Ocasio-Cortez Rattles Pundits Across the Corporate Media Spectrum

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      eridani
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      https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/01/23/ocasio-cortez-rattles-pundits-across-corporate-media-spectrum

      CNN’s Chris Cillizza (7/18/18) declared that Democrats should be very cautious of supporting AOC, who “doesn’t know exactly what she is talking about,” that she and Trump are distinctly similar political figures with armies of brainwashed followers who “don’t even make an attempt to ascertain what the actual facts of any situation” (1/16/19), and that she represents a “very dangerous, slippery slope” towards a form of leftist Trumpism (1/7/19).

      On her support for Palestinian rights, the New York Times’ Ross Douthat (1/16/19) strongly insinuated she was antisemitic, noting that the Democratic Party must find a way of “quarantining the kind of hatred” of the “left-wing, populist, anti-establishment” movement “reshaped by Ocasio-Cortezan energy” that is “influenced by paranoias and bigotries that bubble up on the far left.”

      The centrist media response mirrors that of the Democratic establishment, who Politico (1/11/19) reports are “most annoyed” by AOC’s attempts to immediately influence policy, with House Democratic sources claiming she has “totally pissed off everyone” and that her use of social media is Trumpian.

      It is impressive how much Ocasio-Cortez has upset the right-wing in such a short time. But when it comes to actual policy issues and not just Twitter spats, it appears the centrist establishment is as uncomfortable with a progressive agenda as the most frothing-at-the-mouth conservatives.

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      ThouArtThat
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      The “establishment”, whether right or left, does not like being shown for the hypocrites they really are.  That is what someone with a credible microphone like AOC does.  The spotlight of her criticism leaves little room for the hypocrites to justify their existence.  And in the end is the reason why the “establishment” works so hard to preclude people like AOC from ever obtaining even the smallest amount of power.

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