There’s a minor dustup right now down in Florida where journos were barred from attending Gov. Ron DeSantis’ signing of the state’s new election reform law as it’s a “Fox exclusive”:
NEW: News media is barred from entry at Gov. Ron DeSantis’ signing of controversial elections bill, SB 90. DeSantis spokeswoman Taryn Fenske says bill signing is a “Fox exclusive” pic.twitter.com/NAos6kmtQS
— Steve Bousquet (@stevebousquet) May 6, 2021
Apparently, DeSantis’ office didn’t notify reporters at all about the event until he tweeted about it this morning:
First official notice…. https://t.co/tmA4lWT2fS
— Gary Fineout (@fineout) May 6, 2021
Reporters were seen on video at the site looking through locked glass doors to see what was going on:
— WFLA NEWS (@WFLA) May 6, 2021
CBS News’ Kathryn Watson suggested that Fox News should refuse to cover the bill signing until other journos were let in as well:
If I worked at Fox, I would refuse to cover the bill signing unless all my colleagues at other outlets could. It's the right thing to do. https://t.co/KuscDQ6UcJ
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) May 6, 2021
CNN’s Brian Stelter then retweeted it:
OK, Brian, but what about when CNN does the EXACT SAME THING?
See pic: @brianstelter piling on because Fox News got an exclusive.
Does he remember this?
President Obama gives CNN "exclusive” accesshttps://t.co/0r3m0pu1Vg
If it weren’t for double standards, CNN wouldn’t have any standards at all. pic.twitter.com/RxQmiKHEBm
— johnny dollar (@johnnydollar01) May 6, 2021
Don’t hate the player, Brian. Hate the game:
Capitol Press Corps doesn’t like this, nor do I, but it’s a strategy.
DeSantis’ new strategist Phil Cox helped put this together.
New comms director @TarynFenske helped put this together.
Execution was flawless. https://t.co/jehf6EkHpj
— Peter Schorsch (@PeterSchorschFL) May 6, 2021
Of course, Brian CAN’T do that because he’s playing the same game as everyone else so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.