January 15, 2021

AOC Calls for 1984-Like Commission to 'Rein in' the Media

  • The Hill

By: Paul Brown

In Brief:

On Wednesday, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) released an hour-long video on Instagram in which she railed against Republicans, Trump supporters, and anyone who, as she said, “cares about supporting the social order and mythology of whiteness.” Notably, Ocasio-Cortez put out a call to form a commission to ‘rein in’ the media so they can’t just spew ‘disinformation’ and that we can’t just ‘say things that are false.’ 

The Background:

After the events at the Capitol, Ocasio-Cortez wished to speak at length to her supporters about her take on what had transpired. In that video she said that, "I can say, there is absolutely a commission being discussed but it seems to be more investigatory, in style rather than truth and reconciliation, so I think that’s an interesting concept for us to explore, and I do think that several members of Congress, in some of my discussions, have brought up media literacy because that is a part of what happened here and we’re going to have to figure out how we rein in our media environment so that you can’t just spew disinformation and misinformation.”

In that same video Ocasio-Cortez talked about fears for her own life during that event, despite previous statements in which she had made in support of the looters, including, “[maybe] they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry.”

Video can be seen here: pic.twitter.com/sv7UXMwvaO

Notable Quotes:

“We’re going to have to figure out how we rein in our media environment so you can’t just spew disinformation and misinformation. It’s one thing to have different opinions, but it’s another thing entirely to just say things that are false. So that’s something that we’re looking into.” - Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 

I can say, there is absolutely a commission being discussed but it seems to be more investigatory, in style rather than truth and reconciliation, so I think that’s an interesting concept for us to explore, and I do think that several members of Congress, in some of my discussions, have brought up media literacy because that is a part of what happened here and we’re going to have to figure out how we rein in our media environment so that you can’t just spew disinformation and misinformation.” - Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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