‘That’s not normal’: DeSantis signs voter suppression bill into law — bars all local news but gives Fox 'exclusive'

‘That’s not normal’: DeSantis signs voter suppression bill into law — bars all local news but gives Fox 'exclusive'
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Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis Thursday morning signed a voter suppression bill into law that massively restricts access to the ballot box, following the lead of Georgia GOP Governor Brian Kemp. DeSantis, a Trump acolyte rumored to be a possible vice presidential choice should the former president decide and be able to run in 2024, barred all local news outlets from covering the event for Florida citizens.



But the Florida Governor did allow one media entity to broadcast the signing: Fox News, as Media Matters' Matthew Gertz notes:


Jay O'Brien, reporter for CBS12 News covering Florida politics:



Voting rights expert, Mother Jones' Ari Berman, called the move "extremely telling."


Here's DeSantis signing the bill on Fox News:


Reporters caught DeSantis exiting the hotel through a back door. He bragged about him signing the bill on "national news."


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