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Ocasio-Cortez Goes on a Twitter Tirade Against Fact Checks

The freshman representative wants to know why her false statements are being singled out by fact-checkers.

By NTK Staff | 01.07.2019 @5:02pm
Ocasio-Cortez Goes on a Twitter Tirade Against Fact Checks

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has taken to Twitter to blast Washington Post fact-checkers or giving her their worst rating for a claim that $21 trillion in the Pentagon’s financial transactions could not be traced. The fact checkers gave Ocasio-Cortez four Pinocchios, which is the worst grade the paper gives out for inaccurate claims.

“Facts are facts, America. We should care about getting things right. Yet standards of who gets fact-checked, how often + why are unclear,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted linking to a Salon piece defending her inaccuracies. “This is where false equivalency+bias creeps in, allowing climate deniers to be put on par w/scientists, for example.”

Ocasio-Cortez then complained that she had been fact-checked the same number of times as White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, despite only being in Congress for four days.

“Or why did @washingtonpost give my confusing tweet on military accounting offsets the same ‘Pinocchios’ as Trump’s flat denial of how many Americans died in Puerto Rico?” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted next. “These are legitimate questions not intended to attack. Who makes these decisions? How? Is there a rubric?”

Ocasio-Cortez next tweet questioned why PolitiFact doesn’t rate any of her true claims.

Ocasio-Cortez then tweeted out a defense of her previous claim that she and Sanders had been fact-checked the same number of times.

PolitiFact responded to Ocasio-Cortez’s criticism, saying that they only have about 12 staffers and “it’s probably accurate to say we wish we could fact-check every politician more.

Ocasio-Cortez then thanked PolitiFact for their response.

But she also fired off two tweets attacking other fact-checkers for their rating systems:

The Washington Post’s lead fact-checker, Glenn Kessler, responded to Ocasio-Cortez, “We have fact-checked you twice. We have fact-checked 7,645 Trump claims.”

In response to Kessler, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: “I’m not challenging that I was checked – I think the check is a very fair one to [make], and that the coverage illuminated the issue far more than my tweet did. I am confused by the equivalence of the check to other similarly-rated claims that seem much more severe.”

“It must be said in a nuanced conversation that questioning where takes come from is nowhere near the same as undermining the extraordinary work reporters and journalists do as ‘fake news,’ Ocasio-Cortez added. “Helping people understand where these takes come from help[s] guard against those attacks.”

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