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NBC Tries To Cheap-Shot Florida And Gov. DeSantis, Fails Miserably

by | May 30, 2024

By Jorge Bonilla

NBC Nightly News, apparently having nothing else with which to fill nearly 3 minutes, decided to fa_ _ out a report that serves little purpose except to bash an old rival, Gov. Ron DeSantis, and cast the State of Florida in a negative light.

Here’s how Lester Holt introduced the report filed by, quite appropriately, Shannon Pettypiece:

LESTER HOLT: As millions of Americans picked up and moved during the pandemic, few states saw a bigger boom than Florida. But for some transplants, the Sunshine State has lost its luster. Shannon Pettypiece explains.

DENNIS COLE: I mean, I agree, this is beautiful. You know, you can’t ask for a nicer setting.

SHANNON PETTYPIECE: Months into the pandemic, Dennis Cole sold his Connecticut home and like hundreds of thousands of Americans, headed to Florida. Many, drawn by the state’s lower taxes and sunny skies.

COLE: It’s not the panacea I had in my head.

PETTYPIECE: But now, he’s preparing to put his Florida house on the market and move back north.

COLE: We have political issues in Florida that are just ugly. We have costs skyrocketing.

The report went downhill from there. In an effort to build a case that somehow things are terrible in Florida, Pettypiece flings a bunch of statistics that end up undermining her argument. For example:

PETTYPIECE: Florida has been among the fastest growing states in the nation since the start of the pandemic. In 2022 alone, more than 700,000 people moved there. But at the same time, nearly 500,000 left, the largest number since the Great Recession. 

That number sounds awful at first blush, but Florida was the top state for net in-migration in 2022, and the mirror opposite of California- where you had just as many more people fleeing rampant crime and excrement-caked streets than moved into the once-Golden State.

Pettypiece then moves to cite home prices, homeowners and auto insurance. No kidding. 200,000 net in-migration will do that to home prices, and subsequently, homeowners insurance. By the way, auto insurance prices went up nationwide, not just in Florida.

Which leads us to the real thrust of the report- the idea that people are somehow fleeing the state due to politics. And that this is somehow a bad thing. People who move down here know what they are getting into beforehand. Even so, if you are that indignant over kids not being subjected to grooming in public schools, and that upset over Disney getting owned, then you should probably sell your home, take your profits and go back to wherever you came from.

This report really served no purpose except to try to score some points in garbage time. Pardon the pun, but this really was a petty piece. And on National Alligator Day, no less.

This appeared at Newsbusters and reposted with permission.

Categories: Media Bias