Sunday, “60 Minutes” released a story on Govoner Ron DeSantis (FL-R) alleging that he and grocery store chain Publix were involved in a “pay-to-play” scheme with the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine. Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner a Democrat issued a statement this morning regarding the “60 Minutes” segment.
Kerner said, “The reporting was not just based on bad information — it was intentionally false. I know this because I offered to provide my insight into Palm Beach County’s vaccination efforts and “60 Minutes” declined.” He went on, “We have confronted this pandemic for over a year. Our residents, like all Americans, are tired. And the media is making it worse. They are hellbent on dividing us for cheap views and clicks. 60 Minutes should be ashamed.” See the full statement within the tweet below.
In the segment, “60 Minutes” shows a heavily edited interaction between their reporter and DeSantis. The reporter asks about the donations to his campaign and claims he rewarded them with the exclusive rights to distribute the vaccine. The full answer DeSantis gave what cut down to a few words and his rebuke of the reporter and makes him look impatient and frustrated. However, when you see his full answer he seems very collected and gives the reporter a full answer to her question. Then she retorts back discounting his full answer as she appears to have made up her mind without gathering all the facts. This is when he rebukes her and the clips both end on this point.
“This is wild. Watch Ron DeSantis’s full answer on Publix, Walgreen’s and CVS vaccine distribution and look at the edited cut 60 Minutes used:”
This is wild. Watch Ron DeSantis’s full answer on Publix, Walgreen’s and CVS vaccine distribution and look at the edited cut 60 Minutes used: pic.twitter.com/FqTRgOZS9Z— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) April 5, 2021
Jared Moskowitz Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management also backs up DeSantis’s full answer given to “60 Minutes” in a tweet. “This idea why @Publix was picked has been utter nonsense. We reached out to all pharmacies and they were the only one who at the time could execute on the mission. The federal government delayed the federal pharmacy program and we yet again stepped up first to serve more seniors.” He then retweets himself adding, “@60Minutes I said this before and I’ll say it again. @Publix was recommended by @FLSERT and @HealthyFla as the other pharmacies were not ready to start. Period! Full Stop! No one from the Governors office suggested Publix. It’s just absolute malarkey.”
@60Minutes I said this before and I’ll say it again. @Publix was recommended by @FLSERT and @HealthyFla as the other pharmacies were not ready to start. Period! Full Stop! No one from the Governors office suggested Publix. It’s just absolute malarkey. https://t.co/obkqYcbrzt— Jared MASKowitz 😷 (@JaredEMoskowitz) April 4, 2021
The blatant lack of unbiased facts in the reporting done by “60 Minutes” seems to project only the narrative they want to be seen. The story aims to hit DeSantis and Publix in an effort to inflate more distrust. It is hard to walk back a nationally televised narrative after it’s out although it seems that “60 Minutes” may not even try to do that. From the information coming to light after the segment was released, it appears to many that it was just an inaccurate smear piece on DeSantis.
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