Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) on Wednesday, May 20, unloaded on members of the media for their reporting on Florida’s response to the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic and their grim predictions of massive numbers of deaths and hospitalizations in the state.
“Our data is available, our data is transparent, in fact Dr. Birx has talked multiple times about how Florida has the absolute best data, so any insinuation otherwise is just typical partisan narrative trying to be spun,” DeSantis said. “And part of the reason is because you got a lot of people in your profession who waxed poetically for weeks and weeks about how Florida was going to be just like New York: wait two weeks Florida’s going to be next, just like Italy, wait two weeks.”
My Governor is a boss. https://t.co/WN58sisEvh
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) May 20, 2020
“Well hell, we’re eight weeks away from that, and it hasn’t happened. Not only do we have a lower death rate—well we have way lower deaths generally–we have a lower death rate than the Acela Corridor, D.C., everyone up there,” DeSantis continued. “So we’ve succeeded and I think that people just don’t want to recognize it because it challenges their narrative, it challenges their assumption, so they got to try to find a boogeyman—maybe it’s that there are black helicopter circling the Department of Health. If you believe that, I got a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.”
DeSantis has every right to be offended. Florida was nationally mocked and decried as a zone of death while Cuomo was hailed as the press conference king. The death count tells the truth about who actually failed his people.
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) May 20, 2020
DeSantis also responded to the media’s criticism over the firing of Rebekah Jones, a data analyst for the Florida Department of Health who worked on the state’s CCP Virus dashboard. The media trumpeted the firing with Jones’s claim that she was let go for refusing to manipulate data to support the state’s reopening.
“She’s not a data scientist. She’s somebody that’s got a degree in journalism, communication & geography. She is not involved in collating any data; she does not have the expertise to do that. She is not an epidemiologist; she is not the chief architect of our web portal; that is another false statement, and what she was doing was she was putting data on the portal, which the scientists didn’t believe was valid data,” DeSantis explained.
“So she didn’t listen to the people who were her superiors; she had many people above her in the chain of command, and so then she was dismissed because of that and because of a bunch of different reasons about how she did,” he said, adding that Jones is under active criminal charges, charged with cyberstalking and cybersexual harassment.
On Monday, DeSantis announced that his state’s phase one of the reopening plan went into full effect since the state implemented the stay-at-home orders in March due to the pandemic.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) May 15, 2020