Right-Wing Media Wants to Destroy Ocasio-Cortez Because Her Ideas Are Dangerous

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ( Corey Torpie)

In case you haven’t noticed, FOX News, the media arm of the GOP, has declared war on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY.) Ocasio-Cortez is a Democratic socialist and also the youngest woman elected to the House of Representatives. Her platform is truly populist and appeals to young people. She stands for universal healthcare, free college and America spending more money on its people than foreign wars. And I guess that makes her dangerous.

The goons at FOX News have turned their guns on Ocasio-Cortez and have criticized everything from her views, to her dress choices, to her modest income. Ocasio-Cortez isn’t the first Democratic socialist in Congress, but for some reason the right-wing media hates her. So far Ocasio-Cortez seems to be winning in the war with FOX for several reasons. Firstly, it seems unseemly when a media giant, which is mainly run by men, starts attacking a woman who isn’t even 30.

FOX News was joined in their attack on Ocasio-Cortez by Washington Examiner writer Eddy Scarry who said, “I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles.” (I guess Scarry never heard of bargain stores or used clothing.) Any man with half a brain should know that critiquing women’s clothing is a minefield. Ocasio-Cortez had complained that until she started getting a congresswoman’s salary she couldn’t afford to rent a place in Washington, D.C.

Then, right-wing bimbo, Sarah Palin came for Ocasio-Cortez after she made a minor slip describing the three arms of government. That backfired too and she was roundly mocked on social media. Palin is no one to talk about political gaffes since her mistakes sank an entire presidential campaign!

And then second-generation neo-Nazi Laura Ingraham attacked Ocasio-Cortez and some of the other new Democratic female members of Congress, who all happened to be people of color. Not a good move for a person who recently did a piece about how she longed for the days when America was still majority white.

The virulence of the attacks against Ocasio-Cortez is curious. CNN media critic Brian Stelter pointed out that FOX News has spent more time covering Ocasio-Cortez than on the recent climate report.

“The network actually spent more time talking about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s shoes on Friday,” said Stelter. “More time on her shoes than the climate change report.”

I think the right-wing media wants to demonize Ocasio-Cortez because her ideas are threatening. Ocasio-Cortez’s attacks against for-profit education and healthcare and the military industrial complex scare people. There are trillions of dollars sunk into those industries. And the right-wing media has a vested interest in brainwashing people into thinking those industries work for them. But they don’t, and the truth is increasingly seeping out.

More Americans are beginning to realize that the for-profit healthcare system provides them with lousy service. And many young people are embittered at being thousands of dollars in debt for degrees that don’t provide them with gainful employment. Ocasio-Cortez represents a generation that is beginning to lose faith in the system — and that makes the powers that be scared.

Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.

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