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FOCUS: AOC Rips Fox Over Mexican Countries Blunder
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=46106"><span class="small">William Cummings, USA Today</span></a>   
Monday, 01 April 2019 11:55

Cummings writes: "Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined a chorus of social media critics who tore into Fox News on Sunday for an error in an onscreen graphic that said President Donald Trump had cut 'aid to 3 Mexican countries.'"

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at a town hall in Jackson Heights, Queens. (photo: Dan Herrick)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at a town hall in Jackson Heights, Queens. (photo: Dan Herrick)

AOC Rips Fox Over Mexican Countries Blunder

By William Cummings, USA Today

01 April 19


ep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined a chorus of social media critics who tore into Fox News on Sunday for an error in an onscreen graphic that said President Donald Trump had cut "aid to 3 Mexican countries."

The graphic at the bottom of the screen, known as a chyron, appeared as "Fox & Friends" co-host Pete Hegseth discussed Trump's decision to "cut aid payments to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras over the fact that those countries have been unable to contain the flood of migrants heading through Mexico to our southern border."

The three Central American countries are entirely independent of Mexico.

"Just a reminder that these are the same folks who assert their superiority by belittling the intelligence and good faith of others," tweeted Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman New York Democrat whose far-left positions have made her a target for the conservative cable news network.

As her tweet implies, Ocasio-Cortez has been repeatedly mocked by the network and others on social media for her own gaffes or factual errors.

In one of the show's first segments on Sunday, the "Fox & Friends" hosts laughed at Ocasio-Cortez for her Friday statement on CNN that Congress passed the 22nd Amendment – which limits presidents to two terms – to prevent President Franklin Roosevelt from running a fifth time.

"Oh my goodness, this one," Hegseth said at the mention of her name.

"She occasionally gets a little ahead of the skis," co-host Ed Henry said.

The "Fox & Friends" hosts pointed out that Roosevelt died in 1945 while the amendment was not passed by Congress until 1947 and not ratified until 1951. But there is little dispute that Roosevelt – the first and only U.S. president to serve more than two terms – was the inspiration for the amendment.

Henry later apologized for the "3 Mexican countries" gaffe.

"We want to clarify and correct something that happened earlier in the show," Henry said. "We had an inaccurate graphic on screen while talking about this very story. We just want to be clear, the funding is being cut off to the three Central American countries. We apologize for the error."

"It never should’ve happened," Henry said.

The damage, though, was already done. Bad Fox Graphics, a Twitter account dedicated to spotting and sharing just those type of mistakes on Fox News, pounced and shared a screengrab of the error. Then the social media mockery and derision began.

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+33 # DongiC 2019-04-01 13:01
Fox is an apt network for Trump's base. They are both stupid. Check the chyron. QED!
+3 # economagic 2019-04-01 19:06
And it couldn't have happened to a more deserving bunch of idiots who would be kings, who are notorious the world over for their "fake news" and "alternative facts."

And USA (today or any day) (sic)--YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE: In the several civilized countries on this planet, our own not being one of them, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez's political positions would range from centrist to center-left. How many of your news staff (you too, F*X) would have answered correctly the day before yesterday why and when the 22nd Amendment was passed?
+8 # Texas Aggie 2019-04-02 11:00
"far-left positions"

The only people who would consider her positions to be far-left positions are those people to the right of the Birchers.
+4 # revhen 2019-04-01 20:30
What a continuous series of profound errors by this administration and its supporters.
0 # economagic 2019-04-02 20:03
They consider them jobs well done. Our present situation is not an accident, but the result of careful design going back at least to 1971 (Powell Memo). The Goldwater loss in 1964 was an earlier impetus, but the Birch society was organized in 1958 and was immensely popular with those who considered democracy to be "mob rule." In the bigger picture the forces we are fighting are the eco-political descendants of the kings and priests of 5,000 years ago.
+8 # elizabethblock 2019-04-01 20:36
Bumper sticker, which I copied on a button:
+5 # Salus Populi 2019-04-02 09:12
Unfortunately for political literacy in the U.S., virtually all of the whoreporate noose media regard the rest of the world with contempt on one level or another. Look at the coverage of Venezuela as a current example: How many news organizations have mentioned that Jimmy Carter observed the Venezuelan electoral system and pronounced it the best and most transparent of those of all 92 countries he had observed? That would be the one that Maduro won by better than two to one, while part of the opposition, which almost entirely consists of the wealthy and their corporate holdings, including most of the "independent" media in the country, called for a boycott of the election, and another part ran a candidate? How many people are aware that the legislature, controlled by the opposition, seated two representatives whose elections were so marred by fraud that the supreme court ordered the elections redone, which judgment the legislature ignored, causing the subsequent ruling that the legislature had no legitimacy? How many know that Guidó spent years in the U.S., was unknown to over 80 per cent of the Venezuelan population a week before he, at the urging of Washington, declared himself president, and has been given, free, an entire floor (the 14th) in a luxury high-rise to house himself and his family and entourage, and is now, among the population at large, the most despised person in Venezuela, according to sources who spent time there?

Fox is not alone.
+1 # librarian1984 2019-04-04 05:37
Fox and its devotees consider anyone who speaks Spanish a Mexican. Anything else is too nuanced.