Sun Sentinel, lib rag claiming to be unbiased news, says DeSantis was ‘outmaneuvered’ by ‘Don’t Say Gay’ catchphrase

The South Florida Sun Sentinel seems to think Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has a messaging problem.

But it’s actually the liberal newspaper claiming to deliver unbiased information to the masses that seems to be having a problem communicating.

In fact, their latest take on the Parental Rights in Education Bill, which has been dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, is that Gov. DeSantis (R) was unprepared for the catchy slogan.

Sexual and gender identity instruction, it’s important to observe, are still allowed in the fourth grade and up. But media outlets like the Sun-Sentinel, which serves Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties, have parroted the “Don’t Say Gay” activist slogan.

And on Monday, the South Florida newspaper published a piece explaining that Florida’s message-savvy governor was “outmaneuvered by the three-word catchphrase ‘Don’t Say Gay,'” which has been parroted by the outlet itself.

If Gov. DeSantis was “outmaneuvered,” he has an odd way of showing it. The Parental Rights in Education Bill was passed by the Florida Senate in a 22-17 vote.

Keep in mind the law doesn’t actually prevent anyone from saying “gay,” teachers or otherwise. The purpose of the bill is to prevent teachers from discussing issues of sexuality and gender identity with children in kindergarten through third-grade classrooms, as well as allow parents to opt-out of certain health services that schools offer. The bill also has a provision requiring teachers to inform parents of school services that impact a child’s mental, emotional, or physical health.

But while the mainstream media has explained the facts in their reporting at times, many outlets have continued to use the “Don’t Say Gay” phrase in headlines. And the Sun-Sentinel’s latest headline clearly appeals to critics of Florida’s popular GOP governor.

“DeSantis is clearly riled by the phrase’s success,” the article by Anthony Man reads, noting that the governor is a “master political messenger” who is “adept at wielding concise, easy-to-digest phrases, crafted to sound popular and resonate…”

The post reiterates how DeSantis “erupted” at a reporter asking about the legislation and how “legislative sponsors chafed at the terminology,” all while media outlets have continued to refer to Florida’s H.B. 1557 as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

Adam Parkhomenko, a political advisor and strategist for the Democratic National Committee, is trying to raise donations to cover the Sunshine State with obnoxious “GAY” and “SAY GAY” billboards. The strategy, apparently, is to keep this going for as long as possible.

But it’s a strategy that might have paid more dividends if there was an actual election taking place in Florida. But since the legislation already passed a few weeks ago, the point is moot.

There is, however, a subset of people who believe the “messaging,” and think the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill is a piece of legislation that actually forbids anyone from saying the word “gay.”

As for DeSantis, it will be interesting to see how he’s “outmaneuvered” in the future. Meanwhile, his press secretary torched the newspaper and other critics.

The hypocrisy of the media was not lost on Twitter users.


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