Conservative Network CRTV Passes Off Satirical Interview With Ocasio-Cortez As Genuine
.@conservmillen grills congressional hopeful and progressive “it girl” @Ocasio2018 on her socialist agenda and knowledge of government… or lack thereof.
Watch more Allie on https://t.co/f6Lmpu9LhY! pic.twitter.com/FU1Iv9NSb4
— CRTV (@CRTV) July 23, 2018
Conservative Network CRTV and host Allie Beth Stuckey have been touting a fake interview with Democratic congressional hopeful Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as the real thing, attempting to undercut her credibility by stitching together a misleading series of questions and awkward answers.
The video, which has been circulating Twitter this week, starts out with a basic question from Stuckey about Ocasio-Cortez’s experience, her only response being a reference to growing up under the Clinton Era and being in middle school at the time of 9/11.
After an uncomfortably long pause, Stuckey asks whether the candidate has “any knowledge whatsoever about how our political system works,” Ocasio-Cortez simply shaking her head.
Stuckey then asks her to put socialism into her own words as the camera cuts back to Ocasio-Cortez, appearing to call it the “unprecedented concentration of wealth at the very top tippy top of the one percent.”
Stuckey uses the response to make a case against socialism based on the collapse of Venezuela’s economy.
The video, which has no indication that it is satirical or fake, has been bashed by some critics as misleading, while others have found it humorous. However, CRTV still hasn’t deleted its original tweet advertising the interview with a serious tone.
On Tuesday morning, Ocasio-Cortez called the whole thing an indication Republicans are scared of the threat of her candidacy.
Republicans are so scared of me that they’re faking videos and presenting them as real on Facebook because they can’t deal with reality anymore.
Here’s one bonafide truth:
Election Day is November 6th. https://t.co/Z7MfisgiWl
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) July 24, 2018
Shortly after, Stuckey tweeted out a response, writing she hoped no one would realize it was edited, adding “the jig is up I guess.”
To the few saying: “THIS IS FAKE!”
Thank you! I don’t know where any of us would be without your keen insight. As much as we hoped no one would notice that this is *literally taken from a PBS interview she did last week and was edited together as a joke*, the jig is up I guess. https://t.co/rnm3TPNy3i
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) July 24, 2018
Stuckey did not immediately provide further commentary. In a subsequent tweet and in a Facebook post, CRTV did make clear that the video was satire. But they still have their original tweet posted.
Watch the clip above via CRTV.
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