Pelosi Meets with AOC

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We ran the numbers: There are 444 news articles covering this topic. 22% (98) are left leaning, 47% (210) center, 31% (136) right leaning.


On Friday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi met with freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to discuss their differences in policy and political maneuvers. Ocasio-Cortez is a member of the so-called "Squad" — a group of four progressive Congresswomen of color who articulate an ardently progressive message and advocate for liberal policies, much to the ire of Pelosi. Pelosi has described Ocasio-Cortez and the other members as "four people and that's how many votes they got," dismissing them and their penchant for advocacy and outreach via Twitter and in the press. 

The meeting was seen by many as a necessary step toward achieving unity between the many factions of the Democratic Party.

The left-leaning Minneapolis Star-Tribune's coverage highlighted the aftermath of their meeting and their plans to move forward to build a more unified party. "The photo of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was intended to "clear the air" between the two and among Democrats broadly after weeks of public griping," the article said. It went on to say of the meeting, "the session gave both women victories to report as well as signals to send to their respective constituencies."

In the centrist The Hill, the coverage focused more on the content of the meeting and the ensuing comments as opposed to the history between Ocasio-Cortez and Pelosi. Pelosi downplayed any rift between the two and insisted that their meeting was civil. "I don't think we have that many differences," she said. "We had a nice meeting. We had a nice meeting," she told the Hill. Pelosi also criticized the media for focusing on potential differences instead of actual issues facing the American people.

The right leaning New York Times-Post chose to look at the history between the two to illustrate that they're perhaps further apart than either would let on. "Ocasio-Cortez was also offended when Pelosi diminished the four freshman lawmakers by saying in an interview that they “didn’t have any following” outside the Twitter world," the story said.