Thomas Gallatin / January 8, 2019

Why the Ocasio-Cortez Media Overload?

Demo leaders see the freshman legislator as a magnet for attracting Millennial voters.

Freshmen Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) appeared on CBS’s “60 Minutes” Sunday, where the rising Millennial political star sought to promote her “Green New Deal” and other pie-in-the-sky socialist programs such as health care for all, “free” college, and universal income. These extreme socialist programs have an astronomically high cost, and Ocasio-Cortez’s assertions are so grossly inaccurate that even The Washington Post recently called her out with Four Pinocchios and then chastised her for “very bad defense of her falsehoods” in Sunday’s interview.

Anderson Cooper asked Ocasio-Cortez about being called out for presenting false “facts,” to which she offered this little gem: “If people really want to blow up one figure here or one word there, I would argue they’re missing the forest for the trees. I think there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right.” So proposing legislation that would fundamentally and radically change the U.S. both economically and socially and then promoting it as a good idea by using grossly inaccurate claims is okay because you believe that your cause is moral?

The truth is that being concerned about morality includes being factually correct. Peddling misinformation in the name of morality is in fact immoral.

But the bigger question here is why the Leftmedia and Democrats are so eager and willing to give Ocasio-Cortez this much publicity and airtime when she is so obviously and repeatedly inaccurate and flat-out wrong about the facts. The key here for Democrat leadership is less Ocasio-Cortez’s messaging than what she brings to the table: Millennial voters.

Dems are willing to put up with her outlandish, naive, and extremist anti-capitalist political ideals so long as they can use her as a political mascot for “woke” Millennials. In other words, she’s good for attracting the votes of those who “think” with their feelings and equate feelings with morality.

Ocasio-Cortez claims socialism is moral when in reality it is a system predicated upon the false assumption that any inequity is fundamentally immoral and therefore justifies forced wealth redistribution, irrespective of how legitimately an individual may have acquired wealth. Socialism promotes a lie.

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