No governor’s story is as emblematic of media malpractice in the era of coronavirus than of Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. An opponent of the draconian lockdowns eroding liberty at the stroke of a pen, DeSantis has angered statists more than has any Republican in the past year except for Donald Trump.
By refusing the one-size-fits-all approach demanded by Dr. Anthony Fauci, a triumphant DeSantis has become both a villain to the left and a hero of the right. Florida’s death rate remains half that of locked-down New York and New Jersey as of this writing, amid significantly freer conditions.
Few Americans would know this with a cursory glance at the media coverage. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo writes books on leadership, receives an Emmy, and frolics with his brother on prime-time television while the same media vilifies red-state governors who choose to keep their states open. The double-standard coverage exposed itself again this weekend.
On Saturday, while the embattled