On Thursday, Newsweek, the outlet that once called Barack Obama “god of all things,” put out a misleading story that claimed conservatives were quick to pounce on newly-elected Democrat Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for an old video that showed her dancing in college.
There’s only one little problem. As Twitchy pointed out, “there was no conservative pouncing, and Newsweek’s article about the alleged conservative mockery of the video contains absolutely no examples to support the headline…”
According to Newsweek:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been a target for conservatives ever since the democratic socialist stunned American politics by upsetting longtime Democratic Congressman Joe Crowley in her U.S. House Democratic primary last June. The Bronx native has seen everything from her fashion choices to her bank account scrutinized. Now her dancing has joined that growing list.
Shortly before the 29-year-old became the youngest congressman ever sworn in to office, several conservative Twitter feeds shared a video of her dancing on a rooftop. The video, featuring her dancing to Phoenix’s “Lisztomania” in an apparent homage to The Breakfast Club, appeared to be taken from Ocasio-Cortez’s time at Boston University.
One Twitter user, whose handle referenced the QAnon conspiracy theory popular among supporters of President Donald Trump, tweeted the video with the accompanying insult: “Here is “America’s favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is…High School video of “Sandy” Ocasio-Cortez.”
It’s fair to say that most people, though, did not share that reaction to a young Ocasio-Cortez exuberant dance.
So, how does “one Twitter user” translate to “conservatives” pouncing on Ocasio-Cortez?
One Twitter user (if Newsweek can do it, so can we, right?) noted:
Examples of conservatives mocking AOC in story: 0.
Journalism is crap. I'm sorry journalists who I like get offended when I say this, but it is.
I'll return the favor by not getting offended when you say bad things about my industry or party. https://t.co/CJTd65lPJR
— Nathan, son of Robert (@NathanWurtzel) January 5, 2019
Oh, wait… There was more than one Twitter user:
Name one conservative….. one.
— John (@John7Istheman) January 5, 2019
But wait, there’s more:
Let's give Newsweek the benefit of the doubt here…
Let's assume the account (now deleted) that distributed the video wasn't a burner account.
That's one alt-right nut job.. Newsweek offers no evidence of a second "conservative" in the article. https://t.co/NLluARZSQi
— Blue Shift Blog (@BlueShiftBlog) January 5, 2019
I admit I made a tweet with much the same message as this article, but who are the "conservatives" indicated in your tweet? It's just one anonymous Twitter account. Conservatives are mocking this just like liberals. Very misleading.
— Oliver Traldi (@olivertraldi) January 4, 2019
Can you please list these conservatives? I can't seem to find it anywhere
— Teddy Murphy (@wernerKrimsin) January 5, 2019
Neither could we…
One guy mocked her. Possibly as many as two.
— Name can't be blank (@jtLOL) January 4, 2019
— David Caniff (@HoosierReb01) January 5, 2019
Incidents like this, by the way, are why we refer to the propaganda arm of the Democrat Party known as the so-called “mainstream media” as the “Democrat-media complex.”
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