These are actual headlines that tell you everything you need to know.
Conservatives defend DeSantis after story claims he used to pronounce Thai like ‘thigh’ to test dates – The Independent
Ron DeSantis, who denounced Disney, actually got married there – Washington Post
These are not very good hit pieces. They’re not very good ‘anything’.
It’s become a running joke that the media refused to dig into Obama’s background, but would trace his opponents back to their high school days. The media and its party built an entire case against a Supreme Court nominee around his high school years. They’re trying to do the same thing with DeSantis, but the things they’re coming up with are just embarrassingly bad.
These are the actual opening paragraphs of the Washington Post article
Before he attacked the company, DeSantis — who is up for reelection next week — was a groom walking down the aisle in a Disney wedding. He and his wife, Jill Casey Black, a former anchor at Jacksonville news station WJXT who goes by Casey, wed at Walt Disney World on Sept. 26, 2009.
Neither the governor’s office nor his campaign responded to questions about the wedding. Disney did not respond to a request for comment.
Insider first reported the wedding location on Friday, based on accounts from three unnamed people; the publication said 150 people attended. The New York Times reported early last month that the couple’s marriage license listed the location as Lake Buena Vista, a Central Florida city controlled by Disney. The Washington Post has also obtained the marriage license.
Nobody involved stopped to ask themselves what the point of any of this is and what it’s supposed to accomplish.
The media got into this mode with Trump. Who can forget CNN’s “Trump gets 2 scoops of ice cream, everyone else gets 1”? But it worked with Trump, partly because he was a major celebrity figure and just about any story about a celebrity ‘works’ in a way that it doesn’t about non-celebs.
Using the same toolbox against DeSantis just comes off as awkward.
There was a sizable chunk of the media base that were obsessed with Trump and willing to eat up any hit piece against him, no matter how groundless, baseless or pointless it might be. I don’t think that demo is there for DeSantis, no matter how often the media compares him to Hitler, and yet the media has gotten used to getting a free ride that it rarely even bothers to ask whether its hit pieces even have a point anymore.