Mitchell Gives Non-Apology for Lie About DeSantis and Slavery

Mitchell Gives Non-Apology for Lie About DeSantis and Slavery

February 23, 2023

Wednesday on her show Andrea Mitchell Reports, MSNBC host and propagandist Andrea Mitchell offered a tepid non-apology for claiming falsely that Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) does not want slavery taught in Florida schools, saying she had been “imprecise.”

Friday, while interviewing Vice President Kamala Harris, Mitchell asked, “Let me ask you, 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?”

Harris responded, “I don’t know what he knows and what he doesn’t know, but I know this, any push to censor America’s teachers and tell them what they should be teaching in the best interest of our children in partnership with the parents of America, is I think, wrongheaded.”

Of course, DeSantis has never said any such thing about teaching the history of slavery. Indeed, the teaching of black history is required in Florida’s schools, and DeSantis supports that. What he objects to is the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) indoctrination, which is not black history but Cultural Marxism.

In the wake of subsequent outrage over her blatant lie, Mitchell said in a later broadcast,

In my interview last Friday with Vice President Harris, I was imprecise in summarizing Governor DeSantis’ position about teaching slavery in schools. Governor DeSantis is not opposed to teaching the fact of slavery in schools, but he has opposed the teaching of an African American studies curriculum as well as the use of some authors and source materials that historians and teachers say makes it all but impossible for students to understand the broader historic and political context behind slavery and its aftermath in the years since.

This is not an apology for a lie, but a clarification that is still a lie about what DeSantis has done, because she is asserting that CRT is a truthful, legitimate field of scholarly inquiry. It is not, and Mitchell knows it.

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