The US Constitution Is Doing Swell in Floriduh These Days

Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) tells us that freedom of the press is really swell in Florida right now, but Meatball* is not happy and merde is getting real:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ broken relationship with the mainstream media could get even worse.

At the governor’s urging, Florida’s Republican-dominated Legislature is pushing to weaken state laws that have long protected journalists against defamation suits and frivolous lawsuits. The proposal is part DeSantis’ ongoing feud with media outlets like The New York Times, Miami Herald, CNN and The Washington Post — media companies he claims are biased against Republicans — as he prepares for a likely 2024 presidential bid.

Beyond making it easier to sue journalists, the proposal is also being positioned to spark a larger legal battle with the goal of eventually overturning New York Times v. Sullivan, the landmark 1964 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that limits public officials’ ability to sue publishers for defamation, according to state Rep. Alex Andrade, the Florida Republican sponsoring the bill…

“I have never seen anything remotely like this legislation,” said Seth Stern, director of advocacy for the Freedom of the Press Foundation. “I can’t say I have seen every bill ever introduced, but I’d be quite surprised if any state Legislature had seriously considered such a brazen and blatantly unconstitutional attack on speech and press freedoms.”

He added: “This bill is particularly remarkable since its provisions have the vocal support of a governor and likely presidential candidate.”

Our Failed Political Press ™ generally likes a horse race and so they try to convince us that Meatball (“Trump without the baggage” – they really say that!) is a reasonable alternative to Hair Füror, but his actual fascist policies? Weirdly, not so much as Vanity Fair points out:

Florida governor Ron DeSantis gets a lot of good press from media outlets who dangerously frame him as a happy alternative to Trump. At the same time, he gets negative press as well, thanks to—checks notes—his own policies and political positions, which, as a reminder, include:

It seems whenever the press points these things out, Meatball has a sad and decides to punish the press, instead of, you know, moderating his fascism. 

  • Meatball Ron is Hair Füror’s nickname for Gov. DeSantis.
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7 Responses to The US Constitution Is Doing Swell in Floriduh These Days

  1. gruaud says:

    I can’t emphasize this enough:

    The New York Times covers for fascism on a routine basis. They are painted as the ‘liberal media’ in the most cynical nudge-nudge-wink-wink fashion.

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  2. Jimmy T says:

    I’m kinda partial to Meathead Ron instead of Meatball Ron. Takes me back to the Archie Bunker days of yore…

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  3. Cracker Orban is continuing to intensify Cracker Orban and the FTFNYT is just mainstreaming the hell out of him.

    It’s like they never see the leopards coming for their faces.

    This is pinned in my Matstodon feed (how, I am unsure, but it is!)

    Authored by

    first they came for black and native people, but i didn’t care, because that’s how it’s always been and anyway we’ve come so far haven’t we

    then they came for the immigrants, but i didn’t care, because those people cause a lot of problems and they’re unclean and strange

    then they came for the sex workers, but i didn’t care, because it’s their own fault to work that job and i mustn’t be associated with that kind of people

    then they came for the homeless, but i didn’t care, because i like my cities clean and they could just get a job, really what’s so hard about that

    then they came for the pregnant, but i didn’t care, because men like me can always get their girlfriends an abortion if needed

    then they came for the trans people, but i didn’t care, because frankly they’re sort of weird and just a fad and we’re just indulging them and their wacko doctors

    then they came for the permanently disabled, but i didn’t care, because i was in good health and they should just stay at home or eat healthier

    then they came for the journalists, and i wrote an op-ed titled “first they came for the journalists”

    — liberal journalists

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    • This is getting clipped to my desktop right next to Frank Wilhoit’s post about “law protects but does not constrain/law constrains, but does not protect” for handy dissemination.

      We are not slouching towards fascism, we’re madly galloping towards it.

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      • ali redford says:

        That’s what I’m thinking, too, and I can’t get why Floridians are just letting it happen like this.
        It’s also spreading to other batcrap crazy legislatures, like KS’s, though it’s going more slowly here. So far.


      • I have no idea why Floridians are putting up with this, either. DeSantis barely defeated Andrew Gillum (0.4%) in 2018. Where did al those voters go?

        (the Dems running Charlie freakin’ Christ again didn’t help this time)

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  4. anynameleft says:

    With De Santis using the florida government to destroy education in that state. Plus his wholesale attack on AP standards, SAT tests and any who would educate students, on all levels, when will someone challenge Floridas “schools” (athletic departments with a school for eligibility) membership in the NCAA and other national/international college athletics organizations.
    Ban Florida schools from any NCAA conference, tournaments or other activities.
    Also about time Major League Baseball start moving spring training camps out of Florida to other states (Hawaii)
    That might catch the attention of florida puppet politicians.


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