How The Disney Vs. DeSantis Battle Ended In A Stalemate

What started as a public statement condemning Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law devolved into a years-long, bitter feud in which neither side wanted to give the appearance of surrendering.

Disney’s First Amendment Lawsuit Against Ron DeSantis Dismissed By Judge

“This is an important case with serious implications for the rule of law, and it will not end here,” a studio spokesperson says.

Ron DeSantis And Fox News, Old Friends, Hit Turbulence

DeSantis Regrets Anti-Media Strategy: ‘I Should Have Gone On Everything’

Ron DeSantis wishes he could have a do-over with the media. In an interview Thursday with radio host Hugh Hewitt, the Florida governor expressed regret over how his presidential campaign had initially shunned most news outlets in favor of friendly, conservative platforms.

News Outlets Make Early Call In Iowa, Backlash Ensues

No votes had been cast at some locations when The Associated Press and TV networks projected Donald Trump as the winner, half an hour after the caucuses began.

Donald Trump Enjoys Relaxed Fox News Town Hall While Top Republican Rivals Have Fiery Debate

As Donald Trump’s two main Republican rivals slugged it out Wednesday on an Iowa debate stage, the former president appeared across town on a Fox News Channel town hall in a counterprogramming move where few discouraging words were heard. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Fox News Hosting DeSantis, Haley Town Halls Focused On Women’s Issues

Fox News will host a pair of town halls next week with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley as they look to challenge former President Trump for the Republican nomination for president in 2024. The town halls, which will both air live and be broadcast from Des Moines, Iowa, will feature Haley on Jan. 8 and DeSantis on Jan. 9.

Disney Says DeSantis-Appointed Government Is Failing To Release Public Records

Disney said in a lawsuit filed Friday that the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, often referred to as CFTOD, has been so slow in fulfilling its public records duties that it has failed to respond completely to a request the company made seven months ago when it paid more than $2,400 to get emails and text messages belonging to the five district board members appointed by Gov Ron DeSantis.

DeSantis Group Pulls Down Iowa, N.H. Ads Amid Spending Shift

It’s the latest change for the organization, which now says it is “laser focused” on its ground game in early states.

CNN To Host Back-To-Back Town Halls With Ron DeSantis And Nikki Haley In January

CNN will host a pair of Republican town halls back-to-back on Jan. 4, a little over a week before the Iowa caucuses weigh in on the primary race. CNN’s Kaitlin Collins will moderate a live town hall with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at 9 p.m. ET from Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. Then CNN Anchor Erin Burnett will moderate a live town hall with former Ambassador Nikki Haley at 10 p.m. ET, also from Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.


Iger Has Enough Antagonists For Three Disney Films

The entertainment giant has real issues, and now the CEO has to deal with the Greek chorus of Ron DeSantis, Nelson Peltz and Elon Musk at the same time.

Fox News’s New Fight Club: The DeSantis Vs. Newsom Debate

The event moderated by Sean Hannity on Thursday will feature two governors who aren’t rivals for office but have long sparred.

Disney Buys TV Ads To Pitch Its Importance To Florida After DeSantis Fight

Walt Disney Co. will air a commercial on TV and online to promote its importance to Florida, the latest move in a battle with the governor and legislators that’s gone on for more than a year. The company, which owns the 25,000-acre Walt Disney World resort outside of Orlando, released an economic impact study Tuesday saying that it accounts for one out every 32 jobs in Florida, with 263,000 people either working for Disney or connected to it in some fashion. Some 82,000 are employed directly by the company in the state.

Disney Attorneys Want To Question Former Administrator In Lawsuit With Desantis Appointees

Disney attorneys want to question a previous administrator of the governing district that provides municipal services to Walt Disney World as part of its defense against a state lawsuit brought by a board made up of appointees of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Ron DeSantis Accepts Gavin Newsom’s Challenge To Debate On Fox News

The California governor had taunted his Florida counterpart for months. Now, with his presidential campaign struggling, DeSantis agreed to a debate hosted by Sean Hannity.

Ron DeSantis Slammed By ‘Peaky Blinders’ For Netflix Footage In Campaign Ad

Star Cillian Murphy and producers fired back at the Florida governor for using their footage in a heavily criticized anti-LGBTQ ad.

Desantis Proposes Disney Trial Schedule That Puts Start Date In 2025, After Elections

Attorneys for Gov. Ron DeSantis have asked that a trial involving Disney be postponed until the middle of 2025, well after the GOP presidential nomination race wraps up and voters have picked a winner in the November 2024 general election.

Ron DeSantis Seeks Dismissal Of Disney Lawsuit, Claims Immunity From Litigation

Attorneys for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis claim that he is immune from The Walt Disney Co.’s lawsuit over his effort to strip to the company of control over a special district covering its theme parks and resort in the state. In a motion to dismiss filed on Monday, attorneys for the state also argued that the federal district court lacks jurisdiction.

Federal Judge Disqualifies Himself From Hearing Disney Lawsuit

A federal judge on Thursday disqualified himself from hearing Walt Disney Co.’s civil suit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other state officials, citing a small financial interest in the company by a relative.

Musk Wants To Build A Digital Town Square. But His Debut For DeSantis Had A Tech Failure.

Elon Musk’s much-publicized Twitter Spaces kickoff event, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announcing his run for president, struggled with technical glitches and a near half-hour delay Wednesday. The billionaire Twitter owner said the problems were due to “straining” servers because so many people were trying to listen to the audio-only event. But even at their highest, the number of listeners listed topped out at around 420,000, far from the millions of viewers that televised presidential announcements attract.

DeSantis Asks That Judge Be Disqualified From Disney’s Free Speech Lawsuit

DeSantis ‘ attorney filed a motion in federal court in Tallahassee on Friday seeking to disqualify Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker from overseeing the lawsuit filed by Disney last month. The lawsuit alleges that DeSantis and his appointees violated the company’s right to free speech, as well as the contracts clause, by taking over the special governing district that previously had been controlled by Disney supporters after Disney opposed Florida legislation that critics have dubbed “Don’t Say Gay.”

Disney Asks Florida Court To Toss Lawsuit Brought By Ron DeSantis’s Handpicked Board Over Walt Disney World Jurisdiction

The Walt Disney Co. is asking a judge to dismiss or stay a state lawsuit brought by the special district that oversees its Florida property, calling the litigation “moot” given recent actions taken by the state. In a motion filed in Florida state court in Orange County, Disney also said that Florida law requires that the state court sideline the lawsuit until the company’s own federal case against Governor Ron DeSantis is resolved.

Bob Iger Rebuilt Disney. Fighting DeSantis Could Define His Legacy

Corporate America is closely watching to see whether one of the country’s most powerful companies can face down a threat to its self-governance and free speech.

Disney Sues DeSantis, Alleging Harm To Its Business

The Walt Disney Co. is suing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and other state officials, alleging that DeSantis is harming the company’s business operations. The lawsuit comes after months of Disney and DeSantis sparring over legislation that DeSantis has signed and steps the governor has taken to increase the state’s control over Disney.

DeSantis Seeks To Control Disney With State Oversight Powers

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida lawmakers ratcheted up pressure on Walt Disney World on Monday by announcing legislation that will use the regulatory powers of Florida government to exert unprecedented oversight on the park resort’s rides and monorail.

Bob Iger Offers Sit-Down With Ron DeSantis Over Disney Dispute

Disney CEO Bob Iger has offered to talk about his company’s dispute with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R). “I do not view this as a going-to-mattresses situation for us,” Iger said. “If the governor of Florida wants to meet with me to discuss all of this, of course, I would be glad to do that.”

DeSantis Wants ‘Media Accountability.’ A New Bill Makes Suing Journalists Easier

The Florida governor’s antipathy toward media has been a key part of his brand during a rise in GOP politics. Free speech advocates fear a new libel bill goes too far in codifying that attitude. Pictured: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at his roundtable discussion on “legacy media defamation,” which marked the start of a new legislative push to make it easier to sue for libel.


What Did Disney Actually Lose From Its Florida Battle With DeSantis?

Under legislation DeSantis signed Monday, the state of Florida took control of the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which essentially operated as Disney’s private municipal government in the area containing Walt Disney World and other parks. The move is widely seen as retaliation against Disney after the company, facing internal pressure, criticized a Florida education law known by critics as “Don’t Say Gay” because of its restrictions on classroom instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation in kindergarten through third grade. But what did Disney actually lose from its battle with DeSantis?

DeSantis Takes Over Disney District, Punishing Company

A bill requires signed by Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, requires him to appoint a five-member board to oversee the government services that the Disney district provides in its sprawling theme park properties in Florida. The takeover of the Disney district began last year when the entertainment giant, facing intense pressure, publicly opposed “Don’t Say Gay,” which bars instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade and lessons deemed not age-appropriate.

DeSantis’s Office Says He Will Boycott NBC, MSNBC Over Andrea Mitchell Question On Black History

Desantis Wants To Roll Back Press Freedoms — With An Eye Toward Overturning Supreme Court Ruling

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ broken relationship with the mainstream media could get even worse. At the governor’s urging, Florida’s Republican-dominated Legislature is pushing to weaken state laws that have long protected journalists against defamation suits and frivolous lawsuits. The proposal is part DeSantis’ ongoing feud with media outlets like The New York Times, Miami Herald, CNN and The Washington Post — media companies he claims are biased against Republicans — as he prepares for a likely 2024 presidential bid.

DeSantis Advisor Responds To First Coast News Reporter’s Hot Mic Comment About Making DeSantis ‘Uncomfortable’

DeSantis, Aiming At A Favorite Foil, Wants To Roll Back Press Freedom

The Florida governor and possible presidential candidate is the latest in a string of Republicans to target the Supreme Court decision that has long protected journalists accused of defamation.

DeSantis Claims ‘National Regime Media’ Wanted Hurricane Ian To Hit Tampa

Florida governor Ron DeSantis claimed Tuesday that “national regime media” wanted Hurricane Ian to hit Tampa to “pursue their political agenda” without regard for the people impacted by the storm. “Quite frankly, you have national regime media that they wanted to see Tampa, because they thought that would be worse for Florida,” the governor told conservative outlet Florida’s Voice in a video interview after a Cape Coral press conference. “They don’t care about the lives here. If they can use it to pursue their political agenda, they will do it.”

This Press Secretary Makes Sure Reporters Feel The Burn

Known for her aggressive Twitter comments and brusque treatment of the media, Christina Pushaw, press secretary to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, has used taunts to solidify a tough image.

As Chapek Weathers Disney Drama, Board Gathers In Florida

He has the board’s support, but Disney CEO Bob Chapek has had a rough time with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a slipping stock and concerns about Disney+. How long will he hold on?

Florida Senate Passes Bill To End Disney Self-Government

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to repeal a law allowing Walt Disney World to operate a private government over its properties in the state, […]

Disney Pledges $5 Million To Protect LGBTQ Rights

Disney CEO Bob Chapek said Wednesday the company is pledging $5 million to the Human Rights Campaign and other organizations protecting LGBTQ rights following backlash to the company’s initial quiet response to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” legislation, as well as a report that the company has given money to all of the bill’s sponsors. Chapek, who is taking his first public stance against the bill, says he will also be meeting with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to discuss Disney’s “concerns” over the legislation.