A Daily Beast contributing editor was recently forced to apologize on Twitter after his attempted attack on Fox News host Tucker Carlson ended up landing squarely on progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
Justin Baragona, a frequent critic of conservatives, accused Carlson's producers Wednesday of doctoring an image of Ocasio-Cortez to make the Democratic congresswoman's eyes looking abnormally large.
Without fact-checking — or thinking through what the ramifications would be if he were wrong — Baragona posted a screenshot of the show to Twitter, saying, "So it appears Tucker's producers added googly eyes to AOC in this image."
He was obviously hoping to catch Carlson in the act, but the problem was, he was wrong and the image was real. Consequently, all he ended up doing was insulting Ocasio-Cortez's appearance. After that was pointed out to him, he owned up to the embarrassing gaffe on Twitter.
"Taking down this tweet as the image of AOC has been out there since at least May 2018," he wrote. "Anyway, I'll take the [loss] and the addition to the list [Siraj Hashmi]."
Taking down this tweet as the image of AOC has been out there since at least May 2018. Anyway, I'll take the L an… https://t.co/IDKIAikM2b— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona) 1613618680.0
Hashmi is a journalist who works for the Washington Examiner and is known for creating "The List," a daily power ranking of people who need to have their phones taken away.
In a follow-up tweet, Baragona employed some more apologetic self-loathing, saying, "Every day you log onto Twitter, you hope to get through it without being it. Tonight, I was it. And I absolutely deserved to be."
"Word of advice — if you don't want to be IT, make sure you don't send out factually inaccurate tweets that can be easily verified and debunked," he added.
Every day you log onto Twitter, you hope to get through it without being it. Tonight, I was it. And I absolutely… https://t.co/Nq9g30OH1p— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona) 1613621421.0
So it appears that Tucker's producers added googly eyes to AOC in this image https://t.co/sSxGZZpht5— Stephen L. Miller (@Stephen L. Miller) 1613623926.0
.@justinbaragona I think it’s best if we all just take a breath and calm down. There’s no need to get angry. https://t.co/IVLy4HXBwX— Prison Mitch (@Prison Mitch) 1613623152.0