The major media has stopped its coverage of COVID-19 cases in Florida amid a steep fall in new cases because doing so would threaten Democratic leaders around the country still clinging to coronavirus restrictions, two leading conservative talk radio hosts claimed on Friday.
During a segment on “The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show,” Sexton claimed that not much is being said by media outlets and leftist political pundits lately after railing on GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis and his less-is-more approach to virus lockdowns for more than a year.
“Why is it that you are not hearing about the Florida COVID caseload so much anymore?” the former intelligence analyst asked. “We were on this show and talking to you about it in July and August because the media was convinced Ron DeSantis… ‘doesn’t care about old people or children dying of COVID’ – [saying] horrible things.”
Sexton added that conservatives noted the mainstream media’s continuous negative coverage of DeSantis by blaming the Florida governor and potential 2024 presidential candidate for spikes in COVID-19 in far-off places like the northeastern United States and Hawaii.
“We knew that it was absurd,” said Sexton. “[T]hey were scoring cheap political points, when we all know there is a seasonality to the virus.”
On Twitter, Sexton added: “It’s [sic] seems so odd that the media holds Ron DeSantis personally responsible for a surge in COVID cases in Florida in the summer but feel no need to mention a rapid 50% case decline in the fall, doesn’t it?”
It’s seems so odd that the media holds Ron DeSantis personally responsible for a surge in COVID cases in Florida in the summer but feel no need to mention a rapid 50% case decline in the fall, doesn’t it?
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) September 30, 2021
Later, co-host Travis noted that DeSantis’ policies in Florida and the decline in cases is “so threatening to the Blue Checkmark Brigade [on Twitter] and to the Anthony Fauci’s of the world [and] the Biden administration.”
“[Florida] didn’t implement a mask mandate, didn’t do COVID passports and the cases still went down,” said Travis after his co-host mentioned there has been a 50 percent decline in COVID cases across Florida over the past two weeks.
“Florida has proven how much the Fauciites are filled with ‘Emperors who have No Clothes’,” Travis added.
(Source: Fox News)
Earlier, Hawaii’s Democratic Gov. David Ige put in place a “Safe Travels Program” in which travelers to the Aloha State from the U.S. mainland are required to submit negative COVID tests from preapproved vendors and are mandated to wear masks. In June he said that as vaccination rates increase, restrictions would ease. As of May, however, 55 people had been arrested for violating quarantine restrictions as well, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.
And in New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul said she will call up the state’s National Guard to fill healthcare vacancies created by workers who either refused to get a COVID vaccine or otherwise could not get one, while New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered residents of the city to present proof they have been vaccinated before they are allowed to enter restaurants, bars, theaters, and other businesses and venues.
Sexton and Travis went on to point out that in some countries like Australia where COVID restrictions and lockdowns are universal throughout the country — and causing unrest — there are no so-called test states to compare policies with, as there are in the U.S. with Florida and other parts of the country.
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