Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez @AOC Congresswoman for NY-14 (the Bronx & Queens). In a modern, moral, and wealthy society, no American should be too poor to live. 💯% People-Funded, no lobbyist💰. Jan. 22, 2019 1 min read

I actually didn’t say this, so while I know “brown women cursing” drives clicks, maybe you accurately quote the whole exchange instead of manipulating people into thinking I said this sentence instead of just the word “zero.”

In a shock to no one, @politico is also running with the misattribution as well.

Here’s what actually happened: I was asked a question on a late night show and answered with the word “zero.” 

And here’s the @nypost not only running with the false quote, but adding an angry photo to boot:

This is how news hysteria develops out of nothing at all.

This reinforces lazy tropes about women leaders in media:
- Older + seasoned, but unlikeable
- Passionate, but angry
- Smart, but crazy
- Well-intentioned, but naive
- Attractive, but uninformed or gaffe-prone

It’s unoriginal, lazy, and men don’t get the same either/or coverage.

You can follow @AOC.


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