The Daily Caller has hit a new low, publishing a nude photo with a headline implying it was from Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The headline, “Here’s the Photo Some People Described as a Nude Selfie of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” was cleverly written to avoid libel lawsuits (“see, we never said it was her. Some people described it that way.”)
It was a lie. The photo was from a completely different woman. The Daily Caller said on Twitter on Wednesday that it regretted the error and that it “deleted and fixed” the headline once editors noticed it. It also said its article was intended to “inform our audience that a fake image was circulating online.” Notably, they did not apologize to the woman they actually smeared.
This is not the first time Ocasio-Cortez has been targeted by Twitter trolls. They’ve made disgusting comments about her, taken pictures of her backside to make fun of her clothes, mocked her for dancing as a college student – basically all stupid stuff.
The right-wing has been obsessed with Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez since she won the Democratic primary in her deep-blue New York district against an entrenched party leader. Republicans hate her because she’s a young, outspoken woman of color. Though what really keeps the GOP up at night is the thought that the future might look more like her – the rest of us can hope.