Associated Press criticized after hypocritical coverage of DeSantis-touted monoclonal antibodies
Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said monoclonal antibodies can help reduce the risk of hospitalization for coronavirus patients. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently promoted the same treatment, and the Associated Press suggested he had dubious intentions.
The AP seemed to imply that DeSantis was promoting Regeneron antibody treatment because a pro-DeSantis PAC received donations from a hedge fund that owns shares of the company.
Now that Fauci has also recommended the same treatment, some are mocking AP for its earlier reporting.
“Wait isn’t this the thing Ron DeSantis promoted that the @AP tried to discredit?” podcaster Allie Beth Stuckey tweeted.
“I assumed your letter was to notify me that you were issuing a retraction of the partisan smear piece you published last week,” DeSantis wrote in an open letter to AP. “Instead, you had the temerity to complain about the deserved blowback that your botched and discredited attempt to concoct a political narrative has received. The ploy will not work to divert attention from the fact that the Associated Press published a false narrative that will lead some to decline effective treatment for COVID infections.”