Journalist Under Fire for Using “Pathetic” and Old Hit Piece on DeSantis
(RepublicanDaily.org) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has gone from strength to strength since taking up his current role, and there’s now increasing speculation about his potential as a presidential candidate. Naturally, this means he’s subject to more intense media scrutiny than ever before in his career. However, as ProPublica journalist Alec MacGillis recently learned, DeSantis’ growing profile isn’t an excuse to attack him over minute details of his personal character.
On Saturday, October 22, MacGillis shared a Financial Times article about DeSantis on Twitter, quoting a passage alleging the now-governor would find an excuse to leave dates early during his university days if they took issue with his pronunciation of the word “Thai.”
Yikes: "According to a friend, DeSantis would tell dates he liked Thai food, but pronounced it 'thigh.' If they corrected him, Finch wrote, he would find an excuse to leave. 'He didn’t want a girlfriend who corrected him.'" @JoshuaChaffin: https://t.co/hgPwPVhqdp
— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) October 22, 2022
The journalist’s fellow Twitter users quickly began mocking him for what they viewed as pointless criticism. One jokingly opined the “walls are definitely closing in” on the governor over this revelation. Another stated the Financial Times article and MacGillis’ tweet were examples of journalism’s “failure to cover real issues,” and this was part of the reason why a “red wave” is on the way. Yet another criticism highlighted the past failures of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in comparison to DeSantis’ supposed wrongdoing.
Biden hung out with segregationists and Harris kept innocent men in prison to advance her career, but this is bad too.
I guess. https://t.co/HKqdFY20iI
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) October 23, 2022
What do you think? Is this a valid reason to criticize Ron DeSantis, or is it a case of nit-picking?
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