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Conservatives are, all, racists.  And haters.  They’re racist haters who absolutely hate dancing most of all, particularly when done by people of color, because they’re racist, anti-dancing haters who don’t want anyone to have fun, like raising people’s tax burdens to 70% to 80%+ of their income and taking away all fossil fuels so everyone can live pure, natural lives like they did in the 6thcentury, you know that kind of fun, because they’re racist haters.  Also because TRUUUUMP!

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So when Newsweek,The New York Times, and a variety of other former news organizations broke a shocking story about conservatives hating on poor Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez because she was dancing in a video years ago, all the right people just knew it was true, because conservatives are racist, anti-dancing haters.

Except they’re not, and the stories were—how to put this kindly?—lies, AKA fake news.  Prof. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection explains:

Did you hear the one about Republicans trying to shame Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over her college dance video, and being angry about it?

That claim echoed through many mainstream media outlets late last week into the weekend. But it was a media fabrication, Fake News in the worst, most devious way intended to shape public perception. Multiply this incident by thousands of times, and you can understand how manipulative mainstream media is, and how major news outlets are able to frame a narrative of evil, mean Republicans that influences our politics, particularly among younger people.

I first learned of the video when I saw tweets about the supposed shaming and anger.

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I’m pretty sure, but not positive, that it was a Newsweek article I first saw being circulated:

Shortly before the 29-year-old became the youngest congressman ever sworn in to office, several conservative Twitter feeds shared a video of her dancing on a rooftop. The video, featuring her dancing to Phoenix’s ‘Lisztomania’ in an apparent homage to The Breakfast Club, appeared to be taken from Ocasio-Cortez’s time at Boston University.

One Twitter user, whose handle referenced the QAnon conspiracy theory popular among supporters of President Donald Trump, tweeted the video with the accompanying insult: ‘Here is ‘America’s favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is…High School video of “Sandy’ Ocasio-Cortez.

Fox News provides additional information about the racist haters:

It caused a social media stir, with the mainstream media and liberals lining up to cheer it and condemn conservatives for being offended by it. The only problem: Conservatives were not actually offended by it,’ Media Research Center’s Clay Waterswrote.

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The Times published a story headlined, ‘Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Dancing Video Was Meant as a Smear, but It Backfired.’ It doesn’t feature a single example of anyone being offended with the exception of an anonymous Twitter account that first drew attention to the video saying it showed ‘America’s favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is.’ However, the Times managed to find examples of Ocasio-Cortez supporters condemning conservatives for being critical of the video.

‘If you want to look up the very definition of fake news, look no further than the faux controversy over the AOC dancing video. Literally, every single conservative I saw comment on the video said it actually made her more likable, and yet our shameless mainstream media spends days pushing the narrative that conservatives attacked her,’ Barron said. ‘Must be nice being a liberal.

Yes, but liberals can do and say whatever that want, and that’s not hypocritical at all, because shut up.

Perhaps the most overblown examplewas published by Newsweek, which wrote that ‘Conservatives mock Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for college dancing video, everyone else thinks it’s adorable,’ while not citing any ‘conservatives’ beyond the original anonymous Twitter account. Media watchdogs pounced on Newsweek for the misleading headline.

The Daily Caller’s Joe Simonsonwrote that the dancing story‘served as another reminder of how desperate the media wishes to portray the GOP and its voters as something very different from what they truly are.

So let me make sure I have this straight: one former news outlet published a false story attributed to no one and based on one anonymous tweet.  So they claim that anonymous tweeter is a conservative. He must be a conservative, because who else would ever say such a racist hating thing?  All conservatives are saying the same thing, attacking poor Rep. Ocasio-Cortez for dancing, which they also hate–dancing and her.  And since one former news organization published it, they all jumped on the bandwagon because the original story was so well-sourced and obviously true because it ought to be true because conservatives are racist, anti-dancing haters.  Does that about sum it up gentle readers?

Wait a minute!  You don’t suppose the original author of that “news” article posted an “anonymous” racist hater anti-dancing tweet just so they could write that story, do you gentle readers?  Naaaaah. Our scrupulously honest media would never do anything like that.  The media never lies about anything, and they certainly don’t make things up.  But if they did, it would be OK because conservatives are racists.  And Haters.  And Trump. And shut up.  

In the meantime, conservatives, who are not racists, or haters (or Trump, for that matter), and who have nothing whatever against dancing, are saying “what?”  And then “fake news.  It figures,” and going about their lives, which sometimes includes dancing, and often, being people of color–the racist haters.

To be sure, many conservatives realize the good representative is amazingly ignorant, about economics, the law, government, the Constitution and reality in general.  She has, for example, argued we pay for the establishment of universal, single payer, government controlled health care by–just paying for it!  Why hasn’t anyone thought of that before?!  They also think her a perfect contemporary example of the results and value of a college degree.  They’re perfectly fine with her, or anyone, doing a bit of dancing.  They even smile and laugh upon occasion, when they’re not racist hating.  Some are so evil as to smile and laugh while they’re racist hating.

But above all, they reflect on the Democrat propaganda arm media and are more convinced than ever the media are the enemies of the American people, and produce almost nothing but fake news—when conservatives are not racistly hating dancing women of color.

And in the meantime, our stalwart, invaluable, priceless, entirely ethical media continues to make up stories that prove conservatives are the racist haters they just know they are, and someday, they’ll find the proof—maybe two anonymous tweeters, and then everyone will know the fake news truth.