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When All Else Fails, Media Blast Ron DeSantis for Being ‘Divisive’

Florida governor Ron DeSantis listens to questions from 60 Minutes reporter Sharyn Alfonsi during a press conference in March. (60 Minutes/Screengrab via YouTube)

I’m in awe of the lack of self-awareness of the Bloomberg reporter who pressed venture capitalist David Sacks to explain how he could possibly host a fundraiser to support Florida Governor Ron DeSantis when DeSantis is allegedly “divisive.”

However could that have happened? Well, the media relentlessly attack DeSantis for such decisions as allowing people to go to beaches because the virus doesn’t spread outdoors, or for having the same science-based masking policy for schoolchildren that obtains in the U.K. and much of the rest of Europe, then when they’re proven wrong refuse to admit error but move on to some other critique. If he’s “divisive,” it’s because of the media’s 24/7 campaign to tear him apart for the crime of being successful.

Emily Chang of Bloomberg seemed bewildered that a venture capitalist might like the way DeSantis managed Florida, whose economy notably recovered quickly during the pandemic despite its heavy reliance on tourism. Sacks sagaciously replied,

Why is he inherently more divisive than, say, [California Gov.] Gavin Newsom or someone on the other side of the spectrum? Words like ‘polarizing’ and ‘divisiveness,’ they assume a normative baseline in which everybody agrees, everybody in the tech industry agrees because they all come from a certain information bubble. And anyone who deviates from that orthodoxy is perceived as divisive. I would argue that the country — there’s a multiplicity of views, and you’re not divisive just because you don’t agree with the orthodoxy of Silicon Valley.

Common sense. Sacks, by the way, has donated to both Democrats and Republicans.


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