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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defends journalists amid layoffs



Social Media Queen Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) used her Twitter platform to defend journalists amidst a series of layoffs across the media industry.

In a Saturday tweet, the newly-elected Congressman warned that "The biggest threats to journalism today are technical monopolies and property concentrations" that argue for "high-quality journalism."

Without a host of news agencies, she warned, "Our democracy will continue to disintegrate.

The tweet follows recent cuts at HuffPost, Yahoo, AOL, BuzzFeed, and a handful of newspapers owned by Gannett – all told, some 1,000 workers lost their jobs.

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MEET THE PRESS – Pictured: (lr) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic candidate for the 14th congressional district of New York, will be appearing at the Meet the Press conference in Washington, DC, Sunday, July 1, 2018. (Photo: William B. Plowman / NBC / NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 26: Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrates with fans at a winners party in the Bronx after bothering incumbent Democrat Joseph Crowly in New York City on June 26, 2018. Ocasio-Cortez angered Representative Joseph Crowley in the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens. (Photo by Scott Heins / Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 26: The progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrates with supporters at a winners party in the Bronx, after being reigning Democratic Representative Joseph on June 26, 2018 Crowly had bothered York City. (Photo by Scott Heins / Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 26: The progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrates a victory party in the Bronx after serving the incumbent Democrat Joseph Crowly on June 26, 2018 in New York York City had disturbed. Ocasio-Cortez angered Representative Joseph Crowley in the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens. (Photo by Scott Heins / Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 26: The progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrates with supporters at a winners party in the Bronx, after being reigning Democratic Representative Joseph on June 26, 2018 Crowly had bothered York City. Ocasio-Cortez angered Representative Joseph Crowley in the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens. (Photo by Scott Heins / Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 26: A banner for the progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hangs from her victory party in the Bronx after beating the reigning Democratic representative Joseph in June Crowly had annoyed 26, 2018 in New York City. Ocasio-Cortez angered Representative Joseph Crowley in the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens. (Photo by Scott Heins / Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 26: The progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrates with supporters at a winners party in the Bronx, after being reigning Democratic Representative Joseph on June 26, 2018 Crowly had bothered York City. Ocasio-Cortez angered Representative Joseph Crowley in the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens. (Photo by Scott Heins / Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 26: The progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is accompanied by New York's Gubenator nominee Cynthia Nixon on her winners party in the Bronx after being the acting Democrat representative Joseph Crowly had roused June 26, 2018 in New York City. Ocasio-Cortez angered Representative Joseph Crowley in the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens. (Photo by Scott Heins / Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 26: Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez embraces New York inauguration candidate Cynthia Nixon at her victory party in the Bronx after serving on June 26 Democratic representative Joseph Crowly had disrupted 2018 in New York City. Ocasio-Cortez angered Representative Joseph Crowley in the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens. (Photo by Scott Heins / Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 26: The progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrates with fans at a winners party in the Bronx after being reigning Democratic Representative Joseph on June 26, 2018 Crowly had bothered York City. Ocasio-Cortez angered Representative Joseph Crowley in the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens. (Photo by Scott Heins / Getty Images)

TORNILLO, TX – June 24: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is hugged on June 24, 2018 in Tornillo, Texas, at the entrance gate of Tornillo-Guadalupe. She is part of a group that is protesting against the separation of children from their parents after they were caught in the government's zero-tolerance policy when entering the US. (Photo by Joe Raedle / Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 26: The progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrates with fans at a winners party in the Bronx, after being reigning Democratic Representative Joseph on June 26, 2018 Crowly had bothered York City. Ocasio-Cortez angered Representative Joseph Crowley in the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens. (Photo by Scott Heins / Getty Images)

NEW YORK – June 28: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during the show on Thursday, June 28, 2018. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk / CBS via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 27: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is seen on June 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by MediaPunch / Bauer-Griffin / GC Images)




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Facebook and Google have been largely blamed for monopolizing online advertising, making critics a big handicap for digital news organizations have been trying to make a profit to stay afloat.

In a follow-up tweet, Ocasio-Cortez doubled her defense against journalists and argued with the profession: "Will only die if we do not fight for it – and if journalism dies, our democracy will be too.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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