AOC smugly celebrates Tucker Carlson’s exit from Fox News: 'Deplatforming works and is important'

"But deplatforming works and it is important and there you go. Good things can happen."

Libby Emmons Brooklyn NY
AOC took great mirth in the departure of Tucker Carlson from Fox News on Monday, posting a video saying "Tucker Carlson is out at Fox News couldn't have happened to a better guy." 

Carlson frequently took aim at the New York representative, who he called Sandy Cortez, harkening back to her childhood nickname. AOC is one of the sponsors of the Green New Deal boondoggle, and is a proponent of climate alarmism and policies to remake the American economy in order to assuage the human impact of climate change. 

"Um," she went on in her social media post.

"What I will say though is, while I'm very glad that the person that is arguably responsible for the– some of the largest– driving some of the most amounts of death threats and violent threats, not just to my office, but to plenty of people across the country," she continued without evidence.

"I also kind of feel like I'm like waiting for the cut scene at the end of a Marvel movie after all the credits have rolled, and then you see like the villain's like hand reemerge out to grip over like the edge of a building or something.

"But deplatforming works and it is important and there you go. Good things can happen," she concluded.

AOC had recently called for the federal government to do something about Carlson and Fox News. The owner of Fox News, Rupert Murdoch, was reportedly the decision-maker behind Carlson's ouster. "RIP Fox News" was trending on Twitter after the announcement.

New York's representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez has never sat down in an interview with Fox News' insanely popular yet ousted host Tucker Carlson, but she was a regular feature on the show as Carlson pilloried her and her socialist ideas routinely.

AOC never liked Carlson, and in a recent interview with former Biden press secretary turned MCNBC news anchor Jen Psaki, she explained her position that Carlson should be held accountable for expressing views that run counter to, essentially, her views on government, which she calls "incitement to violence."

"Do you think media organizations or social media platforms should be accountable for the role– for being platforms for incitement?" Psaki asked Ocasio-Cortez.

"I believe that when it comes to broadcast television," Ocasio-Cortez said, "like Fox News, these are subject to federal law, federal regulation in terms of what's allowed on air and what isn't."

The Federal Communications Commission has limited power, however, when it comes to speech regulation. They state that "what power the FCC has to regulate content varies by electronic platform. Over-the-air broadcasts by local TV and radio stations are subject to certain speech restraints, but speech transmitted by cable or satellite TV systems generally is not. The FCC does not regulate online content."

While the FCC does "impose certain restraints and obligations on broadcasters," those regulations on speech "are confined to specific topics, which usually have been identified by Congress through legislation or adopted by the FCC through full notice-and-comment rulemaking or adjudicatory proceedings."

Those areas include: "indecency, obscenity, sponsorship identification, conduct of on-air contests, hoaxes, commercial content in children's TV programming, broacast news distortion, accessibility to emergency information on television, and inappropriate use of Emergency Alert System warning tones for entertainment or other non-emergency purposes."

Yet AOC claimed to Psaki that "When you look at what Tucker Carlson and some of these other folks on Fox do, it is very, very clearly incitement of violence. Very clearly incitement to violence. And that is the line that I think we have to be willing to contend with."

She also blames Carlson for inciting anger among her critics, which she said led to threats against her. 

Carlson left the network on Monday, despite promos for his show airing that morning. Carlson has not released a statement about his departure, and was a fixture on the network since his show launched in 2016. 

Fox recently settled a lawsuit brought by Dominion Voting Systems for nearly $1 billion, in which the voting machine company claimed that the network, and Carlson, had defamed them in the wake of the 2020 presidential election. The integrity of their voting machines was questioned by attorneys for the Trump campaign, and that was widely reported among conservative media, and on Fox News.

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