DeSantis' office will boycott NBC, MSNBC over black history month question until reporter apologies

DeSantis's press team says NBC needs to "display a consistent track record of truthful reporting."

Updated: February 24, 2023 - 2:36pm

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Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis's office may boycott NBC and MSNBC until one of their reporters apologizes regarding a question about Florida's education policies. 

“There will be no consideration of anything related to NBC Universal or its affiliates until and at least Andrea Mitchell corrects the blatant lie she made about the governor," DeSantis’s press secretary Bryan Griffin told the TV networks.

Griffin was referring to when Mitchell asked Vice President Kamala Harris a week ago: "What does Governor Ron DeSantis not know about black history and the black experience when he says that slavery and the aftermath of slavery should not be taught to Florida schoolchildren?"

Mitchell a bit later said her questioning was "imprecise" but didn't apologize. 

Griffin said NBC needs to "display a consistent track record of truthful reporting" before DeSantis agrees to make other appearances.

DeSantis signed the Stop WOKE Act last year that bans such subject matter as critical race theory from being taught in state public schools, which has resulted in criticism that the bill limits the teaching of subjects such as the Civil War and the Jim Crow era.