Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) leveled the mainstream media for their coverage of his efforts to reopen his state amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
It is practically a textbook version of how to take down biased journalists—the brand of journalists who actively cheered for devastation after what they thought was an unwise decision to open up Florida. Governor DeSantis made his comments as Vice President Mike Pence looked on.
“You’ve got a lot of people in your profession who waxed poetically for weeks and weeks about how Florida was going to be just like New York,” he said, speaking to reporters. “‘Wait two weeks, Florida’s going to be next, just like Italy, wait two weeks,'” DeSantis continued. “Well hell, we’re eight weeks from that and it hasn’t happened.”
WATCH: @GovRonDeSantis tears apart the media’s totally dishonest reporting on Florida’s coronavirus numbers.
“We’ve succeeded and I think that people just don’t want to recognize it because it challenges their narrative, it challenges their assumption.” pic.twitter.com/HvUr751HjS
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 & get the APP (@TrumpWarRoom) May 20, 2020
The Florida Republican also took aim at journalists for creating a “partisan narrative” over his efforts to successfully navigate the pandemic. “We’ve succeeded and I think that people just don’t want to recognize it because it challenges their narrative, it challenges their assumption, so they’ve got to try and find a boogeyman,” DeSantis explained.
Rich Lowry of the National Review recently penned a column asking, “Where Does Ron DeSantis Go to Get His Apology?”
“If you talk to Governor DeSantis and his team, it’s impossible to conclude anything other than that they have taken this seriously from the beginning, been immersed in the data and research, and crafted a well-considered response,” Lowry writes. “Which makes it all the more astonishing and unfair that the media has been portraying DeSantis as a yokel who was going to get Floridians killed with his lax approach.”
Don’t hold your breath on an apology from the media. They’re too busy fawning over New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose policies actually did lead to “doom and gloom” in his state.
ICYMI here is a recap of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ briefing today pic.twitter.com/zzENxQspih
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) May 20, 2020
Media Actually Cheered for Trump Supporters to Die in Florida
The Washington Post‘s fake conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin was openly predicting more Republicans would die from the coronavirus than Democrats.
Jennifer Rubin wishes more Republicans die of coronavirus than Democrats.
This isn’t surprising once you consider that in August 2019 she also wished that the Republican Party should be “burned down” and that there were no “survivors”
— Rising serpent (@rising_serpent) March 16, 2020
David Zurawik, a media critic for the Baltimore Sun, appeared on CNN to tell Trump voters “now your loved ones can die.”
“People are dying because of his [Trump] foolishness” – Balitimore Sun’s @DavidZurawik on CNN’s @ReliableSources. “You voted for him, you stuck it to the elites for three years, but now your loved ones can die, the game’s over.” pic.twitter.com/ILW7K8f3QA
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) April 12, 2020
But it was Miami Herald reporter Fabiola Santiago who really crossed a line suggesting packed beaches in Florida “should work nicely to thin the ranks” of President Trump and Governor Ron DeSantis supporters. Santiago deleted the tweet and attempted to explain her comments:
In fact, my intent was to sound an alarm about prematurely opening up the country and the state. I was trying to open eyes, minds and save lives, not create a controversy about me instead of the issue, which merits discussion. #StayHome #BeSafe #practicesocialdistancing
— Fabiola Santiago (@fabiolasantiago) April 20, 2020
Contrast that with coverage of Governor Cuomo, who issued a direct order forcing nursing homes to take in COVID patients, resulting in thousands of lives lost. CNN had Cuomo and his brother Chris Cuomo engaging in prop comedy, never once mentioning the nursing home scandal.
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) May 21, 2020
Fox News personality Greg Gutfeld lauded DeSantis’ response, calling it “full Trump.”
“Maybe Trump is contagious, because man, that guy went full Trump and he deserved every moment to say what he had to say because the media held him accountable for things he didn’t do, and meanwhile didn’t hold other people accountable for things they did,” Gutfeld said. “They didn’t hold China accountable and they didn’t hold those responsible for the rest home scandals accountable,” he continued. “They turned Andrew Cuomo into a saint while totally vilifying this guy.” The mainstream media in this country is as corrupt an institute as there is. Good on DeSantis for calling them out.
This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.
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