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Zorro

(15,945 posts)
Mon Mar 30, 2020, 01:54 PM Mar 2020

When DeSantis shut reporter out of coronavirus briefing, he shut out all Floridians

Gov. Ron DeSantis denied Mary Ellen Klas, a Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times reporter in Tallahassee, access to his coronavirus press conference on Saturday. It was vindictive, petty — and illegal. He should be ashamed — not because he thinks he put one over on a reporter, the Times or the Herald. No, to them it’s not personal.

Rather, he should be ashamed because, in not allowing Klas to do her job and ask the serious questions that deserve his serious answers, he is really denying access to the Floridians who look to these media outlets for vital information.

There’s no denying it: DeSantis, like some — but not other, more-conscientious — Republican governors, is taking his marching orders from President Trump, who is still downplaying the intensity of COVID-19’s grip on the nation, ignoring medical experts and playing politics with Americans’ very lives. After all, the president had threatened to hold coronavirus aid hostage unless certain governors who have criticized him play nice. Deplorable.

But that’s why, when Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious-disease expert, warned in early March that there was “community spread” of the virus in the state — a worrisome sign — Florida’s governor pushed back, claiming, No, there isn’t any such thing. That was another early and worrisome sign.

https://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article241597106.html

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When DeSantis shut reporter out of coronavirus briefing, he shut out all Floridians (Original Post) Zorro Mar 2020 OP
Well, I mean, she could've gone to the beach underpants Mar 2020 #1
He was voted in to office. Go figure. Firestorm49 Mar 2020 #2
Florida was one state where Russian hacking of the voting machines was already proven. BComplex Mar 2020 #3

BComplex

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3. Florida was one state where Russian hacking of the voting machines was already proven.
Mon Mar 30, 2020, 02:30 PM
Mar 2020

That's why we have to secure the election of 2020.

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