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How DeSantis Has Handled COVID: Reporters Discuss 'Secrecy And Spin' Investigation

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A South Florida Sun Sentinel report on Gov. Ron DeSantis was based on thousands of pages of documents and interviews with scientists, politicians, employees from the state’s Health Department and doctors.

"Sundial" spoke with South Florida Sun Sentinel reporters Cindy Goodman and Mario Ariza, who worked on the investigation critical of the governor's response to the pandemic.

A new investigation from the South Florida Sun Sentinel found a pattern of secrecy and spin from Gov. Ron DeSantis and his administration in the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“There has not been messaging put out about wearing masks or social distancing from the department of health since the end of September,” said Sun Sentinel reporter Cindy Goodman, who worked on the investigation.

“The Department of Health is putting out messaging such as be careful with lead poisoning, or get you flu shot or watch out for diabetes awareness month — anything but coronavirus.”

The findings are based on thousands of pages of documents and interviews with scientists, politicians, employees from the Health Department and doctors.

In this interview with "Sundial," Goodman and Mario Ariza, who also worked on the investigation, discuss their report.

Click on the "Listen" button above to hear the conversation.

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