Socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was recently on The Price is Right, and she repeatedly guessed “free” when asked to estimate the cost of items on stage.
According to The Babylon Bee:
Items included a set of Italian leather handbags, an all expenses paid trip to the Bahamas, and a brand new 2019 BMW 330i, at all of which Ocasio-Cortez shouted, “FREE!”
When host Drew Carey asked if Ocasio-Cortez understood the game’s rules, she told Carey not to cat-call her and then responded, “Don’t hate me cause you ain’t me.”
The satirical news article was accompanied by a photo of AOC behind a podium with “FREE” displayed on the front as her neighboring contestant Tammy guessed “1250.”
The tongue-in-cheek dig obviously didn’t happen, but “the internet’s definitive #factchecking resource” didn’t hesitate to defend the congresswoman’s honor and set the record straight for the ignorant masses.
— snopes.com (@snopes) April 16, 2019
“Q: Did U.S. Rep. @AOC repeatedly guess ‘free’ on ‘The Price is Right?’” Snopes.com posted to Twitter this week, along with a meme designed to debunk the Bee’s report.
Snopes’ Dan Evon provided the answer for those who bothered to click the provided link.
“In mid-April 2019, an image supposedly showing U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez guessing that the cost of an item was ‘free’ on the daytime television game show ‘The Price is Right’ started circulating on social media,” Evon explained. “This is not a genuine photograph of Ocasio-Cortex on the show. This image was created for a satirical article that was originally published by The Babylon Bee.”
“This viral image combined a photograph of the congresswoman during her appearance on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ in June 2018 with a still from an October episode of ‘The Price is Right.’ The image of her was slotted directly in front of the center contestant,” Snopes reports.
Folks online thought it was hilarious.
— DeanLogic ♎ (@DeanLogic) April 17, 2019
Q: Did Snopes really fact-check a satirical website?
— Christopher J. Scalia (@cjscalia) April 17, 2019
“Q: Did Snopes really fact-check a satirical website?” Christopher Scalia posted.
Snopes FACT CHECK:
It turns out a rabbi, a priest, and a baptist never walked into a bar together.
— dan (@NoTalentAC) April 17, 2019
“Next,” dan wrote, “Snopes FACT CHECK: It turns out a rabbi, a priest, and a Baptist never walked into a bar together.”
Wait maybe Kevin Costner wasn’t really dancing with wolves
— GT (@its_GTdawg) April 17, 2019
“Wait, maybe Kevin Costner wasn’t really dancing with the wolves,” GT joked.
Snopes out here fact-checking memes.
It’s embarrassing that some people take them seriously.
— Ben Jammin 🇺🇸 (@xBenJamminx) April 17, 2019
“Snopes out here fact checking memes,” Ben Jammin added. “It’s embarrassing that some people take them seriously.”
It appears that Snopes has fact-checked @TheBabylonBee about 30 times. My working theory is that they make an intern write these, because some funder keeps sending them panicked emails about a disturbing “article” in The Babylon Bee.https://t.co/SYawk9zSCq
— Quena González (@QuenaGonzalez) April 17, 2019
“It appears that Snopes has fact-checked @TheBabylonBee about 30 times,” Quena Gonzalez posted. “My working theory is that they make an intern write these, because some funder keeps sending them panicked emails about a disturbing ‘article’ in The Babylon Bee.”
Gonzalez included a link to Snopes “fact checks” such as “Did CNN Purchase an Industrial-Sized Washing Machine to Spin News?” and “Is California Considering a Tax on Breathing?”
Ironically, one of the fact checks from earlier this month, also penned by Evon, posed the question: Did U.S. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Graduate Cum Laude from Boston University?”
The article is dedicated to confirming the statement “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez graduated cum laude from Boston University’s College of Arts and Science in 2011.”
It isn’t until the fifth graph down into the “origin” of the claim that it becomes apparent Snopes itself is the source, which means the site essentially fact-checked its own claim. Shockingly, the claim was true!
The rest of Evon’s 1,300-word essay went on to tout all of AOC’s amazing academic achievements and internships with numerous links for readers to learn more about the freshman lawmaker.