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Add the word "hypocrite" to the verboten list. DeSantis and others screech about the freedom to decide whether to mask, and then attack anyone who CHOOSES to wear a mask, and harangue them with debunked nonsense about masks being ineffective. Looks like the media has deemed access to this clown more important than holding him to any standard of decency.
I agree with the "theater theory". It was the same obvious manipulation of the public discussion as that time the vice poodle Pence and his gang of clowns went to an NFL game so they could be filmed walking out when players took a knee during the national anthem. And of course, the press genuflected.
By the way...Note how the CCCP has totally buried the story about Trump taking all those classified documents to Mar-A-Lardo. Nope, the CCCP don't want you to wonder about how many of those documents wound up in Putin's hands...
"Now we're in a situation where we need to make sure the parent's rights are protected" - Ron DeSantis, at a press conference in July2021, where he announced that there will be no mask mandates in the state of Florida, in opposition to CDC guidelines and the wishes of many local school boards, who were elected, of course, to represent and make decisions for ALL the parents and students. My first thought, when I saw him unload on those kids was: it's a sorry state of affairs when the Governor of your state is the least mature person on a stage full of high school students. What a jackass and a bully.
It is likely the students who removed their masks at DeSantis' rude dictate will spend the remainders of their lives wishing they had instead just punched the governor in the nose.
Face it, the political press wants President DeSantis if they cannot have Trump back. He will bring nearly as much daily drama as his role model. Sadly for the country, he's smart enough to succeed where Trump failed, and we will be left in a kleptocratic oligarchy run by people who will make Trump and his thugs look like pussycats.
It’s just so frustrating and infuriating that a thug like DeSantis continues to be normalized by our free press. DeSantis is no less an insurrectionist than the other thugs who attacked the Capitol. He and his administration are modeling the new American authoritarianism. Just like Trump, he operates and governs as if he, alone, rules, and only his wishes matter.
It can’t be the case that the press doesn’t see this. What else but abject cowardice can explain what keeps the press from covering this man and his administration as the proving ground of autocracy he/it is.
And he is only one of many Republican state executives and legislative bodies that the press cowardly refrains from covering as the laboratories of autocracy that they have become.
How ironic that the press covers the war in Ukraine on one hand and on the other, they step toe around would be dictators like Trump and DeStantis right here at home.
The CCCP isn't playing dumb. The Corporate Controlled Conservative Press LOVES DeSADIST. If they can't have their beloved Trump back in the Oval Office they will do anything to put DeSADIST there.
I take a completely different tack. The media were easy on Deathsantis because he voiced what so many of them think. They, like the GQP/GOP, are "tired" of Covid and for them, it's over (though for the GQP, it's never existed in the first place). Anyone still wearing a mask or social distancing are doing "liberal fear performance theater."
Journalists give lip service to the elderly, the immunocompromised, and the youngest children who are vulnerable to Covid—hey, sorry, we all gotta go sometime, amirite?—and as for long Covid, nearly ignore it, even though we are learning more about just how awful it is. They want to go to parties, socialize, and have their kids in school full time, regardless of high numbers of cases (suck it teachers' union).
I know that most times the journalist writing the story is not the person writing the headline. The headline writer / page editor is begins the spin, and the corporate bosses influence is asserted.
Bullies like DeSantis always punch down, and the cowards and bootlickers cheer them on, lest they be punched themselves. The smug mug next to DeSantis looks like he’s ready to enforce the punch-down, too.
In this case the press might be both afraid of being punched and also doing a little punching-down themselves.
I saw several articles kicking DeSantis in the ass, and one (Politico) that seemed to actually justify him being such an asshole. I just don't think people care. It's a nothingburger story in the middle of a war.
All I could think of when I saw this was that these young people will never ever vote for this assh@le. Let’s not also forget that DeSantis’s own children go to private schools where masks and all other safety protocols have been in effect since day one.
The agony of the media in its attempts to honor a misbegotten credo of "bothsidesism" is showing again. Today we see this cowardice in covering the assholery of a likely presidential candidate (and he's running in November to keep his throne in Florida as well), but even worse is the wimpy coverage of the great economic news we received this morning - Biden could make it rain gold coins, and we'd hear about how cloudy it is today. I imagine the reportage on the Ukraine war is just as lazy. Please also read Dan Froomkin's latest on how the press just cannot get it right when reporting economic news. I'm just so damn fed up.
The WaPo just posted this article by Greg Sargent describing how Tucker and Just Dumb Vance are justifying doing a 180 on Ukraine. The best is Tucker’s excuse. The reason he didn’t take the threat of Putin starting a war seriously was “If the Russian threat were all that dire, President Biden wouldn’t have sent Harris abroad to handle diplomacy!”
It’s Biden’s and Harris’s fault that Tuckum got duped!
Great video. Jack Antonoff knows how to create an enthusiastic anthem. It took me away from all the bad news. Except I cannot help but think the press is bullied by this regime. They do not want to displease their daddies. Now I'll go back to thinking about music and fun.