ABC News Faces Ridicule For Dubious 'Fact Check' On Ron DeSantis' Statement

Written By BlabberBuzz | Wednesday, 15 November 2023 21:20
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In a recent development, mainstream media outlets have come under scrutiny for their approach to fact-checking statements made by political figures.

This criticism was particularly evident on Tuesday, when media outlets were accused of misrepresenting the truth in their coverage of statements made by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Previously, media fact-checkers had investigated claims made by GOP presidential candidates during a recent debate. One such claim was made by Governor DeSantis, who stated that he had issued an executive order enabling rescue flights for Floridians stranded in Israel due to the conflict instigated by Hamas.

DeSantis asserted that his intervention had facilitated the safe return of over 700 individuals, stating, "I scrambled resources in Florida. I sent planes over to Israel, and I brought back over 700 people to safety.” However, NBC News labeled this claim as only "half true," arguing that DeSantis himself was not piloting the rescue flights.

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In a similar vein, ABC News recently took issue with a statement made by DeSantis regarding Senator Mitt Romney. During a Tuesday interview, DeSantis claimed that he "doesn't know" Romney, who is set to retire in 2024. ABC News suggested that DeSantis was being dishonest, citing evidence that he had campaigned for Romney during his time at Harvard Law School in 2002.

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"I don't really know Mitt Romney," DeSantis said in response to a question about a Romney-backed gathering of presidential candidates last month. However, ABC News unearthed a photograph from DeSantis' Harvard Law School yearbook, which showed him campaigning for Romney.

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The caption accompanying the photograph described the school's "Law Republicans" group as the "voice" of the Republican Party at Harvard Law, aiming "to provide a social community of moderate and conservative Republicans." The group was reported to have organized community blood drives and a Ronald Reagan birthday celebration.

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Media critic and columnist Joe Concha criticized ABC News for their coverage, arguing that their interpretation of the photograph was misleading. According to Concha, ABC News' reporting suggested that anyone who had ever campaigned for a political candidate must personally know them, even if their involvement was limited to their high school or college years.

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Despite ABC News' interpretation, it is clear that there is no affection between Romney and DeSantis. In a recent biography, Romney indirectly gave DeSantis a non-endorsement "endorsement," which DeSantis, as a non-establishment politician, appreciated.

The DeSantis campaign responded to Romney's comments, stating, "Mitt Romney warns that @RonDeSantis is “dangerous” and “authoritarian”, presumably because he has enacted conservative policy instead of just talking about it."

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