Ron DeSantis, the Governor of Florida, has shown himself not to be just dynamite on policy, especially in his handling of the pandemic and not giving into no-scientific, fear-based policies, but he’s also quickly becoming perhaps the best politician in the country when it comes to dealing with “journalists.”
It’s not just that he’s willing to engage, but it’s how he engages that makes it so satisfying.
Yesterday, he went viral with how he took another CNN reporter to task, and it may be his best work yet.
From Red State:
In the video, a reporter is attempting to paint Florida’s vaccine roll-out as being botched and overly slow. DeSantis is having none of it, stopping her during her grandstanding and attempting to answer her false allegations. She gets combative and demands over and over to be able to “finish” her question. He eventually lets her, though he was right that she had already asked it and just wanted to give a speech. The second half of the clip is DeSantis just leveling her with what is really happening, ending by pointing out that it’s not the state’s job to dictate to individual hospitals to whom they distribute the vaccine and that attempting such top-down control would be disastrous (he’s right, see New York’s awful vaccine rollout).
Now, there are many in the conservative commentariat who don’t like this. They’d ask why it’s necessary to be so forward and dismissive of a reporter. The answer is that it’s absolutely necessary to kill narratives like this before they even really take their first breath. Florida’s vaccine rollout is not slow. DeSantis, and the federal government before him, have gotten the vaccines where they need to go. At that point, it’s best to let local officials (i.e. the medical facilities themselves) come up with a plan that best suits their situation for distribution. DeSantis notes a hospital in Lee County that is doing just that. The reporter seems to be insinuating that because there was a line, that means things are being botched. No, lines are going to happen if you are giving something out that is in high demand. Insinuations to the contrary are false and obviously partisan nonsense.