One staple of many old western movies is that when the crook runs out of bullets in the big gunfight, he throws his gun.
The Washington Post just threw its gun.
Four days before Election Day, the Post, which once brought down a president by weaving together a story about an idiotic burglary, issued a piece slamming Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis for getting married — at Disney World.
This begins with the background.
Earlier this year, DeSantis duked it out with the entertainment giant over Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Law.
The law bans school districts and classroom teachers from implementing lesson plans based on sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K-3.
Disney remained silent while the law worked its way through the process. But under pressure from LGBTQ activists, Disney eventually denounced the law. The company said it should never have passed and vowed to fight to get it overturned in the courts or repealed in the Legislature.
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DeSantis and Republican lawmakers responded by stripping the power from the special tax district that oversees many services on Disney’s property in Central Florida.
Failing to nail DeSantis with anything, although not for lack of trying, the media finally came to this.
As the Post’s headline said on Friday, “Ron DeSantis, who denounced Disney, actually got married there.”
“Before he attacked the company, DeSantis — who is up for reelection next week — was a groom walking down the aisle in a Disney wedding. He and his wife, Jill Casey Black, a former anchor at Jacksonville news station WJXT who goes by Casey, wed at Walt Disney World on Sept. 26, 2009,” the Post reported.
“Neither the governor’s office nor his campaign responded to questions about the wedding. Disney did not respond to a request for comment.”
Probably because both sides could not believe how unbelievably stupid this story was.
The story goes on to detail what DeSantis wore, the reception venue, and Disney’s history as a wedding destination.
Bruce Hamilton, a wedding guest who apparently worked with Casey DeSantis during her time at WJXT, blew the lid off the scandal.
He described the affair as “very elegant,” and added, “I don’t think there was any Mickey presence at all.”
Remarkably, the Post was not alone on the DeSantis wedding controversy. The paper reported that The New York Times and Business Insider were also looking into where the couple tied the knot — 13 years ago.
Conservative columnist Mollie Hemingway likely spoke for many when she tweeted on Saturday, “I literally laughed out loud at this Jeff Bezos hit piece against DeSantis. They’re saying that 12 years BEFORE Disney got super-political in defense of transitioning children, he got married there. OK? Like, find me a single individual who thinks this is a good propaganda hit.”
It’s clear the Post, and the rest of the media, are simply out of ammo.