In the past, media would never have used anonymous sources to try to assassinate someone’s character, but today it’s the preferred form of journalism, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) said Tuesday during a roundtable discussion of defamation.
Lives are being ruined because media have stopped reporting the truth, in order to practice political activism – which ends up ruining lives, DeSantis said:
“We’ve seen over the last generation, corporate media outlets, legacy media outlets increasingly divorce themselves from the truth and instead try to elevate preferred narratives and partisan activism over reporting the facts.
“When they depart from the truth – a lot of times the truth’s on the cutting-room floor – and the narratives that they’re supporting and furthering actually damage a lot of people with lies.”
Worse, media are intentionally putting out false information – so much so that they’ve become “the leading purveyors of disinformation,” DeSantis said:
“It’s one thing to say what you want in truth, and that’s fine, and the truth isn’t always comfortable – but when you’re knowingly putting out false information and, indeed, I’d say these companies are probably the leading purveyors of disinformation in our entire society right now, there needs to be an ability for people to defend themselves.”
“The swan song has been this Russia Collusion Hoax, because they indulged in that for two years and it was almost all based on anonymous sources” DeSantis said:
“It all eventually was debunked. And even in real time, people were saying this, but they just kept cycling in this. And I think it just raises the question, you know: this obsession with these anonymous sources, where did that come from? It used to be rare that you would do it.
“And, I mean, to assassinate someone’s character with anonymous sources would have been a total no-no. Now, it’s just kind of like a normal – and actually the preferred – method of being able to deliver content.”
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