Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis responded to the newest hit piece of which he was the topic. Last week, the AP implied that DeSantis was selling Regeneron’s COVID antibody therapy solely as a result of a hedge fund that donated to a pro-DeSantis political committee additionally owns shares of Regeneron.
“It was clearly a partisan hit piece,” DeSantis informed Sean Hannity Monday evening on Fox News.
“They’re trying to act like this is not an effective treatment- it was a bizarre theory to boost Regeneron stock price, but as you know Sean, President Trump bought out all of the Regeneron last year, so it’s already been paid for by the federal government. When we take down from Florida to give to patients, there’s no charge for it. It has no financial incentive at all. All we’re trying to do is help people.”
The AP’s assault on DeSantis compares equally to the hit-job CBS’s 60 Minutes ran on the governor in April. Based on hypothesis and a dishonestly edited video clip of DeSantis, 60 Minutes prompt that DeSantis was concerned in a “pay-for-play” scheme for giving Publix first entry to the COVID vaccine. 60 Minutes‘ lie was exposed. Hopefully, for the AP’s sake, it’s more practical in its plan to take down DeSantis.
“The Associated Press does not have political opponents. We do accountability reporting about those in power, regardless of political affiliation,” an AP spokesperson informed Fox News, defending its story on DeSantis.
So the AP does lie. No political opponents, huh?
DeSantis’ press secretary Christina Pushaw additionally jumped in, going after the AP and its reporter Brendan Farrington, who authored the hit piece on DeSantis. That caught the outlet’s consideration. Following Pushaw’s tweets, AP CEO Daisy Veerasingham despatched a letter to DeSantis accusing his aide of “harassing behavior.” DeSantis responded together with his personal letter, claiming the AP ran a “botched and discredited” smear in opposition to him.
DeSantis goes on to inform Hannity:
“Sean, the days of corporate media being able to smear people with impunity and conservatives do nothing- those days are over. I can tell you in Florida, we’re fighting back with the truth and we are going to hold you accountable when you are peddling false partisan narratives.”
Luckily for DeSantis, the AP received’t take any of this personally or permit it to intrude with its future reporting. As the AP says, it’s a down-the-middle information company that treats each political events equally…