By Eric Daugherty
Florida’s Voice Presents Florida’s Top 5 Fake News Reporters of the Week: Every week, FLV 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.
5. Teaganne Finn (former NBC News)
Finn was caught plagiarizing and misattributing messages in various articles for NBC News. She is no longer with the outlet, and NBC had to issue Editor’s Notes on the articles, one of which covered Gov. Ron DeSantis’ anti-critical race theory messaging.
4. White House Correspondents’ Dinner
The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is not a “reporter,” but touted fake news too high-profile to not call out. It was caught promoting DeSantis’ name as an attendee to the ‘elites-only’ event. However, it was revealed by DeSantis’ Press Secretary Christina Pushaw, and DeSantis himself, that he was never going to attend.
“I would never attend that. I have no interest in that. I did not watch it. I don’t care what they do,” DeSantis said. “But for them to advertise me when that invitation was rejected by my office, that is a lie.”
3. Molly Martinez (Gray Washington News Bureau)
Martinez reported on a couple that reportedly left Florida because of the so-called “Don’t Say Gay Bill,” H.B. 1557.
‘But that warm welcome has worn off,’ Martinez said of the LGBTQ community in Florida. “‘Unfortunately there is legislation that’s targeting trans kids, LGBTQ families, and we don’t want that for our children,’ said Richmond, ‘We don’t want that for us.'”
Martinez did not provide context of the true intentions and legal effects of H.B 1557, which is going to ban sexual orientation teachings for kids in grades K-3.
2. Lauren Cervantes (Click Orlando)
Cervantes contradicted image evidence of Florida textbooks containing explicit applied critical race theory, the notion that America’s institutions and the ‘majority,’ white people, are inherently racist and oppressors.
“Florida textbooks contain little evidence of critical race theory, according to reviews,” the misleadingly clams.”
Manny Diaz Jr., confirmed as the next Education Secretary, exposed the report as “false” and that “there were several reviewers who found CRT in submitted math textbooks.”
1. The Miami Herald Editorial Board
According to the Miami Herald, Republicans “aren’t done targeting trans youth” because “next” they will be “denying them care.”
“The Florida Department of Health last month issued recommendations against providing transition treatment to transgender teenagers, such as hormones and gender-affirming surgery, which is more typically done on adults. The guidance even advises against social transition, such as name, pronoun and clothing changes — the stuff that really irks conservatives.”
Yes, according to the Miami Herald, castrating children is “targeting trans youth.”
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