The mainstream media continues to diligently cover Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s bid for president while mostly ignoring Robert F. Kennedy Jr., President Joe Biden’s democratic challenger.
A quick Google search on Saturday morning for “RFK Jr” showed the media’s distaste for Kennedy, the son of former U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy. The top article was from Fox News about how Instagram banned his campaign account, and the second post was from The Guardian, which attempted to frame the Democrat as a nutjob. The title was “Robert F Kennedy Jr. Says He Has ‘Conversations With Dead People.’”
Deeper down in the article it states that Kennedy issued a “follow-up text” for clarification and said, “They are one-way prayers for strength and wisdom. I get no strategic advice from the dead.”
TRENDPOST: Kennedy has been an outspoken critic of COVID-19 vaccines and an advocate for individual liberties, which means the media treats him as a pariah. (See “RON DESANTIS’S CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCEMENT GETS MAJOR MEDIA COVERAGE, RFK JR STILL IGNORED” 30 May 2023, “RFK JR. ENDORSES BITCOIN AS AN ESSENTIAL WAY TO PROTECT POLITICAL FREEDOMS” 23 May 2023, “DON’T THINK FOR YOURSELF” ABC NEWS NETWORK CENSORS RFK JR.” 2 May 2023, and “INSTAGRAM BOOTS RFK JR. FOR NOT BUYING THEIR VAX LINE” 16 Feb 2021.)
Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal also ran an op-ed about Kennedy’s candidacy. Lance Morrow, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a “think tank,” noted how Kennedy’s voice sometimes sounds strained.
“He suffers from spasmodic dysphonia, a voice disorder that afflicted his grandmother Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy as well,” Murrow wrote. “The condition makes him sound like Margaret Hamilton playing the wicked witch in “The Wizard of Oz.” But one gets used to it. Otherwise he speaks well and uses words with notable intelligence.” (Can you imagine any other candidate being criticized for how their voice sounds because of a genetic condition?)
Still, Morrow admitted, deeper down in the article, that Kennedy could be worth another look.
“Even allowing for the touch of nuttiness, I would give him respectful attention. Right now, the 2024 presidential election is at the stage of what in 1939, after Hitler’s invasion of Poland, they called the Phony War. Over the summer, the reality of 2024 will start to emerge from the mist,” he wrote.
There are no articles that question the mental acuity of DeSantis, and the articles that have been published merely pit him against either Disney or former president Donald Trump. By doing so, mainstream news outlets are telling voters that he is a serious candidate worth consideration. Even Morrow, who argued that Kennedy is worth another look, needed to call out his “touch of nuttiness.”
A Google search for DeSantis right after came back with results from The Guardian, The Daily Beast, The Hill, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Atlantic. The main headline was how the Florida governor confronted a heckler during a campaign rally in Lexington, S.C.
The Hill’s headline gushed, “DeSantis Shouts Down Heckler at South Carolina Rally.”
The Florida governor was talking about parental rights when an unnamed woman yelled, “What about the parents’ rights to health care, to their kids’ health care? You’re a f-cking fascist.”
DeSantis mentioned how he would defend parents’ rights and not be intimidated by the woke mob.
TRENDPOST: Trump heralded in an age in politics where how a politician responds to a heckler could be just as important as the content of his speech. Trump perfected the art of dispatching these protesters by saying things like, “Go home to mommy.”
A swift response from a politician could make them look quick on their feet and capable.
TRENDPOST: It is also worth noting that the media is protecting Biden by not elevating Kennedy as a legitimate opponent. The Gateway Pundit wrote that Democrats are so scared of Kennedy “that they have refused to cover him.”
The conservative website, citing Mediaite, wrote, “CNN is up to its old tricks” and identified Kennedy as a Republican on one of its lower chyrons. The site wrote, “The more people hear RFK, the more his message resonates. The regime knows this. That’s why they are already up to their old tricks.”
The New York Times, which appears to hate Trump just a little more than DeSantis, wrote a glowing lead in its article last week about DeSantis’s campaign kickoff in Iowa and wrote that he denounced “elites” in the country and pitched himself as an “unprecedented fighter who could reverse a tide of progressivism in boardrooms, the government, and the military.”
The paper noted that DeSantis did not mention Trump by name, but took issue with recent criticisms about his handling of COVID-19.
Trump said last week that former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo handled the outbreak better than DeSantis.
“How about the fact that he [DeSantis] had the third-most deaths of any state… Even Cuomo did better. He was No. 4,” Trump said.
The Hill noted that Trump’s numbers may have been correct in 2021, but said Florida had the 18th-highest death rate per 100,000 residents that year.
One of the top issues that trusted DeSantis into the national conversation was his handling of COVID-19 and he presents himself as the governor who kept his state open while others locked down.
“The former president is now attacking me saying that Cuomo did better handling COVID than Florida did,” DeSantis said, according to The New York Times. “I can tell you this. I could count the number of Republicans in this country on my hands that would rather have lived in New York under Cuomo than lived in Florida in our freedom zone.”