Hillary Alum Pushes Back on Stelter for Calling Ocasio-Cortez Media Critiques ‘Trumpian’


When CNN’s Brian Stelter compared Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s criticisms of the media to Donald Trump‘s, former Hillary Clinton aide and current CNN contributor Jess McIntosh came to AOC’s defense by pointing out the world of difference between the two figures.

On Sunday morning’s edition of CNN’s Reliable Sources, Stelter began by praising AOC to his panel for her effective use of social media. But then he asked if Ocasio-Cortez was “trying to have it both ways” by “criticizing the Washington Post fact-checker” while also “talking about how important journalism is to society.”

“Is there something Trumpian at all about her journalism critiques?” Stelter asked.

“I think it’s important to make a distinction here,” said Time correspondent Charlotte Alter. “Donald Trump is calling journalists the enemy of the people and AOC is not doing any of that.”

She added that while Ocasio-Cortez deserves to be fact-checked, “I don’t see any male members of Congress who are being fact checked with the intensity and specificity and frequency that she is,” and added that AOC is “walking this line by sort of pointing out some of the biases that we do have in the media and also supporting the media as an institution and as an industry.”

McIntosh then defended Ocasio-Cortez over a Washington Post “Fact-Checker” column this week that awarded AOC three Pinocchios for comments on the minimum and living wages, respectively.

“I think it’s okay to critique that when it goes beyond the ‘yes or no’ of ‘you have said a fact,'” McIntosh said, “when they fact check a more subjective claim like a living wage is necessary, using a 14-year-old paper called ‘Walmart a Progressive success story,’ I think it’s okay for Alexandria Ocasio-cortez to say maybe that’s not the source I would go for when I am critiquing Walmart.”

“I don’t think that equates at all to an attack on journalism,” she said, adding “I think it’s incredibly important she’s out there, trying to shape it herself, and so far I think she’s crushing it.”

“When I say she’s Trumpian, what I mean is what Trump is to Twitter, she is to Instagram Live,” Stelter explained.

Ocasio-Cortez and WaPo’s Glenn Kessler had an extended back-and-forth on Twitter over the fact-check that got a little weedy about the sourcing, but McIntosh is correct that Kessler cited an article entitled “Wal-Mart: A Progressive Success Story.”

Matt Bruenig did a fairly detailed argument in favor of Ocasio-Cortez’s claims.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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