She called out news outlets for spreading confusion and "sparking an enormous amount of hate and vitriol."

Morgan Noll
Aug 19, 2020 @ 12:12 pm
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Since delivering her speech for day two of the Democratic National Convention last night, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been doing damage control on Twitter—and she's directly calling out news outlets for spreading misinformation about her address. In her sub-two-minute speech, AOC spoke about the Bernie Sanders campaign and seconded his nomination for president, which she was asked to do by the DNC as part of the procedural roll call. However, with many viewers unaware of this protocol, confusion quickly spread, and many thought the congresswoman was endorsing Sanders instead of Joe Biden, the current democratic presidential nominee.

An NBC News tweet last night sparked this confusing and false narrative by writing, "In one of the shortest speeches of the DNC, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez did not endorse Joe Biden," and quoting her on seconding the nomination of Sanders. Multiple hours later, NBC News deleted the tweet and tweeted out an editor's note, writing that the tweet "should have included more detail on the nominating process."

But for AOC, this edit came a little too late, and she was quick to call the news outlet on its B.S.

"So @NBCNews how are you going to fix the incredible amount of damage and misinformation that you are now responsible for?" she tweeted. "Because a 1:15am tweet to slip under the radar after blowing up a totally false and divisive narrative across networks isn’t it."

She continued, responding to part two of the editor's note (which contained more explanation about the nomination part of the convention), pointing out how long it took for the edit to be made. "You waited several hours to correct your obvious and blatantly misleading tweet," she wrote." She also pointed out the harm that the misinformation in NBC News' original tweet caused, writing, "It sparked an enormous amount of hatred and vitriol, & now the misinfo you created is circulating on other networks. All to generate hate-clicks from a pre-recorded, routine procedural motion."

In a third tweet in the thread, AOC pointed out that the DNC had shared the procedural purpose of her speech "WELL in advance" of the convention. "@NBC knew what was going to happen & that it was routine," she wrote.

Then, in a separate thread, AOC quote-tweeted a misleading post by Bloomberg Quicktake and made clear her endorsement of Biden for president and reinstating her reasoning for her remarks at the convention.

"Congratulations, @JoeBiden - I deeply look forward to fighting for our future together and reclaiming our democracy in November," she wrote. "Thank you @DemConvention for having me deliver Sen. Sanders’ roll call nomination speech. It's been an absolute honor."

AOC finished the tweet—and the exhausting conversation—with two hashtags that showed the duality, yet clarity, of her stance. "#NotMeUs & #Biden2020," she wrote, showing that she still aligns with the more progressive values of Sanders' campaign, while also endorsing and pushing forward a Biden presidency.