Ron DeSantis spokesman appears to refer to CNN's Russia hoaxer Jake Tapper as someone ‘still seeking the truth’

"There are people within the media who are still seeking the truth," Griffin said of Tapper.

Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis is scheduled to sit down for an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on Tuesday. In anticipation of the meeting, DeSantis spokesman Bryan Griffin appeared to praise Tapper, suggesting he was one of the few journalists still dedicated to finding the truth.

Griffin's comments drew a wave of criticism across social media, with many pointing out that Tapper had notoriously pushed the "Russia Russia Russia hoax," and has even been rewarded with the Merriman Smith Award for his coverage of former President Trump and Russia, granted to him by the White House Correspondents’ Association. He also won the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism in 2017. 

While Tapper has since admitted that he was wrong and that the findings of the Durham Report did exonerate the former president "to a degree," he was cast aside by the right as nothing more than a propagandist.

Griffin made his seemingly positive comments about Tapper's journalistic skills to the New York Post in a story about the Tapper-DeSantis sit-down interview that ran on Sunday.

"There are people within the media who are still seeking the truth," he said. "We will engage with them. We look forward to getting our message out there to the American people."

"The corporate media has gotten a lot wrong, and many outlets have an agenda. Therefore, we don’t consider them entitled to time or access," Griffin went on to say. "Nonetheless there are many good journalists and truth-seeking reporters, including in mainstream media outlets, and we will work with them on our terms. That’s always been the plan."

Federalist Editor-in-chief Mollie Hemingway slammed Griffin for what she interpreted as priase for Tapper, providing a laundry list of just a few times the CNN host had strayed from "seeking the truth."

"I hope [DeSantis] is prepared to take on Jake's propaganda," she said.


Hemingway's sentiments were shared by fellow Federalist journalist Sean Davis, who said he hopes DeSantis uses the opportunity to "destroy" Tapper and the rest of the "degenerate liars" at CNN.

Others questioned why Griffin had felt the need to compliment Tapper, suggesting it would have been fine to simply point out that DeSantis was doing the interview with the intent of taking on the "dishonest media."

Trump strategist Alex Bruesewitz pointed out that just two months ago, DeSantis surrogate Bill Mitchell branded Trump a "RINO" for daring to take part in a CNN town hall.

Just last year, DeSantis' rapid response director Christina Pushaw urged conservatives to "stop talking to liberal media," specifically naming CNN.
Sign in to comment



I think it was poorly phrased.

Powered by The Post Millennial CMS™ Comments

Join and support independent free thinkers!

We’re independent and can’t be cancelled. The establishment media is increasingly dedicated to divisive cancel culture, corporate wokeism, and political correctness, all while covering up corruption from the corridors of power. The need for fact-based journalism and thoughtful analysis has never been greater. When you support The Post Millennial, you support freedom of the press at a time when it's under direct attack. Join the ranks of independent, free thinkers by supporting us today for as little as $1.

Support The Post Millennial

Remind me next month

To find out what personal data we collect and how we use it, please visit our Privacy Policy

By signing up you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
© 2024 The Post Millennial, Privacy Policy | Do Not Sell My Personal Information