Semafor: DeSantis Is Avoiding Liberal Media!

Semafor: DeSantis Is Avoiding Liberal Media!

Semafor: DeSantis Is Avoiding Liberal Media!

There’s a new-ish media outlet in town called Semafor, and it’s run by former Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith and former Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith (no relation). Well, with such sterling (liberal) credentials, you know exactly where this is going. Semafor is yet another liberal news magazine that says they are attempting explain everything to the “little people” instead of letting them search for the truth.

And really, what would you expect from an outlet co-founded by Ben Smith, whose greatest hits include running the Steele Dossier on Buzzfeed? Why go searching for the truth, when you could JUST read Semafor and accept their version of it!

So, what kind of groundbreaking news is Semafor trying to bring to the masses that absolutely no one else is talking about or explaining? Drumroll please…

OH MY GOD NO NOT THAT. (/sarc) You mean to tell us, Semafor, that Governor Ron DeSantis is refusing to talk to liberal media outlets? Why, what makes you think that?

In August, a producer for “The View” emailed Ron DeSantis’ team hoping to book the Florida governor on the daytime talk show in the days before the midterm elections.”

DeSantis declined the offer to chat with Whoopi Goldberg and Meghan McCain. Instead, he sat down with Will Witt, the 26-year-old founder of the Florida Standard, a conservative website that launched just days earlier. The governor took the opportunity to complain about the mainstream media and tout his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, under the heading: “EXCLUSIVE: Governor Ron DeSantis and Will Witt Interview.”

Over the last year, DeSantis has given just a handful of interviews. Almost all of them have been with Fox News primetime or morning hosts or major conservative podcasters. But he’s also carved out time for the Florida Standard and a similar site called Florida’s Voice, which launched in 2021.”

So, the entire premise of this article is to complain that Ron DeSantis didn’t accept an invitation to watch his own brain cells shrivel and die while trying to have a rational conversation with the women on “The View”? When that offer was extended last August, the DeSantis team declined while pointing out some of the times where the women on “The View” had some rather harsh words for the governor of Florida.

As you can see, Joy Behar called DeSantis a “negligent, homicidal sociopath” and Sunny Hostin says he’s a “fascist and a bigot,” and Semafor decides THAT’S the example of DeSantis shunning liberal media that they want to highlight? Also, who fact-checks Semafor? There’s a rather large oopsie in their assertion.

Let’s address Semafor’s assertion: Ron DeSantis is not talking to “traditional” media outlets, only to “friendly” ones. Yeah, that’s what politicians DO.

Ding ding ding! Biden consistently does softball interviews with mainstream outlets that won’t press him on hard or embarrassing things, which is why Biden can literally drift out during an interview and the left just ignores it.

Biden also consistently snipes at the press himself if they aren’t kissing his ass. Just look at all his interactions with Peter Doocy. But to an outlet like Semafor, calling Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a bitch,” as Biden did, is probably proof positive to them that Grandpa Joe DOES talk to the “other side.”

What is the point of this article? The author, Max Tani, gives the game away near the end.

It’s unclear, however, whether DeSantis could run a national presidential campaign through sympathetic conservative channels alone. His hostility toward the mainstream media may echo Donald Trump’s in spirit, but he seems to be taking Trump’s press philosophy a bit more literally than the former president ever did.”

Trump spent most of his career playing a game of love and hate with massive, conventional media, from the New York tabloids to NBC, which carried “The Apprentice.” During 2016, Trump regularly called in not just to Fox News but CNN, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” and NBC News. During the Republican primary he dialed up reporters at various print and smaller digital outlets to chat.”

Aha. There it is. The liberal media wants is assuming that DeSantis is going to run for the Republican nomination, and want every opportunity to pit him against Trump as early as possible. Why? They want the ratings. Donald Trump was ratings gold to the liberal media, and they want him back so badly. Just look at all the jobs being cut from media outlets that made bank on being “Trash Trump 24/7.” Once he was no longer president, everyone stopped watching. If they can get DeSantis to talk to them, then Trump will react. And if Trump reacts, THEN they have a story!

DeSantis has a state to run, and isn’t interested in playing the media’s game. Semafor can whine all they want, and I expect that other media outlets will follow suit and whine about DeSantis not being “fun” and “friendly” to them like Trump was. Remember how this game is played. The new guy is always worse than the last guy, and the last guy was always practically Hitler. That’s how it has been for the last several presidential elections, and how the liberal media likes it. Semafor is just joining the early chorus of the same old song, because this is the same old liberal playbook. Let’s see how long a media outlet like this can last.

Featured image: Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, official portrait, public domain

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