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After the Associated Press published a misleading headline erroneously insinuating Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ donor was profiting off of Florida’s push to expand awareness of and access to monoclonal antibody treatments.

The Governor noted that “Indeed, as the federal government long ago bought the entire stock of Regeneron’s COVID monoclonal treatment, it is not even a plausible concept.”

DeSantis wrote, “The AP produced zero evidence that Florida’s efforts are being undertaken for any reason other than to help Floridians recover from COVID. This will have real consequences for people’s health, especially given that the Regeneron monoclonal antibody treatment has a proven track record and has been touted by both the Trump and Biden administrations.”

He blasted the AP story as “a baseless conspiracy theory” and wrote that the AP’s “false narrative will cost lives. You cannot recklessly smear your political opponents and then expect to be immune from criticism. This is especially true when the effect of your false narrative jeopardizes the health of those who could otherwise benefit from treatment with monoclonal antibodies.” 

“I stand by the work of my staff who went out of their way to provide the AP with the factual information necessary to dispel the AP’s preferred narrative. That their response was effective in exposing the AP’s partisan agenda represented a valuable public service, as it reassured many that the Regeneron monoclonal treatment is effective,” continued DeSantis.

The Governor’s letter concluded: 

The AP’s attempt to create a political narrative has backfired, as the conspiracy theory has been easily debunked and the credibility of your organization has been further diminished. This is what happens when you decide on the headline and narrative before you begin reporting. The corporate media’s “clicks-first, facts-later” approach to journalism is harming our country. 

You succeeded in publishing a misleading, clickbait headline about one of your political opponents, but at the expense of deterring individuals infected with COVID from seeking life-saving treatment, which will cost lives. 

Was it worth it? 


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raylaser
raylaser
5 months ago

What, the MSM fabricating a story? Say it ain’t so! (Sarc)

Dan Moylan
Dan Moylan
5 months ago
Reply to  raylaser

a real headline story would be if they had a story based on actual facts

vladimir
vladimir
5 months ago
Reply to  Dan Moylan

They can’t mention facts or they will hurt their libby snow flake sheep little feelings .

Warroom1717
Warroom1717
5 months ago
Reply to  vladimir

Many of these people don’t want to know the truth because they’re perfectly satisfied complaining with no action. Just like the politicians they support. Msm knows these people crave drama and a validated sense of wokeness, and they’ve found a way to market it. Everything woke turns to shit

vladimir
vladimir
5 months ago
Reply to  raylaser

globalists own globalist msm, one of many globalists owned media that preaches only globalist agendas .

vladimir
vladimir
5 months ago

globalists own the globalist media that only promotes globalist agendas . . . . .

Richard
Richard
5 months ago

Like most of the stories related to Covid more fiction than fact. All designed to put fear in the lives of every American. For the first time war has been brought to your doorstep and a lot of the information is to promote fear and help provide a type of welfare for big Pharma the longer the can draw this out the more money they make. Government caused this problem with it research in a new bio weapon, Dr Fauci and the DOD helped develop and if truth be told release it. These people don’t care about the human cost. Stop relying on them. You came from God and when it is your time you will go back to him, so live your life your rights come from God and not Government.

Ray Tenorio
Ray Tenorio
5 months ago
Reply to  Richard

Amen!

Jawad
Jawad
5 months ago
Reply to  Richard

Your concluding sentence perfectly encapsulates ‘American exceptionalism.’ We are the sole nation on earth to assert that human rights come from God and not from Government. Curiously, our pResident Grand Poo-Bah Joseph Biden has publicly stated that ‘There is nothing special about America.’ Such a remark says more about him than about America.