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February 5, 2023

I wrote recently about how elected officials in red states need to do more to rein in schools and universities that use taxpayers’ money to hire only far-left teachers and indoctrinate students in radical ideology. Well, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is giving them a terrific example of how to do it. It’s obvious what the problems are; just fix them and pay no attention to what your worst critics say.

DeSantis has recently put real diversity on his state’s college board by appointing some conservatives, he’s weeding racist and anti-American Critical Race Theory out of schools, and he demanded that college African-American history courses not include a big side order of BLM propaganda and “queer theory.” For his efforts, he’s been called a racist, a white nationalist and the next Hitler, but any Republican Governor was going to get called those things anyway. Consider the source, which includes a teacher who freely admits to being a socialist admirer of Marx and Lenin and who wants to replace capitalism and abolish the police, and promotes those views to students. But it's DeSanits who's the dangerous radical. Riiiiiight...

DeSantis’ response when asked about all these attacks, both from the left and from potential presidential rival Donald Trump on the right: “What I would just say is this: I roll out of bed. I have people attacking me from all angles. It’s been happening for many, many years… When you’re an elected executive, you have to make all kinds of decisions. And the good thing is, is that the people are able to render a judgment on that, whether they reelect you or not.” He’s right, the only opinion that matters is the voters’ on Election Day, and they reelected DeSantis in a landslide.

The bottom line is that DeSantis ignores the attacks and he’s winning this battle that must be fought.

He’s even emboldened some unlikely supporters to speak up in agreement.

I’ve been telling Republicans for years to stop being intimidated by a handful of cranks whose voices are amplified just because they managed the impressive feat of obtaining free Twitter accounts. They survive on attention and outrage, so just laugh at them and ignore them. They think they’re “influencers,” but who do they really influence, aside from each other? As for the major media outlets that badmouth Republicans for doing their job, they are less respected all the time, and they’re losing what little following they still have at a stunning rate.

I already told you about CNN’s basement-level TV ratings, with their entire primetime lineup combined drawing fewer viewers than Fox News’ afternoon show, “The Five.” And the public is quite right to reject them, since there are so few actual journalists left that a majority of them no longer even know the difference between journalism and propaganda. Want proof?

A new Pew Research poll found that 76% of Americans believe that journalists should always strive to give all sides of a story.  Only 44% of alleged “journalists” polled agreed with that.

The survey also found that the younger a journalist is, or the more they believe that “misinformation” (defined by whom?) is dangerous, the less likely they are to believe that they should cover all sides of a story.

Hardly a surprise, since a recent series of interviews with 75 media leaders found that most now consider the idea of objectivity to be reactionary and even harmful. As the editor-in-chief of the San Francisco Chronicle put it, “Objectivity has got to go.”

News flash to you, pal: Objectivity left your paper and most of these other organs long ago. That’s why your readers did, too.

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