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Florida Democrat Alleges Liberal Media Bias

Nikki Fried: 'Ron DeSantis has Fox News, but we have everyone else'

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried / Twitter
• July 22, 2021 2:00 pm

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Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried alleged on Wednesday that almost all media sources have a liberal bias.

"Ron DeSantis has Fox News, but we have everyone else," Fried tweeted Wednesday night as the network aired an interview with DeSantis, Florida's Republican governor. "Florida will be blue in 2022."

It is unclear to which news outlets Fried was referring. Fried did not respond to a request for comment.

De Santis's popularity has grown with Republicans across the country in the past year, largely because of his record on the coronavirus pandemic. He has also become a frequent target of liberal media outlets. In April, for example, 60 Minutes misleadingly cut video of DeSantis's press conferences to imply a quid pro quo relationship with the grocery chain Publix for vaccine distribution. The flubbed hit piece ultimately worked in the Florida governor's favor: State politicians from both sides of the aisle came to DeSantis's defense, and his ability to combat the media attack further solidified him as a Republican star.

Fried, Florida's commissioner of agriculture and the only Democrat in the state's cabinet, announced her run for governor on June 1. She trails DeSantis by a 22-point margin in the state, according to a June poll.

Fried is also trailing behind in the Democratic primary race against Rep. Charlie Crist, who, as a Republican, served as governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011.

The Democratic gubernatorial primary date has yet to be announced. The Florida gubernatorial election will be held Nov. 8, 2022.