Florida’s Top 5 Fake News Reporters for the Week of 1/9-1/16

By Eric Daugherty, Florida's Voice

January 17, 2022 Updated 5:00 PM ET


Florida’s Conservative Voice Presents Florida’s Top 5 Fake News Reporters of the Week: Every week, FCV will rank the worst reporters covering Florida politics. Our team, and readers, have noticed a stark uptick of fake news “journalists” that are consistently lying or misleading the public on Florida affairs in politics, ranging from Governor Ron DeSantis to COVID-19. In an effort to promote more journalistic integrity, these individuals will be cited for their attempts to mislead the public.

January 17, 2021 Updated 9:07 A.M. ET

5: Jabari Hosey

Hosey penned an opinion piece in Florida Today claiming that Florida’s children “suffer” while Ron DeSantis “talks of freedom” at his State of the State speech. In the article, he complained that DeSantis prevents mask mandates in schools, which he incorrectly attributes to rising cases in December:

“When students in Brevard County left for winter break in mid-December, there were 50 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in our county and 27 cases reported in our schools. When they returned on Jan, 6, there were 800 cases per 100,000 people — and climbing — and 486 cases in our schools.”

The entire country saw increased cases in December. Masks in schools are not proven effective, according to a recent English study. DeSantis was proven correct on this issue, and Hosey is touting debunked left-wing narratives.

4: Fabiola Santiago

Santiago seems to make this list every week!

This time, in a Miami Herald article titled, “Thanks, Supreme Court. Now we’re free in Florida to work alongside unvaccinated dolts,” she trashes the idea of medical freedom and believes that the Supreme Court ought to be a tool of the medical security state:

“The highest court in the land could’ve — should’ve — been the place from where extreme partisan politics is extracted when it comes to COVID-19 management, which should be strictly a public-health issue guided by science and medicine.”

She went on to claim that the Court should allow the government to “care about Americans’ health.”

The Supreme Court is a bedrock institution to the country, Fabiola – it interprets the Constitution. It does not care, or should not care, about the emotional wills of the people. Nowhere in her article did she give a constitutional argument for the OSHA ruling to stand.

Does she not understand what a Court does, or is she willingly lying?

3: Carl Ramey

In the Gainesville Sun, Ramey claims that DeSantis is causing Florida to drift towards “authoritarianism.”

He laughably says that DeSantis “governs like an authoritarian” and has chipped away at “fundamental rights.”

DeSantis actually limited government power by banning public health mandates in the state and vowing to fight against the nationwide federal healthcare worker vaccine mandate.

Democrat governors, on the other hand, rule by edict and force their “citizens” (subjects) to abide by whatever vaccine passport or ridiculous lockdown order they desire. The left never seems to have a clue that it’s their party’s members that govern like authoritarians, not freedom-loving Republicans like DeSantis.

2: Jim Swift

“Florida Is Now a MAGA Megachurch,” Swift claimed in a deeply out-of-touch and elitist piece.

In his article, he claims that people are simply moving to Florida because of their “God” Donald Trump and “pastor” Ron DeSantis to “upend their lives and [move] to Florida to own the libs.”

No, Jim, people did not move here to own the libs, or because Trump lives here. It’s because states like California and New York are seeing inordinate amounts of tyranny, anti-police sentiment, rise in crime, massive taxes, high unemployment, and incompetent, or evil, leadership.

This piece is particularly out of touch with regular Americans. Sure, many like DeSantis and Trump. But they are not moving across the country to make a political point. It’s because working Americans have a future in Florida. They can raise their families and Florida. Florida offers a better life.

1: Daniel Chang

Daniel Chang from the Miami Herald published an article claiming that Florida sent “scarce COVID-19 therapy” to a private Broward Clinic before the Jackson Memorial Hospital. However, the story was incomplete: the Florida Department of Health had no comment included in the story.

Readers of the story were told that Florida “refused” the Herald’s request to “explain the state’s prioritization plan for distributing Evusheld” and other treatments.

The reality is that the Herald “reporter” Daniel Chang did not give Jeremy Redfern, the press secretary for the Florida Department of Health, a deadline to respond for comment:

Daniel: if you do not give an official a deadline and they say they will get back to you, do not expect them to read your mind and have a response ready for your story. We wonder if he did this on purpose?

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