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Fake News: Ocasio-Cortez Did NOT Accuse Math Of Sexism In Tweet

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Mon, 14 Jan 2019 22:35:51 Z)

Did Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweet out a message that read:

The math suggests my economic plan doesn't add up.

Could it be because I'm a WOMAN???

No, that's not true: the fake tweet originated from a Christian-themed satire website, it is not real and was never sent by Ocasio-Cortez.

The story originated from an article published on January 14, 2019 titled "Ocasio-Cortez Accuses Math Of Sexism" (archived here) which opened:

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Several aides sat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez down Monday to show to her how her radical, socialist tax plans simply don't add up, explaining how she needs to make radical changes if she's going to make any headway implementing her policies.

In response to the cold, hard numbers that shredded her economic plans, Ocasio-Cortez pointed out that she was being unfairly targeted by objective facts because she's a woman and a minority.

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Ocasio-Cortez Accuses Math Of Sexism

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Several aides sat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez down Monday to show to her how her radical, socialist tax plans simply don't add up, explaining how she needs to make radical changes if she's going to make any headway implementing her policies. In response to the cold, hard numbers that shredded her economic plans, ...

But "The Babylon Bee" comes with following dislaimer on every page:

The Babylon Bee is Your Trusted Source For Christian News Satire.

Some of their greatest past hits include:

With a track record like that it is clear that you shouldn't take anything posted on the site seriously and you definitely shouldn't confuse it with real news.

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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