Flight Risk: NBC Warns Viewers that DeSantis Did Not Personally Fly Back Americans from Israel

Yesterday, we discussed NBC’s bizarre comparison of Hunter Biden’s multimillion dollar alleged influence peddling to Nikki Haley’s daughter’s use of TikTok. The comparison was made to hit Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. That target is notable due to another equally bizarre “fact check” by the network where the company suggested that DeSantis half lied when he claimed to have arranged the removal of hundreds of American citizens from Israel. The network said it was only “half true” because someone else flew the planes, DeSantis only supplied the money. I kid you not.

Here is the what NBC calls a fact check of a Republican:

The network dispels any notion that DeSantis personally flew the planes to Israel and said that “DeSantis’ primary role was to fund the flights.”

Well, yeah.  As NBC News’ Peter W. Klein explained,

On Oct. 12, DeSantis signed an executive order that allowed the Florida Division of Emergency Management to pay for Americans in Israel to fly back to the U.S. The flights, however, were organized by Tampa-based nonprofit Project Dynamo, which specializes in rescuing Americans in distress, and DeSantis’ primary role was to fund the flights.

So how is it “half true” to say “I scrambled resources in Florida. I sent planes over to Israel and I brought back over 700 people to safety”? He even made direct references to supplying “the resources” for the flights.

The correction also implicates millions of parents who regularly say that they “flew the kids home” for the holidays. NBC is suggesting that you should say “I supplied money to allow my kids to purchase tickets to have United Airlines fly them home.” However, it was not the company as a whole that literally flew them back so you might want to say “to have employees of United Airlines fly them home.”

NBC could also now presumably tackle more aspirational flight claims like the many bumper stickers claiming that “Jesus is my co-pilot.” Not only are the cars not capable of prolonged flight, but Jesus is not even licensed in any state to operate a motor vehicle.

For NBC, declaring this a half truth is still preferable to saying that it is true, particularly when the statement was preceded by a criticism of President Joe Biden in asserting that “[President] Biden’s neglect has been atrocious, we had Floridians that were over there after the attack. He left them stranded; they couldn’t get flights out.”

NBC’s fact check brings new meaning to Benjamin Franklin’s warning that “Half a truth is often a great lie.”

120 thoughts on “Flight Risk: NBC Warns Viewers that DeSantis Did Not Personally Fly Back Americans from Israel”

  1. And now it’s time for another thrilling episode of Loser vs. Loser.

    In this episode, we pit NBC Pretend “News” against Lying Fraud bought-and-paid-for Anti-Trump Super Jerk Jeb DeSantis.

    Anyone that doesn’t already know the truth about these pro-wrestling opponents in the world of rock-bottom political FRAUDS is uneducatable, so this Turleyville article is a complete waste of time, probably sponsered by Turley’s overseers at Anti-Trump Fox Garbage “News.”

  2. NBC is certainly a swamp of oily pseudo-journalist reptiles, but what DeSantis did was virtue signal his pro-Israel bona fides to his Jewish constituency using taxpayer dollars. Americans who travel to Israel have enough money to return to the U.S. on their own dime.

    DeSantis should be attacked for that cheap-grace political stunt funded by the taxpayers.

    1. Hmm, those “flights” were funded by a non-profit that sought donations to get those people out of Israel!
      Now explain just how “The Taxpayer” (Government Funds!) were involved!

      1. Well duh…?

        “On Oct. 12, DeSantis signed an executive order that allowed the Florida Division of Emergency Management to pay for Americans in Israel to fly back to the U.S.”

        Is that clear enough for you?

        I am the poster of the original comment.

        1. What is clear is that you’re an anti-Semite given that Florida has more Jews living in the state than all of Israel.

          Politicians are supposed to support their constituents much like Democrats support Hamas, BLM, ANTIFA, CCP, CRT, Woke LLC, and other terrorist groups.

        2. Your tax dollars went to the killing of 13 Americans in Afghanistan upon exit, leaving 80 Billion dollars worth of weapons, equipment and vehicles now used by terrorists and our enemies.

          It appears you prefer death to life.

    2. The 700 people on the flights might have a slightly different opinion. Then again you probably never thought of that.

    3. “Americans who travel to Israel have enough money to return to the U.S. on their own dime.”

      Hmmm, you may be onto something. Lets see:

      Illegal Immigrants who travel to America have enough money to return to their nation on their own dime. Wow! Eureka! Save US Taxpayer monies! Pro-tip: get your antisemitic ass back to Gaza on your own dime

  3. Roper Center For Public Opinion Research

    How Groups Voted in 2020

    – Men 53% Trump – 45% Biden

    – Women 42% Trump – 57% Biden

    – Africans 12% Trump – 87% Biden

    – Latins 32% Trump – 65% Biden

    America was established with voters generally required to be male, European, 21, 50 lbs. Sterling/50 acres.

    Who the —- votes for conquest by the enemy; who votes to give out the keys to the house?

    Was the Constitution a document of surrender?

    Someone got something terribly wrong.

  4. This is too funny if you think about it.

    Its an example where the Press, while claiming to be unbiased, is clearly trying to find some spin or leverage to discredit DeSantis.

    Think about it. He never claimed to have personally flown the planes. (That would be something Joe Biden would say and the press would take him at his word…)

    There is no way for the fact checkers to take the position based on his statements. The bias is so undeniably clear…

    I’m curious how any editors let this out the door.
    Oh wait, they’re biased too. Anyone who’s a threat to Brandon…


  5. In further news Obama didn’t take down Osama, Truman didn’t drop the bombs, Lincoln didn’t free the slaves (their owner’s had to fee them), IKE didn’t actually land at Normandy, Hitler didn’t kill the Jews, Stalin didn’t rape East Germans, Reagan didn’t tear down the wall, JFK didn’t invade the Bay of Pigs or surround Cuba and Biden didn’t cause inflation (the vast amount of money spent caused it so it is the money’s fault.


    “The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.”

    – Leon Trotsky, Communist Theorist and Agitator, Leader in Russia’s October Revolution, 1917, Commissar of Foreign Affairs and War

    The propagandist, indoctrinationist, and communist (liberal, progressive, socialist, democrat, RINO, AINO) mainstream media are justified in prevaricating and falsifying in order to achieve

    the end, which is the dominion of the principles of communism.

    Wait!  That’s what “Crazy Abe” Lincoln did for his fellow traveler, Karl Marx.

    “These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.”

    – Abraham Lincoln, from his first speech as an Illinois state legislator, 1837

    “Everyone now is more or less a Socialist.”

    – Charles Dana, managing editor of the New York Tribune, and Lincoln’s assistant secretary of war, 1848

    “The goal of Socialism is Communism.”

    – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


    “They consider…that it fell to the lot of Abraham Lincoln…to lead his country through…the RECONSTRUCTION of a social world.”

    – Karl Marx Letter to Abraham Lincoln, 1865

  7. That’s not good for DeSantis. People think they can get away with lying in 2023 and not get caught. Amazing. He was never my choice so it doesn’t matter to me but he won’t get my vote if he does become the GOP nominee.

    Cher Grindle McCoy
    President, Valley Republican Women-Lexington, VA

    1. If this is your definition of lying – something is very wrong with you.

      The lie here is the fact check.

      What would DeSantis have had to do to get NBC to call this true ?
      Build the planes personally and fly them ?


      “If you’re half right, you’re half wrong.”

      “If you’re half wrong, you’re all wrong.”

  8. Imagine taking some of your valuable time and watching state-funded media and thinking, “Now I understand what is happening.” JFC.

  9. We see the majority of media support terrorists so this mentality is no surprise.
    How and who engineered this current bizarre state of America hate?
    And why are we unable to recognize and rectify an obvious clear and present danger?
    What stops Iran redux here?

  10. Gov. De Santis claims over 700, but his office says nearly 700. So which is it? They can’t both be right. He’s an hyperboloid. His claim is only 70.7% true, which is the square root of one half.

  11. Poor DeSantis. Even though he told the truth, he’s up against Joe Biden and the media.

    Conversely, NBC and other media have not only protected Joe Biden for his genuinely outrageously-false statements, but continued to report them as true. (They are much more interested in Trump’s hyperbole/sales puffery than patently false statements of Biden.)
    (Since I am limited to two http links, I am only mentioning SOME of Biden’s statements, and you can look them up yourself by using search engines with the quotes. However, even CNN reported many of them. https://www.cnn.com/2023/02/17/politics/biden-economy-facts-first/index.html)

    1) “No president added more to the national debt than my predecessor [Trump].” (it was actually Obama.)
    2) “You know what their (billionaires) average tax, they pay (sic) is? About 3%.” (Actually, it was 8.2%)
    3) “The unemployment rate is 3.5, the lowest it’s been in 50 years.” (Actually, it was 3.5 during the Trump administration, from late 2019 to early 2020.)
    4) “I just signed a law [cancelling student debt]. It’s passed. I got it passed by a vote or two.” (A complete lie. NO legislation was signed or passed, it was a political executive action, NOT legislation; accordingly, SCOTUS struck it down as unconstitutional.)
    5) “Gasoline was $5 a gallon when I took office.” (It was actually $2.39 when he took office.)

    But wait, there’s more: (Biden’s direct statements that are false. look them up)
    6) “And on my watch, for the first time in ten years, seniors are getting an increase in their SS checks.”
    7) “We cut the federal debt in half. A fact.”
    8) “You’re not going to get Covid” if you are vaccinated.
    9) “I was arrested” (in context with the Civil Rights movement)
    10) “[Automobile prices] are “kind of back to what it was before the pandemic.”
    11) “I used to drive an 18-wheeler tractor trailer.”
    12) “I traveled “17,000 miles” with Chinese president Xi Jinping.

    1. Lin,
      You see Biden at the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?
      I generally dont watch debates, but I may watch the Biden vs whomever debate if there is one. Would not be surprised if the DNC pulled some highjinks to get it canceled.

      1. Remember the movie “Weekend at Bernie’s” when 2 kids, Larry and Richard, used Bernie’s body as a “brand” to acquire money, access, drugs, live a lifestyle they could not achieve on their own merit, all to exert influence and power over others? Crazy!

    2. The media bias is so bad I will not watch MSNBC or CNN, you just get Democratic propaganda on those stations. Laura Ingraham continually makes fun of these stations, deservedly so. Some of these reporters are right out of a comic book they are so ridiculous. The claims made by the talking heads – “Joe Biden will bring us together” – are often so ludicrous you just laugh at loud. The guests on these stations can only offer up one opinion on Trump – he’s a terrible person. No nuance at all. They are not allowed to talk about Trump’s accomplishments ( which were pretty significant when you compare Trump’s Presidency with stumblebum Joe Biden’s). I recall we used to have this “fairness doctrine” that was forced on the TV networks by Congress. TV stations, due to their potential for brainwashing viewers (like you see in North Korea), were supposed to fair in their political coverage. I think maybe it’s time to bring that back.

    3. One of the problems with all of this – whether it is targeted at Trump, DeSantis, or Biden,
      is that so much is fixated on word games.

      I do not care much at all about the long list of lies that Biden has told.
      I do not care much about the allegedly lies Trump has told,
      or these incredibly legalistic claims regarding DeSantis.

      What matters is that Biden is a failed president. He took office with the wind at his back.
      He could have coasted to success/ He could have done nothing and taken credit for a great and strong recovery.
      Instead he has F#$Ked up by the numbers.

      The world was at relative peace when Biden took office, Now new serious conflicts are arrising everywhere.

      We can debate precisely what policies of Biden caused this.
      But the fact is that Every president since Ford EXCEPT Trump has started a new conflict (or several).
      Every president since Putin took power has had to deal with Russia starting a war EXCEPT Trump.

      Regardless of my personal analysis of precisely why things are worse under Biden – they are inarguably worse.
      Further past history demonstrates that is NOT likely random chance or things out of the Presidents control.

      I doubt Biden planned the Israel Hamas war, but that does not alter the FACT that he contributed significantly to causing it.

      Right now we are fixated on Biden family corruption.

      To the extent that the many Lies Joe Biden has told regarding that matter it is only because they are reasons not to beleive what he says today.

      The real issue is the use of government power for personal profit.
      That and the fact that he has done so to the disadvantage of US interests.

      We would negatively view many of the deals that Biden made badly – even if they were perfectly legal and had no relation at all to Biden’s public office. Even if they were legal, do we want as president someone who has been profiting from Deals with Putin’s oligarches, or Chinese spymasters ?

      But many of these deals are not legal. They appear to be worse than bribery. It is one thing if someone comes to a government official and says
      “I will pay you $100 to look the other way”
      It vastly more immoral when those in government send their family out as salesmen to pitch the benefits of bribery to people that those in government should have ties to.

      My point is the issue is not the lies. It is the actions.

    1. That’s a good point.

      *although I suspect that distinction would be lost on NBC’s fact checkers. .. and DeSantis.

    2. Leaders almost always spend the public’s money when they are spending it on public interests. Joe Biden spends such capital by lining his own pockets.

    3. It occured because DeSantis acted.

      You and NBC are engaged in pedantry of the highest order.

      Almost no one cares.

      DeSantis acted, and he acted quickly.

    4. Hmm, a non-profit raised money for the flights from donations!
      So just HOW was the Florida Taxpayer (government funds) charged??

  12. Professor, this line, Not only are the cars not capable of prolonged flight, but Jesus is not even licensed in any state to operate a motor vehicle.
    cracked me up!
    Thank you for the LOL!

  13. Dear Prof Turley,

    NBC? I wouldn’t let NBC check my baggage .. . much less a fact!

    Little wonder, then, the big guy Joe Biden ‘chooses truth over facts’. If Jesus is his co-pilot, Blinken is his navigator and Sullivan his bombardier. The Holy Trinity of a kinder/gentler American foreign policy.

    Why dwell on this media mania and miss the entire forest for the brambles and briars of NBC’s fact checkers? Joe Rogan and Elon Musk could do a better job. (note. Musk says the conflict in the Holy Lands can be cured with ‘conspicuous acts of kindness’ .. . I kid you not!)

    For the most part, the entire [Republican] debate seemed an exercise promoting the best candidate for Biden’s [Democrat] unhinged, crazed and rabid policies – foreign and domestic. Bipartisan madness.

    Post-Debate, Media Oozes Praise on Warmonger Nikki Haley—Why? | SYSTEM UPDATE

    1. Halley would NOT be my top choice. Beyond that I have no huge problems with her.
      But Greenwald is absolutely correct, She is the most prominent NeoCon in the GOP primary.

      The contrast between her positions and Vivek’s are stark.

      All things being equal – I would pick Vivek’s positions over Halley’s.

      There is a place for those like Halley in the GOP and our government.
      But I do not want her deciding whether we go to war.

      1. Greenwald is not well. Ever since his husband died, he has jumped the shark. He was a whiny queen prior to becoming a widow, but of late he is insufferable. Bari Weiss, on the other hand, is top notch. She has really blossomed into what investigative journalists are supposed to be. Her embracing of Judaism as a lesbian is gutsy as heck. If only more were like her. This is part of the reason in why I soured on Greenwald: he is unmoored (unlike Bari), his opinions are like the waves on the seashore, driven by the wind, and he doesnt impress as having a foundation on which to launch his thinking.

        Another great thinker is Andrew Sullivan. He seems to have gone into hiding, and it occurred right when Elon Musk disabled linking from Twitter / X to substack, which is a shame. I met Sullivan in DC over 20+ years ago at an HIV conference, and we kept in touch for a while. Very articulate and intelligent gay man who is very moored to Catholic philosophy. Sure wish he were more visible these days

        1. Bari Weiss is not unique. The gay and lesbian community had ordained rabbis in the twentieth century. If you want to hear great dialogue between two opposites, there is a video of Bari Weiss and Ben Shapiro in discussion. They are both tolerant people with deep seated beliefs.

  14. A lot of your readers can remember when the major networks, CBS, ABC and NBC has top-drawer anchors and journalists, editors who actually knew how and what to edit — that was decades ago. A question that must be asked is whether good journalism and proper editing will ever come back in the United States?

    1. Some have said journalism’s decline happened when it went from a trade to a profession.

      It does seem that a journalism degree from a prestigious university increases smugness at the expense of honesty and information.

      Decades ago, just out of high school, I dared to write an article on an outdoor sport and take it to a city newspaper hoping they would print it. I was put with an abrupt, no nonsense man who could have come out of a Thirties movie. No university polish, no fluff; just the facts. He went through the article, suggested sensible corrections and clarifications maybe corrected some grammar. Pure working man. I thought he was wonderful.

      Probably there are a still a few like him. Nicholas Wade, former NYT science writer comes to mind for his dedication to truth and honest reporting. He is university educated but in science, not journalism. But for the most part journalists today seem ignorant and dishonest and I have come to ignore them.

      What came as a shock comparable to the universities disgusting response to the Hamas atrocities was the media coverage of the Duke Lacrosse case. With only two exceptions, Megyn Kelly and Dan Abrams, both lawyers, the media encouraged and joined a mob out to lynch three innocent boys. The journalistic atrocity was repeated in the Zimmerman/Martin case and the George Floyd murder trial.

      Time has not ripened the journalist’s profession; it has rotted it.

      1. Yes, we’ve seen a horrific decline in the quality of journalism in the US, and this keeps getting worse.

  15. Im am having real difficulty here deciding who is the bigger idiot; the network for running with such stupidity or their viewers who eagerly lap it up.

  16. As my friends on this site, Upstate, Estovir, Thinkittrhough, Karen S and a few other folks as well, should know, I have recently been pointing out how egregious NBC is among the major media outlets. The slanted bias, the vapid stupidity, the outright lying and the unbelievable level of discourse on their MSNBC sick child of an outlet are embarrassing to themselves and to the country at large. AP is more troublesome die to the fact that many people don’t realize the outsized impact they have on local and national news and the NY Times is very dangerous because for some reason people cling to the idea that they are serious, but NBC is the so destructive because they seem so benign and so “regular” because they bring normal (albeit moronic) TV shows into people’s living rooms every night.

    NBC, parent of MSNBC, has Andrea Mitchell pretending to be a serious journalist, Joy Reid pretending to be a normal person (remember she had many posts attacking gays and she claimed she was hacked, which was a provable lie), they have Al Sharpton sitting as a host on a discussion on anti-Semitism and they have Nicolle Wallace, Chuck Todd, Elie Mystall and Chris Hayes saying outrageous things in order to rile up the Democrat’s base, whatever harm it may do to the nation.

    This “fact check” by NBC, a fact check that I pointed out just yesterday or the day before on this site, is a perfect example of what is happening to our country. NBC actually claimed that DeSantis lied by saying what he did about rescuing Floridians from Israel because he didn’t fly the planes. Think about that. How dumb does that writer have to be to put that out there? How hard is that child trying to help Biden and harm Republicans by throwing that garbage out there? It is perfect because it is dumb, it is biased, it is not analytical, it is childish and it is a joke. DO NOT WATCH NBC!

    PS. I want to ask NBC if they think Obama lied when he said he killed Osama Bin Laden.

    We have a president that makes stuff up, rediculous stuff that is provably false (no joke, man) and yet NBC, WAPP and CNN never fact check him. Biden, the guy that claimed he was from a family of coal miners, was raised Puerto Rican AND Jewish, gave his uncle the Purple Heart, had a grandfather who was a college All Pro, met Golda Meir, saw two men kissing in 1961 as his father said “it’s just love Joey”, said he graduated at the top of his class, said he had 2 majors, said he rode a million miles on AMTRAC, said he was arrested seeing Nelson Mandela, said he was in the Civil Rights Movement, etc etc etc. But NBC never fact checks this guy. The guy that has been plagiarizing since the 60s.

    1. HullBobby,
      I was just thinking on how child like NBC fact check is, how MSM has become so dumbed down to pander to their viewership.
      Then I got to thinking about the articles I read from Glenn Greenwald, Matt Taibbi, The Free Press and others.
      Compare and contrast the two and their audiences.

      1. The people you noted – as well as a huge number of other independents are the future of journalism.

        These are real investigative journalists.

        In some instances – my ideology does not align with theirs.
        Regardless, they still have integrity. They report what they find – not what they wish they would find.

        I suspect that Greenwald is politically at odds with Trump.
        But Greenwald serves the national security beat.
        He has ALWAYS been at odds with NeoCons (of both parties).

        Greenwald has often grudgingly given Trump credit for effective foreign policy that
        has made the world safer rather than triggering more wars

      1. My link for Ray Charles playing “America the Beautiful” did not embed. Hopefully this attempt will.

        Ray Charles was a national treasure. If folks have not seen the movie depicting Ray Charles life, portrayed impressively by Jamie Foxx, do yourself a favor and watch it. Incredible life, amazing temerity in the face of severe adversity.

      2. One of the most interesting things I have found about free societies is that when you sit down with the individuals, nearly all of them tend to be incredibly ignorant about myriads of issues – today that is even more true the better educated they are.

        At the same time – in aggregate – especially when they have passed the emotion of the moment they prove to be wise beyond the greatest experts.

        I did not even bother to look at what you linked.

        The overwhelming majority of americans KNOW that the current economy stinks.
        They are not wrong.

    2. This morning we went to Sunday Mass as usual, and at the close our pastor asked the congregation to honor US veterans, then asked US veterans to stand, come forward, and receive a small gift and then a blessing. The recessional hymn was America the Beautiful and everyone sang with passion.

      How do you tick off a Left Wing Communist in America?
      Be patriotic and sing patriotic songs loudly.

      Happy Veterans Day weekend!


      O beautiful for spacious skies,
      For amber waves of grain,
      For purple mountain majesties
      Above the fruited plain!
      America! America!
      God shed His grace on thee
      And crown thy good with brotherhood
      From sea to shining sea!

      O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
      Whose stern, impassioned stress
      A thoroughfare for freedom beat
      Across the wilderness!
      America! America!
      God mend thine every flaw,
      Confirm thy soul in self-control,
      Thy liberty in law!

      O beautiful for heroes proved
      In liberating strife,
      Who more than self their country loved
      And mercy more than life!
      America! America!
      May God thy gold refine,
      Till all success be nobleness,
      And every gain divine!

      O beautiful for patriot dream
      That sees beyond the years
      Thine alabaster cities gleam
      Undimmed by human tears!
      America! America!
      God shed His grace on thee
      And crown thy good with brotherhood
      From sea to shining sea!

    3. 100%!
      Who in their right mind can stand to listen to the racist, homophobe Joy Reid –or any of them on MSNBC?
      Beyond awful. Unlistenable, unwatchable trash.
      Then there are the loudmouth ignoramuses on ABCs The View.
      These media people with big platforms are not only stupid, they are intolerant, mean, nasty, hateful, and embarrassingly ignorant. They spread hate. They spread lies. They spread stupidity.
      And NBC gives a race baiting, tax cheat like Al Sharpton a big platform to spew his venomous lies.
      Why? Because the Democrats count on the stupidity of their voters. They even say this out loud!
      The Democrat propagnda media exists to dumb down their voters! It’s their job.

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