Since being elected to the House of Representatives in last year’s midterm elections, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become one of the most talked about figures in US politics thanks to her outspokenness and progressive approach.
But it’s not just Democrats who are obsessed with the freshman congresswoman – according to a new study, conservative news network Fox News can’t stop talking about her either.
Ocasio-Cortez retweeted the research by liberal watchdog Media Matters for America (MMA), which found that Fox mentioned her more than 3,000 times in six weeks – an average of 75 times per day – and not a day went by where she wasn't brought up.
Fox News brought me up 3,000+ times in *6 weeks.*
That’s how hard they’re fighting against dignified healthcare, w… https://t.co/nKsxfLvAPb
MMA researcher Courtney Hagle called the coverage “obsessive” and “relentless”, while the report also makes frequent references to AOC being “mocked” by Fox or instances of her views being “distorted” by the news network.
It claims that: “Ocasio-Cortez is brought up constantly, even if the topic has nothing to do with her. [...] Hosts and guests smear and misrepresent [her] agenda, caricaturing it while painting it as radical, dangerous, far-left socialism.”
Her followers were quick to point out that her progressive ideas – such as her backing a Green New Deal – and the support she’s received may well scare the right-wing Trump base that makes up much of Fox’s viewership.
@AOC They are afraid of you. You have actual ideas to fix things and people are hungry for that. Meaning you have p… https://t.co/sCCobEp0qT