In a tragic turn for America, it appears liberals have lost their ability to laugh. Or, apparently, tell fact from obvious fiction.
Democratic socialist and New York congressional candidate Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez mistook a satirical video about her as fake news on Tuesday.
The video was made by Allie Stuckey of CRTV, who staged a satirical interview with Cortez that took clips from her interview on PBS’s Firing Line. Stuckey's video has over 2 million views on Facebook.
Enlightening & hard-hitting interview with Socialist “it girl” and fellow millennial, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. pic.twitter.com/4txoxwqql6— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) July 23, 2018
Cortez appeared to miss the memo that the video was clearly satire when she tweeted:
Republicans are so scared of me that they’re faking videos and presenting them as real on Facebook because they can’t deal with reality anymore.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) July 24, 2018
Here’s one bonafide truth:
Election Day is November 6th. https://t.co/Z7MfisgiWl
Stuckey responded in good spirits, tweeting:
Girl— it was a clear joke, not a “fake” video. :) As much as I disagree with you politically, I’ve been public about how impressed I am with your quick rise to prominence. Good luck! https://t.co/CsXByCbGJO— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) July 24, 2018
But now, the media is joining in on Cortez’s false outrage.
Eli Rosenberg of The Washington Post suggested that Stuckey’s video exposed Facebook’s "fake news" problem.
“Misinformation is not completely outlawed according to the company’s community guidelines — an issue that has caused plenty of discussion recently — and neither, of course, is satire, but the video appeared to fall into a confusing gap between the two before it was labeled.”
The WaPo isn’t the only news site who forgot to turn on their brain while watching Stuckey’s video. Luke O’Neil of The Observer also found himself confused.
“It would be one thing if Stuckey or CRTV in general were known for doing satirical stunts on a regular basis like this. Facebook is rife with people falling for what are clearly meant to be jokes from regular purveyors of such like The Onion. But this is something different. It’s weaponizing the gullibility of one’s fanbase in order to foment disinformation.”
This argument is rather weak, considering Stuckey is perhaps best known for her satirical content.
As Kassy Dillon notes in The Daily Wire:
“Stuckey is often seen on her Facebook page using satire, including the time she pretended she was a leftist and started arguing with herself, or when she satirically interviewed The Daily Wire’s Editor-in-Chief, Ben Shapiro. On her website she states that she employs ‘both satire and straightforward explanations to warn my fellow millennials about the dangers of liberal indoctrination and emphasize the commonsense of conservatism.’"
A simple look into Stuckey’s career (and a half-conscious viewing of this latest video) would confirm to any reasonable person that the video was satirical — but it appears that would be too much work for the mainstream media. For them, the liberal narrative comes first.