Gov. Ron DeSantis

DeSantis Finds Democratic Defenders Who Denounce ‘Fake Narrative 60 Minutes’ Piece

The national media’s bias and political advocacy is getting so bad even Democrats are noticing.

One example now emerging is the dust-up between Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and CBS News over a selectively edited video of DeSantis sparring with a reporter over COVID-19 vaccination policy.

In a “60 Minutes” piece, CBS suggested that DeSantis granted Publix Super Markets exclusive authority to distribute coronavirus vaccines to senior citizens not in nursing homes in Palm Beach County in exchange for the grocery chain making a $100,000 contribution to DeSantis’ campaign.

DeSantis denied the allegation in real time. But “60 Minutes” curtailed that to spin its narrative.

That drew the condemnation of Jared Moskowitz, head of Florida’s Division of Emrgency Management.

Moskowitz, by the way, is a Democrat and a former state lawmaker.

On Sunday night, he tweeted at “60 Minutes”: “@60Minutes I said this before and I’ll say it again. @Publix was recommended by @FLSERT (Florida State Emergency Response Team) and @HealthyFla (Florida Department of Health) as the other pharmacies were not ready to start. Period! Full Stop! No one from the Governors (sic) office suggested Publix. It’s just absolute malarkey.”

On Monday, Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner, another Democrat, also defended DeSantis.

​“I watched the 60 Minutes segment on Palm Beach County last night and feel compelled to issue this statement. The reporting was not just based on bad information – it was intentionally false,” Kerner posted on the county’s website.

“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. We also discussed our own local plans to expand mass vaccinations centers throughout the county, which the Governor has been incredibly supportive.”

“We asked and he delivered,” he continued. “They had that information, and they left it out because it kneecaps their narrative.” “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,” Kerner added.

“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,” Kerner added.

“I thank the Governor for supporting the residents of Palm Beach County. Because of his efforts, working in coordination with Palm Beach County officials, over 275,000 seniors in our county – which is over 75% of the total senior population – have been vaccinated. I am proud of how our county and state leadership have executed on this important mission, and the results speak for themselves.”

On Monday night, The Free Press reported that CBS News was apparently “distancing” itself from “60 Minutes” and correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi. It did so by not mentioning or referencing her allegedly explosive “pay-for-play” accusation against a potential frontrunner for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination on its two-hour morning show or evening news broadcast.

Facts matter.

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