Whoops: Conservative strategist shares fake Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ‘Price is Right’ story
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Ocasio-Cortez didn't guess 'everything is free.'

“Fake news” strikes again.

The Central Florida conservative political consulting firm Go Right Strategies sent an email Sunday night touting a completely made up article that jokingly claimed Democratic U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appeared on “The Price is Right” in April and repeatedly guessed that everything was free.

“This Babylon Bee article is hilarious. But it also proves a great point – that Republicans are going to wipe out the Democrats because AOC and the ‘Squad’ are the new faces of the Democrat Party. Not only that, they are for socialism, which is not popular among swing voters. It is going to be yuge,” wrote Go Right Strategies President Spence Rogers.

It’s not clear whether Rogers realized the story he shared was satirical.

He might have, considering he called it hilarious.

Then again, he either might not have known or, worse, tried to disguise that it was satire, considering he referred to the post as an “article,” which implies a certain level of factualness. 

Spencer did not respond to an email questioning whether he was aware the story he shared was satire. 

Nothing about the “article” was factual. 

The made-up story claims Ocasio-Cortez guessed that things like Italian leather handbags and a new BMW were free. It also said she also thought diamond earrings, a pair of jet skis and piles of cash were also free. 

The satirical post is a reference to Ocasio-Cortez’s progressive political leanings that favor things like universal health care and free college tuition. Critics on the right frequently tag Ocasio-Cortez with the “socialist” label and accuse the freshman Congresswoman for wanting to hand out freebies.  

Ocasio-Cortez did not guess items were free on “The Price is Right.” In fact, she’s never even appeared on the daytime game show.

The photo attached to the story shows Ocasio-Cortez with the iconic Price is Right name tag displaying “AOC” in front of the price display showing the word “free.” The photo is not real. 

The Babylon Bee story contains a disclaimer at the top indicating its story was debunked by the fact-checking site Snopes and that “after reviewing the evidence” they decided to retract it. Despite that disclaimer, the entire story still appears below the disclaimer. 

In its “about us” section, the site takes credit as a satire site that writes “about Christian stuff, political stuff, and everyday life.” 

Other satires on the site include references to people playing the race card, an overly politically correct society and women’s propensity to be too cold. 

Spencer’s email comes as Ocasio-Cortez and three other progressive women in Congress have become the target of right-wing ire after President Donald Trump tweeted the four could go back to where they came from if they didn’t like the United States. Ocasio-Cortez and two of the four women are from the United States. The fourth, Rep. Ilhan Omar, was born in Somalia, but sought refugee status in the U.S. as a child. She’s been a naturalized U.S. citizen since she was 17. 

Rogers frequently retweets Trump including the President’s defense of the tweets many criticized as racist.

 

In his own tweet last week, Spencers called Ocasio-Cortez and Omar “morons” and said conservative candidates “can do no wrong” by connecting their Democratic opponents to the two women. 

 

In another move spreading potential misinformation, Spencer shared a clip of Trump speaking to reporters mentioning unsubstantiated claims that Omar married her brother. 

 

Janelle Irwin Taylor

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at [email protected]


7 comments

  • Dan

    July 22, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    I follow Spence on social media. He posts Babylon Bee “articles” all the time. It’s pretty obvious that he knew it was satire. Writing an article inferring that he did not know, painting him as fake news peddling conservative strategist, is spreading misinformation.

  • Padraig Martin

    July 22, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    This is a clear drive by media hit piece if I ever saw one. Spence is solid and so are his followers. Everyone knows the Babylon Bee is satire. There is s reason that this “professional reporter” is working for an online blog. Cheap, fake news gets you to such lowly positions in life. Taylor is a pathetic loser. Can this yellow journalist before y’all end up sued.

  • Walt

    July 22, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Isnt the use of “professional journalist” to describe yourself a bit satirical?

  • Dylan Glass

    July 22, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    It was pretty apparent that he knew it was satire! 😂

  • Dan

    July 22, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Everyone knew it was false, but still funny… The Socialists, Communists, Marxist Democrats have thin skin and are typically emotionally unstable, taking offense of drivel. Their journalist rely on emotional responses of the Useful Idiots to enhance their propaganda since they are morally void and fiscally irresponsible.

    • Phil Morton

      July 23, 2019 at 5:08 am

      Don’t be so naive. FactCheck and Snopes wouldn’t need to debunk a story that everyone knew was false.

      • Bob

        July 30, 2019 at 1:10 am

        Because anyone still reading snopes as an actual fact checker needs satire explained to them regularly…

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