Accuracy in Media

In a since-deleted tweet, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) cheered on falling oil prices as an opportunity to implement the Green New Deal. But CNN chose not to report on the tweet and decided to analyze the freshman congresswoman’s potential Senate bid in 2022.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “You absolutely love to see it. This along with record low interest rates means it’s the right time for a worker-led, mass investment in green infrastructure to save our planet. *cough*” It was soon deleted, but later followed up with a differently worded tweet on how falling oil prices is “a turning point in the climate movement.”

In short, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted (and deleted) her delight at the energy industry’s plight. As context, the United States relies on the energy industry for domestic purposes and for exporting it abroad. With the coronavirus lockdown, prices have fallen and an estimated 50,000 jobs in the energy industry have been lost.

Despite the controversial nature of her tweet, CNN chose not to report on it.

Instead, CNN published a Senate analysis, “Does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have her eye on a Senate seat?” The CNN analysis hypothetically played out an Ocasio-Cortez primary bid to oust Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in 2022. It concluded that it would be an interesting primary and that Schumer’s popularity outweighs Ocasio-Cortez’s poll numbers.

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