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Democrat Activists of Media Shocked That Republicans No Longer Want to Talk to Them

Democrat Activists of Media Shocked That Republicans No Longer Want to Talk to Them

DeSantis spokeswoman: “write the same hit piece you were gonna write anyway”

The vast majority of the American media is openly hostile to Republicans. They treat them like an enemy, not even trying to hide their bias anymore.

It makes perfect sense for Republicans to deny them access and regard them with suspicion.

And yet there are people in the media who are clutching their pearls over this. What do they expect?

Charlotte Klein writes at Vanity Fair:

Will Republicans Shut Out the Press in 2024?

This past weekend, Florida governor Ron DeSantis and Sen. Marco Rubio, both of whom are up for reelection this fall, headlined the Republican Party of Florida’s annual Sunshine Summit. Other high-profile Florida Republicans were also in attendance at the Hardrock Hotel & Casino event, which this year tried something new: after seven years of being open to the press, “it limited which media could attend, giving inside-the-room access to right-wing outlets that give the governor positive coverage,” Politico reports, adding that traditional GOP figures were “largely replaced by the conservative social media influencers with massive followings who have recently moved to Florida and become some of DeSantis’ most vocal backers.”

Many local and national mainstream outlets were unable to get press credentials, according to the Tallahassee Democrat, including the Miami Herald, Politico, Florida Politics, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. A Florida wire service, the Wall Street Journal, and Business Insider were among the few mainstream outlets allowed to cover at least some parts of the weekend:

“It has come to my attention that some liberal media activists are mad because they aren’t allowed into #SunshineSummit this weekend,” DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw tweeted Friday. “My message to them is to try crying about it,” she continued, “Then go to kickboxing and have a margarita. And write the same hit piece you were gonna write anyway.”

This was the right response.

Are people in media really this clueless? It sure looks that way.

Funny, the media doesn’t seem as concerned about the lack of access to the current president.

The mask is off. The Trump years changed everything.


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Good! It’s about time to treat enemies as the enemies they are. If they want to be constantly hostile, they should be treated the same way. I only hope that most candidates have the balls to follow through.

Steven Brizel | July 27, 2022 at 5:08 pm

The legacy media has lost any sense of objectivity. Would conservatives be welcome at a Democratic national convention?

What happens when ‘media’ takes a side.

Here in CA, we call the GOP the “Please don’t hit me again party”.

Good for DeSantis. Wish it were more universally true.

Fox News lost me forever with the Wallace/Trump debate. Now that Wallace is gone, I have thought of giving them another try but have found I get along just fine without them.

First principle of Marketing–it is cheaper and easier to keep a customer than find one.

    Peabody in reply to lichau. | July 27, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    I heard that Joe Biden has reached a deal with Putin to trade California for Brittney Griner.

      lichau in reply to Peabody. | July 27, 2022 at 7:19 pm

      Putin is too smart for such a one sided deal.

        Peabody in reply to lichau. | July 27, 2022 at 7:36 pm

        That is funny!

        Milhouse in reply to lichau. | July 27, 2022 at 10:32 pm

        No, it would be a great deal for Putin. California’s a great place, apart from its voters and government. A Russian takeover would take care of that problem. If California were to become a republic within the Russian Federation, whatever puppet government Putin installed there would almost certainly be better than the one they’ve got now. It would probably be better for the Californians too, once they got over themselves. The state’s resources would be exploited efficiently, so industry would revive. Putin would surely do whatever is possible to revive the agricultural sector that has been choked almost to death by the federal and state governments (mostly federal). The state would become less attractive to would-be welfare bums from south of the border, but more attractive to those looking for honest work. The race hustlers wouldn’t know what to do with a government that openly admitted to being racist and didn’t care. After a while any pro-democracy movement would be shouted down by people saying “We remember when we had democracy, and this is better”.

          geronl in reply to Milhouse. | July 27, 2022 at 11:10 pm

          State-run oligarchic enterprises are more efficient in your mind? Sure, I guess we’ve a;; been buying those Russian made mobile phones, laptops, TV’s and cars after all.

          Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | July 28, 2022 at 12:48 am

          What Russia has is more efficient than what California now has.

          Evil Otto in reply to Milhouse. | July 28, 2022 at 6:26 am

          So, did you have your sense of humor surgically removed? It was a joke. No need to go on and on about how it isn’t true.

          Dimsdale in reply to Milhouse. | July 28, 2022 at 11:07 am

          The ChiComs would be far more likely to take over Californica.

          Milwaukee in reply to Milhouse. | July 28, 2022 at 12:23 pm

          What Milhouse said….”What Russia has is more efficient than what California now has.”
          I agree.
          Rome was great, if you were a Roman citizen. The occupied territories welcomed liberation. Lower taxes and less interference from government. The current government in California appears to me, from my seat in Texas, to be draconian. But then again, I neither dine or work at the French Laundry Cafe.

    Ironclaw in reply to lichau. | July 28, 2022 at 9:19 am

    Fox lost me when they called Arizona for the pedophile while people were still voting.

Spokeswoman nailed it.

AF_Chief_Master_Sgt | July 27, 2022 at 5:45 pm

Whoopie Goldberg: “You are a fucking nasty racist Nahhhhhht-ZEEEEEE”

Conservatives: “Fine. We won’t talk to you”

WG: “You are a fucking nasty racist Nahhhhht-ZEEEEE!”

If anyone can make blacks look bad, that stupid see you next Tuesday is the one.

When Leftist reporters call for a comment on their piece *after* it has already been published with “Republican refused to comment.”…
When Leftist reporters interview a Republican for two hours, write a two page hate-filled article with one quote, and that’s chopped into a tiny fragment…
When Leftist reporters do an interview (looking at 60 Minutes and their ilk) and use the editing room to chop it into something totally different than the real interview, *including* comments after the camera is “turned off” but still running…

Gee, I wonder why smart Republicans record the whole interview and sometimes are perfectly happy to publish it in the entirety while the reporters are still chopping away, or worse (for the Leftist press), secretly record the interview and wait for the chopped-up distortion to be published, *then* publish the whole interview to show how biased they are.

    (arrgh, no edit function) My favorite Leftist trick (60 Minutes was famous for this) is the ‘two camera’ edit when they take an interview question and answer, then splice a totally different question into the sequence with the camera ‘looking’ at the interviewer so it looks like Question B is being asked instead of Question A.
    Original question: Do you like puppies?
    Edited question: Do you like puppies chopped into smoothies?
    Answer filmed: Oh, I love puppies.

    lichau in reply to georgfelis. | July 27, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    A smart politician would only agree to live interviews. Nothing recorded and cut & spliced.

“…increasingly shirking sit-down interviews…” makes it sound as though there is some obligation to sit down with these left-wing activists and having them misrepresent what is said or making it up altogether. I’d rather have non-legacy media with larger reach actually just reporting what I say than these left-wing propagandists masquerading as journalists actively working against me. Christina Pushaw is right…they’re going to write the hit pieces anyway, why bother showing up at the event? I would refer you to Whoopi Goldberg and the View for examples. (Who cares about facts?)

    drsamherman in reply to Idonttweet. | July 30, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    I noticed that term “shirking” also. Typical leftist narcissism—they believe their demands are commands to be obeyed. Sorry—not having any part of it. They can shout about anything until they are blue in the face, and I could care less.

Fox needs to be ignored too. They are already featuring that slime ball Pence as if he is the shoo-in 2024 GOP nominee while ignoring Trump entirely.

    So, you want to ignore Tucker Carlson just because he’s on Fox?

    I heard the new VP of Fox News was a Biden staffer or something

    Stuytown in reply to Pasadena Phil. | July 28, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Dear Pasadena Phil, Mike Pence served Trump faithfully for 4 years, even during the most chaotic times when many jumped ship or were forced out. Further, Pence is a faithful conservative and Republican. That you and others can’t accept that he certified the election, in accordance with his Constitutional duty (and in the absence even of a proposed alternative slate of electors), is a guarantee of a Republican debacle in 2024. Your man was good. I voted for him twice. But he was and remains crazy. Grow up already.

I was amused recently when Don Lemon said this, as if the media has not for years been hostile to anything not leftist.

“CNN anchor Don Lemon asserted Thursday the media should not treat Democrats and Republicans as equals because the GOP is “very dangerous to our society.””

This is just the same old same old from the media. “Shut up and do what you’re told, racist scum!”

Better to learn from your mistakes than keep making the same mistake over and over again.

Trump hurt himself repeatedly by sitting down with leftist “journalists” and it is a mistake countless earlier Republicans made which I am glad is being corrected now.

I think what’s going on is that they have been taken in by their own propaganda.

Most reporters are profoundly ignorant; especially the products of the most prominent “journalism schools” for the last 50 years or so. Most of them have never read the constitution in the original English, and wouldn’t know how to. They’ve only read “readers’ digest” or “for dummies” type summaries, and some haven’t even read that, but merely gathered a vague picture of what it says from other reporters’ explanations.

For a century or more the news industry has pretended that it has a special role in the constitution. That the “freedom of the press” in the first amendment refers to it, and gives it special privileges in view of that role.

Industry flacks even gone so far as to call it a “fourth estate”, even though not one of them in ten can name the other three estates. I’d bet that most people who use that term, “fourth estate”, imagine that “estate” is a fancy word for “branch of government”, so they’d say the other three estates are the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary. Some are even more ignorant than that, and would say it’s the president, the house, and the senate.

And my point is that they actually believe this. They’re not faking, they actually think they play a “vital role” in our system of government, and therefore they are owed access to all political actors, and if they are shut out then the system is not functioning as the founders designed it. Hence the outrage when politicians who actually know what they’re talking about treat them like the reprobates they are.

    Ironclaw in reply to Milhouse. | July 28, 2022 at 9:22 am

    I’d say that rather than a fourth estate, they’re more of a fifth column.

    Neo in reply to Milhouse. | July 28, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    I see this as a preview of the next Republican Presidency.
    The White House Correspondents Association will kick and scream but if they look like a propagandist, they will not be credentialed.

    drsamherman in reply to Milhouse. | July 30, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    Have to disagree with you Milhouse. The mainstream media is not a Fourth Estate, but a Fifth Column—a profound difference.

      Milhouse in reply to drsamherman. | July 31, 2022 at 1:44 am

      Of course they’re not a fourth estate. That was my whole point. We don’t have three estates here in the USA, just one. But the news industry flacks don’t know that; their own propaganda portrays them as a “fourth estate”, and they believe it.

Comanche Voter | July 28, 2022 at 12:13 am

What part of the phrase “sod off you lying pond scum” don’t these journolists undertand? The boys and girls on the “journolist” list take their direction from the mother ships–NYT and WaPoo so they don’t really need to talk with Republican politicos–they just spout the daily Journolist line.

Fat_Freddys_Cat | July 28, 2022 at 8:42 am

I don’t know if these so-called journalists understand this, but it isn’t just Republican politicians who no longer trust them. Wide swaths of the population at large don’t believe what comes out of the Pravda Press.

No, I don’t suppose they do understand. They won’t stoop to talking to an ordinary American unless that person has purple hair, fourteen “pronouns” and a t-shirt that says “Celebrate! I just had my 21st abortion!”

Another Voice | July 28, 2022 at 3:03 pm

I find it quite interesting how DeSantis deals with the water carriers for Biden and the entire lefties crowd in the Big Top. Shutting them out, ghosting them as the term is used which inflames them and subjecting them to write about what they were not allowed to hear first hand. In turn, in order to hold on to their own job come up with bogus crap to sensationalize their reporting. DeSantis is following the lead of Trump for free coverage but with the twist, DeSantis does not acknowledge or defer to them in his public speaking. I see it as DeSantis taking the high road which is much more insulting to be ignored then demonized. To demonize is to give them a voice. The hoot is DeSantis and Trump both play the leftie’s and progressive media for their own benefit for air time without having to pay for it. The end result, whether it is a shout out for DeSantis or Trump, it ends with shutting down the progressive left Democrats.

A guy I know recently sent me a podcast on an historical topic. The topic was interesting but it was presented generally from a point of view of the left. This guy I know is extremely bright. When I told him (graciously) that the podcast was interesting but that I didn’t agree with the point of view, he said he didn’t think there was a point of view. In other words, he and the millions, do not even recognize that information is presented from with a viewpoint. They think the WP and NYT and the rest are objective.

I have no argument with Milhouse’s analysis. For years I have looked at the media as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democrat Party, tasked to do its bidding. But I have changed that opinion slightly. I now see the Democrats and the media as a joint venture. The media agrees to run stories beneficial to the Democrats and against Republicans, no matter how fabricated and dishonest. They cover for Democrat corruption, perjuries, destructive policies, and serial stupidities. In exchange, the Democrats provide them with easy access to those in power, advance notice on stories that the media and Democrats can exploit for mutual gain, and a place at the table when policies are formulated. Once the media heads participate in the formulation of the policies (they being virtually always of one mind), the media will then promote it as they would a sitcom or sporting event. What is humorous is that these clowns in the media take themselves as “journalists” so seriously.

    henrybowman in reply to Henry P. | July 29, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    “I now see the Democrats and the media as a joint venture.”

    You know it by the game they play: when the swamp intelligence community wants an excuse to persecute someone, but has no evidence, they leak a story to their pet scriveners that so and so is suspected of such and such, and it gets duly printed. Then the intelligence community becomes shocked, simply shocked, to “learn” of these credible allegations and investigates immediately.

    The whole game reeks of Cordwainer Smith’s line: “This animal says another animal told it to do something.”

drsamherman | July 30, 2022 at 3:24 pm

It takes a very special kind of stupid, e.g. Michael Calderone, to whine about being shut out of Republican candidates and events when his own rag has been nothing but a source of Democrat polemics for decades. It is virtual and real toilet paper—with the exception that at least real toilet paper is two-ply and is flushed immediately when used.