FNC's Carlson Fact-Checks Ocasio-Cortez Strategist on Green New Deal

www.newsbusters.org | 2/9/2019 | Staff
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During Friday’s edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight, the eponymous host discussed some of the provisions of the Green New Deal, including the eye-popping idea that the Federal government will pay anyone who is “unwilling to work.” Carlson then began a conversation with Cornell University Law Professor Robert Hockett, who advised Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the Green New Deal. Hockett disputed the aforementioned provision of the Green New Deal but Carlson effectively proved him wrong by reading directly from a fact sheet and FAQ list posted on her website at the time of the Green New Deal’s launch.

Hockett seemed absolutely flabbergasted when Carlson asked “why would we ever pay people who are ‘unwilling to work?’” Hockett responded: “We never would, right?” He asserted that “AOC has never said anything like that” before accusing Carlson of referring to some “doctored document that somebody other than us has been circulating.”

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Carlson informed Hockett that he got the information from a backgrounder on the Green New Deal released from Ocasio-Cortez’s office. Hockett maintained that she never called for the government to pay people who are “unwilling to work” and Carlson proceeded to thank Hockett for correcting him. Carlson then asked Hockett to address “the idea that we’re going to build enough light rail to make airplanes unnecessary,” an idea that Hockett also dismissed; telling Carlson “I don’t know where you got that, either.”

Carlson read aloud a portion of a Frequently Asked Questions document from her office, which asserted that the Green New Deal would “totally overhaul transportation,” which would mean “building out high speed rail at a scale where air travel would become unnecessary.” While the Freshman Congresswoman deleted the document from her website, The Heartland Institute obtained a copy of it in its original form. For his part, Hockett went on to claim that...
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