Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) chastised Fox News on Wednesday, alleging on Twitter that network hosts were intentionally saying her name incorrectly to make it sound more "stereotypically Hispanic. But, a detailed review of Fox News transcripts by Grabien Media founder Tom Elliott found no evidence to back her claim.
What's this about? Ocasio-Cortez wrote that "Fox News likes to say my name (incorrectly) as 'Cortez,' which I can only imagine is bc that sounds more 'stereotypically' Hispanic + probably incites more 'anxiety' for them. Pro Tip: My last name is not 'Cortez,' just as theirs isn't 'Ingra' or 'Carl' or 'Hann.'"
Ocasio-Cortez was clearly referring to Fox News hosts Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity.
The fact-check: Curious to see if there was anything to this claim, Elliott reviewed the transcripts for all episodes of "The Ingraham Angle" and "Hannity" in March.
"You may be unsurprised to learn that this is untrue," Elliott said of Ocasio-Cortez's tweet accusation.
You may be unsurprised to learn that this is untrue. I checked every mention of "Cortez" on the Ingraham Angle in M… https://t.co/eO7EUO15sQ— Tom Elliott (@Tom Elliott)1553133768.0
Elliott found that, over the course of the first three weeks in March, neither Ingraham nor Hannity referred to Ocasio-Cortez as just "Cortez" at all over the course of 188 total mentions between the two hosts.
"Unless @aoc has something to back up this claim, it would seem she owes apologies to Hannity and Ingraham," Elliott wrote. "Randomly accusing people of prejudice is indecent, esp when it will inevitably be used for more boycott fodder."
Any response from AOC? Grabien Media reached out to AOC about their findings, but she has not responded. Ingraham had something to say about the situation, however.
So @AOC does a huge thread complaining that @seanhannity @tuckercarlson and I routinely don't use her full last nam… https://t.co/O90VZZEIUa— Laura Ingraham (@Laura Ingraham)1553278923.0
(H/T Hot Air)