Accuracy in Media

The stark difference in coverage of Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a perfect example of how mainstream media treats Republicans and Democrats differently.

The governors took very different approaches in addressing COVID-19: New York was one of the first states to issue a shutdown order, while Florida took longer to shut down. Florida also chose to open early while New York remains relatively shut down. The media failed to use actual data when comparing the two, however.

CNN tried to blame DeSantis for a coronavirus outbreak among the Miami Marlins even though the outbreak did not occur in Florida. The players contracted COVID-19 at an away game in Atlanta.

Meanwhile, CNN was more interested in Cuomo “slamming the Trump administration on their COVID response” than analyzing his response in his own state.

 The Washington Post reported that coronavirus has ravaged Florida thanks to DeSantis. Its coverage of  Cuomo primarily focused on his book release rather than his COVID response.

The reports presented under the guise of concern and public safety. But Florida is seeing a much lower death rate than New York – theirs is .02%, while New York has a .07% death rate.

Florida is seeing 46 deaths out of 100,000 people in comparison to New York’s 168 people per 100, 000 people.

DeSantis made an early decision to close down visitation to nursing homes. Contrasting this with Cuomo’s deadly nursing home decisions — the recent coverage of the two governors doesn’t seem to add up.

The media has been critical of DeSantis from the beginning. From reports on his “bizarre campaign ad” to the assertion that he was trying to disenfranchise voters. Cuomo, on the other hand, has mainly enjoyed media speculations of a presidential run in 2024.

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