More outrage this week as New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attacked Fox News for allegedly mispronouncing her name. The Democratic darling claimed the news station and the personalities it hires were deliberately mangling her name to make it sound more Hispanic for racially-charged reasons.
In a Twitter tirade, Ocasio-Cortez challenged Fox News for the “incorrect” pronunciation of her name. There was just one problem, which was swiftly discovered when the actual transcripts were reviewed – it didn’t happen.
“Fox News likes to say my name (incorrectly) as ‘Cortez,’ which I can only imagine is bc that sounds more ‘stereotypically’ Hispanic + probably incites more ‘anxiety’ for them,” AOC tweeted. “Pro Tip: My last name is not ‘Cortez,’ just as theirs isn’t ‘Ingra’ or ‘Carl’ or ‘Hann.'”
Her complaint seemed to stem from the use of only half of her hyphenated last name; the shortened names above refer to Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. The only issue with her complaint is that the “incorrect pronunciation” never happened.
The Fox News transcripts were reviewed in detail by Tom Elliot, founder of Grabien Media, who found no instances of mispronunciation or abbreviation of her name. Elliot dug into all episodes of the Fox News Shows “Hannity” and “The Ingraham Angle” that aired in the last three weeks. Despite reviewing the complete transcript of every episode that aired in March, Elliot was unable to find anything that supported the allegations made on Twitter by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
He stated his findings on Twitter.
“You may be unsurprised to learn that this is untrue,” Elliott said in reply to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweeted accusation.
After reviewing the entire history of the month of March for both programs, Elliot found that while Ocasio-Cortez was mentioned by name a total of 188 times between the two programs, every single mention used her correctly pronounced, full name. She was never referred to as only “Cortez” at all, despite her earlier accusation.
“Unless @aoc has something to back up this claim, it would seem she owes apologies to Hannity and Ingraham,” Elliot tweeted. “Randomly accusing people of prejudice is indecent, esp when it will inevitably be used for more boycott fodder.”
While Elliot’s Grabien Media did attempt to speak with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about the mentions they found versus her claims, she did not respond on Twitter or in any other venue. One Fox News host, however, did find the time to respond.
Laura Ingraham, on of the Fox News hosts accused of purposely misusing and mispronouncing Ocasio-Cortez’s name, did fire back after the allegations were proven to be incorrect:
“So @AOC does a huge thread complaining that @seanhannity @tuckercarlson and I routinely don’t use her full last name in order to stereotype her. But when it’s exposed as FALSE, she just moves on. Why not just join us on air, @AOC? It’ll be fun. #GirlPower”
~ Conservative Zone