WaPo taken to woodshed by Christina Pushaw over ‘blatant factual errors’ in ‘biased’ DeSantis article

Whether it’s against woke corporations or in straw polls as voters throw favor behind him as a potential GOP candidate for the 2024 presidential election, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) continues to rack up wins. But his genuine success has left the Democratic media surrogates flailing in their efforts to knock him down, as evidenced by the latest takedown from spokeswoman Christina Pushaw.

On Friday, The Washington Post released a hit piece on DeSantis so laden with inaccuracies that the effort to smear the governor was almost lost amidst the terrible reporting. While it is her job to liaise with the press on behalf of the state’s executive, Pushaw decided to go above and beyond Monday when she summarily shredded the Post for failing at journalism on every level.

“In addition to the obviously biased framing here,” she began with screen captures highlighting each erroneous line in the article, “[the Post] AGAIN made a factual error that is easily checked.”

Pointing to the claimed budget of $101.5 billion, she reminded the outlet what search engines are for stating, “It’s easy to find the actual number. 30 seconds on Google. What are reporters for?”

Her dissection of the piece carried on with her setting the record straight on the recent veto of funding that would have benefitted the Tampa Bay Rays to the tune of $35 million in taxpayer funding toward a practice stadium. The post claimed it was over an “anti-gun violence tweet” when DeSantis had gone on the record with “his long-held position” that professional sports stadiums shouldn’t be subsidized by taxpayers. As she put it, “any real fiscal conservative would say the same thing.”

Unlike the standard curbed language once bandied about in dealing with the media, Pushaw called it like it is when drawing attention to the outright lies contained in the piece. As she suggested, if they bothered to do the research “before writing inaccurate smear pieces about him” their article wouldn’t be filled with “patently false” claims such as a ban on “Medicaid coverage for transgender people of any age.”

As the Manhattan Institute’s Christopher Rufo pointed out when referencing other hit pieces from the publication, readily discredited works like that of Taylor Lorenz, who claimed to have been denied comment from sources she had never reached out to, are “the rule, not the exception, at the Washington Post.”

“Washington Post writers are grim and talentless mercenaries for the regime and have polluted a once-respected newspaper with smears, propaganda, and lies,” Rufo added before riffing on their slogan offering, “Democracy dies when the media lies.”

When she was done calling out the skewed editorialization of the piece about her boss, Pushaw encouraged the national editor and executive editor for the Post to rise above the fray of their juvenile staff and “take some time out of their busy schedules negotiating middle school conflicts between their staffers on Slack,” a messaging app, “and respond to the issues with this article, including the blatant factual errors.”

Apparently, Pushaw’s oft-viral tweets garner as much attention as the governor’s actions these days because it wasn’t long after she called out the failings of the outlet that they reached out to her.

After an email denoting the first mistake would be corrected, Pushaw explained the reporter “asked me for more details on the other issues I raised with the article. So, I elaborated on those and sent evidence. Let’s see what happens!”


At the time of this posting, only the budget figure has been corrected.


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