Today The Washington Post was forced to issue a correction in an article about Ron DeSantis. The correction came after WaPo reported that DeSantis had signed a budget of $101.5 billion.
As reported by multiple outlets and on Florida's website, the budget was $109.9 billion.
Florida Press Secretary Christina Pushaw first called out WaPo in a series of tweets highlighting multiple inaccuracies in their reporting.
"In addition to the obviously biased framing here, @washingtonpost AGAIN made a factual error that is easily checked. The FY 22-23 budget recently signed by @GovRonDeSantis is NOT $101.5 billion. It's easy to find the actual number. 30 seconds on Google. What are reporters for?" Pushaw tweeted.
Pushaw ended her Twitter thread by highlighting that the Washington Post lied about Ron DeSantis denying medicaid coverage to people who identify as transgender.
The Washington Post claims that DeSantis' guidance against using Medicaid funds to pay for gender transition surgery issued Thursday "paves the way for DeSantis to enact a rule that would ban Medicaid coverage for transgender people of any age."
Pushaw responded, "this sentence is also patently false. There is nothing to suggest that transgender people could be 'banned from Medicaid coverage.' Anyone who is eligible for Medicaid, regardless of gender, can use it. But Medicaid should not be used to cover dangerous, unproven interventions."
The health issue DeSantis released on Thursday referenced a report by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration that said, "sex reassignment surgery, cross-sex hormones, and puberty blockers – are not consistent with widely accepted professional medical standards and are experimental and investigational with the potential for harmful long term affects."
As The Post Millennial has reported, 'gender-affirming care' is a substitutional euphemism for the specific details of the harmful surgery, hormones, and puberty blockers used in medicalized gender transitions.
Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo called for Medicaid to stop covering medicalized gender transitions last week. Ladapo cited data that shows these procedures have dubious to dangerous long term effects.
WaPo leaped from "medicaid dollars should not be used to pay for gender-affirming care" to DeSantis aimed to deny medicaid for anyone who identities as transgender
WaPo has only corrected the budget error so far.
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