When I was younger and more naïve, I believed that everything I read in a newspaper had to be
true. Then I saw with my own eyes how some journalists will often print blatantly false
information to further a story that may get them a Pulitzer, or simply pursue their ideological
It led to me writing my 2012 book entitled Bias in the Media. Most of the bias related to the type
of quotes the reporter would include or exclude in a report. Or the bias comes about through
refusing to provide both sides of the story.
But there are even cases where some journalists will just outright lie, as was the case with
NBC’s Andrea Mitchell in claiming that Governor Ron DeSantis was holding up an AP African-
American studies course because he did not want children to be taught about slavery.
This wasn’t just a gross distortion of what she said, it was a flat out lie, and she knew better.
DeSantis supports the present Florida curriculum that teaches about slavery and Jim Crow, as
does every other state in the nation. The course he objected to injected elements of Marxism
into the course curriculum. It promotes reparations, lauds the Black Panthers — a group of
radical, revolutionary, violent separatists — and even calls for the emptying of prisons. DeSantis
had every right to raise concerns.
Rather than having an objective, intelligent analysis of the issue, Mitchell did her part as a
Democratic activist in trying to destroy a potential Republican presidential candidate by simply
lying about his objectives. Is it any wonder why the public’s view of the media has sunk to