Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has refused to go on a dozen news shows on FOX News in recent months, opting instead for appearances on CNN and MSNBC where she is often asked easy questions and receives little to no pushback when she makes false statements.
When reached for comment, a FOX News spokesperson confirmed that shows including “The Story with Martha MacCallum,” “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” “Hannity,” “The Ingraham Angle,” “Life, Liberty & Levin,” “America’s Newsroom,” “FOX & Friends,” “Outnumbered Overtime with Harris Faulkner,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” “FOX News @ Night with Shannon Bream,” “Special Report with Bret Baier,” and “The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino” have all invited Ocasio-Cortez on.
Following her upset win in New York’s 14th Congressional District last June, Ocasio-Cortez appeared on late-night comedy shows where she was idolized.
Ocasio-Cortez has faced only one remotely challenging interview, which came in early July when she appeared on PBS’s “Firing Line With Margaret Hoover.”
The interview was a disaster for Ocasio-Cortez as it highlighted her lack of knowledge on nearly all relevant policy issues that she will undoubtedly face in her new role in Washington, D.C.
Ocasio-Cortez claimed that Israel was “occupying” Palestine, a remark that quickly went viral as it showed her lack of knowledge on foreign policy issues and an attitude toward Israel that aligns with anti-Semites like Women’s March co-president Tamika Mallory and recently fired CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill.
Ocasio-Cortez also made multiple false statements about capitalism during the interview and showed that she had at best a rudimentary understanding of how an economy works.
One of Ocasio-Cortez’s favorite networks to appear on is MSNBC, where she has said that economic migrants attempting to enter the U.S. “are acting more American than any person who seeks to keep them out ever will be.”
On MSNBC, Ocasio-Cortez is allowed to make completely false claims with no pushback. Here are a few clips from her first appearance on Rachel Maddow’s show where she made false statements with no pushback:
Since the interview on PBS, Ocasio-Cortez has only faced two interviews where she was asked challenging questions.
CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Ocasio-Cortez in September how she intended to pay for the $40 trillion in government programs that she supports.
Ocasio-Cortez was unable to answer the question.
Earlier this month, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who was hosting CBS’s “60 Minutes,” asked Ocasio-Cortez the same question.
Once again, Ocasio-Cortez was unable to answer the question, responding: “No one asks how we’re gonna pay for this Space Force.”
Later in the interview, Ocasio-Cortez dismissed her critics and fact-checkers who often debunk many of her outlandish claims, claiming that it was more important to be “morally right” than “factually” correct.
Ocasio-Cortez’s decision to avoid an interview on Fox News, where she would most likely face significantly more challenging questions and pushback over false claims, is a sign that she is not ready to step out from behind the safety of her Twitter account where she has unlimited time to respond to tweets in a way where she portrays herself as the victim of racism or sexism.
A perfect example of this is when Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro respectfully invited Ocasio-Cortez to debate him. Knowing that she would struggle mightily in the interview, Ocasio-Cortez responded by claiming that Shapiro was “catcalling” her, suggesting that she was a victim of sexism.
Democrats who are marginally more mature than Ocasio-Cortez at least recognize the importance of appearing on news programs where they are going to face more challenging questions.
In a recent interview on PBS’s “Firing Line With Margaret Hoover,” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) said, “I respect the Fox audience who listens, because they matter, and I want to make sure that my perspective is getting through not just to my parents and my in-laws, but to them. … I’m not gonna discount them and only talk to people who agree with me.”
“And I don’t mind having to defend my, you know, beliefs,” Swalwell continued. “And I think my respect for the free press is shown in that I’ll go into that forum to do that.”
Early last year, former Hillary Clinton adviser Philippe Reines urged Democrats to go on Fox News more often for interviews, saying that it was “a Democratic-wide problem.”
“I mean, Fox is the highest rated, most profitable network,” Reines said. “I don’t see the point in just letting this battlefield go uncontested.”
“It’s difficult coming on Fox, but it’s important,” Reines continued. “If I’m not sitting here, I don’t know who would be. And they would not be giving as strong a defense of a different point of view as I’m trying to give, and I don’t see how that helps anyone.”