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Florida governor blasts media for terrible COVID-19 coverage

Andrea Widburg of the American Thinker writes that Florida’s governor has released his “inner Trump.”

Florida chose a different lockdown path from the rest of America, protecting old people and letting other Floridians mostly roam free. The media gleefully predicted disaster and have been disappointed that Florida has avoided the disaster and emerged from the pandemic scare with flying colors. On Wednesday, Governor DeSantis let the media know how disgraceful their reporting about Florida has been.

With an approving Vice President Pence standing beside him, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida gave conservatives a thrill when he let the media know how awful their behavior has been regarding Florida’s approach to the coronavirus. It was a performance that would have made President Trump proud, because DeSantis, instead of accepting and defending against the media’s pro-Democrat narrative, attacked the media for having a narrative in the first place. …

… A National Review interview with DeSantis shows that he wasn’t just lucky when his non-lockdown policy paid off. What happened most states was a mindless panic. Then, as more data emerged, Democrat governors ignored new data and continued the lockdowns. DeSantis, however, carefully and constantly monitored data to craft his strategy for navigating the pandemic. …

… Of course, at any time, governors in lockdown states could have looked at the data about elderly mortality (as Phil Kerpen did in a Twitter thread) and changed course – but they didn’t. Instead, they stayed the stupid course. …

… It would not be unreasonable to file manslaughter charges against all the Democrat politicians and bureaucrats who ignored the data and turned nursing homes into death chambers. Governor DeSantis, meanwhile, should get a medal, both for his policy choices and for his beatdown of the media.

Follow Carolina Journal Online’s continuing coverage of North Carolina’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic here.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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