Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC reportedly claimed in a “postscript” to her broadcast on Wednesday that she was “imprecise” after being chastised for statements she made about Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Mitchell questioned Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday why DeSantis didn’t want “slavery or the legacy of slavery” to be taught in Florida schools.
“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.” Mitchell said.
While DeSantis rejected an AP course in January that featured Critical Race Theory and queer theory components, he did not exclude or eliminate the study of black history or slavery from Florida’s curriculum.
Mitchell admitted the untruth on Wednesday but continued to condemn the governor.
Mitchell’s remarks came as DeSantis’ press secretary, Bryan Griffin, announced that the governor has sworn off any interviews with MSNBC and NBC until Mitchell apologizes and the network’s general track record improves.