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WaPo Fact Checkers Bash AOC for Playing ‘Fast and Loose with Her Facts’

“She undermines her message when she plays fast and loose with statistics," the Washington Post said.

By NTK Staff | 01.24.2019 @2:39pm
WaPo Fact Checkers Bash AOC for Playing ‘Fast and Loose with Her Facts’

The fact checkers at the Washington Post have given Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) claim that the majority of Americans don’t make a living wage their second-worst rating for an inaccurate statement, going so far as to say the freshman congresswoman “plays fast and loose with statistics.”

During a recent interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates at Riverside Church, Ocasio-Cortez said:

“I think it’s wrong that the majority of the country doesn’t make a living wage, I think it’s wrong that you can work 100 hours and not feed your kids. I think it’s wrong that corporations like Walmart and Amazon can get paid by the government, experiencing a wealth transfer from the public, for paying people less than a minimum wage.”

The Washington Post decided to breakdown Ocasio-Cortez’s claim into parts.

First, they examined whether “the majority of the country doesn’t make a living wage,” as Ocasio-Cortez claimed.

The Washington Post fact-checkers calculated that “about 32 to 38 percent of workers earn less” than a living wage in America, which isn’t “enough to justify the use of ‘majority.'”

Next, the Washington Post investigated Ocasio-Cortez’s claim “that you can work 100 hours and not feed your kids,” which the paper deemed to be accurate.

As for Ocasio-Cortez’s claim that “it’s wrong that corporations like Walmart and Amazon can get paid by the government, experiencing a wealth transfer from the public, for paying people less than a minimum wage,” The Washington Post fact-checkers said, “Here’s where Ocasio-Cortez starts to go off the rails,” pointing out that both companies pay their employees more than the minimum wage.

“Ocasio-Cortez deserves credit for using her high profile to bring attention to income inequality. However, she undermines her message when she plays fast and loose with statistics,” the Washington Post said about Ocasio-Cortez’s statement. The paper gave her three Pinocchios for her misstatements.

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