Media Furious After Fake News Smear On DeSantis Implodes
Another day another fake news attack on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis fails.
Recently, DeSantis announced that he would be opening COVID clinics that will provide antibody treatments and Regeneron for anyone diagnosed with the coronavirus.
The goal is to make more treatment options available and reduce the amount of hospitalizations.
Right on cue, Associated Press reporter Brendan Farrington publsished a story titled, “DeSantis top donor invests in COVID drug governor promotes.” The story implied that the Governor was pushing the use of Regeneron because of a Chicago-based hedge fund donated to a political committee that supports him.
“Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — who has been criticized for opposing mask mandates and vaccine passports — is now touting a COVID-19 antibody treatment in which a top donor’s company has invested millions of dollars,” Farrington began the piece. “DeSantis has been flying around the state promoting Regeneron, a monoclonal antibody treatment that was used on then-President Donald Trump after he tested positive for COVID-19. The governor first began talking about it as a treatment last year.”
The AP admitted that it’s not “not unusual for hedge funds to have a wide range of investments.” The story also relented that medical experts agree with DeSantis on the effectiveness of Regeneron. “The drugs, when given within 10 days of initial symptoms, have been shown to cut rates of hospitalization and death by roughly 70%.”
DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw ripped the Associated Press for the misleading story.
“Hey @bsfarrington. Sad to see this cheap political innuendo from AP. Should be ‘DeSantis & Biden Agree Monoclonals Save Lives.’ You KNEW this isn’t a story. You KNOW you can’t defend it. You said your ‘boss’s boss’ wouldn’t change the headline—& you refused to tell me his name,” Pushaw wrote in response.
Pushaw posted a variety of proof pointing out the flaws in the report and that the Associated Press just wanted the headline.
As usual instead of accepting responsibility for his fake news report Farrington then made it all about him claiming he’s getting death threats.
Just because there wasn’t a concrete error doesn’t mean the entire story wasn’t misleading. There is zero evidence of any conflict of interest or corruption. Because it didn’t happen. Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Take responsibility. Nobody should be sending death threats https://t.co/WWmsGdgpCV
— Christina Pushaw (@ChristinaPushaw) August 18, 2021