‘News Weak’ dragged for spinning DeSantis signing of ‘new bear-killing law’

The liberal media never loses sight of the vast potential Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis represents when it comes to the future of the Republican Party and never passes on an opportunity to disparage him.

The latest journalistic contortion centers on a law that permits residents to use lethal force against a bear if they believe there is an “imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury” to a person, pet, or substantial damage to a dwelling.

And while Newsweek reported as much, the outlet ran with this headline: “Ron DeSantis Signing New Law About Killing Bears Raises Eyebrows.”

The article said HB 87, which DeSantis signed into law on Friday, is “sparking debate and concern among wildlife advocates and others.” Of course, the alternative to not using lethal force when under “imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury” is a potential fatal mauling.

DeSantis Communications Director Bryan Griffin responded on social media to Newsweek’s headline choice, cleverly using a capital D — as in Democrat — to spell out the term “editor.”

“The @Newsweek e(D)itors who write headlines didn’t think it was worth mentioning the law only permits killing a bear if in ‘imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury,'” Griffin posted on X.

Florida Democrats also got in on the distortion game, as seen when State Rep. Anna Eskamani (Orlando) bemoaned in a post on X that DeSantis “signed multiple bills into law, including legislation that makes it easier to shoot and kill black bears.”

The irony here is that Eskamani is a former Planned Parenthood executive who continues to make the right to kill an unborn child a central part of her legislative efforts.

Yet, the efforts to tarnish Ron DeSantis over every little thing pays off with her low-information base:

However, as one social media user noted, not only are there “a LOT” of black bears in the Free State of Florida, but the number of encounters with humans is equally high:

For the record, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission lists 39 reported “incidents of physical contact” between a black bear and a human stemming back to 2006.

Here’s a quick sampling of other sensible responses to the story, as seen on X:

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