On Monday, set up Regeneron treatment sites for Floridians.Gov. went after The Associated Press for its story about his touting of a COVID-19 treatment linked to a major campaign donor. DeSantis ripped the article in a Fox News interview with Sean Hannity as “clearly a partisan hit piece” and an example of AP “trying to create a false narrative.” Rather than pushing for preventive skyrocket in his state, DeSantis has been heavily promoting the use of the pharmaceutical Regeneron to treat COVID-19, which was used by Donald Trump when he contracted the illness. The governor has
Hannity referred to Regeneron attreatment. It’s a monoclonal antibody treatment and has generally after someone gets COVID-19. But AP that Ken Griffin, who has donated $10.75 million to a political committee supporting DeSantis, is Citadel’s CEO. This Chicago-based hedge of Regeneron Pharmaceutical Inc. DeSantis released a letter responding Monday to AP, calling the article a “smear” and a “conspiracy theory.” He he had thought the AP sent him a message notifying him of a retraction, but instead, the statement complained that his office was “bullying” the reporter who wrote the story.
AP also complained last Friday to Twitter, condemning what it called “abusive behavior” by DeSantis’Christina Pushaw against its reporter Brendan Farrington. Pushaw appeared to sic her 22,000 followers on AP and Farrington with a tweet directing them to “drag them” over a . The message resulted in threats and other . AP notified Twitter, which suspended Pushaw from her account for 12 hours. Pushaw threatened to put Farrington “on blast” if he didn’t modify his story.
On Aug. 20, incoming AP CEO Daisy Veerasingham called on DeSantis in a letter to stop Pushaw’s “harassing behavior.” Journalists are regular targets of “abuse, rape threats, people stalking theirand hacking their online personas,” Veerasingham wrote. “While we can disagree about stories, it is unacceptable and dangerous for a public official to encourage the systemic bullying of journalists.” In his letter responding to Veerasingham on Monday, DeSantis defended Pushaw, saying AP “deserved blowback.” DeSantis told Hannity: “The AP what they were doing. They wanted to do a on me … And then they had the audacity to act like they were the victim when they got called out on their hit piece.” He didn’t mention Ken Griffin or discuss any potential conflict of interest in constantly touting Regeneron.