Ron DeSantis says critical media coverage of COVID-19 surge has ‘been deadly’
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The Governor said he was glad to be a media 'target.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday argued that media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic has been “deadly,” specifically the framing of Florida’s coronavirus response.

The Governor made the claim in an interview on Fox News, in an exclusive taped the day before with host Dan Bongino, commenting on what the host called “cheap politics” from the press toward the Governor .

“Well, I think in some respects it’s been deadly to people how the media has been,” DeSantis mused, saying that the media “attacked” him for opening state-run monoclonal therapy sites.

“When we had our summer spike, I rolled out 25 monoclonal antibody clinics,” DeSantis said. “But yet when I did that, the media attacked me. They attacked the treatment because they were trying to score political points. So it’s all about their partisan narratives.”

DeSantis groused that the media would “absolve” governors in other states with COVID-19 spikes, but said he was happy to be in the position he’s in.

“So it’s all politics. But I’ll tell ya, Dan, I’m glad I am a target. Because if you’re doing the right things. You’re standing for the principles that made this country great, they are going to attack you for it. So I view it as positive feedback in a way. Because if I’m over the target, I’m getting things done for my constituents. If I’m leading on these difficult issues and they’re attacking me, that means I’m right.” DeSantis said.

“If they never attack me, you know, as a Republican governor, if they don’t attack ya,” DeSantis added, “that probably means you’re probably not doing very much.”

Florida has seen over 60,000 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, and was dealing with the worst pressures on its health care system this summer as the delta variant wreaked havoc. Yet even as DeSantis “rolled out” the therapy sites, he was conscious of critics in the press corps and the contention that the monoclonal sites came at the expense of pushing vaccinations.

“I disagree with people who say you shouldn’t talk about early treatment because that may cause somebody to say: ‘Hey, I’ll just get the treatment,’” DeSantis said at a news conference in August. “Instead, you got to give them the information and let them make the decisions.”

Fox News viewers weren’t the only conservative cable news watchers who got to see DeSantis hail monoclonal therapy options. Over on the One America News Network, a special from this summer (“America’s Governor and Florida’s Grit”) about the treatment modality was airing yet again opposite the Bongino interview.

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


9 comments

  • Concern Citizen

    November 14, 2021 at 10:22 am

    If DeSantis was were to recognize one of the 61,400 Floridian Covid 19 deaths daily, it would take 168 years to complete this task.
    DeSantis covid prevention policies have been deadly to Floridians.

    • TJC

      November 14, 2021 at 11:39 am

      That is the truth, Concerned Citizen, but DeSantis and his followers have never let the truth — or the death of 60,000 Floridians — get in the way of their political bullshit.

  • J Schmit

    November 14, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    this is so much horse &^&^. How many COVID deaths are old sick people who would be dying from something if not COVID or people who died due to cancer or some terminal disease that had a positive COVID test because their immunity and body was already shot. The fact that they want to vaccinate children and those who have already had COVID tells you what BS this virus and vaccine nonsense really is. The JNJ vaccine is 13% effective after 6 months, and they still want to mandate it to everyone.

    • Concern Citizen

      November 14, 2021 at 2:40 pm

      Thank god that you are not a health provider J Schmit.

    • Concern Citizen

      November 16, 2021 at 9:52 am

      Captain, your comment reminds me of the old joke … “People go to Florida to die”.
      With DeSantis’s deadly Covid prevention policies, the joke has again become relevant.

  • tom palmer

    November 14, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Vaccines are cheaper, but that doesn’t fit the MAGA talking points, which also includes a lot of whining about media coverage.

  • GD

    November 15, 2021 at 8:12 am

    DeSantis’ policies are easily the biggest cause of like 30% of those deaths in Florida with Trump, antivaxxers good for another 40%.
    And everyone knows it come election day as the fascist has to face his dictatorship ways.
    Look at the fiasco special secession where they are not going to make Desantis stupid laws that will tie the hands on the next health problem/ pandemic just for political points .
    Had better policies been done we’d have had a better economy 6 months ago.
    But DeSantis was covid’s best friend in Florida.

  • Eddy

    November 16, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    Ya thats right libtard, that half dead preident and those tranny lovers are mandating vaccine/masks. They are the real facists. Dummies like you are scared of a disease that kill less then 1% of the population. my suggestion get your yearly booster and live in bubble, im not scared of the flu.

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