Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) who recently appeared on CBS’s “60 Minutes” with Anderson Cooper, made light of concerns regarding her lack of knowledge on many facts. Ocasio-Cortez insisted it was not a big deal.
The congresswoman insisted to viewers that people were “more concerned” about being factually correct and less about “being morally right,” arguing “they are missing the forest for the trees.”
“One of the criticisms of you is that your math is fuzzy. The Washington Post recently awarded with you four Pinocchios for misstating some statistics about Pentagon spending.” Cooper stated.
Ocasio-Cortez shot back, “If people really want to blow up one figure here or one word there, I would argue they are missing the forest for the trees. I think there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually and semantically correct than about being morally right.”
“But being factually correct is important,” Cooper stressed.
“It’s absolutely important,” she stated. “And whenever I make a mistake, I say ‘OK, this was clumsy.’ And then I restate what my point was. But it’s not the same thing as the president lying about immigrants.”
Do you agree with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s assumption that the importance of being factually correct is supposed to be held to the same standards as morality?