“it shows just how confounding talking about misinformation has gotten”
Who says conservatives can’t do comedy? Allie Beth Stuckey of CRTV took the footage of the recent Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez interview on Firing Line and spliced in her own questions. She also manipulated the responses from Cortez to hilarious results.
Watch the whole thing below:
For years now, liberals have fawned over this sort of thing any time it was done by the Daily Show or other left leaning outlets. They don’t like it at all now that the darling of the left is the target.
Adi Robertson writes at The Verge:
A million Facebook users watched a video that blurs the line between bad satire and ‘fake news’
A conservative news outlet spliced together a “satirical” interview with Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, published it on Facebook without noting it was satire, and racked up over a million views in less than 24 hours — many from people who appear convinced it’s real. The video is fake, and for the people who are taking it seriously, it’s news. But it’s not “fake news,” and it shows just how confounding talking about misinformation has gotten.
Yesterday, Conservative Review network CRTV posted a video that remixed out-of-context clips of a PBS Firing Line interview with Ocasio-Cortez, alternating them with staged questions from CRTV host Allie Stuckey. In the fake interview, Ocasio-Cortez sheepishly shakes her head when Stuckey asks if she understands anything about politics, and she appears to think Venezuela is in the Middle East. CRTV’s website describes the piece as a “satirical sit-down” with the candidate. But on Facebook, it just said that Stuckey had grilled Ocasio-Cortez about her “socialist agenda and knowledge of government… or lack thereof,” with a winking smile emoji at the end.
If anyone could watch that and not know it was satire, that might reflect worse on Ocasio-Cortez than the folks at CRTV. Lots of journalism “professionals” were outraged over this. Here’s a sampling.
Robert Mackey of The Intercept:
Manipulated video to create entirely fake interview presented as real by verified account here and on Facebook where it has over 1.1 million views in less than 24 hours. https://t.co/P6E5LfQi3K
— Robert Mackey (@RobertMackey) July 24, 2018
A senior producer for VOX:
Wow. This is Ocasio-Cortez’s PBS intv w/ Margaret Hoover (https://t.co/OhjfHuWqQC) spliced together w/ a CRTV “interviewer.” Notice that they never appear on camera together, and the interviewer shot is lit different + higher res? Took 1min on google to sort out. Reprehensible. https://t.co/khu8uXQnpV
— AJ (@ajchavar) July 24, 2018
A correspondent for Vice:
this is a doctored version of an actual interview with a real journalist. it’s propaganda masquerading as journalism https://t.co/AfcnyhuscK
— Roberto Aram Ferdman (@robferdman) July 24, 2018
Women’s March ‘leader’ Linda Sarsour:
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) July 24, 2018
Shane Goldmacher of the New York Times:
Interview didn’t happen. It takes clips from @MargaretHoover‘s show and edits in faux questions.
Not labeled satire (other than a ???? emoji).https://t.co/ipUPsOoyLH
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) July 24, 2018
It’s almost like these people don’t understand that this was created to be satire. Allie Beth Stuckey has apparently been flooded with demands for an apology but explained in a new video why her critics shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for one:
No, @ConservMillen will not apologize to the liberal mob just because she made a joke.
Nor should she. We can’t let the #FauxOutrage from the LEFT to become weaponized.
— CRTV (@CRTV) July 25, 2018
I’ll give the last word to Jim Treacher:
“Good satire is when Borat tricks a redneck state senator into making a fool of himself. Bad satire is when MY feelings are hurt.”
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) July 24, 2018
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