Since immediately after her election last summer, Fox News has frequently targeted freshman Democratic Congresswoman of New York Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with misinformation about her platforms and taunts about everything from her heritage to her qualifications.
The network continued the effort when far-right Ingraham Angle host Laura Ingraham and her guest, lawyer Joe diGenova, mocked Ocasio-Cortez's pronunciation of her last name.
Ingraham guest Joe Digenova says @AOC "does the Latino thing" when she talks. https://t.co/sa1LLExkBA— Jason Campbell (@Jason Campbell) 1553050778.0
"You've noticed that when she introduces herself, she takes on that Obama, y'know, Obama put on accents."
"She does the Latina thing where she does her, you know, ’Anastasio Ocasio-Cortez,'” diGenova mocked.
A proud Puerto Rican representing a mostly Latin and African-American district, Ocasio-Cortez pronounces her name correctly, which she pointed out to Ingraham in a series of tweets responding to the segment.
If by ‘the Latina thing,’ she means I actually do the work instead of just talk about it, then yeah, I’m doing ‘the… https://t.co/Hv0gHLDGQi— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1553127572.0
Siri, show me the brand of ‘economic anxiety’ that mocks Americans of color as unintelligent + unskilled, while *al… https://t.co/pzxbkkCQj9— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1553127793.0
“How dare they refuse to say their name in a wrong accent & not mangle their own family name so that I can feel mor… https://t.co/F0zLcyaYA7— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1553128844.0
The Congresswoman then began elaborating on her name and the culture it reflects.
By the way: Fox News likes to say my name (incorrectly) as “Cortez,” which I can only imagine is bc that sounds mor… https://t.co/i8aNvh6V29— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1553129467.0
For the curious, in Latinx culture children take *both* their parents‘ names. It’s not a “progressive, new thing.”… https://t.co/kMzTt1WCzr— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1553131170.0
The internet soon began applauding.
@AOC Damn! Do you ever rest or is it constant ownz?— MugenTheRedEyedCoyote (@MugenTheRedEyedCoyote) 1553143612.0
@AOC This was funny and struck a chord with me. @AOC is 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥— mellow feral (@mellow feral) 1553141586.0
@AOC Laura, how many times do I have to tell you to wear Sun glasses if the brightness of @AOC hurt your eyes 😎😎😎😎😎😎.— Dr. Belén Washa (@Dr. Belén Washa) 1553132812.0
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Fox News hosts and commentators have exhibited similar behavior with other members of Congress.
Like referring to Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as Palestinian, despite the Congresswoman immigrating from Somalia as a child.
@AOC Here is Fox News Reporting Ilhan Omar, who is a black Somali Muslim woman, as Palestinian. https://t.co/YSH6dDT7a8— StanceGrounded (@StanceGrounded) 1553130948.0
@AOC again she is a black woman from Somalia 😂 https://t.co/eIFAH4Vw01— StanceGrounded (@StanceGrounded) 1553131105.0
Then again, Fox News—especially Laura Ingraham—isn't known for its credibility.
@JesseBWatters @IngrahamAngle Spreading lies— @cml123 (@@cml123) 1552886388.0
It’s amazing what lies Fox News can get away with.. This is why I love following historians on here. https://t.co/8RSqELf1ss— Tyler. 📈6️⃣ #GoUtes (@Tyler. 📈6️⃣ #GoUtes) 1553016504.0
And yet, Fox News remains the most watched cable news network, despite 59% of statements made on the network ranging from mostly to blatantly false.