Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ press secretary Bryan Griffin is doing a great job filling in the large shoes left by Christina Pushaw, who left the position to join DeSantis’ gubernatorial campaign. Pushaw never hesitated to post emails from reporters seeking comment, and Griffin is no different. In this case, a reporter from the New York Times is working on a story — shockingly — about Republican rhetoric “about a civil war or a revolution or a national divorce.” (Yeah, remember the time famously outspoken Republican Kathy Griffin tweeted, “If you don’t want a Civil War, vote for Democrats in November.” Or Republican journalist Major Garrett saying we’re “85 percent there” on the way to civil war?) The calls are coming from inside the house, New York Times.

In any case, DeSantis said the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago was something a banana republic would do, and the reporter just wants to know, was DeSantis calling for violence?

Opinion: “OK, we are a banana republic,” by Paul Krugman. Was Krugman calling for violence with that New York Times column?

Exactly. “DeSantis’ press secretary chose not to comment on whether the governor’s words were a call to violence.”

Keep posting these emails, because it just proves what we already knew: The reporter has an angle in mind and then writes the story to fit, with the “journalism” part reaching out to conservatives to give them maybe a sentence in the piece to give “balance” to the piece.


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