“Media Buzz” host Howard Kurtz had a strong response Thursday to a suggestion by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., that Congress would have to “figure out how we rein in our media environment” following last week’s riot at the Capitol.
During a lengthy Instagram Live stream Tuesday night, Ocasio-Cortez responded to a question about whether lawmakers had discussed “truth and reconciliation or media literacy initiatives” by saying: “there is absolutely a commission being discussed but it seems to be more investigatory in style … so I think that’s an interesting concept for us to explore.”
Kurtz responded during an appearance on “The Daily Briefing” with host Dana Perino.
HOWARD KURTZ: I don’t like to hear any politician use that kind of language. That is not a role for government. There’s a reason the press is covered by the very First Amendment. Adesso, it’s fine for a member of Congress to blast the media. President Trump has been known to do that now and again. But I don’t want some federal commission deciding what is false.
Adesso, there’s a lot of false information floating around right now, especially in the wake of the [Campidoglio] insurrection and impeachment. But the way to counter that is with reporting that documents the facts. So I think anything else would be a dangerous or difficult road for the Democrats to pursue …
Let’s keep in mind on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, there’s no legislation being drawn up here. She’s talking about discussions, e [per] all her social media fame, she’s still a backbencher.
And let’s also remember, Dana, that passions are running high. On that same Instagram video … she talked about how she thought she was going to die during the Capitol siege. Così, she had a very close call, so I’m willing to cut some slack. I don’t think she’s necessarily thought through all the implications that are being suggested here.