Marco Rubio says ‘legacy media’ beats up Ron DeSantis for opposing virus lockdowns
Marco Rubio blasts 'woke' culture. Image via Reuters.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing for Rep. John Ratcliffe, on Capitol Hill in Washington
Meanwhile, Cuomo gets an Emmy.

Florida has avoided the lockdowns and economic restrictions other states have enacted in the most recent wave of coronavirus infections, but at least one U.S. Senator believes the Governor has taken undue criticism for not dropping the hammer.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, appearing on Thursday’s “Fox and Friends,” bemoaned media double standards regarding the libertarian approach of Republican Ron DeSantis and the more activist bent of Governors like New York’s Andrew Cuomo.

Rubio castigated those Governors who envision a more intrusive state role.

“They like the power. They like to step in and tell people, you can’t do this or you can’t do that. And I think that part of it is, as a leader, if you don’t do it you get beat up,” the Senator told hosts Steve DoocyAinsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade.

Rubio sees the contrast between New York and Florida as “the perfect example.”

DeSantis, said Rubio, “and the state of Florida is often characterized in the legacy media as some sort of COVID disaster.”

“But New York, who has less people than Florida, has more cases,” Rubio remonstrated. “More deaths. And nonetheless, their Governor wins an Emmy.”

Cuomo was awarded the prize for his coronavirus briefings, which have been pandemic staples.

“This is stupid … hypocrisy … people see this stuff,” Rubio warned.

The Senator’s comments come roughly 12 hours after DeSantis took to the same network to vent about the “corporate media” misrepresenting his administration’s efforts against coronavirus, even as Florida logged its 1 millionth COVID-19 diagnosis this week.

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

“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.”

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • Sonja Fitch

    December 3, 2020 at 9:24 am

    Only Fox and some of the new right wing extremists bs news services will take the time with Marco! Marco is a weak ass! Marco is a failed and flawed human snd does not try to be a kind and decent human. Marco is counting on those Bible verses to save him! Love one another! Do unto others as you would have them do to you! Marco you are failing even with your “BibleVerse” bs. Vote him out 2022.

  • Ron Ogden

    December 3, 2020 at 10:52 am

    Donald Trump’s greatest achievement is to shine the light on the lackeys in Manhattan who pull the strings of American media, and whose tentacles reach right into downtown St. Petersburg. They despise Americans who won’t fall into line, and the depend upon unthinking liberals, such as those who appear here, to goosestep the nation into permanent subservience.

  • Curtis Chonko

    December 3, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    Ron Ogden, You are exactly right!

  • Curtis Chonko

    December 3, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Sonja Fitch, And in your mind the leftist corporate media is infallible. That’s not exactly a thinking person’s mindset.

  • Tjb

    December 3, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    Just a reminder from a lawsuit against Fox and Tucker Carlson this summer. The Fox attorneys defense was … don’t expect facts but opinions and BS

    Now comes the claim that you can’t expect to literally believe the words that come out of Carlson’s mouth. And that assertion is not coming from Carlson’s critics. It’s being made by a federal judge in the Southern District of New York and by Fox News’s own lawyers in defending Carlson against accusations of slander. It worked, by the way.

    Just read U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil’s opinion, leaning heavily on the arguments of Fox’s lawyers: The “‘general tenor’ of the show should then inform a viewer that [Carlson] is not ‘stating actual facts’ about the topics he discusses and is instead engaging in ‘exaggeration’ and ‘non-literal commentary

  • DisplacedCTYankee

    December 4, 2020 at 4:30 am

    “But New York, who has less people than Florida, has more cases,” Rubio remonstrated. “More deaths. And nonetheless, their Governor wins an Emmy.”

    Floriduh is fast catching up in deaths.

    BTW, governor, it’s “fewer,” not less.

  • DisplacedCTYankee

    December 4, 2020 at 4:32 am

    I meant senator, not governor. Ah, well, it’s Floriduh so what’s the difference?

  • Go back at anytime

    December 4, 2020 at 9:21 am

    Yeah, we should aspire to be Connecticut – the sixth-highest median income and tax burden in the country and yet the state government will have to declare bankruptcy unless they get bailed out. There’s a reason you’re “displaced”

  • Glenn Reihing

    December 5, 2020 at 8:38 am

    And below the link to this article on your main webpage was “Florida Records Largest Single DayJump in Covid 19 Diagnoses Since July.” You know, you just can’t plan that kind of irony. Just sayin’.

  • Joey

    December 5, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    I dont like Trump. But I love when Trump call you Little Marco. Marco Rubio is Weak. He think he will be president. Never because you are WEAK. You never stand up for Floridians .

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