MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Comes Clean about Falsely Smearing DeSantis: ‘I Was Imprecise’

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell caved and corrected the record on her show after she pushed a false smear about Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis.

During her show on Wednesday, Mitchell admitted to being “imprecise” when claiming DeSantis didn’t want slavery taught in Florida’s schools.

In an earlier interview with Vice President Kamala Harris, Mitchell asked why DeSantis did not want “slavery or the aftermath of slavery” to be taught in his state’s schools.

Harris did not correct Mitchell’s false claim during the interview.

After the false smear, DeSantis said he will not hold any interviews with NBC or MSNBC until the network apologizes.

DeSantis press secretary Bryan Griffin said: “To all of the bookers and producers reaching out to our office from @NBCNews and @MSNBC for @GovRonDeSantis to join your shows, this will be the standard response from our office until @mitchellreports apologizes and your track record improves.

“Shameful,” Griffin added.

“This question from @mitchellreports exemplifies everything wrong with corporate media.

“They’re not accidentally terrible at their jobs–they’re maliciously intent on deceiving people.

“Ron DeSantis never said this, and FL has extensive black history requirements.”

Mitchell came clean about the claim today, saying:

“In my interview last Friday with Vice President Harris, I was imprecise in summarizing Governor DeSantis’s position about teaching slavery in schools.

“Governor DeSantis is not opposed to teaching the fact of slavery in schools.

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“But he has opposed the teaching of an African American studies curriculum as well as the use of some authors and source materials that historians and teachers say makes it all but impossible for students to understand the broader historic and political context behind slavery and its aftermath in the years since.”

Jeremy Redfern, Deputy Press Secretary for DeSantis, was not impressed with Mitchell’s weak apology, however.

“Once again, [Andrea Mitchell] is ‘imprecise’ in her description because she relies on unnamed ‘historians and teachers,'” Redfern said.

“Florida statute requires the teaching of slavery and its aftermath.

“We just know that ‘queer studies’ has nothing to do with Jim Crow.

“Saying one was ‘imprecise,’ when what they said was a blatant lie, is not an apology.

“MSNBC/NBC News should not be viewed as an objective media organization.

“Stop letting the corporate media be the gatekeepers of truth.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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