Fake Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez interview defended as ‘satire’ after backlash

Conservative media network CRTV was called out on Tuesday by New York Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after it posted a hoax interview video aimed at humiliating her without making viewers aware it had been faked.

The faked interview pulled clips from the Democrat’s recent appearance on PBS’ Firing Line and spliced in her answers against different questions from CRTV host Allie Stuckey.

Taking to Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez slammed the video, which had racked up over 1 million views.

In defense of the video, Stuckey said that it was not a hoax but clearly “satire” with a “comedic point.”

https://twitter.com/conservmillen/status/1021775842328891392

Conservative pundits jumped behind CRTV. Ben Shapiro of the Daily Wire blasted Ocasio-Cortez’s reaction as “intensely stupid.”

Rather than seeing satire, however, it appears that many in Stuckey’s audience are assuming the faked interview is real.

https://www.facebook.com/allieCRTV/videos/2289485394657512/?comment_id=471252156657095

The problem is, of course, that right-wing media have already sought to undermine and misrepresent Ocasio-Cortez by pushing cynically edited clips from the Firing Line interview in a bid to trigger outrage and opposition from mainstream conservatives.

The 28-year-old, who defeated incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) in the primary fight for New York’s 14th congressional district, has been aggressively targeted over her progressive political positions such as universal healthcare and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The text footer under the CRTV video clip on Facebook has since been updated to read: “Yes, this is satire created from excerpts of the viral Firing Line interview with Ocasio-Cortez.”

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David Gilmour

David Gilmour

David Gilmour is a reporter who specializes in national politics, internet culture, and technology.