Yahoo News reports:
Florida governor Ron DeSantis is accusing the Associated Press of trying to divert attention from “deserved blowback” it’s gotten from a story last week linking DeSantis’s promotion of a lifesaving COVID-19 antibody treatment to millions of dollars in campaign donations he’s received from an investor in the company that manufactures the drugs.
In a letter DeSantis sent Monday to Daisy Veerasingham, the AP’s incoming CEO, he called last week’s story a “partisan smear piece” and a “baseless conspiracy theory” that will “cost lives.”
DeSantis’s letter is in response to a letter Veerasingham sent to him on Friday, in which she condemned the way the governor’s press secretary interacted with their reporter on Twitter. Veerasingham accused DeSantis’s press secretary, Christina Pushaw, of threatening their Brendan Farrington, and activating a mob against him.
Fox News reports:
DeSantis didn’t hold back in a remarkable open letter from a politician to a news organization. “I assumed your letter was to notify me that you were issuing a retraction of the partisan smear piece you published last week,” DeSantis wrote.
“Instead, you had the temerity to complain about the deserved blowback that your botched and discredited attempt to concoct a political narrative has received. The ploy will not work to divert attention from the fact that the Associated Press published a false narrative that will lead some to decline effective treatment for COVID infections.”
‘Your False Narrative Will Cost Lives’: DeSantis Fires Back At AP For ‘Partisan Smear Piece’ About Promotion Of COVID-19 Drug https://t.co/w1cKed5HJ8
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 23, 2021
The AP’s incoming CEO is asking Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to put a stop to his press secretary’s “harassing behavior” of longtime Florida reporter Brendan Farrington. https://t.co/sjht9A1hr1
— Axios (@axios) August 23, 2021