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BACKFIRE: Reporters Go After Ocasio-Cortez After She Bans Press From Town Hall

Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez received intense backlash on Friday after she reportedly banned reporters from attending a town hall event after receiving weeks of intense criticism over multiple false statements, lies, and gaffes she has made while on the campaign trail.

The Queens Chronicle reported that only those who were in attendance at the town hall on Sunday know what was discussed since Ocasio-Cortez banned members of the press from attending.

Ocasio-Cortez responded to the story after it gained traction in national media on Friday by saying that it was a “non-story,” and portraying those who attended the town hall as victims who would not be safe in the presence of the media.

Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks were quickly picked up by dozens of people who work in the media that criticized, mocked, and called her out for lack of transparency with the free press.

James Taranto, Editor at The Wall Street Journal:

Benjy Sarlin, Political Reporter for NBC News:

Tim Mak, Reporter at NPR:

Ali Rogin, Reporter at ABC News:

Ben Jacobs, Political Reporter at The Guardian:

David M. Drucker, Senior Political Correspondent at the Washington Examiner:

Seung Min Kim, White House reporter at The Washington Post:

Joe Perticone, Politics Reporter at Business Insider:

Yashar Ali, Journalist at New York Magazine and HuffPost:

David Rutz, Managing Editor at the Free Beacon:

Curtis Houck, Managing Editor at NewsBusters:

Ocasio-Cortez’s decision to ban media comes after she was criticized last week for refusing to debate Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro by portraying herself as a victim of “catcalling.”

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