Ocasio-Cortez Reveals Congress Is Considering a Move to 'Rein In' Media


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealed that Congress is considering an initiative to help “rein in” the media to combat “disinformation and misinformation” following last week’s incursion at the U.S. Capitol.

The New York congresswoman floated the idea during a livestream Tuesday night on Instagram after a viewer asked if there was a discussion among lawmakers about “truth and reconciliation or media literacy initiatives” to help the public with healing.

“There is absolutely a commission being discussed, but it seems to be more investigatory in style rather than truth and reconciliation, so I think that’s an interesting concept for us to explore,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

“You know, I do think that several members of Congress, in some of my discussions, have brought up media literacy because that is a part of what happened here, and we’re going to have to figure out how we rein in our media environment so that you can’t just spew disinformation and misinformation.”

She added, “It’s one thing to have differing opinions, but it’s another thing entirely to just say things are false. And so that’s something that we’re looking into.”

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In a Tuesday tweet, the congresswoman echoed her message: “Lies are not ‘differences of opinion.'”

Ocasio-Cortez also claimed that President Donald Trump represents “white supremacy.”

“And if at this point you haven’t recognized that and you don’t see it, maybe you have a lot of work to do,” she said.

“Maybe we have a lot of work to do. But that’s a real big issue that we have.”

Ocasio-Cortez has also called for the resignations of Trump, Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas, and any other Republican who she claimed “amplified lies to undermine our democracy, encouraged an attack on our Capitol and tried to overturn our election.”

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“If your lust for power exceeds your dedication to democracy, there is simply no place for you in Congress,” she tweeted.

A growing number of Democratic senators have also called for Hawley and Cruz to resign because of their efforts to object to President-elect Joe Biden’s electors, Forbes reported.

The senators said they acted to ensure that voters’ concerns about election integrity would get a fair hearing.

Cruz and Hawley continued to argue in favor of an objection to Arizona’s electors after several other Republican senators pulled their support following the Capitol incursion.

Biden lashed out at the senators Friday, likening them to Nazi Joseph Goebbels.

“It is utterly shameful. He should act like a dignified adult and retract these sick comments,” Hawley said.

“Every Democrat member of Congress should be asked to disavow these disgusting comments.”

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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