Imagine a world where Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., a self-avowed socialist, is granted the power to “rein in” what she sees as media “disinformation and misinformation.”
You can be sure Ocasio-Cortez is not referencing “Fake News CNN,” as some call the Trump-hating network, as her take on misinformation is anything that fails to advance her radical agenda — an agenda that relies on the authoritarian power of government to be implemented.
The idea of the progressive left judging media literacy is a scary concept, but that is what AOC claimed was in the works in an Instagram Live video she shared Thursday night saying a “federal truth and reconciliation commission” was being discussed.
“I can say, there is absolutely a commission being discussed,” AOC said, in response to a question posed. “But it seems to be more investigatory, in style rather than truth and reconciliation, so I think that’s an interesting concept for us to explore.”
AOC suggests adding “media literacy” as a mandate for a congressional “truth and reconciliation” committee pic.twitter.com/sv7UXMwvaO
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 13, 2021
“And I do think that several members of Congress, in some of my discussions, have brought up media literacy because that’s part of what happened here,” she continued. “And we’re going to have to figure out how we rein in our media environment so that you can’t just spew disinformation and misinformation.”
In effect, Democrats are looking to exploiting last week’s events at the U.S. Capitol for maximum political value — with a huge assist from their media allies, who insist the protest was an insurrection designed to overthrow the government on Trump’s behalf.
AOC talked about what she called a “pretty traumatizing event that happened to me,” in commenting on the protest.
“I thought I was going to die. And you have all of those thoughts where, at the end of your life, all of these thoughts come rushing to you, and that’s what happened to a lot of us on Wednesday. I did not know if I was going to make out of that day alive.”
.@AOC, on Instagram, reflects on the Capitol Hill riot: “I thought I was going to die. And you have all of those thoughts where, at the end of your life, all of these thoughts come rushing to you … I did not know if I was going to make out of that day alive.” pic.twitter.com/JX0gLNtMAY
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 13, 2021
The former bartender threw her Republican colleagues under the bus, saying she was worried that one of them might divulge her location to the mob. She also called for the “actual liberation of southern states” from oppression.
Joe Concha, a media columnist for The Hill, appeared on Fox News to comment on AOC’s remarks.
“Let’s unpack this proposal, she wants to basically establish a Ministry of Truth — we’ve all read 1984 and, you know — to determine what is truth and what is not. So who sits on this committee exactly?” he said.
“How does Miss Ocasio-Cortez define truth exactly?” Concha asked. “She was asked in a CNN interview, this was a couple of years ago after she was fact-checked on some very dubious claims, about those particular claims and she said, ‘People want to really blow-up one figure here, or a word there, I would argue they are missing the forest for the trees, I think there is a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, semantically correct than being morally right.”‘
(Turns out, the quote was from a 60 Minutes interview.)
He then accurately summarized, “Oh, so it’s not about being factually correct, it’s what she sees as being right and wrong from a moral perspective.”
With censorship already running rampant on social media, Conch said this kind of thinking “should stay in China.”
“Let’s say I want to argue against defunding the police or adding two states, which therefore would add four Democratic senators, does that make me morally wrong, and therefore do I have to testify before this committee? Am I pulled off the air?” he asked. “That’s the thing when you have a Democratically controlled Washington — Congress, Senate, and White House – this sort of thing in terms of government regulating speech should stay in China, or stay in North Korea or, I don’t know, ‘1984.’”
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