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Wednesday, April 03 2019

I know my decision to write a story about Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will now get me lumped in with all the conservatives “obsessed” with her.  Whatever.  Truthfully, there aren’t many politicians I care less about given that Cortez has made a calculated decision to pursue fame rather than power. 

Now, it is true that some Democrats have parlayed one into the other (think Barack Obama).  But Cortez is not following the Obama path of ingratiating herself with party leadership, fundraisers, and power brokers.  She is pursuing headlines, cameras, late-night appearances, magazine spreads, and anything that draws attention to herself; in the process, ticking off her party leadership, fundraisers, and power brokers.

She may be a big personality, but she’s (to this point) completely ineffective in D.C. so I don’t worry enough about her to write about her.

But that big personality is proving useful in demonstrating something that does matter – proving unequivocally to those who still live in a delusional land of make believe, that our media remains perilously biased to the left.  Network television, including both serious news divisions as well as their late-night entertainment programming, and the vast majority of cable news channels, are sold-out propaganda artists for the left.  While Fox News gets mocked incessantly for their opinion hosts’ antagonism towards progressive politicians, it is often understated just how grossly deferential all the others are towards those same officials.

For those old enough to remember him, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is Dan Quayle on steroids.  Young, fresh-faced, politically green, not overly bright, and a veritable gaffe machine.  Quayle corrected a boy’s spelling of potato because the teacher card he was given had an “e” on the end of the word.  For that, he was a fixture on late-night comedy broadcasts.  Cortez?

Cortez publicly released an actual proposal that suggested the end of air travel.  Think about that.

Cortez publicly released an actual proposal that every building in America be refitted for environmental efficiency.  Every. Building.

Cortez publicly released an actual proposal that included a call to curtail cow flatulence.  Yes, she later threw her staff under the bus for the error (Leadership 101), but then actually doubled down on it by posturing as some sort of expert on cow grain:

“We need to innovate and change our, our grain, uh, our, our cow grain from which you know they feed in these troughs. We need to look at regenerative agriculture. These are our solutions.”

Cortez deemed it “legitimate” to question the morality of people for having children.  Seriously

Cortez publicly mused how, “they had to amend the Constitution of the United States to make sure Roosevelt didn’t get re-elected.”  The 22nd Amendment was ratified in 1951.  Roosevelt died six years earlier in 1945.

And then, as if all that wasn’t enough, Cortez went pure Sharknado with this gem:

“On the events of September 11th, 2001, thousands of Americans died in one of the, in the largest terrorist attack on U.S. soil.  And our national response, whether we agree with it or not, our national response was to go to war in one, then eventually two countries.  Three thousand Americans died in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Where is our response?”

Cortez is proposing we go to war…against a hurricane.  Given that this was the plot of the most notoriously bad movie in the history of the SyFy Channel – where they literally exploded nukes to stop tornadoes full of man-eating sharks – the jokes to this utter nincompoopery wrote themselves.  Twitter did its part (please pardon the profanity that I'm unable to edit from embedded tweets):

Yet, you know who couldn’t think of any such clever quips and mocking retorts?  The late night comedians on the major networks.  And who else?  The same news anchors that didn’t find it newsworthy that her signature “Green New Deal” that earned excessive amounts of free airtime in publicity failed to get a single vote when called to the floor – even from its own cosponsors. 

Stunning media favoritism.  If Quayle is too dated a reference for you, imagine media reaction if any of these proposals – not just the suggestion we declare war on the weather – had been made by Donald Trump, or George W. Bush.  Would the reaction have been this effusively flattering feature on Stephen Colbert’s evening train wreck?   

For a media desperately trying to rebuild its reputation in the eyes of the public, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was the worst thing to happen to them.  As it turns out they are the obsessed ones, not the rest of us who sit and scratch our heads, laughing and saying, “why?”

Posted by: Peter Heck AT 08:35 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email