Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) responds to criticism of using “fuzzy math” to push her agenda and recent 4-Pinocchio rating from fact checkers at the ‘The Washington Post’ in an interview with Anderson Cooper on this week’s broadcast of ’60 Minutes.’
“Since the election, some conservative media outlets have focused on Ocasio-Cortez with an intensity unusual for a rookie member of Congress,” Cooper said. “She’s been accused of being dishonest about the true cost of her proposals and the tax burden they would impose on the middle class. She’s also been criticized for making factual mistakes.”
“One of the criticisms of you is that– that your math is fuzzy. The Washington Post recently awarded you four Pinocchios for misstating some statistics about Pentagon spending?” Cooper said to the Congresswoman.
“Oh my goodness,” an incredulous Ocasio-Cortez said.
“If people want to really blow up one figure here or one word there, I would argue that they’re missing the forest for the trees,” she said. I think that there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right.”
Cortez said being “morally right” is more important than being “factually right” and that whenever she makes “a mistake” it is not the same thing as President Trump “lying about immigrants.”
“But being factually correct is important,” Cooper told her.
“It’s absolutely important,” Ocasio-Cortez agreed. “And whenever I make a mistake. I say, “Okay, this was clumsy.” And then I restate what my point was. But it’s not the same thing as the president lying about immigrants. It’s not the same thing, at all.” …read more