Does Ocasio-Cortez now agree with Trump that the Fake News Media is the enemy of the people?
Or is she just tired of being mocked for her dumb statements?
Because according to the Queens Chronicle, she’s now banning media from her town halls:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Monday that stops on her “listening tour” throughout the district, like the one held a day earlier in Corona, are “intended for lively, compassionate discourse with a diversity of viewpoints.”
According to the Democratic nominee in the 14th Congressional District, she and the dozens of area residents who attended the event “talked about race, immigration, healthcare, disability rights and housing.”
But unless you were in the room on Sunday, you won’t know what specific community problems were mentioned or how Ocasio-Cortez planned to address them once she is sworn in.
That’s because her campaign banned members of the media from attending the event, which was otherwise open to the public.
Here’s the reason her campaign gives for shunning the media:
But when Ocasio-Cortez returned to the district for a Bronx community meeting with prominent healthcare activist Ady Barkan last Tuesday, her campaign manager, Vigie Ramos Rios, later told the Chronicle, she was “mobbed” by reporters, “even though we said no Q&A and no one-on-one [interviews].”
According to Ramos Rios and campaign spokesman Corbin Trent, that unwanted attention led to a press ban both for last Wednesday’s listening tour stop in the Bronx and Sunday’s in Corona.
“We wanted to help create a space where community members felt comfortable and open to express themselves without the distraction of cameras and press. These were the first set of events where the press has been excluded,” Trent said. “This is an outlier and will not be the norm. We’re still adjusting our logistics to fit Alexandria’s national profile.”
I suspect this has more to do with her embarrassing statements than it does trying to create a ‘safe space’ for her townhallers. But it’s unlikely anyone will really give her a hard time for it. Democrats and socialists get an amazingly wide berth from the media, even if it involves them.
For instance, do you really think the media would be giving someone like Omarosa so much attention if Obama were the president she was stabbing in the back? Hell no. And Ocasio-Cortez will enjoy that same luxury, especially since she is still in her ‘darling’ phase.