As we told you earlier today, CNN Florida reporter Steve Contorno decided that it was a good time to try and compare Gov. Ron DeSantis’ actions during Covid-19 to what he was doing as a dangerous hurricane approached his state:
As DeSantis prepares Floridians for Ian, he is urging residents to heed advice from the same local leaders he suggested they ignore during COVID and praising a federal agency he previously alleged withheld aid to the state bc Biden was playing politics.https://t.co/CB8Dxjj8w2
— Steve Contorno (@scontorno) September 28, 2022
The two crises aren’t remotely comparable, but that’s not about to stop these CNN newshounds. CNN senior reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere later doubled down on Contorno’s tweet with this offering:
Hurricanes & politics tend to run into each other in Florida, but this time it’s with a governor who has put himself at odds with many local government officials and who has been looking for fights with a president he may end up running against… 6 weeks before Election Day: https://t.co/mbpcciOyQT
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) September 28, 2022
At that point, former DeSantis press secretary — now head of the governor’s re-election campaign’s rapid response team — had some decent advice:
Not everything is about politics. If you see a Cat 4+ hurricane approaching the coast of the United States and your first instinct is baseless partisan speculation, perhaps you should stop calling yourself a journalist.
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) September 28, 2022
“Baseless partisan speculation” pretty much sums up a large segment of the media these days.
They are so gross!
— Kristi (@Kristi_Weaver4) September 28, 2022
And in the coming days that grossness will probably only increase.
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