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.
It has come to my attention that some liberal media activists are mad because they aren't allowed into #SunshineSummit this weekend. My message to them is to try crying about it. Then go to kickboxing and have a margarita. And write the same hit piece you were gonna write anyway.
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) July 22, 2022
Are people in media really this clueless? It sure looks that way.
Republicans "are increasingly shirking sit-down interviews, barring journalists from 2022 events, and skipping debates—an aversion to media scrutiny that could upend how the next presidential election cycle is covered," writes @charlottetklein https://t.co/sCndzbyQQQ
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) July 26, 2022
“You’re the worst person ever”
Ok I guess I won’t talk to you then
“HOW DARE YOU” https://t.co/N1ZZmYsmqi
— Theocratic dictator (@theodictator) July 26, 2022
You're just being exposed for what you have been for years: Democrat PR flacks.
An independent press can actually be a very useful check in our system. But we haven't had that for years, and we're tired of letting you play "make-believe" journalism.
— Jeremy Carl (@jeremycarl4) July 26, 2022
— From the Land of Sky Blue Waters 🇺🇸 (@HammsLager) July 26, 2022
Funny, the media doesn’t seem as concerned about the lack of access to the current president.
How many sit-down interviews has the head of the Democratic Party done in the last 6 months, not including late night comedians? https://t.co/bSDyDPWmd2
— Matthew Hoy (@hoystory) July 26, 2022
Wait, the current President practically held himself hostage in his basement during the last Presidential campaign and you're worried about how things might change from the right next time? https://t.co/xOqmQJXxIP
— Jay Lampert (@MortChristenson) July 26, 2022
The mask is off. The Trump years changed everything.
This is outstanding news. Republicans should treat the media like a hostile insurgency hell bent on wrecking the country. Because that’s what it is. https://t.co/gsWMQ5rBti
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) July 26, 2022
The *vast majority* of people in the media are just democrat operatives. It’s not complicated once you filter the news though that lens.
— Jon Nicosia (@NewsPolitics) July 26, 2022
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