One recent poll showed that just one-third of Americans, a near-record low, trust the national media to tell them the truth — although perhaps not surprisingly, 70% of those media believers were Democrats.
If anyone wonders why Americans who are not leftists don’t believe the media, look to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.
On Friday, the longtime Washington fixture and prominent liberal interviewed Vice President Kamala Harris.
At one point, she asked Harris, “What does [Florida] Gov. Ron DeSantis not know about black history and the black experience when he says that slavery and the aftermath of slavery should not be taught to Florida schoolchildren?”
This was an outright lie.
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DeSantis has never said such a thing. Moreover, as The Free Press has repeatedly reported in recent days, Florida state law requires public schools to teach black history and slavery.
The law mandates, “The history of African Americans, including the history of African peoples before the political conflicts that led to the development of slavery, the passage to America, the enslavement experience, abolition, and the history and contributions of Americans of the African diaspora to society.”
“Students shall develop an understanding of the ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping on individual freedoms, and examine what it means to be a responsible and respectful person, for the purpose of encouraging tolerance of diversity in a pluralistic society and for nurturing and protecting democratic values and institutions.”
Mitchell’s lie gave Harris an opening to bash the popular Republican governor.
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Yet three days later, Mitchell still refuses to correct the record or apologize for misleading viewers, according to Fox News on Monday. MSNBC also did not acknowledge the fake narrative.
DeSantis’ communications team pointed out Mitchell’s lie to no avail.
“Shameful. This question from @mitchellreports exemplifies everything wrong with corporate media,” tweeted Bryan Griffin, DeSantis’ press secretary.
“They’re not accidentally terrible at their jobs–they’re maliciously intent on deceiving people. @GovRonDeSantis never said this, and FL has extensive black history requirements.”
Another spokesman, Jeremy Redfern, noted that he pointed out Mitchell’s lie to her executive producer and got no response.
Other conservatives also chimed in.
Clay Travis of the conservative sports website Outkick.com tweeted a clip of Mitchell’s question, adding, “This is pretty unbelievable. @NBCNews @mitchellreports claimed @GovRonDeSantis won’t allow slavery or the aftermath of slavery to be taught in Florida schools?! How the hell does this question happen? And how has @NBCNews not apologized for the lie?”
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Vernon Jones, a former Democratic state lawmaker in Georgia who became a Republican and a Donald Trump supporter, tweeted that Griffin “took Andrea Mitchell to school.”
The blogger who goes by Right Scoop on Twitter trashed Mitchell for smearing DeSantis with a “blatant shameful despicable OUTRIGHT LIE.”
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