WASHINGTON. Last week, Reuters joined a feeding frenzy of fellow fake news outlets playing, re-playing and commenting on latest surprise from their Marxist darling of the month. We’re talking about newly anointed “Democratic-Socialist” from New York, US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (aka, AOC). She surfaced once again, this time as part of a dance video made years earlier when she was a college student in Boston.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democrats’ (intellectual) Dance Queen
Reuters takes it from there.
“The widely-shared video shows the 29-year-old Democrat, the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress, dancing on a roof with other students at Boston University as they recreate dance scenes from famous 1980’s films like ‘The Breakfast Club.’”
“The caption under the original Twitter post, which was reported to have been uploaded by the now-deactivated account @AnonymousQ1776, read: ‘Here is America’s favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is….’
“Ocasio-Cortez graduated from the university in 2011 with degrees in international relations and economics.”
Fake News and Fake Trolls: Lazy “reporting” from the left
Comment: The way Reuters and other outlets reported this newly surfaced video quickly morphed into a series of additional stories claiming those “right-wing” or “Republican” attacks on the video “backfired.” None of the left-wing accusers provided any evidence as to who posted them, however, just the usual baseless accusations and smearage. Lazy to nonexistent reporting like this is 21st century fake new at its finest.
In fact, AnonymousQ1776 turned out to be the only crank that had trashed the video at that point. A false flag smear? Hard to say. But Reuters and others immediately ran with a fake, unsubstantiated story that evil trolls on the right were dumping on this innocent little music video. No verification. No fact checking. And no follow-up when the so-called major news outlets were called out on their manufactured fake story smearing everyone to the right of them. Just plain lazy. Which is pretty much normal for fake journalists these days.
As if to rub in their negative characterization of conservatives further, note that the Reuters clip above offered an out-of-context snippet touting AOC’s seemingly high-powered degrees in “international relations and economics.” That was Reuter’s snide attempt to smear the dumb-but-fake-conservatives who were allegedly trashing AOC’s video.
Funny thing is that to date, AOC has offered less than zero proof that she acquired any learning to back up those alleged degrees. Particularly in the areas of international relations and economics.
The Ocasio-Cortez video is actually fun
With regard to the video itself, it’s cute, clever, well-cut and edited and surprisingly professional. It’s innocent college exuberance at its best, and it’s a pretty good homage to the iconic 1985 Gen-X film “Breakfast Club,” too. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who’s only one of many cast members in the video, comes across as an appealing co-ed (can we still use that word?) who busts some fluid and impressive dance moves. It’s a skill set she shares with the rest of the video’s impromptu cast. There’s nothing political or negative about this video at all.
But repurposing this video as “evidence” of anything other than the fun excursion that it is or was has become a big part of what’s wrong with politics today. (RE: those murky, third-hand tales of current Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s beery youthful exploits.) Just how far back in personal history do you go in search of ways to smear or slander public figures that long-ago outgrew their youthful proclamations or indiscretions?
BTW, we found what we believe to be the original, full-length video before others sliced and diced it into shorter video clips accompanied by different tunes. The original is just a bunch of college kids having what we used to call “good, clean fun.” See if you don’t agree.
From fake news to real news: Like scary committee assignments in the Pelosi-led House
Let’s move on from this Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez video and the subsequent fake news it generated. That gets us back to the current week with now freshman Congressperson Ocasio-Cortez. In her brief time in D.C., AOC has shown little evidence that she learned enough about international relations or economics to justify the granting of her degrees. But that didn’t stop her from pushing hard for a seat on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. This committee of typically senior House members effectively has the final say over dollars and projects the Government can fund. As in dollars for President Trump’s Wall.
The Pelosi leadership team quickly (and rightly) rebuffed AOC’s bid for a seat on Ways and Means. They’d already had enough of her steady stream of uninformed babble. She’s kept her political bafflegab game running ever since winning her seat from a long-time Democrat incumbent. That’s why hell will freeze over before AOC gets a chance to play on this varsity team. The geriatric House leadership simply wants to keep this loose, uninformed cannon out of the headlines. (Good luck with that.)
That didn’t deter AOC from pressing for some kind of Congressional dollars and cents role, however. She’s now pushing for a seat on the House Financial Services Committee. These are the folks who routinely deal with Wall Street and New York’s biggest banking institutions. Unfortunately, given her surprisingly Trump-like brashness, she may very well succeed in getting that seat by intimidating senior Democrat House leaders. Already, financial bigwigs are preparing for the worst.
A high-profile enemy in a very powerful place
As CNBC reporter Jeff Cox noted in an article we retrieved via Yahoo Finance,
“Big banks could be about to get a high-profile enemy in a very powerful place.
“Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is a registered Democrat but identifies as a democratic socialist, is in line to be appointed to the House Financial Services Committee, according to a Politico report…
“With prominent Democrats looking to unwind two years of deregulation under President Donald Trump, the seat will put her in a position to exert substantial influence.
“Her appointment also will give new committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., an important ally.”
New York’s financial bigwigs: Supporting the Democrats got them exactly what they didn’t want
AOC’s appointment is not yet final as of this writing. But if and when it is, God help us. It makes you wonder what goes through Big Finance’s fund-raisers and lobbyists brains when it comes to funding political campaigns and dispensing PAC dollars. Financial bigwigs claim to be offended by President Trump’s endless tweets and antics. But he’s been on their side, clearing away regulations and legislative complications thrown their way during the Obama Administration.
New York’s financial bigwigs and corporate oligarchs will have a lot to think about over the next two years. Auntie Maxine will haul them before her committee on a regular basis to hector and humiliate them. She will also attempt to re-impose the previous Obama-era chokehold on the world of finance as well. AOC will likely be happy to help if she’s seated on Maxine’s committee.
Back to the Great Recession
Yes, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could also join Auntie Maxine in an attempt to choke off President Trump’s economic recovery. They could terminate the current good times before a buoyant economy lifts all American families back to where they were in 2007. Because of this obvious fact, we wonder what was going through voters’ minds in 2018. Clearly, they bought the lies and dreck the media was peddling and voted the Republican majority out of the House.
Now they have Nancy, and Maxine and AOC shooting financial craps in the House. Voters will next have a chance to reflect on this in 2020.
Meanwhile, don’t expect either Maxine Waters or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to stay out of the headlines for long.
— Headline image: Dem’s new House Dance Queen, Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, may soon be dancing
on the heads of Wall Street tycoons, moneymen and bankers. (Screen grab, YouTube video)