An attempt by a corporate media news anchor to perhaps smear or shame Gov. Ron DeSantis with the “d” word turned out to be an epic fail because entrepreneur David Sacks skillfully and politely turned the spin back at the journalist.
“He was the first governor to stop these insane lockdowns despite a hostile media,” Sacks also declared during an interview on Bloomberg TV.
When Bloomberg Technology host Emily Chang specifically described the Florida Republican as “a very divisive figure,” moreover, it was revelatory of the conformist, one-size-fits-all echo chamber within which liberal journalists, and by extension most Big Tech movers and shakers, dwell.
To the chagrin of the corporate media, DeSantis has effectively balanced Florida’s public health needs with economic and educational considerations as well as preserving individual liberty and championing free speech. As has been well documented, DeSantis has energetically opposed vaccine mandates and mask mandates.
DeSantis calls on US to rethink Australia alliance: Are they ‘freer than communist China, right now?’ https://t.co/y3S8zBPAt8 pic.twitter.com/31d7kaIYoY
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 29, 2021
In the above-referenced interview with the venture capitalist who was formerly PayPal’s chief operating officer, Chang questioned Sacks about hosting a fundraiser later this month for DeSantis which she framed as follows:
DeSantis is “obviously, is a very divisive figure,” she claimed, “has made some choices that are questionable when it comes to public health. I know that you don’t necessarily agree with all of them, but why do you support such a divisive candidate, especially given the global health crisis we are still facing?”
With some verbal jujitsu, Sacks essentially rejected the premise of her loaded question.
“Why is he inherently more divisive than, say, Gavin Newsom or someone on the other side of the spectrum?” Sacks wondered rhetorically about the lockdown-loving, far-left authoritarian Calif. Democrat governor.
“What I would argue is that words like ‘polarizing’ and ‘divisiveness’ — they assume a normative baseline in which everybody agrees. Everyone in the tech industry agrees because they all come from a certain information bubble, and anyone who deviates from that orthodoxy is perceived as divisive,” he continued. “I would argue that the country, there is a multiplicity of views, and you’re not divisive just because you don’t agree with the orthodoxy of Silicon Valley.”
Tech investor David Sacks tells @emilychangtv why he's hosting a fundraiser for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis https://t.co/kublTbvmfR pic.twitter.com/L3UfFmLyVx
— Bloomberg TV (@BloombergTV) October 12, 2021
Sounding a bit like Chris Wallace when he is dissatisfied with an answer, Chang asked “why DeSantis over many of the other candidates who you could host fundraisers for? I know you’re bullish on Florida, but DeSantis and [Miami] Mayor Suarez, who was actually on the show early this hour, are on very different ends of the spectrum.”
Sacks replied that he’s donated to both pro-business officials. “I like Suarez because he’s been extremely welcoming towards the tech ecosystem in Miami. I think that is a smart strategy. I don’t get why the politicians in San Francisco don’t do that. They’re killing the golden goose.
“In terms of why I like DeSantis, he was the first governor to stop these insane lockdowns. He found the right policy on lockdowns, which was to stop them, and he did it despite an extremely hostile media. So I respect that. When somebody takes the right position on an issue, despite the hostility of the media, that’s something I can really respect. That’s why I support him.”
Bloomberg TV is one of the entities of the company co-founded and majority-owned by failed 2020 Democrat presidential candidate and ex-NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Sacks reportedly donated to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016 and backed the unsuccessful Newsom recall. The DeSantis fundraiser is scheduled for October 22 in San Francisco.
Americans seeking more job opportunities and lower taxes as well as more personal freedom are pouring into Florida from all over the country. A recent study by the Foundation for Government Accountability praised DeSantis’ stewardship of the economy, which includes incentivizing individuals to go back to work.
DeSantis ending pandemic unemployment kicked Florida's economic recovery into ‘overdrive’, study finds https://t.co/KbxdUAvobV #Florida #MakeAmericaFlorida
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) October 12, 2021
“Today, there is more job creation, more economic activity, and less unemployment thanks to the economic stewardship of Gov. DeSantis. In particular, the governor’s decision to end the $300 weekly unemployment bonus helped to accelerate Florida’s economic recovery and kick the state into overdrive,” the study claimed.
Here is a sample of the Twitter reaction to the Bloomberg exchange:
This guy likes a candidate who does not meet your approval? I’m so sorry this happened to you, Emily.
— Jitney Guy (@JitneyGuy) October 13, 2021
You got to Love David Sacks. Well Done Sir. pic.twitter.com/jE0ufU7Tqv
— Bradley K Blackmon (@bk4002start) October 13, 2021
You can tell she was caught off-guard. Leaving people speechless. Brilliant. Reduce your opponent’s (his/her_ thoughts, ideologies, beliefs to absurdity. Smooth.
— Ter (@Terpolska) October 13, 2021
It’s obvious that Emily doesn’t understand the “Peninsula of Freedom” and had drunk way too much progressive left wing California style Kool-Aid!
— South Florida 🔥 In Heat (@SoFloridaInHeat) October 14, 2021
Great counter from an obviously biassed activist. Not a journalist. Always approaching issues by castigating different ideas. Sacks crushed her. This is why I don’t rely and will never rely on Bloomberg media.
— Second guess (@Secondguess1984) October 13, 2021
Oh Snap @emilychangtv got served. Don’t mess with the big dogs Em. They will give you the real news so the watered down west coast BS Bloomberg crap!
— Rico C Harges (@ChargesRico) October 13, 2021
The interviewer is blatantly pushing her agenda, and failing miserably.
— johnny panic (@johnnypanic10) October 13, 2021
Tech media is such a monoculture it is ridiculous.
— Frank (@BSMoralOutrage) October 13, 2021
Emily should get out of CA more often.
— AceHolein1 (@SportsModelLuvr) October 13, 2021
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