The left is giddily reporting that Fox News is wooing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Tampa Bay Times claims they have 1,250 emails that prove it, with one claiming, “We see him as the future of the party.”
The media outlet ostensibly came into possession of the emails through a records request.
Reportedly in less than four months, which spanned the time frame between the 2020 election and the end of February, Fox News asked DeSantis to appear on the network 113 times. That indicates just how popular the conservative governor is with viewers.
“In the first six months of 2021, DeSantis had scheduled as many appearances with top Fox hosts Hannity (8 times), Tucker Carlson (6) and Laura Ingraham (7) as he had meetings with his lieutenant governor, Jeanette Nuñez (7), according to his public calendar,” the Tampa Bay Times reported. That hardly seems out of the norm for a governor that is popular enough to one day be president.
It’s also no surprise that DeSantis did not care to do interviews with Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace. The outlet also claims he avoided interviews with Bret Baier.
“Dozens of appeals by Fox’s newsier daytime programs and lesser-watched weekend shows were turned down. After four appearances in five days on opinion-themed Fox shows, DeSantis received requests to go one-on-one with Chris Wallace, the ‘Fox News Sunday’ host known for his probing questions, and with Bret Baier, the network’s well-regarded chief political correspondent,” quoted the Tampa Bay Times. Again, that is not a shock as DeSantis had already appeared multiple times on the network over just a few days.
Leftist media flacks go so far as to insinuate collusion between Fox News and DeSantis, claiming that they want to craft interviews and coordinate “exclusive” events. They are also saying that DeSantis is bad for only letting Fox News cover his appearances. Given the vicious attacks he’s subjected to by the media, that is no surprise either.
The breathlessness of faux outrage is impressive. Times reporter Steve Contorno asserts the emails “lay bare how DeSantis has wielded the country’s largest conservative megaphone and show a striking effort by Fox to inflate the Republican’s profile.” But not a whisper about CNN and Cuomo or the daily hype over Democratic leaders.
They seized upon the event where DeSantis was present and a World War II veteran received his COVID vaccine. A Fox producer reportedly wrote to one of DeSantis’ staffers, “I honestly think he could host the show with the chops we saw from him at the vaccine site.”
“The governor spoke wonderfully at CPAC,” another wrote to the DeSantis team back in March.
Fox News responded to the Tampa Bay Times, saying the network “works to secure interviews daily with headliners across the political spectrum which is a basic journalism practice at all news organizations.” In other words, it’s a non-story.
The media outlet laid it on thick while trying to spin the emails as out of the ordinary or in some way nefarious:
One producer told DeSantis’ team it was the mission of Fox’s midday host, Martha MacCallum, to “look forward and really spotlight the STARS of the GOP” and “she named Gov. DeSantis as one.”
Another put it this way in an email to Beatrice: “We see him as the future of the party.”
The reporter could not believe that one producer even “offered to let DeSantis pick the subject matter if he agreed to come on.”
And again with the fake outrage… Contorno is beside himself because the DeSantis team sent Fox News producers a graphic that favorably compared Florida’s COVID hospitalization rate to that of New York and California. It was for Maria Bartiromo’s interview with the governor. Just shocking, or not.
Fox News answered the Times reporter with a statement that they should never have even had to give, “Like all news organizations, we conduct pre-interviews with guests to ensure preparedness for the segment. This is a common practice in television and is not unique to FOX News.”
The attack on Fox News and DeSantis is pretty much a nothing burger:
Any good public relations manager will solicit for access to as many platforms as possible to boost profiles and messaging. In today’s divided media landscape, that means “conservative” figures are booked with “conservative” media, and vice versa. Not a conspiracy, just facts.
— Michael Butler 🇺🇸 (@MDButler81) August 13, 2021
I’m sorry, are you implying this is odd or illegal in any way?
— Becky With Alright Hair I Guess (@_basicbecky) August 13, 2021
So a politician is using the media to bolster his image. That’s insane! I am curious what Desantis’ favorite ice cream flavor happens to be, though.
— Dr. American Jesus Ph.D, DDS, Pharm.D, FACS, Esq. (@DrAmericanJesus) August 13, 2021
— Thomas Ferdousi (@punditpress) August 13, 2021
So the CNN / MSNBC model?
— Internet News Agency (@InternetNewsAg2) August 13, 2021
This is going to be one of those scenarios where you folks jump up and say “Gotcha” about something every politician of stature has been doing for decades
— Virginia Yankee (@VirginiaYankee1) August 13, 2021
Breaking news there. A conservative news channel wants the conservative candidate to appear on their channel. Your law degree help you figure that out?
— Jason Stark (@jayrock1982) August 13, 2021
Desantis wants to run for President and Fox News is supporting him. Is that supposed to be news?
— The Swampthing🐊 (@EddieRay3) August 13, 2021
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