Florida-based Politico reporter Marc Caputo was attacked for writing “snarky nonsense” when he prompt the nationwide media have been a lot rougher on Florida Gov. Marc Caputo than New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — you already know, the media darling whose press conferences are broadcast nationwide and who will get puffball interviews from his brother on CNN.
Florida simply doesn’t look practically as dangerous because the nationwide information media and sky-is-falling critics have been predicting for about two months now. However then, the nationwide information media is usually primarily based in New York and loves to like its Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, about as a lot because it likes to hate on Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.
First, let’s simply come out and say it: DeSantis seems extra proper than those that criticized the Sunshine State’s coronavirus response. In response to the newest Florida figures, fewer than 2,000 have died, and round 43,000 have been contaminated. That’s a fraction of the dire predictions made for Florida when spring breakers swarmed the seashores, and people numbers are dwarfed by equally sized New York, which has seen 12 occasions extra deaths and practically eight occasions extra infections. (Take a look at POLITICO’s coronavirus tracker for extra.) Extra folks reportedly died in New York nursing houses than in all of Florida.
The polling disparity: DeSantis is definitely polling worse than Cuomo of their respective states, and the Florida press is questioning why. A part of that’s model. Cuomo has a easy supply, a deep and calming voice and an perspective that initiatives he can reply any query. DeSantis generally comes throughout as peevish and defensive, has made a misstatement or two and was mocked for struggling to placed on a masks. However many of the distinction between DeSantis and Cuomo is because of politics. DeSantis governs a politically divided state. Cuomo is a scion of Democratic royalty in a deeply Democratic state.
Sure, there’s media bias, too. Cuomo additionally has one thing else DeSantis doesn’t: a press that defers to him, one which most well-liked to cowl “Florida Morons” on the seashore (the place it’s comparatively exhausting to get contaminated) over New Yorkers using cramped subway automobiles (the place it’s simple to get contaminated). The truth is, folks can nonetheless journey the subways for many hours of the day in New York, however Miami Seashore’s sands stay closed. Possibly issues could be totally different if DeSantis had a brother who labored in cable information and interviewed him for a “candy second” in primetime.
Jackie Cucinich, daughter of socialist politician Dennis Kucinich and the Washington bureau chief of the Every day Beast — one of many snarkiest “information” websites you’ll find — was the one scolding Caputo: