Article from Town Hall by Lauretta Brown.
Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez banned press from attending her town hall event in Queens, New York, according to The Queens Chronicle. Her campaign claimed that the move was necessary after she was “mobbed” by reporters at a Bronx community meeting. They responded by barring the press from a listening tour stop in the Bronx on Wednesday and the event in Corona, Queens Sunday.
Ocasio-Cortez, 28, gained prominence in the party after her stunning June primary victory over fourth-ranking House Democrat Joe Crowley (NY).
“We wanted to help create a space where community members felt comfortable and open to express themselves without the distraction of cameras and press,” campaign spokesman Corbin Trent told The Chronicle of the press ban. “These were the first set of events where the press has been excluded. This is an outlier and will not be the norm. We’re still adjusting our logistics to fit Alexandria’s national profile.”
While initially a media darling, Ocasio-Cortez has had a bit of a rocky time in the national spotlight after she made a series of inaccurate claims regarding unemployment numbers and defense spending despite touting her economics degree.
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