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Fox Mentions Ocasio-Cortez 3,181 Times Over 42 Days Running: Report

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Fox Mentions Ocasio-Cortez 3,181 Times Over 42 Days Running: Report





Fox channels have mentioned freshman Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for 42 consecutive days, a new study has found.

Ocasio-Cortez, commonly referred to as AOC, has become an obsession on Fox News since June 2018, reports not-for-profit media watchdog Media Matters for America.

In the six weeks from February 25 and April 7, her name was mentioned 3,181 times on Fox News and Fox Business; not a day went by in that time frame that she wasn’t discussed on the networks, according to the report.



According to Media Matters:

Ocasio-Cortez is brought up constantly, even if the topic has nothing to do with her, as with the recent terror attacks in New Zealand. Hosts and guests smear and misrepresent Ocasio-Cortez’s agenda, caricaturing it while painting it as radical, dangerous, far-left socialism. They often draw bleak comparisons between her progressive vision and the turmoil in Venezuela or invoke murderous dictators to attack her policies. Fox figures go on extended, agressively angry rants about her. They’ve repeatedly attacked her intelligence, used her age to discredit her, and dismissed her as a “little girl,” (as when Brit Hume said she’s “kind of adorable in sort of the way that a 5-year-old child can be adorable”).

They cite national polls about her popularity, despite her being a first-term congresswoman representing one district in New York, and claim she has taken over the Democratic Party. They have accused Ocasio-Cortez, whose family hailed from Puerto Rico, of using “minority privilege” to criticize Fox personalities and trying to push “Latin American values” on the U.S. to “bring the kind of socialism that destroyed Venezuela.”

Various Fox hosts, including Stuart Varney, Greg Gutfeld, and David Asman, have alluded to Fox’s laser focus on Ocasio-Cortez.

Varney, for example, once acknowledged, “We have an AOC segment every single day, almost every single hour. She’s good for our ratings”:

AOC tweeted in response on Friday: “Fox News brought me up 3,000+ times in *6 weeks.* That’s how hard they’re fighting against dignified healthcare, wages, & justice for all; and turning their firepower on the youngest Congresswoman in history to do it. Too bad for them, cause we don’t flinch. #ForThePeople.”

Courtney Hagle, a researcher at Media Matters for America, said: “Ocasio-Cortez is brought up constantly, even if the topic has nothing to do with her, as with the recent terror attacks in New Zealand. Hosts and guests smear and misrepresent Ocasio-Cortez’s agenda, caricaturing it while painting it as radical, dangerous, far-left socialism.”




Hagle added: “Fox figures go on extended, aggressively angry rants about her. They’ve repeatedly attacked her intelligence, used her age to discredit her, and dismissed her as a ‘little girl’.”

Media Matters searched Grabien transcripts for “AOC” and “Ocasio” between 25 February and 7 April.


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