Florida Governor Ron DeSantis excoriated a CNN reporter after she attempted to ‘give a speech’ rather than ask a question about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in his state.
CNN reporter Rosa Flores seemed desperate to frame her question in a manner that blamed DeSantis for trouble in delivering the vaccine.
“Governor, what has gone wrong with the rollout of the vaccine that we’ve seen phone lines jammed, websites crashing …” Flores began.
DeSantis answered succinctly, that there is “a lot of demand,” but the reporter continued speaking over him.
“Excuse me, excuse me, you just said, ‘What has gone wrong?’ so I’m answering the question,” DeSantis interrupted.
“If I could complete the question, though,” continued Flores.
DeSantis quipped, “So you’re going to give a speech, or are you going to ask a question? You asked a question and I’m going to answer it.”
The two engaged in a further testy back and forth.
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Ron DeSantis Deftly Takes Down CNN Reporter’s Narrative
Just as DeSantis had predicted, the reporter would eventually complete her ‘question’ which involved assigning blame to the governor for seniors having to wait for the vaccine.
“To complete it for you, governor, we’ve seen websites crash, and also, senior citizens waiting overnight for the vaccine,” Flores said.
DeSantis, however, wasn’t about to play games and called her out for not investigating the issue prior to making her claims.
The Republican governor explained that the coronavirus vaccine was distributed to hospitals and it is the experts at those hospitals who decide how to dispense it.
“So the state is not dictating to hospitals … that would be a total disaster,” he said.
OUCH! Ron DeSantis embarrasses CNN at Covid press conference https://t.co/e0c4tOQcnK
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) January 5, 2021
Not the First Time DeSantis Has Handled Biased Reporters
Incidentally, if CNN reporters are so concerned about the health and well-being of senior citizens, why aren’t they swarming New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s press conferences and asking him similar questions?
Cuomo is a guy who refused to listen to the experts when he personally issued an executive order forcing nursing homes to take on patients that had tested positive for coronavirus, resulting in an untold number of elderly deaths.
But yea, it’s DeSantis who is the senior-hating bad guy for letting doctors and hospitals determine who gets the vaccines first.
If you are wondering why @GovRonDeSantis is trending….
Another activist posing as a journalist over at @CNN questioned him about the vaccine rollout in Florida without doing any investigative work of her own.
He exposed her.
It was glorious.
— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) January 5, 2021
This isn’t the first time DeSantis has exposed media activists during the pandemic. He absolutely mauled them back in May when they tried to suggest Florida was being irresponsible in handling the pandemic while New York had done things right.
WATCH: @GovRonDeSantis tears apart the media’s totally dishonest reporting on Florida’s coronavirus numbers.
“We’ve succeeded and I think that people just don’t want to recognize it because it challenges their narrative, it challenges their assumption.” pic.twitter.com/HvUr751HjS
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) May 20, 2020
No state in the country has seen more death than New York. It’s not even close.
And even now, the Empire State has seen 80.6 average daily cases per 100k people in the last seven days, compared to 60.5 for Florida.
Florida is again doing things right while NY flounders. In FL hundreds of thousands of senior citizens have been vaccinated and more every day. In NY? None. This is inexcusable. we’ve known the vaccine is coming since summer. Sadly we have the most Covid deaths of any state.
— George E. Pataki (@GovernorPataki) January 5, 2021
Rather than giving speeches, CNN reporters should be thanking DeSantis for his competent leadership during the pandemic.
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