Mar 16, 2023 | Politics

Axios Reporter Fired After Calling DeSantis Press Release ‘Propaganda’

Axios Reporter Fired After Calling DeSantis Press Release 'Propaganda’

Axios fired one of its reporters after he responded to a press release from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) office by calling it “propaganda.”

DeSantis’s press release highlighted a Florida Department of Education event the governor hosted that set out to expose the “diversity equity and inclusion scam in higher education.”

The press release read:

These concepts are in no way inclusive, and instead force exclusion and division within higher education, and do not in any way contribute to learning or knowledge. As such, no funding from hardworking, tax-paying Floridians, including the parents of higher-education students, should be spent on these divisive initiatives.

However, Axios’s Ben Montgomery dismissed the press release as “propaganda,” according to an email made public by Florida Department of Education communications director Alex Lanfranconi.

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