A while back, there were some demonstrations at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Democrat representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a former bartender and waitress, told everyone that she had nearly died because the rioters broke into her office.
It was later discovered that she was never in the Capitol bulding.
Newsweek reported AOC’s version of the events:
Ocasio-Cortez said that rioters actually entered her office, forcing her to take refuge inside her bathroom after her legislative director Geraldo Bonilla-Chavez told her to “hide, hide, run and hide.”
“And so I run back into my office,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I slam my door. There’s another kind of like back area to my office, and I open it, and there’s a closet and a bathroom. And I jump into my bathroom.”
Ocasio-Cortez said [she] was hiding behind the door “and then I just start to hear these yells of, ‘Where is she?’”
As members of the mob banged against the door, Ocasio-Cortez believed “this was the moment where I thought everything was over.”
“And the weird thing about moments like these is that you lose all sense of time,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “In retrospect, maybe it was 4 seconds. Maybe it was 5 seconds, maybe it was 10 seconds. Maybe it was one second, I don’t know. It felt like my brain was able to have so many thoughts.”
“In between the screams and the yells,” Ocasio-Cortez added, “I mean, I thought I was going to die.”
Daily Wire explains that Newsweek had to correct their story after it emerged that AOC’s version was not true:
Republican Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), whose office is two doors down from Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, noted that “insurrectionists” never made it to their hall when the U.S. Capitol building was breached on Jan. 6.
[…]Mace argued that Newsweek was misleading in how they categorized AOC’s own account in an effort to “fan fictitious news flames.”
Maps don’t lie:
Newsweek issued a correction:
After Rep. Mace criticized Newsweek’s coverage, the outlet issued a correction to amend the description of Ocasio-Cortez’s account as follows: “Ocasio-Cortez said that an individual actually entered her office, forcing her to take refuge inside her bathroom after her legislative director Geraldo Bonilla-Chavez told her to ‘hide, hide, run and hide.’”
Newsweek’s correction note reads: “A previous version of this story stated that Ocasio-Cortez’s office was entered by rioters. Ocasio-Cortez’s office was actually entered by a Capitol police officer that did not identify himself. Newsweek regrets the error.”
So that’s the error, which was acknowledged by Newsweek. But what does Snopes think? Did they side with AOC’s delusional conspiracy theory? Or did they side with reality, facts and evidence?
Well, they report that the claim that AOC wasn’t even in the Capitol building as “Mostly False“.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez exaggerated the danger she was in during the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, in that she “wasn’t even in the Capitol building” when the rioting occurred.
But their own fact-check acknowledges that the claim “she wasn’t even in the Capitol building” is TRUE:
Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t in the main Capitol building where the House and Senate Chambers are located.
The more important point – the actual claim that people are making – is that the rioters never broke into AOC’s office. According to Newsweek, AOC says “rioters actually entered her office”. Newsweek’s correction says that the rioters never actually broke into her office. Conservatives are agreeing with Newsweek’s correction. Only Snopes seems to have a problem with the facts reported by Newsweek. They just can’t bring themselves to accept reality, that AOC lied in order to appear to be a victim.
Snopes’ “fact check” will be used by left-wing Big Tech companies to suppress the truth that was admitted by Newsweek in their correction to their original AOC-sourced story. People on the secular left are so desperate to appear to be victims, that it affects their sanity. It’s like a mental illness. And when they are called on it, they all circle the wagons and defend their conspiracy theories.
And this isn’t the first time that Snopes has failed.
Not the first time
In fact, the author of the Snopes article has been caught up in left-wing conspiracies before, and had to issue a retraction:
Why didn’t Snopes fire her after the first retraction? Well, my conclusion that Snopes is mostly a conspiracy website for secular leftists. Their writers mostly publish conspiracy theories, urban legends, myths, delusions, lies and other counterfactual nonsense on their web site. And the goal of their website is mostly just to give comfort to secular leftists who have failed at life, and are now living in a dream world where all their failures are caused by those conservative people who they look down on, who achieved more success in practical private sector jobs than they have with their many worthless debt-fueled non-STEM degrees.
So how would I rate Snopes as a fact-checker?
Rating: Mostly False.