The Miami Herald is to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis what CNN was to Donald Trump for the four years of his presidency: Unabashed partisans looking for false narratives to craft and deceptive angles to massage in an effort to discredit the Republican and lift up a Democrat if necessary.
Considering the Herald’s “let’s throw everything but the kitchen sink and see if it sticks” journalistic approach towards DeSantis has been an epic failure every time they’ve tried it, including all the times they’ve used disgraced former Florida Dept. of Health IT staffer Rebekah Jones as part of the plot, it should be no surprise to anyone that they’re now shifting gears and trying another tactic.
The one where you deceive by omission.
The Herald published an editorial a few days ago reviewing the June 24th Surfside, Florida condominium building collapse tragedy that, as of this writing, caused the deaths of 94 people with 22 still “potentially unaccounted for,” according to Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.
In their piece, the paper insinuated that DeSantis was being derelict in his duty to protect Florida residents by “caution[ing] we shouldn’t rush to pass laws until we know exactly what triggered the collapse,” before moving on to look at the state inspections process, financial reserves for condos, and a 2008 law “that required condo associations to pay for a ‘reserve study’ every five years to look at how much longer the condo’s components — from pools to elevators — could continue to operate safely and how much it would cost to repair them when needed.”
The law, they noted, was repealed in 2010. They interviewed the sponsor of the original 2008 bill – a Republican – who suggested that if the law had not been repealed then maybe the Champlain Towers South collapse would have been prevented:
Former state Rep. Julio Robaina, R-Miami, sponsored the bill that created the law after hearing concerns from community associations, he told the Editorial Board. But he said real estate lawyers and property management companies didn’t like the requirement and the Legislature repealed the law in 2010.
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