Amid an ongoing reputational crisis involving two of its star reporters, The Washington Post apparently felt now was a good time to try to hammer Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Desantis’ spokeswoman Christina Pushaw reminded the Post that, no, it actually wasn’t.
Pushaw tore into the Post on Twitter on Monday for several errors in a story about the Sunshine State’s Republican governor.
As highlighted by Pushaw, the Post reported:
- That Florida’s new state budget is $101.5 billion. It’s actually $109 billion.
- That DeSantis killed $35 million in funding for the Tampa Bay Rays’ practice facility because the team called for gun control after the Uvalde massacre. DeSantis plainly said when he axed the funding that he didn’t believe taxpayers should fund sports facilities for pro teams.
- That he “threatened” the Special Olympics with a $27.5 million fine for requiring its athletes to get COVID-19 vaccines. In reality, the so-called fine emanated from the Florida Department of Health enforcing a state law that banned vaccine passports. The fine was never imposed because Special Olympics obeyed the law.
- That DeSanitis “has not commented” on the Uvalde massacre. In fact, Desantis talked about the police failures before the Post published its article. He noted that the gunman met no “resistance” as he entered the school, and DeSantis discussed that in the context of the 2018 school massacre in Parkland.
- That DeSantis was set to ban “Medicaid coverage for transgender people of any age.” In reality, the state Agency for Health Care Administration is considering a rule to block taxpayer-funded transition treatment for people with gender dysphoria. Even if the rule passed, all other types of care would still be available to transgender people under Medicaid.
On Monday, Pushaw tweeted at the Post’s top editors that she hoped they could “take some time out of their busy schedules negotiating middle-school conflicts between their staffers on Slack and respond to the issues with this article, including the blatant factual errors.”
That was in reference to one of two major scandals now plaguing the Post.
In one, a longtime lefty political reporter, Dave Weigel, was suspended after he retweeted a joke that a female colleague deemed sexist.
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Meanwhile, that came amid an ongoing dust-up over bullish tech reporter Taylor Lorenz’s story about Johnny Depp’s trial, in which sources she quoted claimed they were never contacted by Lorenz.
Late Monday, Pushaw said on Twitter that the Post had corrected three of the errors she had highlighted. She was still waiting on the other two.
On Tuesday, she had changed her Twitter cover photo to a screenshot of a Post story proclaiming conservatives were wrong to predict that gas prices would spike under President Joe Biden. Her pinned tweet paraphrased the slogan the Post adopted under former President Donald Trump: “Democracy dies when media lies.”
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