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Saturday, December 05, 2020

Secrecy and spin Throughout the COVID-19 crisis in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration engaged in a pattern of spin and concealment that misled the public on the gravest health threat the state has ever faced, a South Florida Sun Sentinel investigation has found.

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"DeSantis, who owes his job to early support from President Donald Trump, imposed an approach in line with the views of the president and his powerful base of supporters. The administration suppressed unfavorable facts, dispensed dangerous misinformation, dismissed public health professionals, and promoted the views of scientific dissenters who supported the governor's approach to the disease.

The DeSantis administration's approach to managing COVID-19 information carries costs. It supports a climate in which people proudly disdain masks, engage in dangerous group activities that could spread the disease, and brush aside information that conflicts with their political views. With partygoers packing Florida bars and holiday travelers filling hotels and guest rooms, the state faces a few difficult months before the possible relief of vaccines.

The Florida Department of Health's county-level spokespeople were ordered in September to stop issuing public statements about COVID-19 until after the Nov. 3 election.

The DeSantis administration refused to reveal details about the first suspected cases in Florida, then denied the virus was spreading from person to person " despite mounting evidence that it was.

State officials withheld information about infections in schools, prisons, hospitals and nursing homes, relenting only under pressure or legal action from family members, advocacy groups and journalists.

The DeSantis administration brushed aside scientists and doctors who advocated conventional approaches to fighting the virus, preferring scientists on the fringes who backed the governor's positions.

The governor's spokesman regularly takes to Twitter to spread misinformation about the disease, including the false claim that COVID was less deadly than the flu.

The governor highlighted statistics that would paint the rosiest picture possible and attempted to cast doubt on the validity of Florida's rising death toll."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2020-12-05 01:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

So when will Florida hold this guy accountable for his actions?

From here in California it looks like never.

#2 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-12-05 12:26 PM | Reply

DeSantis is simply a trump clone. But in a state full of rednecks and elderly trumpers, no one is going to be able to shed light that any of them would see. Stupidity and stubbornness rule.

#3 | Posted by Yodagirl at 2020-12-05 01:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

It's a cult.

These people are unreachable.

#4 | Posted by Angrydad at 2020-12-05 02:26 PM | Reply

It's a cult.

These people are unreachable.

#4 | Posted by Angrydad

It's such a cult that people dying of covid insist covid is a hoax with their dying breath.

Trump is good at one thing - thoroughly brainwashing weak brained morons.

#5 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-12-05 03:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Weak brained morons? Here is why you hurtful elitists act the way you do.

As backwards as it may sound, these people feel better about themselves by making others feel worse.
They will typically have low self-esteem, and their misguided way of boosting it is to take aim at another person.

Even though they, themselves, are insecure, a common technique they'll use is to pinpoint the insecurities of others.

Their ego will get temporary relief from its own pain by inflicting hurt upon someone else.

Of course, this relief does not last long, and so the perpetrator is always on the lookout for ways to put people down.

#6 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2020-12-05 03:51 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

More netflix material Fester?

Get those jokes nice and tight.

#7 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2020-12-05 03:59 PM | Reply

Re: #6

Italics

#8 | Posted by hamburglar at 2020-12-05 05:19 PM | Reply

#6 | Posted by phesterOBoyle

Nice self-reflection there, Fester.

#9 | Posted by Angrydad at 2020-12-05 05:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Oh man the NO YUO deflense again.

#10 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2020-12-05 05:50 PM | Reply

As backwards as it may sound, these people feel better about themselves by making others feel worse.
They will typically have low self-esteem, and their misguided way of boosting it is to take aim at another person.

Even though they, themselves, are insecure, a common technique they'll use is to pinpoint the insecurities of others.

Their ego will get temporary relief from its own pain by inflicting hurt upon someone else.

Of course, this relief does not last long, and so the perpetrator is always on the lookout for ways to put people down.

#6 | Posted by phesterOBoyle

You just explained the secret to trump's success. Losers who's lives suck want everyone else to suffer like they do, so they elect trump to exact revenge for them against everyone who is smarter or more successful.

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-12-05 08:09 PM | Reply

Not surprising. Florida is America's sewer.

#12 | Posted by jvel777 at 2020-12-05 10:38 PM | Reply

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