The taxpayer-supported PBS NewsHour program caught up to the second Republican presidential debate on Thursday evening and predictably characterized it as a sad mess.
One of the paper’s most Republican-hostile reporters, White House correspondent Laura Barron-Lopez, pounced on some of the Republican responses and fact-checked them after the fact, in keeping with the show’s progressive agenda on transgender issues and the treatment of black history in school curricula.
She set the despondent tone in her lead:
Barron-Lopez: At times combative and unfocused, seven GOP presidential hopefuls desperately tried to steal the spotlight away from former President Donald Trump.
After mocking candidate Chris Christie’s rather cringe attempt to label Donald Trump “Donald Duck,” she stated that “Chaos reigned among the candidates” while singling out Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence for dubious rebuttals – rebuttals that the candidates weren’t allowed to challenge.
Barrón-López: DeSantis defended Florida’s African American studies curriculum, which claims that some enslaved people benefited from slavery.
Gov. Ron DeSantis: These are great black history scholars, so we need to stop playing these games.
Laura Barrón-López: Af …