60 Minutes Caught Editing DeSantis Video To Promote False Vaccine Narrative
60 Minutes has been accused of intentionally falsifying a report on Republican Governor Ron DeSantis aired on Sunday and insinuated that DeSantis cut a ‘pay-for-play’ deal with Public for vaccines.
The Florida governor responded back to 60 Minutes who said that weeks before Public got their contract, the chain donated $100,000 to DeSantis’ PAC, Friends of Ron DeSantis.
“60 Minutes implied in the piece that Publix was the only source of vaccines in Palm Beach County, which is false, and blamed the Publix deal for exacerbating racial and economic disparities in vaccine distribution,” Daily Mail reported.
The 60 Minutes report showed the exchange between Sharyn Alfonsi and Gov. DeSantis where he called the allegations a ‘false narrative’ but the report cut out several minutes of DeSantis explaining the details of the Public contract which lead to him and others accuse the show of their deceptive editing.
A spokesman told the Daily Mail in a statement, “As we always do for clarity, 60 Minutes used the portion of the Governor’s over two-minute response that directly addressed the question from the correspondent.”
Correspondent Alfonsi and the 60 Minutes team spent about three months in Palm Beach County for their lengthy report, trying to look into allegation of ‘disparity in vaccine distribution’ and trying to point out the Public deal as a ‘pay-for-play.’
“After the report aired, key Democrats in Florida responded to it harshly, saying they had offered 60 Minutes evidence that political donations played no role in the Publix contract, which the program ignored,” the outlet found.
According to a Tweet from Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz, “I said this before and I’ll say it again. @Publix was recommended by [Florida Division of Emergency Management] and [Department of Health] 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.”
Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner also slammed the 60 Minutes report as false.
‘The reporting was not just based on bad information — it was intentionally false,’ Kerner said in a statement. ‘I know this because I offered to provide my insight into Palm Beach County’s vaccination efforts and 60 Minutes declined.’
‘They know that the governor came to Palm Beach County and met with me and the County Administrator and we asked to expand the state’s partnership with Publix to Palm Beach County,’ he said.
‘They had that information, and they left it out because it kneecaps their narrative,’ Kerner added. ’60 Minutes should be ashamed.’
Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke out in an interview on Monday to talk about 60 Minutes, “They don’t believe in facts. It was a political narrative, it was done with malicious intent and a reckless disregard for the truth.”
‘They don’t believe in facts. It was a political narrative, it was done with malicious intent and a reckless disregard for the truth,’ DeSantis said to Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
‘They would not talk to the people who were most relevant to this, because they know those key Democrats, Jared Moskowitz and Mayor Dave Kerner would blow up their narrative,’ he continued. ‘So they just put their head in the sand and pretended that those facts didn’t exist.’
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