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CNN’s Chris Cillizza Claps Back At Ocasio-Cortez

"Both quotes in full, as well as lots more context, are included in the story," CNN's Chris Cillizza tweeted on Monday.

By NTK Staff | 01.07.2019 @4:04pm
CNN’s Chris Cillizza Claps Back At Ocasio-Cortez

CNN’s Chris Cillizza and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) are currently fighting on Twitter over a story that Cillizza published on Monday regarding Ocasio-Cortez’s use of inaccurate facts during a recent interview on CBS News’ “60 Minutes.”

Cillizza took issue with the fact that Ocasio-Cortez regurgitated false information and then defeneded doing so during the interview.

CBS News’ Anderson Cooper asked Ocasio-Cortez’s about her debunked claim “that $21 trillion in the Pentagon’s financial transactions ‘could not be traced, documented, or explained’ — and noted that such an amount of money could cover two-thirds of the total cost of Medicare for All.”

“If people want to really blow up one figure here or one word there, I would argue that they’re missing the forest for the trees,” Ocasio-Cortez said to Cooper about her use of false information. “I think that there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right.”

“Being factually accurate and morally right isn’t an either/or situation. You can do both,” Cillizza wrote. “And as it relates to the broader point Ocasio-Cortez is raising, which is, essentially, you know what I meant, so stop obsessing over a single data point, I would respond this way: Would she — or any Democrat — say the same about the White House’s made-up fact that upwards of 4,000 known or suspected terrorists have attempted to enter the US illegally through the southern border?”

“Fudging the facts in pursuit of “being morally right” — as Ocasio-Cortez puts it — assumes that moral righteousness is an agreed-upon thing,” Cillizza added. “Ocasio-Cortez is new to all of this, yes. But the high profile she already enjoys caries with it some responsibility. Namely, to get the facts right. And when you get them wrong, to correct it as quickly as possible rather than trying to justify the error.”

Ocasio-Cortez was none too happy with Cillizza’s reporting, tweeting on Monday, “.@CillizzaCNN – looks like your ‘character count’ argument to avoid including my full quote is straight up wrong.”

Cillizza responded with a tweet defending his reporting:

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