Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has announced that Congress is “looking into” initiatives to promote “media literacy” and to help “rein in” the media in an effort to fight supposed disinformation after the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last week.
According to Fox News, the Democratic congresswoman from New York made the announcement during a lengthy Instagram live stream on Tuesday night, discussing the aftermath of the riot.
During the stream, Ocasio-Cortez read a question from a viewer asking if Congress is making any moves to ensure “truth and reconciliation or media literacy initiatives.”
“I can say, there is absolutely a commission being discussed but it seems to be more investigatory, in style rather than truth and reconciliation, so I think that’s an interesting concept for us to explore, and I do think that several members of Congress, in some of my discussions, have brought up media literacy because that is a part of what happened here and we’re going to have to figure out how we rein in our media environment so that you can’t just spew disinformation and misinformation,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Excerpts from the livestream were captured and shared to Twitter by Grabien Media editor Tom Elliott.
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“It’s one thing to have differentiating opinions but it’s another thing entirely to just say things that are false,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “So that’s something that we’re looking into.”
The congresswoman also told her followers that she thought feared for her life in a “very, very specific sense” during a “traumatizing” close encounter amid the riot.
“I can tell you that I had a very close encounter where I thought I was going to die,” she said. “And you have all of those thoughts where, at the end of your life…all of these thoughts come rushing to you. And that’s what happened to a lot of us on Wednesday and I did not think – I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive.”
The congresswoman did not give any further details, citing security reasons, but adding that she didn’t feel it was an exaggeration to say that “many, many members of the House were nearly assassinated.”
“We were very lucky that things happened in certain minutes that allowed members to escape the House floor,” she added, “but many of us nearly and narrowly escaped death.”
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