Headline RoundupFebruary 3rd, 2021

Media Coverage of AOC Video Differs Vastly

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) explained her experience during the Jan. 6 Capitol breach in an Instagram live video Monday night that's been viewed millions of times across the Internet. Ocasio-Cortez covered several subjects in the video, including the breach and her feelings about the Republican party's responsibility for the violence. She also said for the first time publicly that she's a survivor of sexual assault. Most left- and center-rated outlines focused their headlines and coverage on Ocasio-Cortez's revelation of her experience as a sexual assault victim. Some reports from right-rated outlets concentrated instead on the skepticism the Democrat representative expressed in the video about whether Capitol police were actually trying to help her during the breach. One voice, writing in Slate (Left bias), questioned why many media outlets focused on the sexual assault angle rather than the other points she made about political violence and polarization.

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