MSNBC Trashes Florida Governor DeSantis, Ignores Andrew Cuomo Killing Thousands of Seniors

National   |   Adam Burnett   |   Jul 13, 2020   |   5:44PM   |   Washington, DC

It must be easy to be part of the left-wing media machine. Aside from writing or talking, all you have to do is cherry pick your information and then blast out a partisan narrative to your audience that exclusively aides Democrats. On Monday, MSNBC’s Morning Joe exploited the coronavirus pandemic to do just that, desperately trying to pit blue states against red states for the left’s political gain.

Since her husband Joe Scarborough was still out on vacation, co-host Mika Brzezinski decided to start off the show by getting right to her chosen narrative of the day, showing a montage of Republican Florida Governor DeSantis talking about the coronavirus and then ripping into him:

It’s worse than New York. Florida governor Ron DeSantis doing his best impression of Donald Trump in April and May, scolding the media. Over the weekend, Florida hit the highest single day total of known cases in any state since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. There’s also new reporting this morning that testing delays across the country are hobbling efforts to contain the disease.

While it is true that Florida edges out other states for the most in the country, the death rate per 100k people pales in comparison to the media’s favorite state to praise for coronavirus handling, New York. Florida currently has 19.7 deaths per 100k, New York has 78.4 per 100k. But the media will never call out Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo like they do Governor DeSantis, since reporters are so deep in the tank for the Democratic Party. Mika eagerly brought on MSNBC’s favorite leftist medical pundit, Dr. Vin Gupta, to back up her narrative. He proclaimed:

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Floridians are going to die. We have six hospitals in Miami-Dade filled up, 40 ICU’s across the state. Walt Disney World has decided to open up. It’s not hard to predict where this is headed, it’s bad because they have no state level leadership. The only places schools could potentially reopen where testing is not available are in places we have the outbreak under control, a positive infection rate of 3% or less, not when it’s 1 in 5, 1 in 3 in places like Miami, it makes no sense. It’s criminal malpractice there.

The media and their medical analysts routinely trash Florida for its supposed lack of leadership, but completely ignore the failure of state leadership in New York, which saw people shoved into nursing homes to die en masse. Gupta particularly has no credibility, after he made his partisan politics clear last Thursday night to 11th Hour anchor Brian Williams by calling for DeSantis to be removed from office:

No, he’s dead wrong. That’s why he’s proceeding over the worst outbreak in the country, one of the worst in the world. He needs to be removed from office, Brian. What he’s saying and what he’s doing in terms of inaction, what he’s saying in terms of mixed messaging, misinformation, it’s criminal. It’s public health malpractice, and it needs to stop once and for all.

This attempt at focusing solely on red states and their coronavirus outbreaks is dishonest, yet completely indicative of how complicit the media are in spreading leftist talking points, even during a serious health crisis.

SoFi chose to sponsor this shameful segment. Go here to let advertisers know what you think of them sponsoring such content. Note: Adam Burnett is the director of media analysis for the Media Research Center, a media watchdog group. He was a White House correspondent for World magazine in 2001 and 2002. This originally appeared on the NewsBusters web site.