Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Calls Out CNN’s Chris Cillizza…and a Divided Nation Starts to Heal (UPDATE)


Newly sworn-in Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) continues to play the role of lightning rod for political commentary from all sides, and CNN’s political horse race expert and frequent butt of Internet jokes Chris Cillizza recently got into the act. But Ms. Ocasio-Cortez would have none of what she seemed to deem Cilliza’s shoddy reporting, pushing back on Twitter in a manner one rarely seen from someone so new to the national political spotlight.

Cillizza took issue with a portion of Sunday night’s 60 Minutes interview in which Anderson Cooper challenged the newly elected New York progressive Democrat from factual errors in recent media appearances.

“One of the criticisms of you is that your math is fuzzy. The Washington Post recently awarded with you four Pinocchios for misstating some statistics about Pentagon spending.” Cooper explained to Ocasio-Cortez.

“If people really want to blow up one figure here or one word there, I would argue they are missing the forest for the tree,” she replied. “I think there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right.”

The CNN anchor responded by pointing out being factually correct on subjects matter as well.

“It’s absolutely important. And whenever I make a mistake, I say ‘Okay this was clumsy.’ And then I restate what my point was,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

Writing for, Cillizza covered this segment (as did Mediaite!) which he then promoted via Twitter:

AOC replied in kind:

In an apparent unforced error, Cillizza then explained that the context was removed due to Twitter’s character limitations:

That makes sense, right? Not according to some very clever and yet still obvious research done by Parker Molloy of Media Matters:

To make the self-own clearer, she added:

Ocasio-Cortez jumped on the Molloy observation and added:

One is reminded of the scene from The Simpsons when a Homer sees a Hamburgler type character steal some Krusty burgers and takes justice into his own Krusty-clad hands:

UPDATE: Cilizza has replied, saying that Molloy’s draft tweet did not include the full quote.

Here is the full quote, via CNN VP of communications Matt Dornic.

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