Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s communications team gave a masterclass performance on Tuesday on how GOP officials should respond to interview requests from members of America’s corrupt, legacy media.
After receiving an inquiry from ABC’s “The View” for the Republican governor to appear on the program, DeSantis Deputy Press Secretary Bryan Griffin took to Twitter to explain the administration’s declining of the offer by demonstrating the disingenuous nature of the request.
“[A]re the hosts of the View really interested in hearing from Governor DeSantis about all of the important work he is doing on behalf of Floridians to protect their health and livelihoods, to stand up for parents and children, and to defend freedom?” Griffin asked. “Which of the below statements from the hosts of the View do you recommend our team consider when deciding if the interview will be a genuine pursuit of the truth? Or worth the time?”
The examples documented by Griffin include remarks by Joy Behar, who in reference to DeSantis’s bid to bar schools from forcibly masking young students, called the governor a “negligent homicidal sociopath.”
“What is he doing? He’s risking the lives of children, children’s parents, their grandparents, anyone they come in contact with so he can appeal to his white supremacist base and continue in his career and get reelected,” Behar said.
Other statements cited by Griffin as evidence of open hostility towards Florida’s Republican governor from the show’s hosts include comments issued by Sunny Hostin, who recently referred to DeSantis as a “fascist and a bigot” and has separately characterized his education policies as an attack on “marginalized groups.”
“It started with CRT. Let’s remember that. If you start coming after those — those are anti-history laws. Anti-black history laws really,” Hostin said in February. “If you start coming after black people, who comes next? The LGBTQ+ community, and then women and then other marginalized groups.”
DeSantis’s rejection of “The View” seemingly demonstrates an understanding among some GOP politicians that corporate media talking heads aren’t interested in interviewing Republicans, but interrogating them over why they refuse to support the left’s nonsensical, power-grab policies. As a result of Republicans largely boycotting his outlet over its mistreatment of conservative guests and left-wing propaganda, for instance, CNN CEO Chris Licht has reportedly been attempting to lobby GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill to appear on the network by telling Republicans he wants to “win back [their] trust.”
“The CNN chief spent between 45 minutes and an hour cajoling GOP lawmakers who no longer appear on the network to come back on the air — and assuring them he’d praise producers for inviting them and communicate his displeasure if he doesn’t believe they are treated fairly,” the Washington Free Beacon’s Eliana Johnson reported. “The charm offensive underscores Licht’s effort to reverse the course set by his predecessor, Jeff Zucker, who … helped transform CNN into ground zero for the strident resistance to former president Donald Trump and Republicans more broadly, with personalities like Jim Acosta and Brian Stelter adopting nakedly partisan stances that would once have seemed strange in a newsroom—though it is now par for the course.”
While it’s one thing for journalists to ask elected officials tough questions, it’s quite another for those same individuals to feign objectivity and berate Republicans with Democrat talking points and “gotcha” questions aimed at granting the left’s premise on the policy issue of the day. In declining inquiries from legacy media, GOP officials should take a page from the DeSantis communications team and shove press outlets’ clear-as-day anti-conservative bias right back in their faces. If media organizations want to act like partisan propaganda machines for the left, it’s past time Republicans start treating them as such.