CBS seems to be a far cry from the “60 Minutes” report, which was widely criticized by members of both parties as a “blow” on Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis.
The report, which aired on Sunday, outlined a so-called “pay-to-play” program that involved DeSantis accepting a $100,000 donation from the grocery store chain Publix in exchange for the state’s right to launch a COVID vaccine.
Critics criticized the report’s deceptive editorial report, which omitted Di Santis’ explanation of vaccine strategy, omitted Plix’s donation to Democrats, and broadcasted misinformation. Even Florida liberals screamed. .
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CBS “60 Minutes” accused of an exchange between editors DeSantis, reporters chose to “pay to buy” the narrative
A preview clip released on the Friday before the show aired showed that the tense exchange between DeSantis and the “60 Minutes” reporter Sharyn Alfonsi involved the influence peddling suggested by a CBS reporter.
“You know, Publix donated $100,000 to your campaign,” Alfonsi said in the clip. “Then you rewarded them with the exclusive right to distribute vaccinations in Palm Beach-“
“First of all, everything you said is wrong,” Disantis interrupted him.
“Why don’t you spend money to play?” Then Alphonse asked.
“That is a false statement,” DeSantis replied. “I met with the county mayor, with the administrative staff, with everyone in Palm Beach County, and I said,’Here are some options: we can do more through train stations, we can provide more services to the hospital, We can do Publix.” They said, “We think this will be the easiest thing for our residents.”
CBS’s “60 Minutes” humiliates Desantis. They prioritize the elderly during vaccination, which shows that they are not at high risk.
Alfonsi then said that Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay claimed that DeSantis had “never seen anything about the Publix transaction with her”.
“The criticism here is the contribution of the governor,” Alphonses told DeSantis.
The governor shot back: “This is wrong, this is wrong.” “This is a false narrative. I just erased your narrative. You don’t care about the facts. Because, obviously, I did it in an irrefutable way. I arranged it for you.”
However, as the conservative author Hamilton (AG Hamilton) first pointed out, “60 minutes” was shortened by a few minutes at the press conference, during which DeSantis explained the reasons that contributed to the deal with Publix .
“First of all, the first company has [the vaccine] It’s CVS and Walgreens. They have long-term care tasks, so they have to go to long-term care facilities. They got the vaccine in mid-December, and they started going to the long-term care facility to do LTC in the third week of December,” DeSantis told Alfonsi. “So this is their mission, which is very important, and we believe they can do it. As we enter January, we want to expand our distribution points.
The mainstream media made extensive comments on the “60 minutes” report published on DESTINIS and PUBLIX, and there was no reflection
“So yes, you have counties, there are some through trains, there are many hospitals doing it, but we want it to reach the community more. So we contacted other retail pharmacies: Publix, Walmart, obviously CVS and Walgreens This task must be completed, and we said that once it is completed, we will use you immediately,” DeSantis continued.
He went on to say that Publix was “the first person to raise his hand”, saying that it was ready to distribute the vaccine. It has “tested” the vaccine in three counties and received “100% positive” feedback from the elderly.
A CBS spokesperson stood next to the report and told Fox News: “For clarity, we have always had 60 minutes to directly answer the reporter’s question in the Governor’s response of more than 2 minutes.”
That was not the only part of the report that caught people’s attention.
This story also seems to condemn DeSantis’ decision to vaccinate older people in the state rather than young frontline workers. Alfonsi further doubted DeSantis’s reasoning that the elderly are most susceptible to the virus.
Alfonsi began to say: “The promotion in Florida usually starts. At the beginning of December, the first dose of vaccine has been provided to medical staff and nursing home residents.” “However, a few weeks later, Governor Ron DeSantis ) Violated the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and announced that he would not vaccinate teachers and important workers, but put the elderly first, so that people 65 years and older are eligible to receive the vaccine. This is a national Do this first.”
The democratic mayor of Florida defended DeSantis: “Should be humiliated for 60 minutes”
She added: “Disantis said that elderly people are at the highest risk.” This is an unsubstantiated statement made by the governor, not a response to data showing an increase in the number of elderly deaths.
The latest population statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show that about 80% of coronavirus deaths are among people 65 and older, while 95% of deaths are among people 50 and older.
The report went on to point out that Disantis should blame the 4.5 million seniors in Florida for “competing with each other” to obtain vaccines, while the state health department’s telephone line “failed” and the website “crashed.”
Conservative media critics treated the “60 Minutes” report as a “hot” and “tricky job” and abolished it, but Disantis also received support from the Sunshine State Democrats.
“@60 minutes I said it before and I will say it again. @Publix is recommended by [Florida Division of Emergency Management – FDEM] with [Florida Health Department] Because other pharmacies are not ready to start. period! period! No one in the Governor’s Office recommended Publix. This is simply an absolute liar. FDEM director Jared Moskowitz responded on Sunday night.
Democratic Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner went further, accusing the “60 Minutes” of “deliberately” misleading the country.
Criticism of “false narrative” exploded “60 minutes”, this is the advertisement of DESANTIS using PUBLIX in the pay-on-demand vaccine program
Kerner said in a statement on Monday: “The report is not only based on bad information, but also deliberate.” “I know this because I am willing to provide my insights on the vaccination work in Palm Beach County, and ’60 Minutes ‘Declined. They knew that the governor had come to Palm Beach County and met with the county administrator and I. We asked to expand the partnership in the state to go to Palm Beach County with Publix…”
“We have been facing this epidemic for more than a year. Our residents, like all Americans, are already tired. The media has made the situation worse. They are ashamed of splitting us to get cheap views and clicks. . ’60 minutes’ should be ashamed,” Kerner continued, adding that the program excluded his views from the story because it “brought their narrative to a deadlock.”
Kerner also thanked DeSantis for his work in helping Palm Beach County.
“Thanks to his efforts, in cooperation with Palm Beach County officials, more than 275,000 elderly people in our county (that is, 75% of the total elderly population) have been vaccinated. I am proud of how our county and state leaders executed the death penalty. . The result of this important task is self-evident.”
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At the same time, Publix called its concept of obtaining special access “absolutely false and offensive.”
A Publix spokesperson told Fox News: “The irresponsible suggestion is that there is a link between the campaign donation to Governor DeSantis and our willingness to join other pharmacies to support the state’s vaccine distribution work. This is absolutely wrong and offensive.” We have managed more than 1.5 million doses of vaccines for our pharmacy partners to date, and have worked with other retailers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia to help our communities get rid of the pandemic Proud, we are proud of it.”
Fox News’s Brian Flood and Evie Fordham contributed to this report.