How much longer must we pretend that our national media is objective or fair? Once more people answer we’re past that point, exposing its liberal bias and creating an avenue for outlets generating conservative-leaning news may end up as President Donald Trump’s biggest legacy.
The latest example – about number 2,764,923 – comes from CNN, and involves Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
After Trump, DeSantis makes a solid case to be the media’s leading political Boogeyman, especially on COVID-19.
On Tuesday, after he refused to kow tow to the media’s game, CNN anchor Brianna Keilar called the governor an “ass” without a blink or stutter.
In a segment with reporter Rosa Flores, Keilar lauded her performance – well, reporters have become much like actors these days – for holding DeSantis accountable, speaking truth to power, or something.
“I think maybe one of the reasons the governor might have been frustrated is that you have been a tireless questioner of Gov. DeSantis, as Florida has had a number of issues with its coronavirus response,” Keilar told Flores, “which might be part of the reason why he was being such an ass instead of just answering your question, at a time when Floridians need answers and their health and their lives are at stake.”
Such objective journalism right there.
If you missed the exchange Keilar was referring to, it occurred at a press conference on Monday.
Flores launched into an Jim Acosta-style oratory disguised as a “question,” asking “Governor, what has gone wrong with the rollout of the vaccine?”
She then starts to list DeSantis’s supposed screw-ups, but he stops her cold.
When she tried to continue, he said, “You just said what has gone wrong. so I’m answering your question,” he said. When Flores again tried to articulate the faults, the governor stopped her again.
“So, you gonna give a speech or ask the question? You asked the question, I’m gonna answer it,” he said. “I’m trying to finish my question,” Flores replied. DeSantis shot back, “You’re giving a speech. You asked the question.”
Still, Flores tried again, and DeSantis punched back: “You gonna ask how many questions? You get three? They (other reporters) only got one question. Why do you get three?”
At one point, DeSantis resigned himself to letting her go. Flores raised the issue of elderly Floridians waiting in line overnight to get the vaccine. After Flores gave the governor a couple of examples, he asked, “Did you investigate why that happened?”
Flores responded that he was the governor, which is why she was asking him.
DeSantis then calmly explained lengthy wait times could be attributed to how the state distributed the vaccine, of which only limited amounts are available.
He said the doses were provided to local hospitals, and it seems hospitals offered it “first come, first served” rather than urging people to make appointments at Florida’s online scheduler.
That led Flores to ask: “So are you saying there was no plan?” – immediately after DeSantis explained the plan.
The governor then added, “The state is not dictating to hospitals” how to do their jobs. “That,” he noted, “would be a total disaster.”
Thus, to Keilar and other liberals, Flores is a hero of the republic – while on the other hand, conservatives viewed her as a hack.
On Twitter, columnist and podcaster Stephen Miller noted, “Eh, Trump loses his temper and starts name calling. DeSantis turned it around on her and showed she had no idea what’s she’s talking about except just to attack him as she has been directed to do by CNN. She comes off really unprofessional here.”
Another Twitter user observed, “Guy just has an immense amount of common sense and doesn’t put up with a lick of bullcrap. He’s like Trump with a shut-off valve. 2024”
Another added, “DeSantis is a perfect combo of Trump and (Vice President Mike) Pence. He is Trumpy but still measured.”
Yes, and there is what the media won’t tell you.
As conservative commentator Ben Shapiro tweeted on Tuesday, Florida ranks 22nd in the country in COVID deaths per million, despite having the second-largest population of people 65 and older.
New Jersey and New York rank first and second, respectively, in death rate, but are 30th and 26th in the number of elderly people. Yet DeSantis – instead of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo or New Jersey Gov Phil Murphy – is “whom the media have anointed Public Enemy #1.”