Ron DeSantis says ‘corporate American media’ slants coverage of Florida’s COVID-19 efforts
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 11/4/20-Gov. Ron DeSantis makes a statement on the 2020 general election Wednesday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. DeSantis did not take questions from the media. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

FLAPOL110420CH02
Florida crossed the million case threshold this week. Is media the problem?

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday hit Fox News to take a virus victory lap, even as Florida logged its millionth COVID-19 diagnosis this week.

The Governor, appearing on the Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson, said that coverage bashing Florida’s approach to the coronavirus was “all political” and “agenda driven” by the “corporate media.”

DeSantis was responding to a question from host Carlson about “gleeful reporting” from mainstream media about the Sunshine State’s struggles with COVID-19.

The Governor said the coverage was “all political.”

“Obviously, they have an agenda,” DeSantis related. “Very partisan. It was an election year, and I think the fact that Florida was considered a key swing state had a lot to do with it.”

“But at the end of the day,” DeSantis added, “even when we had the Sunbelt Surge, our hospitals worked, we worked with what we had to do. They were trying to say the hospitals were overcrowded. It wasn’t factually true.”

“A lot of it’s agenda driven,” the Governor groused. “You look at some of these states that have way more per capita cases, hospitalizations, mortality, and you would never know it if all you followed was the corporate American media.”

Even as cases surge in Florida, the Governor feels confident enough to frame the narrative, a play he has made throughout the coronavirus cycle. In the spring, he stood with Vice President Mike Pence and slammed in-state media for its coverage of the administration’s efforts, using language tinged with a tragic irony after cases surged soon thereafter.

“You got a lot of people in your profession who waxed poetically for weeks and weeks about how Florida is going to be just like New York,” DeSantis said, wagging a finger at reporters. “Wait two weeks. Florida is going to be next. Just like Italy. Wait two weeks. Well, hell, we’re eight weeks away from that, and it hasn’t happened.”

With cases on the uptick again, driven by Thanksgiving travel and such, it remains to be seen if future negative coverage will be so easily dismissed as a product of the “corporate American media.” But the Governor, in a friendly forum, workshopped the talking point.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


6 comments

  • Sonja Fitch

    December 3, 2020 at 2:29 am

    Duffus Desantis Fing blaming blaming and blaming for Duffus Desantis Fing failures! Get out you low life piece of scum! Desantis you have and are still willingly killing and SLAUGHTERING Floridians!

  • Tom Baxter

    December 3, 2020 at 8:47 am

    I don’t trust DeSantis’s FDLE mediated numbers, but even after fiddling the numbers are still a horror show kind of like Trump’s America. Florida’s COVID mortality and morbidity far exceed New Zealand, Taiwan, Ireland, Iceland, South Korea, Canada, Australia combined.

  • Palmer Tom

    December 3, 2020 at 9:17 am

    The governor, of course, has no political agenda.

  • Bob

    December 3, 2020 at 9:43 am

    I’ve never simped harder for a governor. I don’t care how bad this pandemic is, we don’t restrict an individuals right to make a living.

  • Conservative always

    December 3, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    He is 100% correct.

  • Tjb

    December 3, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Ron DeSantis tell the families of the Floridians who died from Covid 19 that the coverage was political. Your lack of properly addressing Covid 19 to please Trump has killed too many Floridians needlessly. Your decisions on Covid 19 has made you the most prolific serial killer in America.

Comments are closed.


#FlaPol

Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Roseanne Dunkelberger, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Kelly Hayes, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Andrew Wilson, Wes Wolfe, and Mike Wright.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704




Sign up for Sunburn


Categories