Fox News reported on Thursday that they were denied access to a Wednesday town hall on veterans health care featuring Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) as a speaker due to “capacity” issues, but a video posted to the freshman Democrat’s Instagram account showed empty seats.
During a Thursday morning segment on “Fox & Friends,” Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth weighed in on the decision made by the organizers of the Protect Veterans Health Care at the VA to deny Fox News media credentials to the event where Ocasio-Cortez was speaking.
“When we saw this town hall was happening right in our own backyard, we applied for media credentials and access to go to the event… [The organizers] said, ‘Unfortunately, we are at capacity and unable to credential any more media for this event. Thanks for your request.'”
Hegseth went on to say that the organizers — the National Nurses Organizers Committee and National Nurses United — “denied all access” to Fox News.
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Hegseth then brought up a video posted by Ocasio-Cortez of the event to her Instagram story that showed what appeared to be a half-filled auditorium, quipping that “there may have been some empty seats.”
The “Fox & Friends” weekend host continued on to say that “it would have been great” to go to the event and “get an insight on it.”
“Maybe ask her a question,” Hegseth added.
Ocasio-Cortez attended the town hall addressing the possible privatization of Veterans Affairs (VA) as one of the speakers. Speaking out against the idea, the self-described democratic socialist said, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
However, as IJR Red has reported, the government-controlled healthcare system at the VA has consistently failed to provide veterans with the prompt care they need.