By Eric Daugherty
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.
February 14, 2021 Updated 8:57 A.M. ET
5. Peter Schorsch (Florida Politics)
Today’s number 5 is not a particular news article; rather, it is bringing a story of a left-wing biased media outlet finally admitting what we’ve said it is all along.
Schorsch is the owner of the so-called ‘objective’ Florida Politics. Schorsch explained to his followers front-and-center not that he is not biased, but that he is supposed to be!
Florida Politics regularly appears on our Top 5 list and Schorsch finally admits why: he does not believe he should be impartial in reporting facts.
Persons cannot possibly be impartial in general, but they can and should be in reporting facts. We at Florida’s Voice are run by conservatives (obviously), but the facts we report are universal. They are not just true for conservatives.
4. Sun Sentinel Editorial Board
We wonder why the Sentinel didn’t put a name on this piece? Because its filled with lies and the individual responsible for doesn’t want to own up to them.
“The tweeting, deleting operative who does DeSantis’ distorting,” the headline reads. It goes on to lie about Christina Pushaw, Ron DeSantis’ Press Secretary, centering their argument around her questioning of a small neo-Nazis demonstration in Central Florida.
Pushaw questioned whether the Nazis were Democrat operatives, the same thing that happened during the Virginia gubernatorial race where the Lincoln Project implanted fake Nazis to smear Glenn Youngkin.
When more information came out, they were revealed to be Nazis, but Pushaw’s questions remained valid. There is no ‘distortion’ of reality in questioning events.
The piece lists instances in which Pushaw would have supposedly “embarrassed previous governors,” but to the objective reader, they showcase her insistence on media telling the truth.
“She warned the reporter that if he didn’t retract it, she would “put you on blast” and retweeted: “Light. Them. Up.” AP said the reporter was a target of threats and stood by its story,” one item read, referring to a faux Associated Press Story wrongfully claiming DeSantis used Regeneron due to a campaign investment.
3. Fabiola Santiago (Miami Herald)
We are beginning to think Fabiola wants to be on our list every week.
“Before even passing, the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill is already hurting Florida’s children,” her article’s title reads.
She claims that SB 1834, which would eliminate encouragement of discussion of sexual interactions and identities in places like primary education, is hurting LGBTQ children before it has passed.
“The bill would silence gay children, their teachers and education advocates by banning the discussion of sexuality and gender identification in Florida’s public schools,” she says, seemingly supporting the idea of teachers talking to 1st graders about sexual attraction.
Santiago references higher suicide rates in the LGBTQ community, which are tragic, but are unrelated to the Florida bill.
If the left wants the country to be primary education teachers having sexual discussions with their students, where do we go from there?
2. Thomas Kennedy (Freelance)
Kennedy took to Twitter this week to parrot a fake news story from Steven Lemongello in the Orlando Sentinel that was already debunked.
“Watchdog: DeSantis using state plane for campaign,” the story reads.
“Turns out Ron DeSantis has spent $15.5 million of our tax dollars to fly around in the $3 million dollar state plane which should only be used for public business,” Kennedy said.
The same story debunks itself deeper in the article when Christina Pushaw debunks the idea entirely: “There’s no coordination between the state office and the campaign.”
This “watchdog” hilariously used DeSantis’ press conferences involving political speech with “political chants.”
This is how fake news works: lie in the headline so that ignorant readers with audiences can spread the lie.
1. Orlando Sentinel/Scott Maxwell
Left-wing media again hides a fake news article under the guise of a company rather than an individual.
“Visitors may not feel safe if anti-LGBTQ bills pass,” the Sentinel’s article claims.
Scott Maxwell decided to spread the disinformation that the pro-parent and pro-not-teaching-1st graders-sex legislation is gong to harm LGBTQ people and, by extension, the state’s economy!
“This legislation could discourage students from considering colleges in Florida. LGBTQ+ families relocating will choose safer communities elsewhere. Businesses and Fortune 500 companies seeking to uphold their commitments to workplace equality will opt to move offices and headquarters to states that won’t encourage discriminatory and costly lawsuits,” the piece reads.
We are not sure where this was derived from – businesses pick the most profitable option, and with Florida’s low taxes and favorable governance in Republicans to freedom and markets, they will move and stay in Florida.
Not teaching 1st graders about sex and sexual attraction will not harm Florida’s economy.
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