CBS appears to be distancing itself from the widely criticized “60 Minutes” report as a “piece” against Florida Republican government, Ron de Santis, by members of both sides.
The report, which aired on Sunday, identified the project. DeSantis alleged “pay the play” received a $ 100,000 donation from his campaign from Publix groceries in exchange for the rights to distribute the COVID vaccine as part of the state’s launch.
Critics blasted the report for a deceptive fix that ignored DeSantis’ explanation for vaccine tactics, Publix̵7;s omission of donations to Democrats, and the dissemination of misinformation, despite being called upon by a Florida liberal group.
The next day, however, there was no mention of the “60 Minutes” report on “CBS Morning Morning” or “CBS Evening News”, according to Grabien.
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A preview clip released Friday before the broadcast showed a tense exchange between DeSantis and “60 Minutes” correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi about what CBS reporters suggested as an influential sale.
“Publix, as you know, donate $ 100,000 to your campaign,” Alfonsi started in the clip. “And you reward them with the privilege of distributing vaccines in Palm Beach -“
“First of all, what you say is not right,” DeSantis interrupted.
“How did you pay for the play?” Asked Alfonsi.
“That’s a fake story,” DeSantis replied. “I met the mayor of the county, I met the administrator, I met all the people at Palm Beach County, and I said, ‘Here are some options: We can do more drive-through sites, we can give hospitals more, we can do Publix,’ and they said. ‘We thought that would be the easiest thing for our residents. ”
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Alfonsi then recalled that Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay claimed that DeSantis “never met with her on the Publix deal”.
“The criticism here is paying for playing the governor,” Alfonsi told DeSantis.
“And then it’s wrong, it’s wrong,” the governor shot retaliated. “It’s a fake story. I just make you ignore the story, and you ignore the facts, because obviously I held you in an irrefutable way.”
However, as conservative writer AG Hamilton points out, for the first time, “60 Minutes” cut several minutes from the press conference during which DeSantis explained what led to the deal with Publix.
“First of all, the first drugstore has [the vaccine] It’s CVS and Walgreens, and they have a long-term care mission, so they go to a long-term care facility. They got the vaccine in mid-December, they started going to long-term care facilities in the third week of December to do LTCs, ”DeSantis told Alfonsi.“ That’s their mission, it’s very important and we trust them. Do that. When entering January, we want to expand the distribution point.
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“Yes, you have an administrative district, you have sites to drive through, you have a lot of in-house hospitals. But we wanted to get into the community more, so we reached out to other pharmacies: Publix, Walmart, where it was evident that CVS and Walgreens had to complete that task, and we said we’ll be using you as soon as it’s done. End, ”DeSantis continued.
He went on to say that Publix was “the first to raise his hand” to say he was ready to distribute the vaccine. The vaccine has launched a “trial” in three counties, receiving a “100%” response from the elderly.
A CBS spokesperson stood by the report, telling Fox News that “As we’ve always done for the sake of clarity, 60 minutes takes part of the governor’s response for more than 2 minutes, which answers questions directly from reporters.”
That’s not the only part of the report that raised eyebrows.
The story appears to condemn DeSantis ‘decision to vaccinate the elderly in his state rather than the younger frontline workers.Alfonsi took it a step further, raising doubts about DeSantis’ reasoning that the elderly were a group that. Most vulnerable to viral infection
“The Florida launch started pretty well. Basically, the first drug was given to health care workers and nursing home residents in early December,” Alfonsi began, “but then a few weeks later, Gov. Ron was quoted as saying. DeSantis, which violates CDC guidelines, has announced that he will not continue to vaccinate essential teachers and workers. Rather, it puts the elderly first, making it the first person over the age of 65 to receive the vaccine. To do so. “
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“DeSantis said older people were at greatest risk,” she added, suggesting that this was an unconditional claim by the governor rather than a response to data showing that deaths were higher among the governors. Older american
Recent demographic data from the Centers for Disease Control show that approximately 80% of coronavirus deaths are among people aged 65 and older, and 95% of those deaths are among those over 50.
The report said DeSantis was blamed on Florida’s 4.5 million seniors. “Compete against each other” for vaccines and the state health department’s phone line “failed” and the website “crashes”.
Conservative media critics dropped the “60 Minutes” report as a “hitting job” and “an ax job”, but DeSantis also received support from Democrats in Sunshine.
“@ 60 minutes I said it earlier and I will say it again. @Publix was suggested by [Florida Division of Emergency Management – FDEM] and [Florida Health Department] As other pharmacies are not ready to begin the period! Full stop! Nobody from the governor’s office suggested Publix, FDEM Director Jared Moskowitz, reacted on Sunday evening.
Palm Beach County Democratic Mayor Dave Kerner went further, accusing the “60 minutes” of “intentionally” misleading the country.
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“Reporting is not based on bad information. But it’s intentional false information, ”Kerner said in a statement on Monday. “I knew this because I offered to provide some insight into Palm Beach County’s vaccination efforts and ’60 Minutes’ denied them knowing the governor had come to Palm Beach County. And meet me and the county curator, and we ask to expand the state cooperation with Publix to Palm Beach County … “
“We’ve been dealing with this outbreak for over a year. Our villagers, like all Americans, are tired and the media makes it worse. They divide us for views and clicks. “60 minutes” should be ashamed, “Kerner continued, adding that the show left his point of view because of it. “Kneel on their knees”
Kerner also thanked DeSantis for his work helping Palm Beach County.
“As his efforts work in coordination with Palm Beach County officials, over 275,000 seniors in our county, more than 75% of the entire senior population, have been vaccinated. Our counties and states operate on This mission is important, and the results speak for themselves, ”Kerner said.
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In the meantime, Publix calls the idea a special accessibility.
“Irresponsible recommendations link our participation in the campaign for Gov. DeSantis and our willingness to join other pharmacies to support state vaccination efforts.” “We are proud to have our pharmacy partners over 1.5 million doses of vaccine to date and in joining other retailers in Alabama. Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia to help our communities from the epidemic.
Fox News’ Brian Flood, Evie Fordham contributed to this report.