Every time you think CNN’s lack of journalistic integrity can’t possibly surprise you, the network outdoes itself with a claim so without merit — so utterly fabricated in a cesspool of political bias — it shocks you yet again.
On Saturday’s edition of “CNN This Morning,” host Boris Sanchez welcomed guest Richard Foglesong, a professor emeritus of political science at Rollins College and author of Married to the Mouse: Walt Disney World and Orlando to discuss Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s recent reclaiming and renaming of the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which the media giant has self-governed since 1967.
With a chyron that continues to refer to DeSantis’s Parental Rights in Education bill as the “Don’t Say Gay Law” plastered on the bottom of the screen, Sanchez brought up DeSantis’s “presidential aspirations.”
“As you mentioned, Governor DeSantis does have potentially presidential aspirations. In the recent moves that he’s made, it’s notable that, as you said, he is a Republican,” Sanchez told Foglesong. “Republicans are typically much more friendly to private businesses, right? What do you make of what critics are calling an infringement on a private entity?”
On its face, the question was misleading.
Prior to DeSantis, Florida wasn’t just “friendly” to Disney, it allowed it to operate independently from state law. The media giant was even able under the previous agreement to grab land outside its District’s territory by declaring eminent domain, BizPac Review reported.
‘There’s a new sheriff in town’: DeSantis officially makes Disney ‘pay its debt,’ company announces 7,000 layoffs https://t.co/8ZbYENxHkG pic.twitter.com/f03pc4vU3I
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 10, 2023
Foglesong couldn’t believe the governor would object to such an unbalanced arrangement.
“Yeah, I was shocked last summer when this was proposed,” he replied, “and I’m shocked now too.”
“We’ll see how it plays for him,” the author continued. “He is a cultural warrior. We know that.”
DeSantis’s move, he explained, is all about his aversion to “wokeness.”
“This all started with his attack on wokeness, wokeness in our public schools, wokeness in the diversity and training program used on campus, so to speak, by the Disney company,” Foglesong said, “and we’ll see whether politics have changed enough so that an anti-wokeness strategy that he is pursuing maybe therefore in his presidential campaign will work even when he is using it against major corporations and punishing them, in effect, for speaking out.”
Florida legislature moves to expand controversial Parental Rights bill https://t.co/9KkkJaE2SA pic.twitter.com/rVSj1Jl4aZ
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 13, 2023
Of course, DeSantis wasn’t seeking to “punish” anyone.
With the Parental Rights in Education bill, he aimed to prevent teachers from exposing children in third grade or younger to sexual content and discussions of gender fluidity in the classroom.
When Disney loudly declared its creepy support of teachers talking to little kids about sex, DeSantis pushed back.
With Florida’s House Bill 9B, DeSantis announced, “There’s a new sheriff in town.”
“What I said really for the last six/nine months is: Disney is no longer going to have self-government,” DeSantis said. “They’re not going to have their own government. Disney is gonna pay their fair share of taxes and honor their debts. And that’s exactly what this proposed piece of legislation will do.”
But Foglesong used the legislation to smear the governor with baseless and offensive speculation.
“Will other big companies, Ford Motor, the ones that advertise at the Super Bowl, are they frightened that this governor, if president, would do the same thing to them when they run commercials that show racially mixed couples together?” he asked.
To be clear, Governor Ron DeSantis has never voiced any objection to or made any move against interracial couples.
But if you’re on CNN, facts simply don’t matter when you’re pushing an agenda.
“We’ll see if that happens, but politics has changed,” Foglesong said without challenge from Sanchez. “It’s more about cultural issues these days than it was about — than it is about economics, taxes, issues of that sort.”
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