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Biggest Loser in DeSantis vs Disney: Corporate Media’s Credibility

Corporate media didn’t need any more help debasing itself, but the agreement reached between Disney and a government oversight body in Florida proved once again that modern day media is made up of fools. Their predictions of a swift and definitive victory for Disney continued up until the day that Disney lost.

In a surprising turn of events, the legal battle between the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD) and Disney has seemingly come to an end, with a settlement being reached that appears to favor Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. This conclusion is a stark contrast to the predictions made by many mainstream media outlets, which had previously sided with Disney and predicted DeSantis’ downfall.

The dispute began in 2022 after Disney publicly criticized Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act, prompting DeSantis to revoke Disney’s special tax district, which had given the entertainment company autonomy over its theme parks in the region. As a result, the media quickly took Disney’s side, with many outlets calling DeSantis’ actions “authoritarian” and mocking his attempt to challenge the billion-dollar corporation.

Throughout 2022 and 2023, numerous media personalities, including those from MSNBC, ABC’s “The View,” and NBC News, expressed their support for Disney and their belief that DeSantis would ultimately lose the battle. Headlines from various publications echoed this sentiment, claiming that Disney had outmaneuvered DeSantis and would eventually emerge victorious.

However, the recent settlement has shown that the media’s predictions were incorrect. The CFTOD board, appointed by DeSantis, voted to approve a settlement deal with Disney, effectively invalidating Disney’s previous attempts to retain governing control over the district and ending all pending litigation in Florida state court.

In response to the settlement, both Disney and the DeSantis team expressed optimism about the future. Disney’s Walt Disney World President Jeff Vahle stated that the agreement opens a new chapter of constructive engagement with the new leadership of the district, while DeSantis’ communications director, Bryan Griffin, emphasized that no corporation should be its own government and that they are ready to work with Disney to promote economic growth and accountable government in Central Florida.

Despite this apparent resolution, a federal lawsuit filed by Disney against DeSantis alleging unfair retaliation for political reasons is still ongoing. However, a federal judge dismissed the case in January, and Disney has agreed to hold off on an appeal until after a new development agreement with the district is established.

Article generated from corporate media reports.