Believe it or not, it has now been 2 years since Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was ambushed by “60 Minutes,” which was pushing a false narrative that he favored the popular supermarket chain Publix — the largest employer in the Sunshine State — for vaccine distribution as a result of campaign donations.
DeSantis was quick to disavow any notions of vulnerability as he quickly put CBS News correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi on notice that she was pushing a “fake narrative,” and it’s fair to say that Team DeSantis has only gotten wiser since in dealing with the media — shortly thereafter, the governor hired firebrand Christina Pushaw as his new press secretary.
One consistency when it comes to DeSantis is that he will not sit down with political activists who feign to be journalists, which leaves the agenda-driven media with fewer opportunities to distort what he said to advance a political narrative.
The end result includes a bit of what was seen Monday when a reporter chased the governor down a flight of stairs. Now, given that Puck News correspondent Tara Palmeri went to such troubles, you might assume she had some really important questions to ask. If so, you’d be wrong — she asked the potential 2024 Republican presidential candidate who his favorite Disney character was.
Here are some of @tarapalmeri’s truly hard-hitting questions:
“I am Italian American too. Does that matter to you? … Why are you against Disney characters? Which one is your favorite one?” https://t.co/ombghdpCzO pic.twitter.com/eZ5PbbEJfU
— DeSantis War Room (@DeSantisWarRoom) May 23, 2023
Team DeSantis shared the video and Pushnaw, who now heads up the DeSantis Campaign’s rapid response effort replied: “Uhhh I think most people would ignore randoms ranting at them about their ancestry and opinions on cartoon characters.”
When Palmeri defended her choice of questions, DeSantis press secretary Jeremy Redfern hilariously responded, “I’m sorry this happened to you, Tara. I hope you find peace during this difficult time.”
I’m sorry this happened to you, Tara.
I hope you find peace during this difficult time.
— Jeremy Redfern (@JeremyRedfernFL) May 23, 2023
As for the decision to avoid the… ahem, reporter, her offerings Monday show this to be yet another wise decision by Team DeSantis — her article was titled, “Ronny on the Run.”
“It was my first personal observation of what DeSantis’s critics mean when they call him a paper tiger—a superficially perfect test-tube Republican candidate who, on closer inspection, is probably not ready for prime-time,” Palmeri tweeted. “[I]n person, I immediately sensed a very different potential candidate: a guarded politician who had no interest in actually engaging with other humans, and was perhaps even a little scared of the spotlight. He had trouble making eye contact with people in the crowd.”
But we have to admit she was persistent, even yelling at the governor’s SUV as he was about to depart the Florida state House.
And the finale. pic.twitter.com/BvygzeUddy
— Tara Palmeri (@tarapalmeri) May 23, 2023
Here’s a quick sampling of the hilarity that ensued as a result of the journalism on display Monday, as seen on Twitter:
If by “peaceably follow” you mean ranting to him about Disney characters like a lunatic. pic.twitter.com/YGMp1oi9Tg
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 23, 2023
Very normal professional interaction
— Christina Pushaw (@ChristinaPushaw) May 23, 2023
I see Pulitzer coming.
— Tanya Berlaga (@TBerlaga) May 23, 2023
Did she just admit to weirdly stalking @GovRonDeSantis ? This is beyond creepy!
— Christopher Calvin Reid (@ReidFirm) May 23, 2023
I want to learn how to slow motion run
— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) May 23, 2023
Well it is Puck News. Funded by TPG Growth where Marc Mezvinsky is a managing director. Chelsea Clinton’s hubby. How I have all this useless info stored I will never know…
— Karla1953 (@Karla1953) May 23, 2023
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