not actually any sort of snub. Indeed, it turned out to be a hand-out to the Bernie supporters and was requested by the DNC.
NBC News didn’t include that context in their coverage, though, instead presenting it as AOC going rogue. They then offered this clarification.
Editor's note and clarification (2/2):
Ocasio-Cortez was asked by the DNC to second Sanders' nomination. The nomination is a procedural requirement of the convention.
Ocasio-Cortez has previously endorsed Biden, & her speech was similar in length to other nominating speeches.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 19, 2020
This set AOC off, who rushed to Twitter to share how harmed she had been by the “divisive” narrative NBC has rolled with.
So @NBCNews how are you going to fix the incredible amount of damage and misinformation that you are now responsible for?
Because a 1:15am tweet to slip under the radar after blowing up a totally false and divisive narrative across networks isn’t it. https://t.co/zf6Wqiotvv
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 19, 2020
Putting her dramatics aside, this is a “straight into my veins” moment. For what amounted to a few hours throughout the evening and into the early morning of the next day, AOC got to see what it’s like to be a Republican. This is how any member of the right who gets mentioned in the media is treated. Every single day we are given new examples of media bias. False narratives? Misleading headlines? Lies of omission? Welcome to the party, the drinks are to the left.
— RBe (@RBPundit) August 19, 2020
Of course, unlike with Republicans, NBC News rushed to bend the knee, even deleting the original tweet, which is something they never do when offering “clarifications” for misstatements about Republicans. AOC has routinely gotten the media to snap to her will after complaining on social media. Other examples include changed headlines by The New York Post, which were actually accurate in their initial form.
In the end, AOC only got a small taste, and I doubt she’ll have to endure much more bias over her career. But for a brief moment in time, she felt what it was like to be a Republican and deal with the media. That’s a beautiful thing.
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