As Governor DeSantis oversees recovery efforts the media looks for a fight.
The bodies of two children have been discovered, bringing the updated confirmed death count at the collapsed condominium in Surfside, Florida to eighteen. The work is slow, arduous, and unrewarding but deeply necessary, as fragments of hope remain that rescues can still take place. The community is still rocked and teams of workers and organizers are on site, including Florida’s governor, yet some in the press are intent on turning the focus onto Gov. DeSantis.
It has been a disturbing reality that in this time of serious work there have been those in the press looking instead to use this tragedy to score political points. The latest comes from The Washington Examiner, which is reporting that Gov. DeSantis is upset with a planned rally by President Trump for this weekend and supposedly calling for the event to be postponed. This is pointed at as an alleged feud between the former president and the presidential hopeful, a political drama being woven at a time when the focus is actually on more dire needs.
Former President Donald Trump is rejecting pleas from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to postpone a campaign-style rally this weekend some 200 miles from the Miami suburb where an international search-and-rescue mission is excavating bodies from the site of a collapsed seaside condominium.
DeSantis’s office has “made a direct plea” to the former president’s team, calling on it to postpone the Saturday event in Sarasota. One Florida Republican bluntly said Trump and his team need to “read the room.”
This continues the practice we have seen from the press in the past week showing a willingness to stoop to making political hits in the wake of a baffling tragedy. The Washington Post accused DeSantis of irresponsibility in issuing an emergency order, when the facts were he had done so in brisk fashion. Then there was the farcical charge that deregulation orders had been behind the building collapse. These were not just political critiques but journalistic errors, absent facts that could be found through
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