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AP Begs DeSantis Admin to Stop ‘Harassment’ of Reporter After They Publish Hit Piece

'They got caught pushing potentially deadly misinformation narratives that were conclusively debunked, so they’re trying to deflect...'

The Associated Press sent a letter to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis this week demanding that he put a stop to “harassing behavior” from his press secretary, Christina Pushaw, after she pushed back on the publication’s latest hit-piece.

In the letter, incoming AP CEO Daisy Veerasingham accused Pushaw of threatening a journalist because she quote-tweeted a critique of a recent article the AP published about DeSantis, instructing the account’s followers to “Drag them.”

The article in question suggested the Republican governor has been pushing the  therapeutic drug Regeneron for the coronavirus because a third-party hedge fund that once donated to his campaign invested in the company that is producing it.

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Because Pushaw pushed back on the story, Veerasingham accused Pushaw of issuing “threatening and insulting tweets,” calling this “systemic bullying of journalists.”

“It is the type of behavior that the United States government routinely criticizes in other nations,” Veerasingham claimed. “It certainly has no place in a democracy that values robust and civil public discussion.”

DeSantis and Pushaw dismissed the AP’s report as a smear job that could discourage thousands of Floridians from getting a potentially lifesaving coronavirus treatment. 

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In response to the AP’s complaints, Pushaw said the publication is clearly “embarrassed that they got caught pushing potentially deadly misinformation narratives that were conclusively debunked.”

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