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DeSantis Takes Aim At Media For Super Bowl Coronavirus Coverage

Gov. Ron DeSantis said the media is overly concerned about so-called super-spreader events after the Bucs' Super Bowl victory.
Gov. Ron DeSantis brushed aside a question about what impact celebrations could contribute to the spread of the U.S. variant.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said the media is overly concerned about so-called superspreader events in Tampa after the Bucs' Super Bowl victory.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is again lashing out at the news media over what he suggests is a bias in coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Republican governor asserted at a news conference in Venice that the media is overly concerned about so-called superspreader events after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' victory in last weekend's Super Bowl.

“The media is worried about that, obviously,” DeSantis said during the news conference.

“You don’t care as much when it’s a ‘peaceful protest,’” he continued. “You don’t care as much if you’re celebrating a Biden election. You only care about if it’s people you don’t like.”

DeSantis brushed aside a question about how celebratory gatherings among maskless throngs might contribute to spreading more contagious strains of COVID-19. A U.K. variant appears to making a foothold in Florida even as state health officials continue to vaccinate more seniors.

Tampa held a boat parade Wednesday afternoon along the Hillsborough River - a celebration officials said was more conducive to social distancing. They invited fans to join in, but urged them to wear masks and to keep their distance.

“I’m a Bucs fan,” the governor said. “I’m damned proud of what they did on Sunday night.”

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