‘MOSTLY false’? Snopes fact-checks ‘cyberbullies’ claiming that AOC ‘exaggerated danger’ she faced during Capitol Hill riot
Snopes has rated the claim that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “exaggerated” the danger she was in during the Capitol riot as “mostly false,” insisting the New York Democrat faced “imminent” harm in a different building.
After releasing a lengthy Instragam video recounting her version of events at the Capitol earlier this week, Ocasio-Cortez was accused of embellishing the danger posed to her, as she was not inside the main structure breached by rioters but rather in an office building some distance away.
Snopes has issued a ‘fact-check’ on the matter, however, ruling on Wednesday that AOC’s critics were “mostly false” in claiming the lawmaker exaggerated the threat. While the Snopes article acknowledged Ocasio-Cortez “wasn’t in the main Capitol building” during the riot, it still found a way to rate the claim “misleading.” Because her office is part of the complex and connected to the Capitol by an underground tunnel, Snopes argued, AOC was no less in “imminent physical danger.”Also on rt.com AOC compared to Jussie Smollett after her ‘near-death’ riot experience revealed as hiding from POLICE in office OUTSIDE Capitol
The lawmaker’s repeated claims that she faced a life-threatening situation during the unrest, despite her distance from the center of the chaos, triggered a wave of mockery across social media on Wednesday, pushing #AOCLied and #AlexandriaOcasioSmollett into the trends – which Snopes deemed a “circus of cyberbullying.”
The outlet’s own ‘fact-check’ was also met with ridicule, as some netizens roasted its hair-splitting ruling.
Read that screen shot. Along with the weasel words and appeal to emotion are four instances of ad hominem. This is an extremely unprofessional and unethical “fact check.” pic.twitter.com/OLvD3a1IJy— DDastardly (@DDastardly4) February 4, 2021
Check out the rating Snopes is giving stories that point out AOC's lie about nearly dying at the Capitol https://t.co/0Y2h7m5VF2— Not the Bee (@Not_the_Bee) February 4, 2021
One user asked whether Snopes had reviewed AOC’s charge that Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) “tried to have her murdered.” Their fact-check does mention Cruz in passing, but only to relay Ocasio-Cortez’s claim that he helped to stoke a “incendiary disinformation campaign” by asserting fraud in the 2020 race.
Not sure, but I did see where she had a witness to verify.. pic.twitter.com/o608z3myky— Nickie Wilks (@NickieWilks) February 4, 2021
The criticisms did receive some pushback, however, with Ocasio-Cortez herself arguing that rioters were attempting to storm “multiple areas” of the Capitol complex, accusing her detractors of falsely placing the “mob… further away than it was.”
This isn’t a fact check at all. Your arrows aren’t accurate. They lie about where the mob stormed & place them further away than it was.You also fail to the convey *multiple* areas people were trying to storm. It wasn’t 1. You also failed to show tunnels. Poor job all around.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 3, 2021
Hi. Former Hill staffer and Congressional tour guide here. All of these buildings (& the Library of Congress) are connected by underground tunnels that are pretty simple to navigate. It would take less than 10 mins to walk from the Capitol to AOC's office. Try again.— Pete Haviland-Eduah (@TheNotoriousPHE) February 3, 2021
The January 6 unrest on Capitol Hill saw a crowd of supporters of then-president Donald Trump storm the halls of Congress as lawmakers met to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s election win.
Five people lost their lives due to the riot, including one fatally shot by police as the crowd attempted to breach the speaker’s lobby, and three others who died of “medical emergencies” amid the chaos. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick died the day after the incident, though investigators have failed to confirm initial reports that he was bludgeoned with a fire extinguisher, finding no signs of blunt-force trauma.
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