“GOP’s anti-media streak summarized: Governor of one of the biggest states in the USA says citizens should ‘assume’ news outlets are lying to them,” Mr. Stelter said in a Tuesday tweet.
Enter Mr. Sandmann.
The former student at Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky responded with a one-word tweet: “Howdy.”
Nobody familiar with his story could mistake his meaning.
Mr. Sandmann became a symbol of how narrative-driven journalism can go badly awry when he was depicted as the aggressor in an encounter with an older American Indian activist in January 2019 at the Lincoln Memorial.
The teen, who wore a red “Make America Great Again” ballcap, and his classmates were accused of harassing the man based on reports that relied on heavily-edited video clips, but longer footage released later showed they did nothing of the kind.
Attorneys for Mr. Sandmann and his family settled defamation lawsuits last year with CNN and The Washington Post on undisclosed terms.
Mr. Sandmann’s response to the CNN host drew thousands of retweets and hundreds of attaboys, as well as a write-up on the conservative website Twitchy.
“After Ron DeSantis hurts Brian Stelter’s feelings, Nick Sandmann stops by to finish the job,” said the Twitchy headline.
Howdy 🤠 https://t.co/J6949IkMSS
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis: “We all know corporate media lies. They do not tell the truth. Assume what they tell you is false and then figure out why they’re telling you a false narrative.” https://t.co/TceCdrquAP pic.twitter.com/R4ZUH510Bz
— The Hill (@thehill) October 26, 2021
“They do not tell the truth. Assume what they tell you is false and then figure out why they’re telling you a false narrative,” Mr. DeSantis said.
“It’s for officers, period. This has nothing to do with their vaccination status. So that’s just wrong,” Mr. DeSantis said.