Okay, okay. I’ve mentioned Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at least that many times in the past six weeks, but to be fair, her name is also my mantra. And not just because I hope to conjure her so we can spend a few chill Friday nights eating vegan fudge and playing Mario Kart until the evening devolves into a trenchant dialogue on Sartrean existentialism and the ineluctably expanding jowls of Lou Dobbs.
But when Fox News and Fox Business invoke her name, they’re not doing it out of fondness. Oh, no. They’re deadly serious.
She has also become an obsession on Fox News. In the six weeks from February 25 and April 7, her name was mentioned 3,181 times on Fox News and Fox Business; not a day went by in that time frame that she wasn't discussed on the networks.
Ocasio-Cortez is brought up constantly, even if the topic has nothing to do with her, as with the recent terror attacks in New Zealand. Hosts and guests smear and misrepresent Ocasio-Cortez’s agenda, caricaturing it while painting it as radical, dangerous, far-left socialism. They often draw bleak comparisons between her progressive vision and the turmoil in Venezuela or invoke murderous dictators to attack her policies. Fox figures go on extended, aggressively angry rants about her. They've repeatedly attacked her intelligence, used her age to discredit her, and dismissed her as a “little girl,” (as when Brit Hume said she's “kind of adorable in sort of the way that a 5-year-old child can be adorable”). They cite national polls about her popularity, despite her being a first-term congresswoman representing one district in New York, and claim she has taken over the Democratic Party. They have accused Ocasio-Cortez, whose family hailed from Puerto Rico, of using “minority privilege” to criticize Fox personalities and trying to push “Latin American values” on the U.S. to “bring the kind of socialism that destroyed Venezuela.”
Various Fox hosts, including Stuart Varney, Greg Gutfeld, and David Asman, have alluded to Fox's laser focus on Ocasio-Cortez. Varney, for example, once acknowledged, “We have an AOC segment every single day, almost every single hour. She's good for our ratings.”
Jesus, get a grip, people. Your president is basically a shaved orangutan with a tub of Jergens lotion sloshing around in his head, and you’re going to attack AOC’s intelligence? Personally, I’d love to see them both on Celebrity Jeopardy. I’m guessing she’d win … and the moist sack of Ken Jennings’ back hair would come in second.
Oh, and “minority privilege”? That’s a good one. You guys just string random words together to see what happens, don’t you?
It must be a lot of fun destroying civilization, huh? If only I had no shame. Then maybe I could play, too.
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