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Fox News is once again misrepresenting comments from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) in an attempt to smear her as an extremist. This time, the network’s faux outrage is over comments Ocasio-Cortez made in an Instagram video about the concerns young people have about having children in a world that scientists predict will become increasingly uninhabitable due to climate change.
During a February 25 livestream video on Instagram, Ocasio-Cortez talked about the reality that many young people face under the looming threat of climate change:
Our planet is going to be a disaster if we don't turn this ship around, and so it's basically, like, there's scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult. And it does lead, I think, young people to have a legitimate question, you know, should -- is it OK to still have children?
Unsurprisingly, Fox News figures were quick to misinterpret and distort what Ocasio-Cortez said, implying that she is discouraging people from having children, suggesting that her comments sound like they’re coming out of “communist China,” and even accusing her of wanting to “get rid of children.” This latest freakout is just another manifestation of Fox News’ obsession with mocking Ocasio-Cortez and distorting her statements.