NEW YORK (AP) — Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s name is on the lips of nearly everyone at Fox News.
A study found that the New York City Democrat was mentioned 3,181 times on Fox News Channel and its sister Fox Business Network during the six-week period of Feb. 25 to April 7, or just under 76 times a day. Not a day went by when she wasn’t spoken about on Fox.
The liberal watchdog Media Matters for America, which did the research, called it an obsession and said the first-term representative has become “someone for hosts and guests to demonize, knock down and refer to whenever grievances need to be aired against the
Fox has talked about Ocasio-Cortez’s advocacy for a Green New Deal, called her a hypocrite for using cars and has fed off her social media pronouncements. Fox’s Sean Hannity called her “the real speaker of the House,” instead of
Tucker Carlson has called her an “idiot wind bag” “self-involved and dumb,” and “more self-righteous than any televangelist.”
Fox personalities like Carlson and Jeanine Pirro have called her “a bartender,” in reference to a pre-politics job. There are also derogatory allusions to her youth, like Brit Hume saying “she’s kind of adorable in sort of the way that a 5-year-old child can be adorable,”
according to the research.
Asked for comment, a Fox spokeswoman noted Ocasio-Cortez, 29, has received plenty of media attention elsewhere, including prominent features in Time magazine, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone.
Fox’s Laura Ingraham — who did a segment questioning whether Ocasio-Cortez would have to go to jail because of an aide’s alleged campaign finance violations — has invited her on her show and said she admired her
The congresswoman tweeted a link to the Media Matters research, adding the comment, “that’s how hard they’re fighting against dignified health care, wages and justice for all; and turning their fire power on the youngest congressional woman in history to do it.”
Beyond politics, Fox Business Network’s Stuart Varney illustrated another reason Fox would pay her so much attention.
“We have an AOC segment every day, almost every single hour,” he said. “She’s good for our ratings.”