CNN’s Stelter Gushes About AOC’s ‘Mastery of Social Media’

NewsBusters | 2/3/2019 | Staff
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In an apparent follow-up to last Sunday’s praise for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, CNN media reporter Brian Stelter revisited the freshman Congresswoman during Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” to gush about how she has “true online power” and there was “no doubt about it”.

Stelter began the segment by touting how much social media influence AOC had compared to other politicians:

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Of course, Stelter was interested in how “she's also using Twitter and other platforms to challenge conservative media critics and to fire back at them.” And to answer his deep questions, Stelter invited on Saikat Chakrabarti, her chief of staff. His first question? “How would you describe the first month?”

With the chyron reading “AOC fights back against conservative media critics” on the screen, Stelter asserted, without evidence, that “Fox News and other right-wing outlets talk about AOC more than they talk about practically anyone on planet Earth.” He then diminished Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren to merely a “talking head” for daring to question AOC’s influence offline.

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“What is your reaction to that? How are you trying to translate her Twitter audience, for example, into policy, into actually making change,” Stelter asked Chakrabarti. “Well, I think that the thing that’s exciting about the way Alexandria uses Twitter is, she does make it about policy. Right? She changed the entire debate about taxes in this country in a matter of days,” Chakrabarti responded.

With the chyron now reading “explaining the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez phenomenon”, Stelter was eager to tout her on taxes too:

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You mentioned taxes. That's the 60 Minutes interview, right? Anderson Cooper sits down with her in early January, she talks about a 70 percent tax on the tenth millionth dollar. And I agree with you, she has changed the tax debate. How strategic was that on your part?

Looking to share more sappy headlines, Stelter read Chakrabarti a...
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