Did NBC’s Holt Watch DeSantis’ Interview with MRC’s Bozell? He Asks the Same Question, Two Days Later at Debate

Craig Bannister | November 9, 2023
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On Monday, the Media Research Center (MRC) published video of MRC President Brent Bozell’s exclusive interview with 2024 presidential hopeful Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL). Two days later, NBC’s Lester Holt asked the same question, at the nationally-televised third Republican candidate debate.

In his exclusive interview, Bozell asked Gov. DeSantis what advice he’d give Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu “as soon as we’re done,” regarding Israel’s war with the terrorist organization Hamas:

“If Benjamin Netanyahu picked up the phone and called you, as soon as we’re done here, and said ‘Gov. DeSantis what would should I do,’ what would you tell him?”

At Thursday’s debate, moderator Holt asked DeSantis what advice he’d give Netanyahu “at this moment”:

“As president of the United States what would you be urging Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to do at this moment? Governor DeSantis.”

DeSantis repeated the response he gave Bozell, saying he’d advise Netanyahu to completely wipe out the vile Hamas terrorist organization “once and for all” – and ignore the bias, liberal media’s efforts to blame Israel “for defending itself”:

Gov. DeSantis to Bozell:

“I would tell him ‘You have to finally end Hamas, once and for all.’ And, that means taking out all their terrorist infrastructure, it means eradicating the group from existence.

“We knew, the morning that this happened, I went out and said ‘We stand with Israel, America needs to stand with Israel, but in the coming days and weeks, you’re going to start to see media, other people start attacking Israel. They’re going to blame Israel for defending itself.’ And that has, of course, happened.

“But, I would tell Bibi, ‘Don’t be concerned with that,” These are narratives that they’re doing. They’re trying to whip up anti-Israel opposition.”

Gov. DeSantis to Holt:

“I would be telling Bibi: ‘Finish the job, once and for all with these butchers Hamas.’ They're terrorists, they’re massacring innocent people. They're terrorists, they’re massacring innocent people.’”


“I'm sick of hearing the media. I'm sick of other people blaming Israel just for defending itself. We will stand with Israel in word and in deed, in public and in private.”

NBC may have a bigger audience, but Americans could have watched and read DeSantis’ advice to the Israeli president two days earlier by checking out the stories and videos published by MRC’s CNSNews - without having to listen to the hostile NBC moderators.