AOC rips NBC for not apologizing for ‘clickbait’ DNC coverage
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continued her war of words with NBC on Thursday over a since-deleted tweet about her Democratic convention speech nominating Sen. Bernie Sanders — insisting it had left “thousands” of people bereft.
The network issued a mea culpa in the early hours of Wednesday after someone on its social media team blasted out a description of the New York lawmaker’s speech in which she seconded the nomination of fellow socialist Sanders but failed to make any mention of the actual nominee, Joe Biden.
NBC deleted the tweet with an editor’s note explaining, “This tweet should have included more detail on the nominating process. … Ocasio-Cortez has previously endorsed Biden, & her speech was similar in length to other nominating speeches.”
But the clarification has not been enough for the Bronx-born congresswoman, and on Thursday she continued her pushback against NBC, accusing it of failing to apologize for the tweet, which she insisted had upset thousands of people.
“Yes. NBC’s misleading headline, which had thousands of people confused and angry, wasn’t a mistake. It was clickbait. It wasn’t just a tweet, either. It was repeated in other headlines & posts,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote while retweeting a message of support from New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen.
“@NBCNews still hasn’t apologized. As stated here, this is on their entire news team,” she continued.
The offending tweet, which included a link to the network’s coverage, read, “In one of the shortest speeches of the DNC, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez did not endorse Joe Biden.”
During a 96-second convention speech Tuesday night, the New York lawmaker seconded the nomination of Sanders in a procedural move — while making no mention of Biden.
The congresswoman also spent Wednesday roasting the left-leaning network, saying its description of the speech was “malicious and misleading.”
“You waited several hours to correct your obvious and blatantly misleading tweet,” she wrote in a retweet of the NBC editor’s note.
“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,” she continued.
“This is completely unacceptable, disappointing, and appalling. The DNC shared the procedural purpose of my remarks to media WELL in advance,” she tweeted shortly after, insisting the network repair the damage she had reportedly endured.
“@NBC knew what was going to happen & that it was routine. How does a headline that malicious & misleading happen w/ that prior knowledge?”
“How are you going to fix the incredible amount of damage and misinformation that you are now responsible for?” she wrote.
“Because a 1:15am tweet to slip under the radar after blowing up a totally false and divisive narrative across networks isn’t it.”
The self-described Democratic socialist grudgingly endorsed Biden in April after Sanders pulled the plug on his White House bid.
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