Jones’ firing was a story that had traction because of complaints about the DeSantis administration’s past actions on public records and questions about the Department of Health’s release of data.

For instance, there was the mysterious disappearance of data about the earliest COVID-19 cases from the state’s tally two weeks ago. And last month, the state unexpectedly blocked the release of normally public data about medical examiners’ reports on COVID-19 deaths. This was only given out ― with significant redactions — after Gannett (the owner of The Daytona Beach News-Journal) and several other Florida newspapers, pressed for its release.