Bauer: DeSantis 'gets it' that Americans distrust news media

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Gov. Rick DeSantis (R-Florida)A conservative leader says a Republican governor was likely sending a message recently when he allowed only one particular news outlet into the room to witness a bill-signing.

Ron DeSantis (pictured), the governor of Florida, signed an election integrity bill into law on Thursday, and the only press he allowed in the room was Fox News. Specifically, those who saw it on television as it was happening were watching "Fox & Friends":

DeSantis: "Right now, I have what we think is the strongest election integrity measures in the country. We're making sure we're enforcing voter ID … We're also banning ballot harvesting. We're not going to let political operatives go and get satchels of votes and dump them in some drop box."

Fox was the only news outlet DeSantis allowed in the building to witness the signing – to the consternation of the rest of the mainstream media:

MSNBC: "Here we are on Thursday morning, and no one with the exception of Fox & Friends is being allowed into the room to witness a bill signing."

Gary Bauer of American Values says DeSantis, who has been rumored to be considering a presidential bid, was sending a message to the press.

"So, it may seem a little brash, it may seem a little edgy," he begins, "but actually I think it's a very simple way to send a strong signal that he understands the frustration level of millions of Americans. There is now a [higher] level of distrust of the media and its left-wing biases than we've ever seen in history."

Bauer

According to Bauer, it's a message the tone-deaf mass media is refusing to hear – to its own detriment.

"Is the media ever going to wake up that they are becoming the media of only 40% of the country, and losing their credibility with everybody else?" he wonders.

Governor DeSantis drew rave reviews from conservatives for signing Senate Bill 90 – one of them suggesting that other states should look to Florida as the leader in election reforms and in laying out a process that protects every voter by making it easy to vote … and hard to cheat.

Minutes after the bill was signed, a federal lawsuit was filed against it by the League of Women Voters of Florida and Black Voters Matter.

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