Accuracy in Media

BuzzFeed dedicated a lengthy story giving presidential campaign advice to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) while fawning over Sanders’ surrogate, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). 

With the House impeachment of President Donald Trump potentially occurring in December, BuzzFeed speculates that if the Senate removal trial stretches into the Democratic presidential primary calendar through January and early February, that would mean Sanders could be stuck in Washington, D.C. But never fear, BuzzFeed reporter Addy Baird serves as the hype woman for Ocasio-Cortez, letting her readers know that the 30-year-old congresswoman would save the day by serving as a visible surrogate in Iowa and New Hampshire—hence Baird’s headline: “How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Could Save Bernie Sanders’ Campaign.”

Rather than urging the U.S. House of Representatives to serve the job for which they were elected—to enact policies and serve voters, BuzzFeed is happy with the do-nothing House calendar controlled by Democrats because it allows more time for partisan Democratic politics.

“The House schedule in January will be a boon for Pressley’s and Ocasio-Cortez’s surrogate work,” Baird writes. “In all, the chamber is scheduled to be in session only about two weeks of the month, as the current congressional dynamic — with the center of the impeachment probe looming over everything in the House while the Senate quietly does its daily business — will flip, making it a perfect time for House surrogates to take to the trail.”

Baird doesn’t critically question a controversial claim, looking at no evidence or polling data, from Ocasio-Cortez about whether socialists like Sanders have harmed Democrats’ chances with moderates and independents.

“‘I want to be the party of the New Deal again. The party of the Civil Rights Act, the one that electrified this nation and fights for all people,’ Ocasio-Cortez tweeted recently, along with a video of her knocking on doors for Sanders. ‘For that, many would call us radical. But we aren’t ‘pushing the party left,’ we are bringing the party home.’”




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