After being exposed by the DC Chronicle earlier this month, Democratic superstar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has further raised eyebrows after banning the media from two of her so-called “public” events.
Ocasio-Cortez, after holding two recent campaign town hall events in her own Congressional district – which covers parts of the Bronx and Queens – refused to allow the media to cover the meetings.
According to her campaign manager, Ocasio-Cortez did not want the media in her town halls because they asked too many questions at a previous gathering.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was reportedly mobbed by reporters during an event last week despite telling the press there was “no Q&A and no one-on-one interviews”.
Ocasio-Cortez’ spokesman, Corbin Trent, told the Washington Post that the media will no longer be blocked from future events but still defended the previous bans, saying that the press live-streamed the meetings.
Of the two town halls where reporters were banned, Trent went on to explain:
We wanted to help create a space where community members felt comfortable and open to express themselves without the distraction of cameras and press. These were the first set of events where the press has been excluded.
If Ocasio-Cortez and her team were worried about the distractions of the media, they should have made it a private event in the first place – not make it a public event and ban the press.
Notably, the press-excluded events were part of Ocasio-Cortez’ “listening” tour that were said to allow her to take part in “lively, compassionate discourse with a diversity of viewpoints”.
The town halls were supposedly to encourage and foster a diversity of viewpoints and discourse yet the press were banned from reporting them… What could be more backwards? Ocasio-Cortez is stunting and stopping any diverse discussion and points-of-view by blocking the media from events – yet claims she’s doing the exact opposite.
Although Ocasio-Cortez pulled off a stunning off-set with her victory over incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley this summer, the world of politics is proving to be a struggle and game of trial-and-error with the Socialist Democrat.
Ahead of mid-terms and allowing Republicans a large advantage with her unpracticed nature, only time will tell how the fledgling and erratic Ocasio-Cortez will further embarrass herself and mollify her already ailing reputation.