Fake News: AOC Did NOT Say She Opposes Daylight Savings Time Because "The extra hour of sunlight drastically speeds up climate change"

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: AOC Did NOT Say She Opposes Daylight Savings Time Because "The extra hour of sunlight drastically speeds up climate change"

Did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez say she opposes daylight savings time because the extra hour of sunlight speeds up climate change? No, that's not true: the story was published by a satire website but was believed by many people to be real.

The story originated from an article published by NPC Daily on March 10, 2019 titled "AOC opposes Daylight Savings Time because "the extra hour of sunlight drastically speeds up climate change" - NPC Daily" (archived here) which opened:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez showed her ecological genius once again on Saturday when she announced to congress her opposition to Daylight Savings Time. Despite the criticisms she receives on a regular basis from clueless conservatives who can't see past the barrels of their AR15s, she continues to press onward, driving progressive ideology where it belongs - in the the hearts and minds of all Americans (and foreign born Americans living overseas).

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AOC opposes Daylight Savings Time because "the extra hour of sunlight drastically speeds up climate change" - NPC Daily

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez showed her ecological genius once again on Saturday when she announced to congress her opposition to Daylight Savings Time. Despite the criticisms she receives on a regular basis from clueless conservatives who can't see past the barrels of their AR15s, she continues to press onward, driving progressive ideology where it belongs - in ...

But the site has a satire disclaimer on its "about" page that reads:

NPC Daily is a satire site, providing political and cultural commentary with wanton sarcasm. NPC Daily pokes fun of modern journalism and liberalism. If you believe one of our articles is real, it's because the content is not too far adrift from what is published by mainstream news outlets. But, alas, our content is totally fictitious and is created to elicit laughs and bemusement.

Despite this several people left comments on Facebook indicating they believed the story was real:

The name of the site is a play on the NPC meme often used in certain right-wing circles to depict political opponents as mindless people who have fallen victim to groupthink and conformity.

NPC Wojak

NPC Wojak is a depiction of the MS Paint character Wojak with a blank stare and facial expression, named after non-player characters within video games. The character is meant to represent people who do not think for themselves and conform to society, bearing many similarities to the terms "basic" and "normie".

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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