Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is no stranger to headlines from most media organizations, however one that has generally given her a free pass over the last 6 months has come out swinging in its latest piece, pretty much destroying her entire platform.
During an interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates at Riverside Church Ocasio-Cortez said,“I think it’s wrong that a vast majority of the country doesn’t make a living wage, I think it’s wrong that you can work 100 hours and not feed your kids.”
I think it’s wrong that corporations like Walmart and Amazon can get paid by the government, essentially experience a wealth transfer from the public, for paying people less than a minimum wage, she proclaimed.”
The post noted significant factual errors and/or obvious contradictions” and claimed the information was “so taken out of context as to be very misleading.”
The statement that seemed to be the most misleading was when Ocasio-Cortez’s stated “I think it’s wrong that corporations like Walmart and Amazon can get paid by the government, essentially experience a wealth transfer from the public, for paying people less than a minimum wage.”
According to the Post, this is where Ocasio-Cortez started to go off the rails. Both Walmart and Amazon do pay more than the minimum wage. (Disclosure: Jeffrey P. Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, owns The Washington Post.)
Not soon after her remarks, The Washington Post published an article picking through each claim and coming up with the following conclusion:
Ocasio-Cortez deserves credit for using her high profile to bring attention to income inequality. However, she undermines her message when she plays fast and loose with statistics.
A lot of Americans do not earn enough for a living wage, but we cannot find evidence that it is the majority. Amazon and Walmart pay well above the minimum wage, contrary to her statement, and it is tendentious to claim those companies get some sort of a wealth transfer from the public when such benefits flow to all low-wage workers in many companies.
Overall, she earns Three Pinocchios.