Trump and AOC call out the media in similar ways

Ocasio-Cortez, like Trump, is pugnacious in the face of perceived slights by news organizations. After she criticized CBS News’ hiring practices, National Journal political editor Josh Kraushaar tweeted that Ocasio-Cortez shared Trump’s habit of being a “media scold.” She let him have it with a mini-lecture on Twitter about race, concluding, “It’s not about “quotas.” It’s about understanding the country you’re living in.”

The exchange apparently didn’t persuade Kraushaar to change his original opinion. “Like President Trump, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez is a master of the muck, using the platform to . . . debase our discourse with catchy put-downs instead of engaging in serious debate,” he said via email. “Those qualities make her successful on social media, but not necessarily in Washington.”

He added, “I welcome good-faith criticism from readers and colleagues, but when a member of Congress uses their power to send a social media mob against their critics, it’s an abuse of power.”